21 December 2003

The Lord of the Rings (on-screen logo)

I was 15, and I had just spent the previous twelve months with a feeling of constant uneasiness. I was afraid — afraid of people who knew too much, who had read The Lord of the Rings and would reveal the conclusion to the story before I had experienced it.

During the entire year of 2003, I was ever on the lookout not to find myself part of a conversation that naturally gravitated towards the looming release of The Return of the King. I would veer discussion far away from anything related to the trilogy, and would walk off as fast as a fell-beast flies whenever I heard people close by talking about the films -— often having to hum to myself in order to drown out any noise or keywords being spoken that might spoil the ending. Continue reading “21 December 2003”

LOTR: Théoden’s sword-swinging moments

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Cinematography is a special branch of filmmaking I hold very dear. The ability to convey a story visually, through the movement of a camera, the setting of a scene and the action of a character, is one of the most powerful tools of making a good film. Continue reading “LOTR: Théoden’s sword-swinging moments”

What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products

800 Middle-earth

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 “What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products”

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Review (Part III)

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It’s finally done! It took me over 2.5 years to complete this review of The Fellowship of the Ring. Well, I say “review” but in truth, it’s more of an analysis and an appreciation of the film.

Here’s hoping the next series of posts on The Two Towers and The Return of the King won’t take as long (yes, I said the same thing when I posted Part II of this review 7 months ago.)

If you haven’t done so yet, check out Part I and Part II.

Enjoy! Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Review (Part III)”

On Peter Jackson “Winging it…”

Dwarves vs Elves

The Chaos of The Battle of the Five Armies 

Before ever we set foot inside cinema theatres to watch the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, ardent fans, paying close attention to the online marketing campaign of the film, would have been aware that this last Middle-earth film was a rough road for the filmmakers.

Rumours had spread that something was amiss and that Peter Jackson’s 6-film closing statement was not as up-to-scratch as expected. The director himself, well known for his scruffy and dishevelled appearance, looked even more so and exhausted than ever before; and yet, with almost a year of post-production dedicated to this third Hobbit film, what went wrong? Continue reading “On Peter Jackson “Winging it…””

The Magic of sharing Middle-earth with others

Hobbiton (The Shire)

We’ve all been in that frustrating situation when you are trying to convince friends and family to join you in a single sitting of your favourite films. Many adamantly refuse your requests; others give in after much persuasion; whilst some, very rarely, are on board after witnessing your passionate display for the film in question. Continue reading “The Magic of sharing Middle-earth with others”

A short letter to Sir Peter

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In honour of his birthday: 31 October, 1961

Well, I may have had some reservations here and there in the man’s latest work. But isn’t that the purpose of a great director? His work fuels the mind to act, to give an opinion, to imagine and to experience.

I am forever indebted to Peter Jackson for influencing my early teens and shaping the following years into the man I am now. Were I not introduced to the world of Middle-earth I would not have become a keen admirer of filmmaking, a fantasy enthusiast, an ardent reader and, above all, a lover of words. Continue reading “A short letter to Sir Peter”

Happy Hobbit Day!

Gandalf vs Gandalf

Where have you all been … ?

I’ve been waiting for you to join in my festivities on this blog for over two weeks now! 😉

It’s 22 September and that means two things: Birthdays and Celebrations.

That’s right. If you’re in the loop of who’s who in Middle-earth, then you may or may not know that both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins celebrate their birthday today.

In honour of these two milestones in Middle-earth history, fans worldwide get to celebrate Hobbit Day (and Tolkien Week) in any way possible that demonstrates our love for the fandom. Continue reading “Happy Hobbit Day!”

Dragonslayer for a day … Archery!

Archery 1 (header)

Tangado haid! Leithio i philinn!

The sun descended towards the West. It’s piercing rays of light protruded through the swaying trees on my left. I winced as it shone in my eyes.

Sweat formed on my forehead. The heat was stifling. Before me lay the red creature, swaying mockingly in the refreshing breeze. The tension in my arms was beginning to take its toll. My left hand gripped the black bow firmly, while I drew back the last arrow from my set. The feathers touched my right cheek. My eyes were set on the target … Continue reading “Dragonslayer for a day … Archery!”