The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: II. Writing

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

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: I. Pronunciation of Words and Names

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

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix D: Calendars

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

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix C: Family Trees (Hobbits)

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)

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands)

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 Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (v) Here Follows a Part of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

Forget Romeo and Juliet.  Or at the very least, put it aside for now.  This one is truly a tale for the ages, one of the three greatest romances in all of Middle-Earth.  For purposes of The Lord of the Rings, it's definitely the one that resonates most. It almost never fails.  People read LOTR … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (v) Here Follows a Part of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (iv) Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

As the subsection declares in its title, this section primarily delves into the history of Gondor.  Tolkien tells us there were thirty-one kings after Anárion, and twenty-six ruling stewards.  This is a lot of history -- important history at that -- to pack into a few pages of text.  An appendix is by its very … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (iv) Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (iii) Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur

By and large, this subsection covers the history of the Northern Kingdom, through the time of Aragorn II. It begins with an outline of the geography of Eriador and Arnor.  If you have the Middle-Earth map handy, either framed on your wall or folded inside the cover of your leatherbound copy of The Lord of the Rings, now's the … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (iii) Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur