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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Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth

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: Melkor (more commonly known as Morgoth) Immediate Family: Brother (“in the thought of Eru Ilúvatar”): Manwë Home: Angband Claim to fame: He was the first…

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Back on the Horse

After a 3-month, unplanned hiatus, I’m back! I can only beg work as my excuse. For a while I was working 50-60 hours a week. Then there was all of the physical, mental, and relational fallout to deal with once my hours went back to something more manageable. But I’m back now and I hope to keep up with things.…

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Let’s Play Shadow of Mordor

Tomorrow, September 30, Shadow of Mordor is finally released! As evidenced by my previous posts, Shadow of Mordor: Canon or Not? and Celebrimbor: Who Is he?, I’m excited and interested about the latest game set in Middle-earth. Video game blogs like Polygon and Joystiq are giving the game great reviews (9.5/10 and 5/5, respectively). This is wonderful, considering how few LotR games…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Lúthien

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: Lúthien Tinúviel Immediate Family: Husband: Beren Son: Dior Aranel Home: Beleriand, almost exclusively Doriath Claim to fame: Not only was Lúthien the only one of the Children of Ilúvatar (the…

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Lord of the Rings Meaning, As Unearthed by Yahoo! Movies

Yahoo! Movies recently published an article entitled The Hidden Meanings Behind Iconic Movies. If you’re expecting a mind-blowing revelation…well, don’t. Despite some correct and interesting information (I’ve heard the Star Wars interpretation before, but I’ve never seen references supporting the interpretation), writer Rob Waugh is way off on Lord of the Rings meaning. He claims that it’s “REALLY about” the Battle of the…