Category: Books

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.…

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…

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…

Books Tolkien Read: A Voyage to Arcturus

The Story A Voyage to Arcturus is a science fiction novel about a man named Maskull and his journey to Tormance, a planet orbiting the star Arcturus. Maskull journeys across the planet, exploring strange landscapes and meeting many different creatures and people. Maskull’s only motivation for traveling to Tormance is that of adventure–even though he is warned his bones will…

Is There a Lord of the Rings Sequel?

With The Battle of Five Armies extended edition coming out in early November, the Middle-earth craze will once again fade from the eye of the public. Many are wondering what’s next. While most are speculating about a Silmarillion movie (although I have a different theory), some may be asking “What about a Lord of the Rings sequel?” Does such a thing exist? Many…

Lord of the Rings Meaning, As Unearthed by Yahoo! Movies

Yahoo! Movies recently published an article entitled The Hidden Meanings Behind Iconic Movies. If you’re expecting a mind-blowing revelation…well, don’t. Despite some correct and interesting information (I’ve heard the Star Wars interpretation before, but I’ve never seen references supporting the interpretation), writer Rob Waugh is way off on Lord of the Rings meaning. He claims that it’s “REALLY about” the Battle of the…

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…

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…