Snow-Trolls and Stone-Giants in Middle-earth

La dix-neuvième Caravane des Dominicains d'Arcueil. [With a deThe evidence for the existence of both snow-rolls and stone-giants haunting the deep, shadowy passes of Middle-earth is, at best, poor.

To begin with, we have a stronger argument in favour of giants. Continue reading

Books I’ve Read in 2016

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It being New Year’s Eve, this post feels appropriate for this time of year.

Indeed, another 12 months have passed since I last compiled a list of books read, and I’m very proud to say that I have increased the number of works from last year. Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

The Hobbit Christmas

Whether you celebrate Christmas or any another religious feast, or simply celebrate none, here’s my best wishes to you all!

Spread the love and share this moment with family and friends, over a hot cup of tea and a copy of The Hobbit  in your hands, whilst marathon-watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Thank you for all your constant support and here’s to a fantastic day! 😀

Fun Post: Scatha the Worm (Smaug’s brother?)

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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

Why I keep reading The Lord of the Rings over and over again

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… as well as The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and his other works.

This applies pretty much to any kind of book and book lover out there.

What really compels one to read the same book time and time again, when they already know the outcome?

Since this post also serves as a kind of self-reflective examination, I thought best to write it down as a monologue between myself, to try and understand what moves one to re-read a favourite piece of literature over and over. It reminds me of Galileo Galilei’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, in which three individuals discuss differing views on the orbit of the Earth and the Sun.

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Prepare for “the other” Middle Earth – Six Film Collection Extended Edition

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In the likely case you’re not going ahead and purchasing the ridiculously-priced Limited Collector’s Edition, there’s always the cheaper version.

Browsing through the endless digital bookshelves on Amazon, I just stumbled upon the ‘Middle Earth – Six Film Collection Extended Edition’ which is basically a 30-disc box set of both trilogies in their extended format. Continue reading