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

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 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

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

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 …

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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.

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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