TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapter Nineteen

Beren Steals a Silmaril (header)

O Beren, Beren, wherefore art thou Beren?

It’s a love story that transcends the physical world; a powerful narrative on the hopes and destinies of the two principal races in The Silmarillion.

The first of the three Great Tales from the First Age, ‘Of Beren and Lúthien’ highlights Tolkien’s mastery in balancing the vast and the epic, with the intricate and romantic.

Forget Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, or Dante’s Paolo e Francesca. The story of Beren and Lúthien may have been inspired by these older tales, but they are merely sketches that made way for the final masterpiece.

It’s impossible to summarise a chapter that runs over 20 pages and still do it justice. Therefore, I urge you to read through the book first (if you haven’t done so already) and then come back to these few meager lines that follow in this post … Continue reading

Tolkien’s Dickensian Dreams

Tolkien-Dickens Goblins (header)

Dickens’ short story that inspired a Tolkien chapter

This is somewhat a Tolkien paper I had written a while back, with the expressed intention to publish it one day. When that day never seemed to arrive, I thought it would be suitable to post an edited version on this blog.

The following, although much abbreviated from the original, is still pretty long. So proceed with caution but, as always, please enjoy :)

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Epic Cinematography Trailer – The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

Defining the “Epic” of these Trilogies

I’ve been meaning to do a video of great shots from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings for quite some time now.

Finally, you can see the result in the video below. Continue reading

TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapter Eighteen

Fingolfin fights Morgoth (header)

Tolkien demonstrates his gentle trolling skills

I don’t mean it disrespectfully, but what we commonly today refer to as a “troll”, Tolkien seems to have had his cheeky way at spoiling the fun in his narratives.

Case in point is this chapter’s title. Its outcome is pretty much given away.

Then again, one could easily argue the cleverness behind such revelatory titles: the need to keep on reading and find out what this “ruin” is and how the “fall” occurs.

As it happens, all the answers are given in the following … Continue reading

Tolkien-themed Questionnaire: Answers! (PART II)

Tolkien-Themed Questionnaire (Header)

Yesterday I posted Part I of the Tolkien-Themed Questionnaire, which you can see here.

Behold! Now Part II awaits … enjoy :)

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Tolkien-themed Questionnaire: Answers! (PART I)

Tolkien-Themed Questionnaire (Header)

It’s taken me some time to get around doing this, but finally the time has come.

Behold the questionnaire created by Myla Malinalda (from Middle-earth News) in which Tolkien fans need to do some serious self-examination about what it the Middle-earth stories really mean to us.

The questionnaire was originally designed for The Lord of the Rings; but can easily be adapted also for The Hobbit.

It’s tough to answer a single question in short; but it’s fun and enlightening, not just to others, but to yourself as well.

Go on, treat yourself! Get busy tackling these questions now :)

In the meantime, here are mine … (Part II to follow) Continue reading

TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen

Eol lures Ardhel in Nan Elmoth (header)

Not all Elves are Nice…

From this point onward, the narrative of The Silmarillion shifts into personal stories and specific events: of which their outcomes will somehow or other affect the whole balance of the story.

This is one of the alluring beauties of the book: Tolkien’s ability to shift between the grand-scale cosmological narratives to the intricate human (and elf) stories – weaved together as one interlocking tapestry. Continue reading