Nostalgia for The Hobbit

The Hobbit (on-screen logo)

It happened … again.

It’s been ages since I’ve seen any films from both Middle-earth trilogies and I’m starting to experience some side-effects from it.

Today I happened to come across the ‘Ironfoot’ track from The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack. It brought back some strong feelings of nostalgia for The Hobbit. Continue reading

What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products

800 Middle-earth

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

On Peter Jackson “Winging it…”

Dwarves vs Elves

The Chaos of The Battle of the Five Armies 

Before ever we set foot inside cinema theatres to watch the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, ardent fans, paying close attention to the online marketing campaign of the film, would have been aware that this last Middle-earth film was a rough road for the filmmakers.

Rumours had spread that something was amiss and that Peter Jackson’s 6-film closing statement was not as up-to-scratch as expected. The director himself, well known for his scruffy and dishevelled appearance, looked even more so and exhausted than ever before; and yet, with almost a year of post-production dedicated to this third Hobbit film, what went wrong? Continue reading

On Were-worms

Were-worm

Hunting the elusive creature

You pick up a copy of The Hobbit and start reading the first chapter.

Halfway through you encounter the following statement made by Bilbo Baggins:

“Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.”

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Books Read in 2015

Stacks of books

In which I set forth their titles…

For someone who loves to read and write, the following is a lacking number of books I have read this year. Between insufficient time and procrastination, this list could easily be twice as long.  Continue reading

When winter first begins to bite …

Winter (flower).jpg

It’s been almost a month since I’ve written any posts.

I’m still here. I’m still a fan of Tolkien, the films and literature in general. I love writing and am still reading books whilst pondering new posts.

It just so happens that Time has a rather cheeky way of getting in the way.

We’re heading towards December, and the Festive spirit is catching on. I’m waiting for my physical copy of The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition to arrive. Not only to re-watch it, but to binge on the appendices material.

In the meantime, some other real-life issues will be requiring my attention, but that won’t stop me from coming back to this blog to express my love for Middle-earth.

As we speak, I have already several posts planned for the next month and will hopefully be providing you company as we head towards Christmas and the New Year.

Until then, take care.

The Battle of The Five Armies Extended Edition Review!

Thorin chargeAn Extended Cut that fixes many issues but remains slightly inconsistent

Here it is folks! The long-awaited review of the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies is here.

Don’t expect a long discussion for now; just a quick look at each extended scene.

A few mild spoilers follow, in case you haven’t yet seen it. Continue reading