Although this site was new-ish last year, I still did a year in review post. Having survived another year, I thought it only appropriate to do it again. Only this time, you'll forgive me if I don't bother hunting down all the links. This site has a search function, and everything's tagged, so if you … Continue reading 2017: In Review
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
As difficult as this is to believe, we're going on nearly 20 years since The Lord of the Rings -- often called a completely unfilmable novel -- made the jump to the big screen in live action form. (We don't talk much around here about that animated atrocity.) According to Variety, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings to Get TV Adapation
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!
It really is the little things in life that makes me happy. Take this, for example. It arrived today. This is my reward for having survived the family reunion last weekend. Everyone say it with me now... "Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul"
Being that "Bilbo's Last Song" is a one-off, this post will act as both part of the Silmarillion Blues quest and as a self-contained book review. By and large, this is considered to be the unofficial postscript to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo's final entry in the Red Book of Westmarch, which he sings … Continue reading Bilbo’s Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien
Having finished the individual chapter posts for the Silmarillion Blues project, it's time for a proper review of the book as a whole. As I've made no secret whatsoever that this is my favorite book of all-time, I'm sure it'll come to no surprise to anyone that I'm beyond biased in my praise because my … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
At long last we reach the end of this portion of the quest, the final subsection in The Appendices, and the last of The Lord of the Rings. As we have learned, the entirety of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is known to us as being passed down in translation from the Red … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix F: II. On Translation
I'm back! Did you miss me? Bah, you didn't even really notice I was gone. A few days out in the country turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Having said that, it wasn't without incident. Something about there needing to be a balance to the universe. In a nutshell, I had to … Continue reading Back in Action