The Tale of the Last Alliance

Last Alliance

In Tolkien’s own words 

I have long wished to see a full account of the War of the Last Alliance as written by Tolkien for the history of Middle-earth. Unfortunately, much of what we know is scattered into fragments over numerous books.

Following the success of The Tale of the Dagor Dagorth post, I have attempted to do the same thing. Looking for every passage, sentence, footnote and scrap of information referencing the Last Alliance, I have tried to construct a full account using Tolkien’s own writings. Continue reading

Discovered: Two Tolkien Gems

The Annual

New writings by the Professor heading your way

By now you’ve probably heard the news. Two poems by J.R.R. Tolkien have been brought to life after being concealed in an annual school journal for over 80 years.

The discovery, made by reknowed scholar Wayne G. Hammond, consists of two obscure poems The Shadow Man and Noel, that had been written by Tolkien for the 1936 Annual of Our Lady’s School, Abingdon. Continue reading

On Were-worms

Were-worm

Hunting the elusive creature

You pick up a copy of The Hobbit and start reading the first chapter.

Halfway through you encounter the following statement made by Bilbo Baggins:

“Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.”

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A LoTR-themed Birthday Cake

Birthday cake 2 (header)

Middle-earth sized celebration …

So another year has passed since my last birthday and lo and behold I discovered an unusual cake waiting for me on the kitchen table.

To say that I was impressed is an understatement. I marvelled at the intricate map and the tome-sized book-cake with the memorable fonts spelling out that magical 5-worded title. Continue reading

Books Read in 2015

Stacks of books

In which I set forth their titles…

For someone who loves to read and write, the following is a lacking number of books I have read this year. Between insufficient time and procrastination, this list could easily be twice as long.  Continue reading