The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: III. Durin’s Folk

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

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: II. The House of Eorl

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

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

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (ii) The Realms in Exile

After Appendix A's first subsection presented us with a "sink or swim" bombardment of information, this subsection is rather light. "The Realms in Exile" is essentially a genealogy of the two branches of the heirs of Isildur.  Tolkien has listed them simply as the Northern Line and the Southern Line.  For further stability in our … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (ii) The Realms in Exile

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (i) Númenor

It's been a fun adventure thus far, but we've only scratched the surface on this project.  The entire point of the Silmarillion Blues project is to get as full a grasp as possible on the intricacies and history of Tolkien's Middle-Earth.  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are the only logical starting points, especially … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: I. The Númenorean Kings (i) Númenor

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 9: “The Grey Havens”

In the aftermath of the Shire's time as a despotism, the Hobbits rebuild. Sam finally opens the box that Galadriel had given him, spreading the dust far and wide across the area, but favoring those areas closest to his heart.  Having a little left, and discovering a small silver seed, Sam plants that at the … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 9: “The Grey Havens”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 8: “The Scouring of the Shire”

Thomas Wolfe once said you can't go home again.  Our Hobbity heroes learn it the hard way, for nothing says "welcome home" to four weary veterans quite like a large spiked gate.  When they demand entrance, the gatekeeper is scared out of his mind, now answering to the Chief at Bag End.  Under his orders, the entire area … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 8: “The Scouring of the Shire”

Book Updates

I've got so many books in the works, it's making my head spin.  My own fault.  No one to blame but myself.  And it's a good problem to have.  Since I have so many bibliophiles in my little circle, thought I'd share some thoughts on what's in progress for those who might be interested. The … Continue reading Book Updates