I was fooled …

I would like to apologise to my fellow friends and followers on a post made on this blog earlier today reporting the announcement of a new Middle-earth film.

I was given the information by a seemingly reliable source but I ended up being the victim of an early April Fool’s joke.

Therefore, the original post has been deleted.

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Time for a #MegaMiddleEarthMarathon!

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies (posters)

So it begins …

It’s been months since I last saw any of the Middle-earth films. A travesty really …

It just so happens that, as any Tolkien fan surely is aware, 25th March is the day on which the Ring was destroyed and the Third Age of Middle-earth came to an end.

What better way to celebrate this historic event than by completing a mind-blowing mega marathon of all 6 extended edition films? Continue reading

Beowulf: The Lost King of Rohan

Beowulf A Translation and Commentary (header)

An Anglo-Saxon Connection

The Anglo-Saxon epic has been acknowledged many times as one of the major sources of inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The world in the poem is easily comparable to Rohan and beyond. The character of Beowulf himself has been placed under scrutiny and analysed alongside other characters from Middle-earth, including Aragorn and Bard the Bowman.

The Geat hero, however, shares a close affinity with the majority of the kings of Rohan. Indeed, one could argue that many of the qualities and characteristics found in the House of Eorl can be attributed to Beowulf as an individual. The events that shape his life can be gleamed from the lives of Théoden’s ancestors.

For the purpose of this article, I will be using Tolkien’s recently published: Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, in order to reference specific passages in relation to the character. I have also compared them with the text in The Lord of the Rings, with strong emphasis on ‘The House of Eorl’ in Appendix A. Continue reading

Are Tolkien’s Orcs Immortal?

Mordor Orcs

What do YOU think?

It’s one of those questions from Middle-earth that keeps cropping up, as there is no definitive answer yet.

In The Silmarillion Tolkien writes that Orcs came into being before the First Age in mockery of the Elves. Does the fact that Elves do not die a natural death imply that orcs embody the same immortality? Or do they age and die quicker due to their corrupt origin? Continue reading