Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth … looking back in wonder

Tolkien Exhibition 2018
No photography was allowed inside the actual exhibition space due to light-sensitive documents

As you walk up the steps of the Weston Library in the heart of Oxford, anticipation sets in at the sight of a large sign with the word Tolkien printed on it, and wrapped around one of the columns adorning the building’s facade. Heading inside, you find yourself in a large foyer, reminiscent of the British Library, and greeted by that same thought when visiting such places: “There is knowledge here that surpasses all earthly gold and treasure”. Continue reading

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Tolkien Week: Days 5 & 6 – In Minas Tirith’s Library

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The things I do for this blog …

I’ve spent the last two days hunched over a table in near-darkness, poring over maps, parchments and dusty books in the recesses of Minas Tirith’s general library.

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TTRT: The Silmarillion – Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen

Fingolfin consulting a map (header)

I Love Maps!

The next two chapters in The Silmarillion – strategically placed in the middle of the book – offer a descriptive glimpse into the lands of Beleriand and the establishment of the Noldor and the other races.

They are not complex chapters to deal with, but the intricate details with which Tolkien describes every waterfall, shrub, lowland and grain of earth, might feel slightly overwhelming.

That’s where the maps come in …

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Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Lord of the Rings’

lotr header(Above: … and my masterful artwork continues)

– 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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Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Hobbit’

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(Above: My very complicated and masterful artwork …)

– Tackling your first adventure to Middle-earth

In the coming posts, I will hopefully try and provide a quick explanation on how to tackle the three major books by Tolkien. These will be primarily targeted to anyone who has yet to start reading the works and whilst I’m offering my own opinions on the subject, anyone is free to submit their own thoughts here!

– So where to begin?
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