What is Tolkien’s Tale of Beren & Lúthien about?

Beren and Luthien

With just under three weeks to go before the release of the publication of Beren and Lúthien, I thought I’d write a quick post about my thoughts on the oft mentioned couple and their place within the Tolkien legendarium. Continue reading “What is Tolkien’s Tale of Beren & Lúthien about?”

In Praise of Michael Pellerin

Michael Pellerin

I am a big fan of behind the scenes documentaries for films.

My passion started way back in 1994 when, just a few months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, a ‘making of’ feature was shown on TV. I was mesmerised to see what went on behind the camera lens: the writing of the script, the set design and, of course, the creation of the dinosaurs themselves.

Since then, I devoured any behind the scenes features I came across, no matter what film it was. This occurred well before the advent of DVDs and such instances showed up few and far between. Continue reading “In Praise of Michael Pellerin”

TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapters Ten, Eleven and Twelve!

First Battle of Beleriand (header)

Something Wicked this Way Comes

This week we’ll be dealing with the next three chapters.

As is the style of The Silmarillion, even short sentences pack a punch. A phrase can suddenly take a reader a thousand years forward into the narrative.

So whilst these chapters are short of pages, there’s much going on …

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TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapter Nine

Kinslaying at Alqualonde (header)

The Fall of Elvenkind

Since this chapter is quite long I decided to tackle it on its own for this week. As always, stick-figures make a persistent return.

Chapter 9 – Of The Flight of the Noldor

Melkor has wreaked havoc in Valinor. The Two Trees lie dead in the darkness of the world. As the Valar convene in Máhanaxar (“the Ring of Doom”), they mourn the staggering loss they have suffered and decide on what to do next. Continue reading “TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapter Nine”

Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ ~ Update 2

Fall of Arthur

The Writing Continues Fervently

You may or may not remember (for which I wouldn’t blame you), that I had in mind a little project that would attempt to conclude Tolkien’s unfinished poem The Fall of Arthur.

You may also recall how much I love this poem and that I had posted an extract way back at the end of August last year (The Writing Begins), hoping to complete the poem in a further 4 cantos (approximately 200 lines each).FallOfArthur book cover

Tolkien’s poem ends at Canto V (‘Of the setting of the sun at Romeril’); this project thereby attempts to reconstruct Cantos VI to IX. Weirdly enough, my first update picked up from Canto VII, titled: ‘Arthur lands in Romeril’.

This time, I’m posting an extract from the beginning of Canto VI: ‘The Departure of Gawain’.

As I’ve said before, the verses are more in freestyle form rather than the Old English metre I had originally attempted. I’ve decided to focus more on the rhythm and the sense of every line.

Furthermore, I am in no way attempting to write on the same level as Professor Tolkien – that is rather impossible to do.

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Middle-earth’s Best Mums

Morwen (TTT)

Celebrating Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day in this part of the world (and in many other parts), so it’s only natural to dedicate a nice post on the subject.

There are many strong female characters in the histories of Middle-earth who have given birth and raised equally important characters.

In honour of Mother’s Day, we will take a look at the finest examples of motherhood in Tolkien’s fantasy world (books only).

At the same time, I take this opportunity to wish all real-world mothers out there my best wishes and thumbs up for the awesome job you do 😉

Oh and now’s the time to put a -Spoiler Alert!- If you haven’t yet read The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales (The Lord of the Rings seems to lack in mothers) proceed with extra caution…

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TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapters Five and Six

Melkor bows before the Valar (header)

The Great Journey and the Return of Melkor

Chapter 5 – “Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië”

As the Eldalië’s (Elves) colossal march towards the western shores of Beleriand continues, the so-called Sundering of the Elves spreads throughout the Hither Lands.

The Teleri fall behind, whilst the Vanyar and Noldor proceed forward until they finally arrive on the coasts. Ulmo utilises an island in the sea to ferry the Elves across the Great Sea and onto Aman. Continue reading “TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapters Five and Six”