Following the sudden increase of interest in anything related to these creatures, I thought it would be good to provide you with the essential ingredients that make up a dragon within Tolkien’s own fantasy world.
This “Guide” is meant to present a clear description of what constitutes a dragon in Middle-earth, whilst at the same time providing a “how-to” list on avoiding being burnt to a crisp by one of these creatures – given by Tolkien himself …
Continue reading “Your Quick Guide To Dragons in Middle-earth (and how to tackle one)”
Have you started the countdown?
It’s exactly 369 days (if my calculations are correct), until the release of ‘There and Back Again’ on December 17, 2014.
Continue reading “Post DoS: Day 2 of 369”
The first of an article in two parts I had written a while back …
The Númenórean fleet and the voyages throughout Arda
The Númenóreans were, without any doubt, not only the greatest mortal beings, but also the finest mariners in the Second Age. Their skills in the building of ships and their voyages across the vast seas of the world were unsurpassed by any other race. This article will give a glimpse into the workings of their fleet and how it was organized. Also, it will look into the innumerable navigations that the men of Númenor undertook throughout the wide oceans. I shall be looking mainly at a span of 1523 years: from the first Númenórean ships to arrive in Middle-Earth, until the death of Tar-Minastir, when they began “failing” as a race.
Continue reading “The Men of the Sea: Part I”
I’ve already expressed my deep love and “obsession” for ‘The Silmarillion’ (Tolkien’s “greatest” book?) as one of the greatest works in English Literature. However, not everyone may be on the same page as mine when it comes to editorial and “canon” issues.
Continue reading “Unite! Setting ‘The Children of Húrin’ among the Classics”
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”
– Turning good stories into classics … physically, at least
There’s something intrinsically beautiful and magical about a Deluxe edition book being slowly extracted from its matching slipcase – none the least when that book has Tolkien’s motif embossed in gold at the back and the appropriate design on the front. Continue reading “My Tolkien Collection: Deluxe Editions”
– The finest of the finest … of which I own only one item Unfortunately, I can’t boast much of owning anything exclusively ‘rare’ and preciousss … The reason being that most of the stuff available (be it books, letters by Tolkien or other artefacts) are sold at ridiculously high prices. Continue reading “My Tolkien Collection: Rare books”
– Nothing to show off, just ‘displaying’ …
At this stage in the blog, with Tolkien Week fast approaching, and after writing (and blabbing to myself) about the books, analyzing images and films and retelling my discovery of such a hobby, I thought it the right time for me to guide you through my personal Tolkien-centric collection. Continue reading “My Tolkien Collection: An Introduction”
– A quick sidestepping post
I should have continued with the Character Profiles series, and I will. However, I just wanted to post a link to a video I’ve recently made regarding the whole Peter Jackson/Silmarillion movie issue.
I’ll be outright and state that I’m not in favour or against the issue. The video is basically an edit of two or three interviews (plus footage) found in various behind the scenes features for both ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.
I have tried to understand how Peter Jackson’s directing lifestyle has changed and evolved to ever bigger projects, despite his misgivings on the said matter a few years prior.
Continue reading “PJ and ‘The Silmarillion’ (video)”
– The stand-alone story
‘The Children of Húrin’ is one of the oldest narratives in Tolkien’s legendarium, being also one of the three Great Tales of the First Age – along with ‘Beren and Lúthien’ and ‘The Fall of Gondolin’.
Continue reading “Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Children of Húrin’”