Ranking all things Middle-earth
It’s Friday today and that means another post from the Gaffer’s Elite! Now I had announced a “favourite characters” ranking last week, but in the meantime I thought there’s just one more post I need to do before getting to that.
Undoubtedly, one of the most appealing things about Middle-earth, and the reason why we keeping going back to these films and reading the books, is due to the vast variety of locations the stories take place in.
In 6 films, Peter Jackson and his creative team have visualised much of Tolkien’s fertile creativity and sublime imagination. Suffice to say, the combination of visual effects, set design and New Zealand’s natural breathtaking countryside, have given us a wealth of fantasy locales unlike any other.
So without further ado, here are some of my most cherished environments from the films… Continue reading “The Gaffer’s Elite: Realms and Settlements”
**Warning: possible minor spoilers from The Hobbit**
> Who is this Thráin?
You know, that crazy dwarf – king-to-be character – which was supposed to make an appearance in The Desolation of Smaug – but clearly didn’t.
Upon seeing the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy, Thráin II (son of Thrór, father of Thorin Oakenshield) appears to be a rather key ingredient in the whole narrative – despite his lack of participation in the story.
Continue reading “Rumours of Thráin …”
(Above: My very complicated and masterful artwork …)
– Tackling your first adventure to Middle-earth
In the coming posts, I will hopefully try and provide a quick explanation on how to tackle the three major books by Tolkien. These will be primarily targeted to anyone who has yet to start reading the works and whilst I’m offering my own opinions on the subject, anyone is free to submit their own thoughts here!
– So where to begin?
Continue reading “Approaching Tolkien: ‘The Hobbit’”