Month: July 2014

The Balrog’s Wings Debate Finally Settled by Scientists

Researchers have discovered an actual Balrog fossil in Colombia. Well, not really. They’ve discovered the fossil of a ginormous snake-crocodile-thing. The creature is (or rather, was) apparently a new species of crocodilian. Or maybe it’s a new species of dyrosaurids. I’m not really sure. Apparently my fleeting childhood desire to be a paleontologist has not served adult-me well, since I’ve never heard…

On the Importance of Glorfindel

Glorfindel, like Tom Bombadil, Quickbeam, and Prince Imrahil, is one of those characters who didn’t make it into Peter Jackson’s films. I understand why Jackson made this decision. There are already plenty of characters to follow. Adding yet another character–one who only appears in two or three scenes–simply causes confusion for the viewers. It’s just sad because Glorfindel has a…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Turgon

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: Turgon Immediate Family: Wife: Elenwë Daughter: Idril Celebrindal Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim to fame: founded Gondolin, the hidden city Why I…