Army numbers in Middle-earth

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When reading accounts of battles and warfare, numbers are important. They help provide context and scale to the conflict, allowing readers to assess the situation in terms of balance in favour or against an ally or enemy. Which is why I have often found it somewhat baffling that Tolkien gives us so little information on army numbers in his Middle-earth stories. Continue reading

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The Fall of Gondolin to be released in August 2018

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Well, it is now official.

In a statement made this morning on the J.R.R. Tolkien Official Facebook page, it was announced that The Fall of Gondolin, written by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien, will be published on August 30, 2018. Continue reading

Books I’ve Read In 2017

Stacks of books

It takes me around 2.5-3 weeks to read a 200-page book. With that in mind, I’ve calculated that over the years my annual read of The Lord of the Rings occupies a good 3-month period. This year I’ve managed to whittle that down to 2.5 months – which is impressive for me. Although I know the source material and seem to breeze through each page, I never somehow manage to complete the book in that 1 or 2-week reading period that some fans claims to be able to do. Continue reading

Approaching Tolkien: The Story of Kullervo

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In what has become something of a tradition in posthumous Tolkien publications, The Story of Kullervo is an unfinished literary work by the author, as he attempts to rewrite an account from the Finnish legend of the Kalevala into the short story format. Continue reading

The Silmarillion turns 40 … [perhaps a pocket edition now?]

 

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It was on 15 September 1977 when that J.R.R. Tolkien’s (possible) magnum opus was released. Christopher Tolkien’s laborious and successful attempts to bring his father’s complex and vast array of writings into a cohesive and readable format were achieved. Continue reading