Month: August 2014

Silmarillion Character Profile: Thingol

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: Thingol Immediate Family: Sibling: Olwë Wife: Melian Daughter: Lúthien Tinúviel Home: Middle-earth, primarily Doriath in Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the only Elf to have married a Maia, one of…

Tolkien in the National Journal

I came across an article in the National Journal entitled “From Dickens to Amazon: A Brief History of Literary Feuds.” Playing off the recent controversy between Amazon and Hachette Books, the author touches upon a few famous historical literary debacles. The first one mentioned is Tolkien’s major copyright battle with Ace Books. I’ll let you read the article for the…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Galadriel

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: Galadriel Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Siblings: Finrod, Orodreth, Angrod, and Aegnor. Husband: Celeborn Daughter: Celebrían Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth…

Shadow of Mordor Canon or Not?

One of the most anticipated video games of 2014 is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. While it’s not the first movie licensed game with a plot that’s tangential to the events of LotR and The Hobbit, it’s certainly gotten a lot more press than others (The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Angrod and Aegnor

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. Names: Angrod and Aegnor Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Brother #1: Finrod Brother #2: Orodreth Sister: Galadriel Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim…

The Legend of Slag the Dragon: The First Hobbit Animated Feature

Before Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, before his Lord of the Rings films, before the Rankin Bass Return of the King and The Hobbit, before even Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings, there was another film based on Tolkien’s works. In 1966, there was a Hobbit animated feature created–and it was just under twelve minutes long. Suffice it to say, this film makes Jackson look like a purist of…

There Are Still Scenes We Haven’t Seen

In the hallowed Hall H at Comic Con 2014, Peter Jackson said a lot of things. One of the things that I found most interesting was his confirmation that there are indeed scenes from LotR that we’ve never seen. And apparently it’s going to stay that way. This comes as no surprise to most of us fans who have been…