When it comes to the visual interpretations Middle-Earth, there are three artists whom I rank as personal favorites. First, there is Tolkien himself, whose illustrations accompanied the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And then there is Alan Lee and John Howe, whose magnificent illustrations informed Peter Jackson's cinematic versions … Continue reading A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe
This is one of those blog entries about random things going on in my world. I have been under an avalanche of new stuff lately. It's been nice digging myself out again, I have to be honest, but the overwhelm has been something to behold. One part holiday gift cards and birthday money, one part … Continue reading Entertainment Overload
We have a winner of the contest for that extra copy of Tolkien's The Hobbit, first edition facsimile. Congratulations to... Sandy from Mister Beebop! As stated previously, I will contact the winner directly to get a shipping address. Aside from that, nothing else needs be done but wait for it to arrive. Thank you to … Continue reading Announcement: Winner of The Hobbit Contest!
Thought I'd offer up some behind the scenes updates, for those who are interested. First, a reminder... the contest to win a first edition facsimile of Tolkien's The Hobbit is still going on. I have to say I'm a bit surprised. When I first posted it, the traffic to this site went absolutely crazy in … Continue reading More Things and Stuff
I posted recently that after much difficulty trying to acquire a facsimile first edition of Tolkien's The Hobbit, I managed to get two copies. And as I said before, I'm keeping one, and the other is up for grabs. I want to be as fair as I can about this, so read this carefully. If … Continue reading Contest: Win A Hobbit!
I've been on the hunt for a while now for a very specific book. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was recently released as a First Edition facsimile printing. This is *ahem* precious to me for a variety of reasons, not least of which because it's one of my favorite books. But in this case, the facsimile … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Tale of Hobbit Acquisition
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
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
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
Today in Middle-Earth marks the birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. It also happens that yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. If that's not cause to celebrate a Hobbit life, I don't know what is. Light up some Old Tobey, grab a pint (they come in pints!), and eat … Continue reading Happy Hobbit Day!