The Tolkien fandom is a wonderful place to be.

This blog is a way to delve into Tolkien's legendarium, whether you're already an expert (in which case I'd love to learn from you) or you're new to Middle-earth (in which case I would love to help you). Photo credit: Paul Jarvis

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Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition

By now I’m sure everyone has heard that all six of the Middle-earth films will be released in a collector’s edition blu-ray set. And everyone has also seen the price tag: $800. The price is all anyone seems to care about, with pithy comments like this: Warner Bros got that dragon sickness. pic.twitter.com/njA2DWSnz2 — TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) August 19, 2016 “We…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Idril

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Idril Celebrindal Immediate Family: Husband: Tuor Son: Eärendil Home: Gondolin Claim to fame: Married a mortal man and gave birth to the savior of Middle-earth…

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Most Interesting Women in Middle-earth

Tolkien is frequently accused of being sexist. While most of the main characters in his stories are men, he also wrote some fascinating female characters. Here are a few of the most intriguing. 10. Berúthiel Mentioned in passing in The Fellowship of the Ring, Berúthiel was a crazy cat lady. Seriously. Aragorn assures the rest of the Fellowship that Gandalf is…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Hador

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Hador Immediate Family: Wife: Gildis Son #1: Gundor Son #2: Galdor Daughter: Glóredhel Home: Dor-lómin Claim to fame: The leader of the greatest house of…

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Most Interesting Men in Middle-earth

Tolkien often gets a bad rap for writing one-dimensional characters, but it simply isn’t true. He wrote about many fascinating individuals–here are a few of the male persuasion. 10. Denethor Denethor is a contradiction. He takes great pride in his ancestry–yet he refused to accept much of its wisdom. He wanted to continue his lineage and yet he shamelessly favored…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Haleth

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Haleth Immediate Family: Father: Haldad Brother: Haldar Home: Beleriand (originally in Thargelion, then Estolad, and finally Brethil, where she died) Claim to fame: She was the…

I’ve Put This Off For Far Too Long

I really want to get back into the habit of blogging. I’ve had writers block for the last year (or more?) but I’m going to actually try to overcome it now. Because I haven’t overcome it yet, I’m going to distract you with something else: YouTube videos! I love the YouTuber Ashens and he’s done a few reviews of Hobbit-related…

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Books Tolkien Read: A Voyage to Arcturus

The Story A Voyage to Arcturus is a science fiction novel about a man named Maskull and his journey to Tormance, a planet orbiting the star Arcturus. Maskull journeys across the planet, exploring strange landscapes and meeting many different creatures and people. Maskull’s only motivation for traveling to Tormance is that of adventure–even though he is warned his bones will…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Tuor

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Tuor Immediate Family: Wife: Idril Celebrindal Son: Eärendil Home: Beleriand (Mithrim in his youth, Sirion in his later years) Claim to fame: Some believe that…