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.
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?
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.
I almost stumbled on the pavement as I rounded a corner and found myself facing an old, beloved Middle-earth friend. Continue reading “Gollum Discovered!”
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!**
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”
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.
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 …
Continue reading “Is 60 the new 77?”
Make way for the biggest goblin of them all …
When you think you’ve seen all sorts of goblins, orcs, and other foul creatures in Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth, there comes a fancy chap by the name (or rather, title) of the Great Goblin.
When you read The Hobbit, this character comes across as a highly sarcastic individual; a vain leader of sorts; and, to a certain extent, a narcissist.
Continue reading “Character Profile: The Great Goblin”
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! 🙂
Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Review (Part I)”
As always, some spoilers present. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Memorable confrontations in Film and Literature: Part III”
(Above: notice the bookmark in ‘Unfinished Tales’ … currently in my second read – notice also, the horrendous lighting setup in all these pictures. Apologies.)
– Your first introduction
If your intention is to read and re-read as much of Tolkien as you can (whether you are a serious collector or not), paperbacks are an indispensable element in your reading experience. Light, easy to handle and containing pretty much the exact same text as any other version, paperbacks will always be there with you. Sure, after a couple of years you’ll start noticing ugly creases along the spine of your books, or brown marks littering the edges of the pages, but the words and the emotion contained inside will still be there. Continue reading “My Tolkien Collection: Paperbacks”