After I blogged about how proud I was of the work I'd done the day before on the monsters, tragedy struck. I spent yesterday in a frantic mess trying to recover some audio that's "precious" to me. I'd long since lost the original cassettes, but I had the digital files I'd transferred from them. Both my digital files … Continue reading Lost Treasure
Last week we learned how to pronounce all things Middle-Earth. But keep in mind, Tolkien was not only a linguist, he was an historian. That means writing stuff down in all those languages he created. Calligraphy enthusiasts, this bit's for you! Accordingly, writing systems are put forth in this subsection, being an essential part of … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: II. Writing
If you've ever had the distinct pleasure to really listen to the late great Christopher Lee discuss his passion for Middle-Earth, odds are very good you heard him pronounce things extremely deliberately, and perhaps with a touch of high-handedness. If you've not heard it, listen in particular to anytime he says the name "Gandalf," be it interviews … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: I. Pronunciation of Words and Names
I've been going back to the well of favorites recently. Between the passing of Roger Moore and Adam West, my lowered expectations over Wonder Woman and The Mummy having been met, and the unfortunate writing choices revealed in the new Darth Vader prequel comic from Marvel, I feel like fandom has kicked me in the teeth the last … Continue reading What’s New?
If you thought timelines and family trees were epic level geekdom, prepare to have your illusions shattered. Appendix D is all about Middle-Earth's calendar systems. It's suddenly very difficult to mock Trekkies for their Stardates now, isn't it? Yeah! As with the chronology of Middle-Earth, it's a fool's errand to summarize any detail for this. … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix D: Calendars
If there's anything Hobbits like more than food or pipeweed, it's an account of their family grandeur through genealogy. This section offers up the family trees of some notable Hobbit families. All dates are in Shire-reckoning (year 1 = Third Age 1601). The family trees herein are of absolutely no surprise, featuring the lines of our … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix C: Family Trees (Hobbits)
It's always a better day when a new J.R.R. Tolkien book finds its way to you. I just received my newly released hardcover of Beren and Lúthien! W00T! Not to put a fine point on things, but Prof. Tolkien has been dead since just before I was born, and he's still releasing books faster than George R.R. … Continue reading New Tolkien!
The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands) is said to have been put together at the Great Smials (the ancestral mansion of the Took family) with the aid of material collected by Merry, who in turn gathered much of his information from Rivendell. Tolkien mentioned some of this in his prologue to The Lord of … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands)
The only thing sketchier and more esoteric than an Elf in Middle-Earth is a Dwarf. Tolkien tells us that "strange tales" are told of their beginnings by the Eldar and by the Dwarves themselves. Surprisingly, he doesn't go into their sordid history here in the Appendices. I can promise you he does dive deep in … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: III. Durin’s Folk
As I mentioned previously, The Lord of the Rings -- and indeed, the whole of Middle-Earth -- is Tolkien's way of giving Britain its proper mythos and legacy, undiluted by the Normans, the French, and pretty much everyone else who has ever invaded the Isle. Ironically, the very sources he puts on a pedestal to … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: II. The House of Eorl