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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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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…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor

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: Bëor Home: Beleriand, specifically Nargothrond Claim to fame: He was the leader of the first Men to enter Beleriand Why I think he’s interesting: He was utterly devoted…

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Shadow of Mordor Review

Shadow of Mordor Review Shadow of Mordor is about Talion, the Captain of the Gondorian watch over Mordor. One night their outpost is over-run, Talion’s wife and son are killed before his eyes and he is cursed. Now he is “banished from death” and shares his body with a spirit who has no memory of his own past. Talion and the…

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Silmarillion Character Profile: Sauron

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: Sauron Home: Angband, later Barad-dûr Claim to fame: He’s the big bad most people recognize, creator of the One Ring. Why I think he’s interesting: Despite being…