Month: June 2014

Silmarillion Character Profile: Fingon

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: Fingon Immediate Family: Father: Fingolfin Mother: Anairë Brother: Turgon Sister: Aredhel Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim to fame: Rescued Maedhros from the torture of…

Nerdiness in the Wall Street Journal

Godzilla vs. Smaug: Who Wins This Dragon Duel? While calling Godzilla a dragon is a bit of a stretch (don’t dragons need wings?), I’m nonetheless amused by this piece of nerdiness in WSJ. In the author’s assessment, Godzilla would win the duel. While I know very little about Godzilla or the lore surrounding the creature (I’ve only seen the 2014…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Celegorm and Curufin

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

Shadow of Mordor Video Game

For those of you who haven’t heard already, there is a new game based in Middle-earth set to come out this year: Shadow of Mordor. Here’s the first trailer: In another trailer, it is revealed that Talion, the player character, once had a wife and son. They were killed by a bad guy (it looks like it might be a Nazgûl). Talion is…

Half-Elven Bonus: The Forgotten Ones

At length they [Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin] cam to the Prince Imrahil, and Legolas looked at him and bowed low; for he saw that here indeed was one who had elven-blood in his veins. ‘Hail, lord!’ he said. ‘It is long since the people of Nimrodel left the woodlands of Lórien, and yet still one may see that not…