Approaching Tolkien: ‘Unfinished Tales’

– Connecting the dots …

I’ve always looked at the ‘Unfinished Tales’ as one stocky appendix book, containing all the intricate information (in prose form) that could not possibly fit at the back of ‘The Silmarillion’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.ut

It goes without saying but here it goes (… with the saying). This book should only be read AFTER you’ve gone through all three major books.
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On a side note … a short Tolkien essay

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– A short analysis of the Battle of Five Armies

For any avid Tolkien readers out there who have read ‘The Hobbit’, I’ve recently written a short essay on the Battle of Five Armies analyzing several texts in order to determine the size of each army present on the day of the battle.
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Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Silmarillion’

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(Above: This is my last attempt in trying something like this … I promise!)

– The ultimate reading experience

This is the real deal. Forget what you’ve read in ‘The Hobbit’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (actually, it would be wise to remember severything), cleanse your mind of any thoughts, sit down and start (or try) reading ‘The Silmarillon’

Complicated book, complicated (and long) blog post.
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Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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– Getting into the serious stuff

Maps, maps, maps. After ‘The Hobbit’, the journey to Middle-earth just got even more complicated and intricate.lotr books

This time, you will be introduced to a whole new set of characters, places, environments, creatures – you name it.
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Indulging on ‘The Hobbit’ Imagery

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– Why this post?

I’ll be going through the rest of the “Approaching Tolkien” articles soon. However,  since we’re on the subject of ‘The Hobbit’, let’s continue the discussion a bit more.
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Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Hobbit’

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(Above: My very complicated and masterful artwork …)

– Tackling your first adventure to Middle-earth

In the coming posts, I will hopefully try and provide a quick explanation on how to tackle the three major books by Tolkien. These will be primarily targeted to anyone who has yet to start reading the works and whilst I’m offering my own opinions on the subject, anyone is free to submit their own thoughts here!

– So where to begin?
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Discovering Middle-earth: Part IV

The long”-ish” tale of how I began to admire and enjoy Tolkien

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My first experience of reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (or anything related to Tolkien), was actually a weird one.

Since I was young, I wasn’t into reading – at all. Paragraphs longer than a few lines would send my mind drifting off to something completely different. I just couldn’t manage to concentrate on the descriptions and the wordings for longer than a few minutes.

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Discovering Middle-earth: Part III

The long”-ish” tale of how I began to admire and enjoy Tolkien

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So I basically spent the whole of 2003, shying away from people talking about anything related to ‘The Lord of the Rings’. People who had read the book or were simply speculating about how the story was going to end would find me running in the opposite direction.

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Discovering Middle-earth: Part II

The long”-ish” tale of how I began to admire and enjoy Tolkien

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As stated in Part I, viewing ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ re-wired my thoughts about the fantasy genre – nonetheless, I was still far away from picking up any book written by Tolkien.

It so happened that as October 2002 passed by, I stumbled upon the second trailer of ‘The Two Towers’. And then it snapped …

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