Tolkien Week 2017: Day 2

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Day 2 of Tolkien Week and I thought I’d share with you a couple of photos I’ve taken of some collectibles and my observations on their interesting facial expressions.

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Frodo’s Elven Cloak at the Dead Marshes

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Did Sam fail to see Frodo?

The following is not a discussion or analysis post. It is a question.

I’d like to put forward something that’s been on my mind ever since I watched The Two Towers.

Remember the scene where Frodo, Sam and Gollum are hiding from a Black Rider during the Dead Marshes sequence?

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The Mewlips’ Dwelling: Minas Morgul?

Minas Morgul (gargoyle statue)

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The Dwelling of Tolkien’s Mysterious Creatures

It’s a strong possibility that Tolkien’s poem, The Mewlips (found in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil), is merely a “fictional” tale passed down through Hobbit folklore.

The mystery and the spine-tingling descriptions give this concise poem a creepy touch. Whether or not the Mewlips are actual creatures inhabiting Middle-earth, has not stopped avid readers theorising where these beings might dwell.

Read the poem here and see how, quite naturally, people seem to attach the location of the Mewlips as being close to the eastern edge of Mirkwood, within the Long Marshes.

The descriptions fit rather seamlessly, but I’ve found another possible location as a contender … Continue reading

Gollum Discovered!

Gollum in Marsascala (header)

Imagine my surprise …

So, just a few minutes away from my hometown, I discovered a fantastic piece of street art adorning an abandoned building.

You can imagine my surprise and awe as the wide-eyed creature that had been so meticulously painted, was none other than Gollum himself.

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The Gaffer’s Elite! Songs

The Gaffer (updated)Ranking all things Middle-earth

Welcome to another installment of the Gaffer’s Elite. Last week we outlined the top cinematic battles from Middle-earth. This time, we’ll be looking at the songs.

I have had to limit myself by listing only appropriately termed songs. As much as they are beautiful, no melodies featured as background music in the films have been named – perhaps for another post …

These are songs specifically characterised by being vocal compositions sung by a character or an ensemble during the films.

Now if only they’d recorded the Elves singing “O Tra la la lally…”

**Updated: Includes Éowyn’s Lament. Big thumbs up to Denzel Caragos for jogging my memory!**

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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

Is 60 the new 77?

Questioning the time span between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Ever since the release of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (and now, The Hobbit), film fans have been confusing the timeline difference between the two stories. It is often stated in articles, reviews, news items and in general discussions, that the story of The Hobbit takes place 60 years before the events in The Lord of the Rings.hobbit_title

Now, if you are a fan like me, you perhaps know that this isn’t exactly true.

But at the same time, it is.

Confusing? Let me explain …
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