Northern Courage, Ofermōde and Thorin Oakenshield’s last stand

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Northern Courage

Tolkien was fascinated by the concept he called “the theory of courage”, which exemplified one of the highest qualities in the literary Northern hero: that of unflinching courage, steadfast resolve and sheer determination of will in the face of impossible odds. Continue reading

The Gaffer’s Elite: Characters

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Ranking all things Middle-earth

Last week we discussed some of the most remarkable sets and locations from the Middle-earth saga. This week, we’ll be looking at the characters.

This was naturally tricky, so I’ve decided not to rank these in the usual way. Rather than assigning numbers, I decided to select 3 characters from each trilogy and briefly explain the reasons why I find them appealing

As with the other posts, it does not mean that those unmentioned characters are not my favourite; but to keep this post brief and maintain the sanity of you the readers, I’ve limited by list to a total of 6.

I’ve made one exception and omitted Gandalf from both trilogies. Let’s face it. These films wouldn’t be the same without the contribution of Ian Mckellan’s stellar performance. Considering he’s in all 6 films, I’ve decided to leave him out. Nothing against Gandalf, at all. Again, it’s all about brevity (… and sanity). Continue reading

Travelling to New Zealand? Here’s a map and key…

New Zealand travel map

Don’t step onto the road without knowing where you might be swept off to…

I feel I’m playing the part of Gandalf here: advising all Thorin-like followers, who are embarking on an adventure to New Zealand, to utilise a most essential map on your travels.

Why you would be going to the Southern Hemisphere is anyone’s guess; but if you’re reading this particular post on this particular blog, chances are you’re doing your own Middle-earth pilgrimage. Continue reading

Character Profile: Bard the Bowman

Bard the Bowman

The race of Men’s own version of Legolas 

Now that The Desolation of Smaug has been released, I can continue discussing the new characters that have become part of the Hobbit story-line – comparing and contrasting them between novel and film.
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Luke Evans’ Bard: My Man Crush!

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I feel absolutely no shame or fear in openly declaring my sincere admiration towards Luke Evans’ portrayal of the Bowman in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.

There, I said it.
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Character Profile: Thorin

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– Proud dwarf King, stubborn warrior, loyal friend … heartthrob 

Finally, after our 12 dwarves, we get to the one character who is actually fleshed out to the full in ‘The Hobbit’; the dwarf who, more so than Gimli, goes through a transformation of Thorin 2character and through whom we are actually introduced to one of the fundamental motifs in the novel – greed.

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Character Profiles: Fili and Kili

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– Fili: The Viking-esque dwarf (and the elder of the two)

For reasons explained in the novel (and thus, major spoilers) I shall not expand much on these two characters. Suffice to say, F1they both have their particular moments in the story, added with a modest amount of characterization (though albeit, still weak).
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