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

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 7: “Homeward Bound”

"There is no real going back.  Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same.  I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden.  Where shall I find rest?" It's been a year since Weathertop, and the Hobbits are nearing home.  Frodo's unease seems to dissipate the next … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 7: “Homeward Bound”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 6: “Many Partings”

The festivities are over.  Days have passed.  While Aragorn knows that Frodo wants nothing more than to return home, Frodo acknowledges that he wants to stop at Rivendell on the way to visit Bilbo one last time.  Arwen gives the Hobbit a white jewel from around her neck.  She tells him that he may take her … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 6: “Many Partings”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 5: “The Steward and the King”

Once more back in time that we may see how events play out in Minas Tirith.  The city is awash in fear.  Faramir encounters Éowyn in the Houses of Healing.  While her heart's desire is divided between Aragorn and the chance to fight against Mordor, the complex mix of sadness, pride and beauty leads Faramir to … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 5: “The Steward and the King”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 4: “The Field of Cormallen”

I always have this vision in my head of Prof. Tolkien's writing desk.  On one corner are a handful of reference books for various Nordic legends or Old English manuscripts.  There's a classically-styled fountain pen with ink well and blotter.  And close at hand there's a large red button marked with white runes that, when … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 4: “The Field of Cormallen”