Cinematography is a special branch of filmmaking I hold very dear. The ability to convey a story visually, through the movement of a camera, the setting of a scene and the action of a character, is one of the most powerful tools of making a good film. Continue reading “LOTR: Théoden’s sword-swinging moments”
Making a brief appearance almost halfway into The Return of the King is the character of Ioreth; a woman from Lossarnach and one of the healers in the city of Minas Tirith. No matter the limited number of pages she is present in, she nevertheless maintains a memorable presence in the book. Continue reading “Ioreth of Gondor”
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.
I have scoured through countless Tolkien books in search of hidden knowledge and have come out a wiser man … Continue reading “Tolkien Week: Days 5 & 6 – In Minas Tirith’s Library”
Ranking all things Middle-earth
It’s Friday today and that means another post from the Gaffer’s Elite! Now I had announced a “favourite characters” ranking last week, but in the meantime I thought there’s just one more post I need to do before getting to that.
Undoubtedly, one of the most appealing things about Middle-earth, and the reason why we keeping going back to these films and reading the books, is due to the vast variety of locations the stories take place in.
In 6 films, Peter Jackson and his creative team have visualised much of Tolkien’s fertile creativity and sublime imagination. Suffice to say, the combination of visual effects, set design and New Zealand’s natural breathtaking countryside, have given us a wealth of fantasy locales unlike any other.
So without further ado, here are some of my most cherished environments from the films… Continue reading “The Gaffer’s Elite: Realms and Settlements”
Ranking All Things Middle-earth
In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the story is everything. But what adds to the beauty of experiencing it, is witnessing the breathtaking conflict that takes place throughout the narratives. In this second installment of “The Gaffer’s Elite” series, I’ll be attempting the daunting task of classifying my most favourite confrontations from the Middle-earth films.
For last week’s post, see ‘Soundtracks’. Continue reading “The Gaffer’s Elite! Battles”
For clarity’s sake, I’ll ask that again …
Do your Middle-earth discs freeze?
“Freeze” as in: stop; pause; halt; momentarily cease to function; 1 frame turns into 10 frames or more?
Continue reading “Do your Middle-earth discs freeze?”
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 .
Continue reading “Reading a Tolkien Passage: Help!”
A question perhaps not as common as Who is Tom Bombadil? or Do Balrogs have wings?, is the equally-ambiguous issue of which Two Towers give their name to the second volume of The Lord of the Rings.
From a book perspective I never found myself asking this question, since the answer seemed to present itself clearly – even though in contradiction with what the films have offered us.
Continue reading “Which Two Towers?”
The third, and last part of this series of posts – this time concentrating on memorable confrontations in Middle-earth; to select but a very few …
As always, some spoilers present. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Memorable confrontations in Film and Literature: Part III”