Tolkien Books I HAVE NOT read (yet)

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Though this might not trouble some of you, I believe I’m letting down my own Tolkien self and feel the need to share.

Whilst the author’s works are too extensive to be read within the relatively brief amount of time I’ve been an ardent reader of Tolkien (15 years give or take), there are some books — written by or about him — that I feel disappointed at not having yet tackled them. Continue reading

Approaching Tolkien: The Lay of Aotrou & Itroun

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Tolkien’s poetic skills are undisputed: eloquent, beautiful, moving.

I am in no way an expert on poetry. However, I like to read the odd verse or two every now and then. So what I look for in a poem is a consistent rhyming pattern, the clever construction of words and meaning in a restrictive format, and all this through an easy and clear read.

This is why I have enjoyed Tolkien’s poems above any other author’s. He is capable of saying so much, in such a beautiful way, without reverting to the abstract or metaphorical that is typical of so many poems. His pacing is progressive and the content itself is both meaningful and straight to the point. Continue reading

What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products

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Given the recent outcry at the $800 price tag for the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition, and inspired by TheOneRing.net’s recent Facebook post, I thought it would be fun to see what $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products.

Bear in mind that this is just a very selective list and may include other items that have been overseen. Prices are also based on approximations.

So, imagine you have $800 in your hand, or next to you and you’re ready to splurge on Middle-earth. Instead of choosing the Limited Collector’s Edition, you decide to purchase one of the following bundles … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition

*NOTE* I feel I should explain myself for the lack of posts on this blog for over a month, but any reason would hardly be sufficient. Suffice to say, real life stuff gets in the way; but hurray! I’m back for the day!

Middle-earth Limited Collectors Edition

Word is out that Warner Bros. will be releasing a much-anticipated (as well as dreaded) box set containing all 6 Middle-earth films. The release is expected to take place on October 4th, and whilst the set promises to be a definitive version, there are some well-justified concerns. Continue reading

I dream of writing a book …

Perhaps an unusual post compared to the others written so far. But nonetheless, it is intrinsically linked to the whole scope of this blog.

Ever since I’ve discovered Tolkien (and even years before that), I had in mind of writing a book.

But what sort of book?

A novel always piqued my interest. Once Tolkien was in my mindset, a fantasy novel seemed more tempting. But then I started wondering, as I have ever done when I begin writing such novel … I’m not a creative person.
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