“The Shadows Where the Mewlips [really] dwell” – Mapping the road to Mordor?

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I’m chuffed by the eager response asking me to post the paper I presented at this year’s Oxonmoot. Well, here it is in full (with a few additional notes) for your enjoyment, if such be its fate. Continue reading ““The Shadows Where the Mewlips [really] dwell” – Mapping the road to Mordor?”

The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition Review

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The expanded vision of the second installment bolsters Middle-earth’s richness and reinstates Peter Jackson’s masterful filmmaking that spans a 6-film saga.

As a theatrical release, The Desolation of Smaug was a significant improvement from the occasionally slow-moving sequences (which I personally find no objection to) in An Unexpected Journey.The Desolation of Smaug EE DVD

But whilst the first Extended Edition release (with a total of 13 minutes of extra footage) felt more like a financial (as well as traditional) move for fans (though I find the Hobbiton sequences the most appropriate), The Desolation of Smaug’s 25 minutes of new scenes marks a massive improvement in the scope of the two Extended Editions.

I can here formally extend my gratitude to Peter Jackson for re-recognizing the meaning of an Extended Edition – following the success of the format with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Continue reading “The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition Review”

Revealed! New Hobbit Banner …

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“Air! I need air!”

Anyone else?

I’m channelling Bofur’s lines here, from The Desolation of Smaug because that is exactly what I’m going through right now.

Unlike the dwarf however, who found himself trapped in the claustrophobic entanglement of Mirkwood Forest, mine is out of pure joy after seeing the just-released banner scroll for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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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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