Lord of the Rings Audiobook

Title: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Narrator: Rob Inglis Year Published: 1990 Summary The Lord of the Rings audiobook, unabridged, is read by Rob Inglis. The audiobook includes all of the poems and songs–even those in Quenya or Sindarin. The songs are actually sung, which is a nice touch. Being unabridged, of course it’s quite long–nearly 55 hours on 46 CDs (if…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor

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: Bëor Home: Beleriand, specifically Nargothrond Claim to fame: He was the leader of the first Men to enter Beleriand Why I think he’s interesting: He was utterly devoted…

Shadow of Mordor Review

Shadow of Mordor Review Shadow of Mordor is about Talion, the Captain of the Gondorian watch over Mordor. One night their outpost is over-run, Talion’s wife and son are killed before his eyes and he is cursed. Now he is “banished from death” and shares his body with a spirit who has no memory of his own past. Talion and the…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Sauron

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: Sauron Home: Angband, later Barad-dûr Claim to fame: He’s the big bad most people recognize, creator of the One Ring. Why I think he’s interesting: Despite being…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth

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: Melkor (more commonly known as Morgoth) Immediate Family: Brother (“in the thought of Eru Ilúvatar”): Manwë Home: Angband Claim to fame: He was the first…

Back on the Horse

After a 3-month, unplanned hiatus, I’m back! I can only beg work as my excuse. For a while I was working 50-60 hours a week. Then there was all of the physical, mental, and relational fallout to deal with once my hours went back to something more manageable. But I’m back now and I hope to keep up with things.…