We have a winner of the contest for that extra copy of Tolkien's The Hobbit, first edition facsimile. Congratulations to... Sandy from Mister Beebop! As stated previously, I will contact the winner directly to get a shipping address. Aside from that, nothing else needs be done but wait for it to arrive. Thank you to … Continue reading Announcement: Winner of The Hobbit Contest!
Thought I'd offer up some behind the scenes updates, for those who are interested. First, a reminder... the contest to win a first edition facsimile of Tolkien's The Hobbit is still going on. I have to say I'm a bit surprised. When I first posted it, the traffic to this site went absolutely crazy in … Continue reading More Things and Stuff
I posted recently that after much difficulty trying to acquire a facsimile first edition of Tolkien's The Hobbit, I managed to get two copies. And as I said before, I'm keeping one, and the other is up for grabs. I want to be as fair as I can about this, so read this carefully. If … Continue reading Contest: Win A Hobbit!
The title sort of says it all, so... spoilers. Break out those maps of Beleriand, ladies and gents. You're going to need them. In the fight against the Dark Lord, there have been three great battles. Now we arrive at Dagor Bragollach -- the Battle of Sudden Flame -- wherein the High King of the … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVIII. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I started looking ahead at the Tolkien Quest. What I found was that even though we're more than halfway through the allotted number of chapters in The Silmarillion, we're not quite halfway through with the book itself. That means some of the upcoming chapters are long, and likely no less … Continue reading Silmarillion Blues – Revised Schedule
Westward, ho! Even within the pages of Tolkien's Legendarium, the call of the West will not be ignored. It's not just an American thing. It's something that Western civilization has felt since at least the dawn of recorded history, that idea that whatever might be here, whatever's beyond the horizon might be even better. It's … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVII. Of the Coming of Men into the West
This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the States. Activity on this site is going to be at a bare minimum for a few days. I'll post my review for the next Sherlock Holmes story this Friday, and my next chapter post for The Silmarillion on Sunday. That's likely to be the only things posted this week. … Continue reading Interruption and Renewal
With this chapter, we introduce some new players, who in turn will lead to new consequences down the road. Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, the White Lady of Noldor, daughter of Fingolfin, lived in the hidden city of Gondolin with her brother Turgon. She wearied of it, desiring to ride again in Valinor. 200 years later, she asked … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVI. Of Maeglin
We've reached the end of an era. Christopher Tolkien, age 93, is stepping down from his father's legacy. You can read the details here, courtesy of theonering.net. Regardless of what happens from here, this fan extends heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Tolkien for bringing his father's extant works to the rest of us.
Following the Dagor Aglareb, the Glorious Battle, Turgon returned to the secret vale shown to him by Ulmo, accompanied by the best of his people. There in secret, the city of Gondolin is finished after 250 years. Ulmo sets his protections that none should find the city against Turgon's will, and Turgon's people effectively disappeared … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XV. Of the Noldor in Beleriand