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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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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…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Melian

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: Melian Immediate Family: Husband: Thingol Daughter: Lúthien Tinúviel Home: Lived in Beleriand for most of the First Age Claim to fame: The only Maia to marry one of the…

What Does Celebrimbor Mean?

Whether you’re a long-time Tolkien fan or you just heard the name from all the hype around Shadow of Mordor, there’s no denying that “Celebrimbor” is a doozy of a name. What does that even mean? According to The Silmarillion, “Celebrimbor” means “hand of silver.” Is that just a generic name or does it have meaning beyond the translation? Keep in mind…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Thingol

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: Thingol Immediate Family: Sibling: Olwë Wife: Melian Daughter: Lúthien Tinúviel Home: Middle-earth, primarily Doriath in Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the only Elf to have married a Maia, one of…

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Tolkien in the National Journal

I came across an article in the National Journal entitled “From Dickens to Amazon: A Brief History of Literary Feuds.” Playing off the recent controversy between Amazon and Hachette Books, the author touches upon a few famous historical literary debacles. The first one mentioned is Tolkien’s major copyright battle with Ace Books. I’ll let you read the article for the…