Month: July 2014

Silmarillion Character Profile: Orodreth

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: Orodreth Immediate Family: Wife: Unnamed Daughter: Finduilas Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim to fame: When Finrod left Nargothrond to help Beren in his…

Review: The Book of Lost Tales I

Title: The Book of Lost Tales 1 Author: J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien Year Published: 1983 Summary The Book of Lost Tales 1 is the first in the History of Middle-earth series, which chronicles the history of the writing of Middle-earth. The whole series is edited by Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R.’s son. During his lifetime, Christopher was one of Tolkien’s primary…

Celebrimbor: Who is he?

With the recent release of the new Shadow of Mordor trailer, a lot of people are wondering, “Who is Celebrimbor?” The short answer: he’s the Elf who forged the Rings of Power (except the One Ring). He was the only survivor of a powerful house of Elves. To understand the importance, you have to know a little about the history of Middle-earth.…

Upcoming Tolkien Biopics

There are rumblings in Hollywood that the Tolkien craze isn’t over. In fact, there are at least two different Tolkien biopics in development. The information is still a little sketchy and there’s no word on who will be cast as the Professor. There are some interesting tidbits, which I’ve rounded up below, along with references for where I got the info.…

Around the Internet: Bizarre Reference to Tolkien

In an article entitled, “The sonogram fairy,” an Oklahoma news publication makes a rather odd (and ignorant) reference to Tolkien. The article is about a woman who performs high-tech ultrasounds for expectant mothers. The difference is this woman gives a distinct twist to the experience. I’ll let the article speak for itself. The decor echos a Tolkien fantasy of oversized…

Significant Dates in LotR

One of Tolkien’s predominant characteristics was his minute attention to detail. From the Prologue to the Appendices, The Lord of the Rings is replete with scrupulous detail. Because he was so thorough in all of the particulars of his stories, a careful reader can learn a great deal of Tolkien’s mind and of his sub-creation. In Appendix B, for instance, Tolkien provides…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Finrod

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: Finrod Felagund Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin & Eärwen Brother #1: Orodreth Brother #2: Angrod Brother #3: Aegnor Sister: Galadriel Home: born in Valinor, lived in…

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

James at A Tolkienist’s Perspective was kind enough to nominate TolkienBlog.com for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you, James! I really appreciate it. I did a little research on this award. I’m not sure where it started, but it’s a way to connect bloggers and readers. Of course it’s meant to honor bloggers, but I think the main purpose…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Aredhel

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: Aredhel Ar-Feiniel Immediate Family: Husband: Eöl Son: Maeglin Brother: Turgon Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim to fame: She disobeyed her brother’s commands…