The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVIII. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

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

Middle-Earth from Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Daniel Falconer

According to the forward by Peter Jackson, the journey from page to screen began in 1997 with a simple idea: film The Hobbit as a single film, then if it was successful, tackle The Lord of the Rings.  What unfolded from there is nothing less than an odyssey into the impossible as the beloved "unfilmable" … Continue reading Middle-Earth from Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Daniel Falconer

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVII. Of the Coming of Men into the West

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

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVI. Of Maeglin

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

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XV. Of the Noldor in Beleriand

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

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIV. Of Beleriand and its Realms

I'm going to be honest.  As I sit down to type up this week's chapter post, I don't have the first clue how to begin.  Back when we were going through the Appendices for The Lord of the Rings, there were some that simply couldn't be discussed in this format without simply copying what Tolkien … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIV. Of Beleriand and its Realms

Silmarillion Blues – Announcements and Considerations

Greetings from Middle-Earth! This announcement is for those of you who are following along (or want to) on the Silmarillion Blues project, aka the Tolkien quest. This week's chapter post from The Silmarillion is "Of Beleriand and Its Realms," otherwise known as "describing the parts of the map we've not yet seen."  Exciting stuff.  Riveting.  *rolls eyes*  By the Force, … Continue reading Silmarillion Blues – Announcements and Considerations

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIII. Of the Return of the Noldor

I'm not going to lie.  Upon reading this chapter, I smacked up hard against the wall of inadequacy and slapped around a bit.  Maybe I'm just a slow learner.  Or maybe Tolkien is just that awesome.  Probably both.  All I know is there's a lot to unpack in this chapter. We return to the story … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIII. Of the Return of the Noldor