Day 2 of Tolkien Week and I thought I’d share with you a couple of photos I’ve taken of some collectibles and my observations on their interesting facial expressions.
A brief look at the detailed majesty of Smaug – King Under the Mountain from WETA’s collectibles range.
Image by Jeff Murray (JeffMurray.com)
Between Tolkien’s three major Middle-earth works, there is a small number of references to dragons, but even less so have been attributed with particular names or involved in specific events.
Scatha the Worm is one of those rare named dragons about whom we know almost nothing, but this presents an excellent opportunity to analyse and speculate briefly. Continue reading
Given the recent outcry at the $800 price tag for the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition, and inspired by TheOneRing.net’s recent Facebook post, I thought it would be fun to see what $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products.
Bear in mind that this is just a very selective list and may include other items that have been overseen. Prices are also based on approximations.
So, imagine you have $800 in your hand, or next to you and you’re ready to splurge on Middle-earth. Instead of choosing the Limited Collector’s Edition, you decide to purchase one of the following bundles … Continue reading
I thought it would be a good idea to spend just a few minutes understanding the concept of “dragon-talk” and “dragon-sickness”. I have always found that many people confuse the two as being one and the same. Moreover, with the advent of the film trilogy, this distinction between them seems to have disappeared completely.
So, whilst I claim to be no Tolkien expert, here’s my take on the issue.
Whence come the dragons …
Within Tolkien’s works there are only two instances in which the Withered Heath is mentioned, and both come from The Hobbit.
The first (and only) time we get to know about this place is from a comment made by Thorin during the ‘Unexpected Party’.
“And I know where Mirkwood is, and the Withered Heath where the great dragons bred.”
The Hobbit, ‘An Unexpected Party’
Whilst my curious reader-appetite has been satisfied, I’ve always wanted to know more about this particular location in Middle-earth. Continue reading