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I asked a particular question on the Tolkien Society Facebook page, in the hope of getting some interesting answers. But since that didn’t really happen, nor did it instigate a thought-provoking discussion, I’m re-posting the question here on this blog, hoping to evoke some comments and ideas from you all! Continue reading “The Great Eagles during the fall of Gondolin”
So this happened over the last few months …
Using the Gandalf and Balrog model kits from the Games Workshop range, the above diorama was constructed based on the pivotal moment in The Fellowship of the Ring, that pits the two Maiar against each other in a fiery duel.
Obviously, numerous viewings of The Fellowship of the Ring film were necessary in order to use as reference for the model; not only the scene in question, but the whole film. So as to enter into that mind-frame and capture the essence of it within the diorama. 😉
I hope you enjoy!
The reviewing continues …
Well, here it is. Almost two years later, here follows the continuation of the massive The Lord of the Rings review.
I’m ashamed to state it took me so long. But finally, here it is.
Mind you, this is only Part 2 of 3 of The Fellowship of the Ring, which I’m hoping won’t take as long to write. In the meantime, you’ve got much reading to do in this second part.
I hope you enjoy 🙂 … Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Review (Part II)”
The Third of the Great Tales
We’ve come to the climax of the ‘Quenta Silmarillion’ story. ‘Of the Ruin of Doriath’ started the ball rolling which led to the events in this coming chapter.
However, the seed had long been planted way back in ‘Of Maeglin’, the elf who was one of the causes of this disaster.
Through its vast geography, politics and characters, Tolkien manages to fuse one seemingly unrelated event a 100 pages earlier and expand on the consequences of that occurrence later on.
‘Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin’ marks the continuing tremendous decline of the Free Peoples in Beleriand. Continue reading “TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapter Twenty-Three”
The Fall of Fëanor and the Rise of the Noldor
Remember last week we tackled 3 chapters? This week it’s just the one. Things are about to get intricate and personal…
Continue reading “TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapter Thirteen”
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 Gaffer’s Elite: Cinematic Shots”
Ranking All Things Middle-earth
In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the story is everything. But what adds to the beauty of experiencing it, is witnessing the breathtaking conflict that takes place throughout the narratives. In this second installment of “The Gaffer’s Elite” series, I’ll be attempting the daunting task of classifying my most favourite confrontations from the Middle-earth films.
For last week’s post, see ‘Soundtracks’. Continue reading “The Gaffer’s Elite! Battles”
*Warning! It gets as confusing as reading The Silmarillion in Khuzdul for the very first time … you have been warned!*
A question often arises within the first few chapters of reading The Silmarillion.
After the initial pages, readers get acquainted with Ilúvatar and the Ainur: the divisions between Valar and Maiar, and their entry into the physical world.
Then this being comes along by the name of Ungoliant – assuming the shape of a giant spider who aides the Vala Melkor, and drains the light from the Two Trees of Valinor.
Continue reading “Ungoliant: A Fragment of Melkor’s Discord?”
I’ve been writing on this blog for a while now, blabbing and rambling about everything Tolkien and anything that comes close in connection.
But now I’m wondering whether you’re like me … Is anyone else (dare I use the word) “obsessive” about Tolkien?
Do you find yourself (on a daily basis) thinking of particular quotes, pieces of dialogue from the films, a visual image of Middle-earth, singing a snippet of a song … ?
Continue reading “Is it just me … or are you like me? Speak Out!”
The third, and last part of this series of posts – this time concentrating on memorable confrontations in Middle-earth; to select but a very few …
As always, some spoilers present. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Memorable confrontations in Film and Literature: Part III”