Fun Post: Scatha the Worm (Smaug’s brother?)

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Image by Jeff Murray (JeffMurray.com)

Between Tolkien’s three major Middle-earth works, there is a small number of references to dragons, but even less so have been attributed with particular names or involved in specific events.

Scatha the Worm is one of those rare named dragons about whom we know almost nothing, but this presents an excellent opportunity to analyse and speculate briefly. Continue reading “Fun Post: Scatha the Worm (Smaug’s brother?)”

The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer! New Scenes!

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In case you missed it . . .

Yes, so a certain trailer for a certain trilogy was released online in anticipation of the cinema release of all three extended editions of The Hobbit. Here’s the result.

Below we take a look at the new shots in store.

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In the meantime, here are some of the extended/new scenes we can expect in The Battle of the Five Armies. Continue reading “The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer! New Scenes!”

The Gaffer’s Elite: Realms and Settlements

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Ranking all things Middle-earth

Hullo friends!

It’s Friday today and that means another post from the Gaffer’s Elite! Now I had announced a “favourite characters” ranking last week, but in the meantime I thought there’s just one more post I need to do before getting to that.

Undoubtedly, one of the most appealing things about Middle-earth, and the reason why we keeping going back to these films and reading the books, is due to the vast variety of locations the stories take place in.

In 6 films, Peter Jackson and his creative team have visualised much of Tolkien’s fertile creativity and sublime imagination. Suffice to say, the combination of visual effects, set design and New Zealand’s natural breathtaking countryside, have given us a wealth of fantasy locales unlike any other.

So without further ado, here are some of my most cherished environments from the films… Continue reading “The Gaffer’s Elite: Realms and Settlements”

Possible Middle-earth films…

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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 “Possible Middle-earth films…”

The Hobbit: BOTFA Full Review!

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Scene by scene analysis of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’

Warning: Spoilers ahead

Having just seen the last film for a third time, I think I am prepared to tackle the pleasurable, if arduous, task of writing an in-depth review.

I have roughly followed the soundtrack listing of each scene to keep a consistent and chronological structure to the writing.

Suffice to say, this is quite a lengthy review …

Continue reading “The Hobbit: BOTFA Full Review!”

BOTFA Review! (Spoiler-free)

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The big plus of the final Hobbit film is its urgency. The big minus, is also its urgency.

It may sound contradicting, but that really is how I felt, after seeing the final installment of The Hobbit.

To those who thought that the previous two films dragged along in pacing, Peter Jackson seems to have responded with his most fervent Middle-earth film yet.

In just over two hours, Jackson pulls off the immense task of bringing the story’s major (and most complicated) sequences remarkably well.

Continue reading “BOTFA Review! (Spoiler-free)”

7 Fantastic Middle-earth Theories

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Brilliant, thought-provoking theories that are debunked, unfounded and pretty much confirmed

I’ve decided to tackle 7 theories constructed by readers of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, that are rather extraordinary in concept and make perfect sense (though some can be disproved or contested).

There are many arguments in discussion around the characters and stories of Middle-earth; but I’ve decided to focus on a few which have struck me the most.

Starting from the impossible and busted arguments to the more plausible ones, here we go … Continue reading “7 Fantastic Middle-earth Theories”

Rumours of Thráin …

**Warning: possible minor spoilers from The Hobbit**

> Who is this Thráin?

You know, that crazy dwarf – king-to-be character – which was supposed to make an appearance in The Desolation of Smaug – but clearly didn’t.

Upon seeing the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy, Thráin II (son of Thrór, father of Thorin Oakenshield) appears to be a rather key ingredient in the whole narrative – despite his lack of Thráin IIparticipation in the story.
Continue reading “Rumours of Thráin …”

The “Which Five Armies?” Debate: Settling It Once and for All …

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**SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read the book yet (really?!), you might want to avoid this article to keep your final film experience intact. To all the rest, carry on!**

– Case Closed

I can start this post by saying, it’s a needless post. The case is pretty much closed as the answer to the question, “Which Five Armies is Tolkien referring to in the Battle of Five Armies?“, can’t be more plainly given than it is in the book. Continue reading “The “Which Five Armies?” Debate: Settling It Once and for All …”