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Lord of the Rings: The Mythology Explained

From the creators, CGP Grey, comes these videos that may help the “non-Scholar” in understanding the vast world that JRR Tolkien created. Let us know what you think? The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained The One Ring Explained

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The Lonely Mountain Band Releases, “Stand by the Grey Stone”

Lonely Mountain Band have released a new single entitled, “Stand by the Grey Stone”, inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new song, recorded & released approximately around Durin’s Day, 2015, blends LMB’s signature “folk fantasy” style with a classic folk rock sound. The story of the song revolves around a minstrel reflecting on some of the elements and ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Chicken Salad Cups for Gandalf”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Chicken Salad Cups for Gandalf” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I have a feeling you all know tons of juicy tidbits about Gandalf, so I won’t bother to mention anything about him. In The Hobbit, the “bewildered and bewuthered” Bilbo suspects that Gandalf “Seems to know as much about the inside of my larders as I do myself!” Undoubtedly. ...

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Fandom: An Awesome Collection of Shows

Fandom: An Awesome Collection of Shows by Diane Riggins Fandoms in general are great to be part of. As a fan you meet and become friends with people you might not otherwise meet. There are many fandoms and each are great in their own ways. The two that are going to be discussed here are The Lord of The Rings ...

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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: Family Matters

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: Family Matters by Diane Riggins One of the things that is great about The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings are the family trees. There are many family trees that could be discussed. Two of trees that are fascinating are the Baggins and Durin family trees. An interesting bit about Bilbo ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Dwalin’s Ham Tart”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Dwalin’s Ham Tart” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our final dwarf wore a green hood and played the viol. Dwalin is another character who is relatively non-fleshed-out, though he apparently settled in Erebor (or the Lonely Mountain) after all was said and done. He is also Balin’s brother. Besides confusticating and bebothering Bilbo Baggins, not much else is known ...

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Feminine Leadership in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Some of Tolkien’s critics have chided him for having “conventional” females in his trilogy. For example, “Why aren’t there more females in Middle Earth?” or “Why are all of the women so virginal and viewed through a soft, fuzzy lens?” First off, we must remember that Tolkien was a student of early literature, literature which reflects women as more “conventional”. ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Oin’s Chicken Walnut Puffs”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Oin’s Chicken Walnut Puffs” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar In The Hobbit, Oin wears a brown hood and does not play an instrument. After the Battle of Five Armies, however, he apparently accompanied Balin to Moria. Unfortunately for Oin, he then became a victim of the dreaded Watcher in the Water. As I was typing this, I kept thinking ...

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“Farewell Blue Wizard”: Artist Jef Murray Passes Away

Out of the cold of December, 2013 I walked into the lobby of the Maritime Institute of the Baltimore Conference Center and saw a smiling fellow in a trench-coat and leather ‘outback’ style hat. I was wearing the same kind of hat and instantly knew I shared an unspoken affinity with this traveler. At first meeting I did not know ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Glóin’s Roast Beef Toasties”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Glóin’s Roast Beef Toasties” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Glóin is most well known for being the father of Gimli, an illustrious member of the Fellowship. He also resided in Erebor, where he became quite wealthy. Later on, he participated in the Council of Elrond. In The Hobbit, he wears a white hood and plays no instrument. Perhaps he ...

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