Character Profile: Bard the Bowman

Bard the Bowman

The race of Men’s own version of Legolas 

Now that The Desolation of Smaug has been released, I can continue discussing the new characters that have become part of the Hobbit story-line – comparing and contrasting them between novel and film.
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Your Quick Guide To Dragons in Middle-earth (and how to tackle one)

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Following the sudden increase of interest in anything related to these creatures, I thought it would be good to provide you with the essential ingredients that make up a dragon within Tolkien’s own fantasy world.

This “Guide” is meant to present a clear description of what constitutes a dragon in Middle-earth, whilst at the same time providing a “how-to” list on avoiding being burnt to a crisp by one of these creatures – given by Tolkien himself …
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The Lay of the Children of Hurin Illuminated Manuscript: Update 1

A wonderful post by a fellow Tolkienist – Steven, at the Leather Library Blog. Check out the rest of his brilliant site for topics both on Tolkien and others. Meanwhile, here’s a particularly fascinating project of his …
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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ – Review

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-Smaug has finally arrived!

As promised, here’s a much detailed review of the second installment in ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy. Having seen the film three times so far, I’m able to delve into a bit more detail concerning the workings of the film.
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Azog, Bolg … and Yazneg: The trio’s tangled design history

– Azog is Bolg, then Yazneg is Azog, then Azog is Azog …

To the general movie goer, not interested in the comings and goings that occur during the production of a film, or the juicy tidbits and rumours that trail along till the cinematic release, will undoubtedly shrug off any knowledge concerning the complex changes that two characters in ‘The Hobbit’ went through.
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