Happy Hobbit Day 2016!

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It’s the 22nd of September, the birth dates of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, according to our Middle-earth calendars.

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

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Phew! The last couple of days have been pretty hectic. Apart from the daily, real-life chores, I’ve been writing away on the reviews, adding images, and writing a bit more. This was naturally accompanied by copious amounts of viewings of the three films to complement the writing and stimulate the mind! 🙂
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Tolkien Week is here!

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Whether you’re a fanatic of the films, an unflinching Tolkien purist or simply a mixture of both, this should be the best week in an otherwise dull month … (end of summer, rain, strong winds – unless you’re living in the Southern Hemisphere, that is.)
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Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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– Getting into the serious stuff

Maps, maps, maps. After ‘The Hobbit’, the journey to Middle-earth just got even more complicated and intricate.lotr books

This time, you will be introduced to a whole new set of characters, places, environments, creatures – you name it.
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Discovering Middle-earth: Part III

The long”-ish” tale of how I began to admire and enjoy Tolkien

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So I basically spent the whole of 2003, shying away from people talking about anything related to ‘The Lord of the Rings’. People who had read the book or were simply speculating about how the story was going to end would find me running in the opposite direction.

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Discovering Middle-earth: Part I

The long”-ish” tale of how I began to admire and enjoy Tolkien

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– It all begins with me and a particular dislike …

I’ll be outright and honest – I shunned fantasy. The very idea of fake prosthetic costumes glaring at defenceless mortal beings in some wacky skirmish (encompassed within even more phony sets) made me feel both uneasy and simply appalled.

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