Month: May 2014

Silmarillion Character Profile: Caranthir, Amrod, and Amras

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: Caranthir, Amrod, and Amras Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Fëanor and Nerdanel Brother #1: Maedhros Brother #2: Maglor Brother #3: Celegorm Brother #4: Curufin Home: born in…

Tolkien Trivia by William MacKay

Title: Tolkien Trivia: A Middle-earth Miscellany Author: William MacKay Year Published: 2012 Summary Tolkien Trivia is just want it sounds like: a book of trivia about Middle-earth. It’s written in question and answer form; the questions are on one side of the page and the answers are on the back of the page. The trivia is split into different sections: The Mythmaker…

Half-Elven Part VII: Concluding Thoughts on Mortality

The Half-Elven are vital to the history of Middle-earth. More than almost any other individuals, they shaped how the world progressed through their deeds. These characters struggle, either blatantly or indirectly, with mortality and immortality. The real theme for me is about something much more permanent and difficult [than power]: Death and Immortality: the mystery of the love of the…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Maglor

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: Maglor Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Fëanor and Nerdanel Brother #1: Maedhros Brother #2: Celegorm Brother #3: Caranthir Brother #4: Curufin Brother #5: Amrod Brother…

Half-Elven Part VI: The Last Ones

For most Tolkien fans, the quintessential Half-Elven are Arwen and her brothers, Elladan and Elrohir (but mostly Arwen). Confusing and unclear movie-lore aside (Wait, Arwen is dying? Why? Oh, now Aragorn is king and she’s alive. What’s going on here?), Arwen and her choice provide the most insight into the nature of the Half-Elven. Of course, Arwen’s (and particularly her brothers’) situation…

Half-Elven Part V: The Children of Choice

Chances are, when you think of half-Elven, you think of Elrond. After all, he was known as Elrond half-Elven. One could argue that while Elrond may not have been the most important of the Peredhil (I came to the conclusion last week that Eärendil and Elwing have that honor), he certainly was the most well-known. Unlike his predecessors, Elrond and his…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Maedhros

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: Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Fëanor and Nerdanel Brother #1: Maglor Brother #2: Celegorm Brother #3: Caranthir Brother #4: Curufin Brother #5: Amrod Brother #6:…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Fingolfin

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: Fingolfin Immediate Family: Wife: Anairë Son #1: Fingon Son #2: Turgon Daughter: Aredhel Home: born in Valinor, ruled in Hithlum Claim to fame: High King of…

Half-Elven Part IV: The Union

After Lúthien, Eärendil and Elwing stand as the most important of the half-Elven. I decided to discuss them in the same blog post because, really, it’s nearly impossible to separate them. They’re in step with each other for nearly every part of their lives (except for Eärendil’s adventures on the sea, but that’s a completely different story–several stories, actually). Childhood…