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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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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…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Galadriel

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: Galadriel Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Siblings: Finrod, Orodreth, Angrod, and Aegnor. Husband: Celeborn Daughter: Celebrían Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth…

Is Shadow of Mordor Canon?

Shadow of Mordor Canon or Not?

One of the most anticipated video games of 2014 is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. While it’s not the first movie licensed game with a plot that’s tangential to the events of LotR and The Hobbit, it’s certainly gotten a lot more press than others (The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Angrod and Aegnor

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. Names: Angrod and Aegnor Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Brother #1: Finrod Brother #2: Orodreth Sister: Galadriel Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim…

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The Legend of Slag the Dragon: The First Hobbit Animated Feature

Before Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, before his Lord of the Rings films, before the Rankin Bass Return of the King and The Hobbit, before even Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings, there was another film based on Tolkien’s works. In 1966, there was a Hobbit animated feature created–and it was just under twelve minutes long. Suffice it to say, this film makes Jackson look like a purist of…