The Tale of the Dagor Dagorath

Constructing the account of the Dagor Dagorath –

the Last Battle of Arda

Introduction

Many mythologies in literature make several references to their own interpretation of events related to the end of the world. No different is the case in J.R.R. Tolkien’s own fantasy world. Clues are to be found sparsely scattered in some of his major works – hinting at the end of the world and the rebuilding of Arda. Continue reading

I dream of writing a book …

Perhaps an unusual post compared to the others written so far. But nonetheless, it is intrinsically linked to the whole scope of this blog.

Ever since I’ve discovered Tolkien (and even years before that), I had in mind of writing a book.

But what sort of book?

A novel always piqued my interest. Once Tolkien was in my mindset, a fantasy novel seemed more tempting. But then I started wondering, as I have ever done when I begin writing such novel … I’m not a creative person.
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Approaching Tolkien: The Fall of Arthur

The Fall of Arthur might not appeal to every reader interested in the stories and realms from Middle-earth. The poem, considering its subject matter and unfinished state, might put off some people attempting to tackle this slightly academic book.

The reason for this post is for me to try and convince you in giving it a go!
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Liebster Award Nominations

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It’s been a while now, but I’ve had the chance to work on this finally. Steven over at The Leather Library and Amphi-theater Words have nominated this blog for the Liebster blog award. The award is offered to those who have less than 200 followers. Naturally, I’d like to give a big thanks to Steven for this wonderful nomination and for his ever-helpful support to this blog. Below are the rules to the contest, including the answers to Steven’s 10 questions as well as 10 questions that my nominees must answer to accept my nomination:
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The Desolation of Smaug: Awards and Accolades

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I’m one of those people who believes that a film does not necessarily have to receive an award in order to be a good piece of cinema.

Then again, it’s always nice when a film you’ve enjoyed actually receives a nomination (or praise) here and there.
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Approaching Tolkien: Tales from the Perilous Realm

Wondering through the enchanted paths of Middle-earth and the lands of Faërie …Tales from the Perilous Realm cover

Tales from the Perilous Realm is a collection of four independent works written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Whilst exploring Tolkien’s style of writing in different lands other than those of Middle-earth, it is interesting to see how these short works inspired or, in turn, were influenced by the author’s more famous works.

The following post shall briefly tackle each major work; outlining the general storyline/content and providing some reflections on each of them and their context within Tolkien’s other work.
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Book Review: The Real Middle-earth

This post is dedicated to a book review – the first-ever on this blog.

I was privileged enough to be approached by author Michael Muhling and asked to do a review of his new book on Tolkien’s inspiration for Middle-earth. I jumped at the opportunity and after having read the work, I can now share my thoughts on it here.

The Real Middle-earth: Discovering the Origin of The Lord of the Rings, by Michael Muhling is an in-depth analysis into the history and central figures of Abyssinia (modern-day Michael-Muhling-coverEthiopia); reflecting on these aspects as being a possible source of inspiration for the major locations, cultures (and characters) in The Lord of the Rings.
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Trying out a new layout … (perhaps, with varying degrees of success)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the layout of the blog for these past few weeks now.

While I tend to prefer the less fanciful designs and colours, I was beginning to think that the white background was becoming just a tad bit … boring.

Which is why I’ve decided to try-out this new design for the blog. Hopefully, the posts can be read on a larger area and the “combination” of colours should help in keeping things both organized and fresh.

Hope you’ll find this layout agreeable – and if not, shout out your comments here 🙂

In the meantime, my next post will consist of a book review about Tolkien’s Middle-earth – a very recent publication … stay tuned!

Is it just me … or are you like me? Speak Out!

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I’ve been writing on this blog for a while now, blabbing and rambling about everything Tolkien and anything that comes close in connection.

But now I’m wondering whether you’re like me … Is anyone else (dare I use the word) “obsessive” about Tolkien?

Do you find yourself (on a daily basis) thinking of particular quotes, pieces of dialogue from the films, a visual image of Middle-earth, singing a snippet of a song … ?
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