Tolkien was fascinated by the concept he called “the theory of courage”, which exemplified one of the highest qualities in the literary Northern hero: that of unflinching courage, steadfast resolve and sheer determination of will in the face of impossible odds. (more…)Posted in Characters, Green Books, Hobbit Book, The Hobbit
A complete tale of the War of the Last Alliance is a tantalising prospect. Yet, all the information we have available comes from fragments scattered over a number of books. The following post attempts to reconstruct the entire account as written Tolkien himself (more…)Posted in Green Books, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books
Do you remember the first shot of every Middle-earth film?
Sure you do.
It’s also interesting to note the similarities of every opening – further reinforcing the connections between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. (more…)Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
It is hard to conjure up the imagery of an army within the Shire, based on the rather rustic and easy-going characteristics.Posted in Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Tolkien
You know, that crazy dwarf – king-to-be character – who was supposed to make an appearance in The Desolation of Smaug – but clearly didn’t. Upon seeing the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy, Thráin II (son of Thrór, father of Thorin Oakenshield) appears to be a rather key ingredient in the whole narrative – despite his lack of participation in the story.Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
From the 31st October till 2nd November, Malta’s major annual fan event on the world of films, comics and video games will take place; and it has been announced that Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), will be one of the special guests during the three-day event.
The actor, who portrayed the seventh Doctor in the popular TV Show Doctor Who, will take part in a group of activities which bring together all the fandoms into one, highly-entertaining hub. This will involve Q&A sessions with the actor and autograph signings.Posted in Conventions, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Sylvester McCoy
As soon as you open your copy of The Silmarillion, you are faced with what is perhaps the most difficult chapter in all of the book.
Have you ever tried to image how the scene of the Music of the Ainur and the vision of the world, would unfold?
How is Tolkien’s highly-complex imagination perceived by you?
The following post presents a three-minute video with one fan’s outlook towards the Ainulindalë.
– Comprehending and Conceptualizing the Ainulindalë in the real world
Ever read Dante Alighieri’s La Vita Nuova?
That passion. That love. All the emotions in just a few cleverly-constructed sentences.
Transform that text into music and you get Patrick Cassidy’s Vide Cor Meum; and you might just start to comprehend what the Music of the Ainur may have sounded like.
No discords of Melkor. At first.
Just all the Ainur signing in unison before the seat of Ilúvatar – the glory, the majesty, love and subtleties of nostalgia.Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, Tolkien
TORN’s latest library piece tries to uncover the origins of the Ringwraiths.
Some of Tolkien’s most mysterious and alluring characters in Middle-earth, the Nazgûl have remained in the shadows (no pun intended) ever since their appearance in The Lord of the Rings.
The following article has examines many of Tolkien’s sources in an attempt to “map out” the possible locations where the Nazgûl may have originally come from. (more…)Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Two Towers, Tolkien
TORN’s latest library piece tackles the tantalizingly-enigmatic event of the Dagor Dagorath. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Tolkien’s fantasy world is its literal creation and ultimate destruction.
The Last Battle has found itself scattered in many of the author’s works but never before has it been compiled together as one tale. The following article has attempted such a task …Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien
After copious amounts of viewing of the latest Vlog (see the embedded video at the bottom), I’m just wondering what are the two individuals (clearly citizens) from Lake-town, doing in the “desolate” Dale?
What could possibly occur that drives both men and women to the destroyed city? Surely it isn’t a flashback as the snow settling on the burnt stonework is clearly visible — and hence during the time the Company passes through Dale. (more…)Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, will soon be awarded the International Broadcasting Convention’s (IBC) highest honor in recognition of his work “fostering the relationship between technology and creativity” in the film industry. (more…)Posted in Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit
The short, retrospective video below offers a few tantalizing glimpses into Jackson’s thoughts on his works as he’s built his career across that period — something that, perhaps, could one day lead to a cinematic production involving The Silmarillion. (more…)Posted in Creations, Fans, Miscellaneous, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate