Author: Emily

Tolkien Reading Day: Approaching the History of Middle-earth Series

Today, March 25, is the anniversary of the destruction of the Ring of Power and the Tolkien Society has named it Tolkien Reading Day. I don’t have any profound thoughts for Tolkien Reading Day, but I do have a suggestion. History of Middle-earth The twelve-volume History of Middle-earth series is certainly intimidating for a lot of people, even some who enjoy The Silmarillion.…

Shadow of War: Shadow of Mordor Sequel!

Well, we finally have it! Shadow of War, a sequel to Shadow of Mordor. The trailer was released on February 27 (hush, I’m not behind at all!) and it looks quite interesting: There’s also a 16-minute gameplay trailer that was published a few days ago (see, I’m catching up). So Many Questions Let’s just say the creators have taken some creative liberties–even more…

Lord of the Rings Spinoff?

Back in October, Entertainment Weekly wrote about the upcoming publication of Beren and Lúthien. And, of course, the internet misunderstood, calling it a Lord of the Rings spinoff. Seriously. What is Beren and Lúthien? According to the publisher’s Australian site (no idea why I can’t find it on the American version), Beren and Lúthien will include several versions of the story: To show…

Children of Húrin Audiobook

Title: The Children of Húrin Narrator: Christopher Lee Year Published: 2007 Summary The Children of Húrin audiobook, unabridged, is read by Christopher Lee. The story is set in the First Age, millennia before the events of The Lord of the Rings. It tells the story of Húrin Thalion, the only man to defy the Dark Lord Morgoth to his face. More specifically, the story follows…

Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition

By now I’m sure everyone has heard that all six of the Middle-earth films will be released in a collector’s edition blu-ray set. And everyone has also seen the price tag: $800. The price is all anyone seems to care about, with pithy comments like this: Warner Bros got that dragon sickness. pic.twitter.com/njA2DWSnz2 — TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) August 19, 2016 “We…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Idril

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: Idril Celebrindal Immediate Family: Husband: Tuor Son: Eärendil Home: Gondolin Claim to fame: Married a mortal man and gave birth to the savior of Middle-earth…

Most Interesting Women in Middle-earth

Tolkien is frequently accused of being sexist. While most of the main characters in his stories are men, he also wrote some fascinating female characters. Here are a few of the most intriguing. 10. Berúthiel Mentioned in passing in The Fellowship of the Ring, Berúthiel was a crazy cat lady. Seriously. Aragorn assures the rest of the Fellowship that Gandalf is…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Hador

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: Hador Immediate Family: Wife: Gildis Son #1: Gundor Son #2: Galdor Daughter: Glóredhel Home: Dor-lómin Claim to fame: The leader of the greatest house of…

Most Interesting Men in Middle-earth

Tolkien often gets a bad rap for writing one-dimensional characters, but it simply isn’t true. He wrote about many fascinating individuals–here are a few of the male persuasion. 10. Denethor Denethor is a contradiction. He takes great pride in his ancestry–yet he refused to accept much of its wisdom. He wanted to continue his lineage and yet he shamelessly favored…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Haleth

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: Haleth Immediate Family: Father: Haldad Brother: Haldar Home: Beleriand (originally in Thargelion, then Estolad, and finally Brethil, where she died) Claim to fame: She was the…