Why we celebrate Tolkien’s birth

JRR Tolkien

3rd January, 1892

Every year, on 3rd January, it’s tradition for fans of the Professor to honour his birth date.

But what are we actually celebrating? His stories, his academic life or the human aspect? Continue reading

The Middle-earth prologues

prologues (header)

Do you remember the first shot of every Middle-earth film?

Sure you do.

It’s also interesting to note the similarities of every opening – further reinforcing the connections between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

At the same time, I’m sure you’ve noticed the odd-one-out of the entire lot …  Continue reading

Old Bolg back in The Hobbit!

Bolg (old design)

From being slain in An Unexpected Journey to chief torturer in The Battle of the Five Armies

I’ve grown rather fond of the final appearance of Bolg in The Hobbit trilogy. Although I had some initial reservations, I’ve come around.

You may probably have noticed by now that the original design for Bolg (and originally Azog – it’s slightly complicated so here’s a link to a detailed post about the design history: Azog, Bolg … and Yazneg: The trio’s tangled design history), has made an appearance in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Missed him? Continue reading

Possible Middle-earth films…

Middle-earth next film

Other promising stories contending for the silver screen 

Even during the initial stages of production on The Hobbit, people worldwide were already speculating what other future projects pertaining to the world of Middle-earth may grace our screens.

The Silmarillion is a vast horde of riches sitting beneath the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon; a source of material barred from cinematic adaptation within the foreseeable future – and perhaps, a good thing too.

However, copyright issues aside, we must not forget the other stories contained within the appendices of The Lord of the Rings; stories that have been virtually untouched by Peter Jackson’s expansion of his Hobbit trilogy. Continue reading

Travelling to New Zealand? Here’s a map and key…

New Zealand travel map

Don’t step onto the road without knowing where you might be swept off to…

I feel I’m playing the part of Gandalf here: advising all Thorin-like followers, who are embarking on an adventure to New Zealand, to utilise a most essential map on your travels.

Why you would be going to the Southern Hemisphere is anyone’s guess; but if you’re reading this particular post on this particular blog, chances are you’re doing your own Middle-earth pilgrimage. Continue reading