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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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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: Belerian (Mithrim in his youth, Sirion in his later years) Claim to fame: Some believe that…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Túrin

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: Túrin Turambar Immediate Family: Father: Húrin Thalion Mother: Morwen Eledhwen Sister: Nienor Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: Túrin is by far the most tragic character…

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Is There a Lord of the Rings Sequel?

With The Battle of Five Armies extended edition coming out in early November, the Middle-earth craze will once again fade from the eye of the public. Many are wondering what’s next. While most are speculating about a Silmarillion movie (although I have a different theory), some may be asking “What about a Lord of the Rings sequel?” Does such a thing exist? Many…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Húrin

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: Húrin Thalion Immediate Family: Wife: Morwen Daughter #1: Lalaith Son: Túrin Turambar Daughter #2: Nienor Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the father of the most tragic figure…

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Best Lord of the Rings Cosplay of Comic-Con 2015

Another Comic-Con has come and gone. Even though I’ve lived in San Diego for nearly eight years, I’ve never been able to get into the con–but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the cosplayers! Among the busty babes, costume t-shirts, and “normal” people, there are some incredibly talented and creative artists. Sadly, I found relatively few LotR cosplayers. (So. Many. Harley…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Beren

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: Beren Immediate Family: Wife: Lúthien Tinúviel Son: Dior Aranel Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the first mortal to marry an immortal Elf, Lúthien. With her help, he stole a…

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Lord of the Rings Audiobook

Title: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Narrator: Rob Inglis Year Published: 1990 Summary The Lord of the Rings audiobook, unabridged, is read by Rob Inglis. The audiobook includes all of the poems and songs–even those in Quenya or Sindarin. The songs are actually sung, which is a nice touch. Being unabridged, of course it’s quite long–nearly 55 hours on 46 CDs (if…