A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

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

The Silmarillion – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

We've got some backtrack and overlap from the previous material right from the outset.  Following the overthrow of Morgoth, Sauron repented in fear to Eonwë.  A Maia could not pardon another Maia, however, so he was directed to Valinor to receive the judgment of Manwë.  Again, fear drives Sauron, this time of losing his power and potentially … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIV. Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath

The whole of the Quenta Silmarillion comes down to this.  What has passed is prologue.  The hero comes who will stand before the throne of the Valar and redeem both Elves and Men, ending the Doom of Mandos and the Oath of Fëanor. My understanding is that Tolkien discovered the name of Eärendil in one of … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIV. Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath