‘Beren and Lúthien’ Delayed

Hurin galleysOver the last couple of days, news has emerged that the publication of Beren and Lúthien, the new Tolkien book, has been pushed back and will now be released on June 1st.

Originally intended for a May publication, there has not yet been any official statement on what has caused this delay.

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Snow-Trolls and Stone-Giants in Middle-earth

La dix-neuvième Caravane des Dominicains d'Arcueil. [With a deThe evidence for the existence of both snow-rolls and stone-giants haunting the deep, shadowy passes of Middle-earth is, at best, poor.

To begin with, we have a stronger argument in favour of giants. Continue reading

Reflection on a Tolkien Quote

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And it is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance else that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.
The Silmarillion, ‘Ainulindalë’

What an alluring way to describe the qualities of the Sea. Beautiful and terrifying at the same time, the Sea is essentially the foundation of our world. There is a mystery in the unfathomable depths of the ocean and a musicality to the waves hitting the shores. Continue reading

My decade-old Tolkien book

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Ladies and gentleman. This is the oldest Tolkien book in my collection.

It’s been 10 years since I bought my first book on Middle-earth. No The Lord of the Rings, nor The Hobbit would introduce me to the J.R.R. Tolkien’s storytelling.

I dived straight into the tales of the First Age. Continue reading

The Gaffer’s Elite: Cinematic Shots

Gaffer Gamgee

Ranking all things Middle-earth

Last week we ranked the best characters’ songs from the Middle-earth films. This time, I will be going through my favourite shots from the two trilogies.

In filmic terms, a shot is basically a number of frames. A shot can be anything – a landscape, a setup, a character’s face – in front of the camera. It can be of any length in duration, without breaking away from the action – thus, without any editing cuts.

Think of a conversation between two people; every time the camera shows one character’s face and then the other, it’s switching between two separate shots. Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives March 24!

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“Frenetic, gripping, ridiculous and solemn at all the right places – the geek blockbuster of the year.”

— Michael Calia, The Wall Street Journal

 The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

Arrives onto Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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The Gaffer’s Elite! Songs

The Gaffer (updated)Ranking all things Middle-earth

Welcome to another installment of the Gaffer’s Elite. Last week we outlined the top cinematic battles from Middle-earth. This time, we’ll be looking at the songs.

I have had to limit myself by listing only appropriately termed songs. As much as they are beautiful, no melodies featured as background music in the films have been named – perhaps for another post …

These are songs specifically characterised by being vocal compositions sung by a character or an ensemble during the films.

Now if only they’d recorded the Elves singing “O Tra la la lally…”

**Updated: Includes Éowyn’s Lament. Big thumbs up to Denzel Caragos for jogging my memory!**

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