Tolkien Week: Days 5 & 6 – In Minas Tirith’s Library

Tolkien Week Minas Tirith Library (header)

The things I do for this blog …

I’ve spent the last two days hunched over a table in near-darkness, poring over maps, parchments and dusty books in the recesses of Minas Tirith’s general library.

I have scoured through countless Tolkien books in search of hidden knowledge and have come out a wiser man … Continue reading

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Tolkien Week: Days 3 & 4

Middle-earth Marathon Hangover (header)

Something of a Middle-earth Marathon¬†hangover …

So I missed a post yesterday. And yet, I was still exercising my Tolkien Week celebration duties. That back-to-back trilogy marathon took me way beyond what I had originally planned to do.

What I thought would be a day-by-day, film-by-film, viewing turned out into the final 4-film stretch all in one evening. Continue reading

Tolkien Week: Day 2

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Questions Time!

I love Tolkien-related questionnaires. They’re always so difficult to respond and to pinpoint a specific character of text to like; but they’re fun and a great way to learn about yourself and your love for Middle-earth.

So, in honour of the second day of Tolkien Week, here’s a nice little set of questions put forward by fellow blogger, Hamlette on her blog.

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Happy Hobbit Day!

Gandalf vs Gandalf

Where have you all been … ?

I’ve been waiting for you to join in my festivities on this blog for over two weeks now! ūüėČ

It’s 22 September and that means two things: Birthdays and Celebrations.

That’s right. If you’re in the loop of who’s who in Middle-earth, then you may or may not know that both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins celebrate their birthday today.

In honour of these two milestones in Middle-earth history, fans worldwide get to celebrate Hobbit Day (and Tolkien Week) in any way possible that demonstrates our love for the fandom. Continue reading

The Mewlips’ Dwelling: Minas Morgul?

Minas Morgul (gargoyle statue)

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The Dwelling of Tolkien’s Mysterious Creatures

It’s a strong possibility that Tolkien’s poem, The Mewlips (found in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil), is merely a “fictional” tale¬†passed down through Hobbit folklore.

The mystery and the spine-tingling descriptions give this concise poem a creepy touch. Whether or not the Mewlips are actual creatures inhabiting Middle-earth, has not stopped avid readers theorising where these beings might dwell.

Read the poem here and see how, quite naturally, people seem to attach the location of the Mewlips as being close to the eastern edge of Mirkwood, within the Long Marshes.

The descriptions fit rather seamlessly, but I’ve found another possible location as a contender … Continue reading

Remembering Tolkien: 42 Years On…

2 September, 1973

There are no lengthy posts today.JRR Tolkien

Let us simply remember that 42 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien passed away and left behind a legacy as the finest fantasy author of the 20th Century.

In those 40 decades since his passing, that legacy has gained strength and through the published and posthumous works, we can affirm what a great scholar, academic and human being he was.

Thank you Professor.