Returning to Middle-earth: from one fantasy world to another

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To me there’s only one fantasy world where I feel most at home. Middle-earth was, and will remain my primary destination for the tired mind and heart that long to seek solace and comfort from the real world. Continue reading

On Were-worms

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Hunting the elusive creature

You pick up a copy of The Hobbit and start reading the first chapter.

Halfway through you encounter the following statement made by Bilbo Baggins:

“Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.”

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A LoTR-themed Birthday Cake

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Middle-earth sized celebration …

So another year has passed since my last birthday and lo and behold I discovered an unusual cake waiting for me on the kitchen table.

To say that I was impressed is an understatement. I marvelled at the intricate map and the tome-sized book-cake with the memorable fonts spelling out that magical 5-worded title. Continue reading

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

Reading a Tolkien Passage: Help!

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I may have written some tips on how to tackle Tolkien’s works, but that doesn’t mean I’m an expert – in any way. On the contrary, I’m still in the learning stages and there comes a time where even I find myself in difficulty reading his texts.

Case in point is the section ‘Farewell to Lorien’, from The Fellowship of the Ring. Halfway through the chapter, Celeborn advises a possible route for the Company to take .

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