Salmar: The Forgotten Maia

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Researching and Speculating on Tolkien

As I have often remarked on this blog, one of the great things about Tolkien’s works is the large number of mysteries and questions he has left unanswered; mysteries that can be picked up by any reader and researched to their heart’s content: looking for clues and cross-referencing over the thousands of pages of Middle-earth material, trying to dig up further information.

You may have read The Silmarillion numerous times and yet, with every new read, you discover something new. I know this because it happens to me. It has happened to me right now as I’m beginning my 10th or 11th re-read of the book and came across the oft forgotten character of Salmar. Continue reading

Gandalf vs Balrog: A Diorama

So this happened over the last few months …

Using the Gandalf and Balrog model kits from the Games Workshop range, the above diorama was constructed based on the pivotal moment in The Fellowship of the Ring, that pits the two Maiar against each other in a fiery duel.

Obviously, numerous viewings of The Fellowship of the Ring film were necessary in order to use as reference for the model; not only the scene in question, but the whole film. So as to enter into that mind-frame and capture the essence of it within the diorama. 😉

I hope you enjoy!

TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapters Seven and Eight

Ungoliath Destroys the Two Trees of Valinor (header)

Melkor’s Relentless Destruction Continues …

Chatper 7: Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor

Free from captivity, Melkor wanders Valinor among Elves and Ainur. His contributions of hidden knowledge help the Noldor to increase their skill in craftsmanship; and for a time Valinor is made more beautiful. Continue reading

‘Ungoliant’ Post: Follow-up

Spider (follow up)Impressed by the sheer amount of comments and personal theories in reply to this post (Ungoliant: a Fragment of Melkor’s Discord?), instead of commenting back to each and every one of you, I’ve decided to post your feedback here and discuss them one by one: constructing a follow-up article with a collection of your ideas on the subject.

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Ungoliant: A Fragment of Melkor’s Discord?

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*Warning! It gets as confusing as reading The Silmarillion in Khuzdul for the very first time … you have been warned!*

A question often arises within the first few chapters of reading The Silmarillion.

After the initial pages, readers get acquainted with Ilúvatar and the Ainur: the divisions between Valar and Maiar, and their entry into the physical world.

Then this being comes along by the name of Ungoliant – assuming the shape of a giant spider who aides the Vala Melkor, and drains the light from the Two Trees of Valinor.

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Riddles, Rhymes and Lilies: The Mystery of Tom Bombadil (Part IV)

Here’s Part IV of the Tom Bombadil article. Please bear with me – it’ll soon be concluded 😉

(Here are Part I, Part II and Part III for those who haven’t been through them yet)

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