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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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Middle-Earth Menu: “Dori’s Salmon Tartlets”

“Dori’s Salmon Tartlets” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar And now we will continue with the savory dishes served at Bilbo’s grand, but down-to-earth, tea party for his dwarf friends. Dori wore a purple hood and played the flute. Perhaps he performed in a trio with Bifur and Bofur (both of whom wore yellow hoods, incidentally), who both played clarinets. Dori is ...

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The Legend and Life of Sir Christopher Lee

Author’s note: It can sometimes be difficult to separate fact from fiction in a life as legendary as Sir Christopher Lee. The information below has been cross-examined and fact-checked to ensure accuracy.   Fans across the world mourned the recent death of Sir Christopher Lee. Beloved for his numerous film roles that included iconic performances of Dracula, Saruman, and Count ...

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Middle Earth’s Lost Poet

Middle Earth’s Lost Poet by John Evans When many of us think of J.R.R Tolkien, we recall his novels, such as The Hobbit, or the Lord of the Rings. This is only natural. His prose has forever shaped the face of modern literature. The myriad of characters, landscapes, customs, and cultures found in his imaginative works remain a trademark influence ...

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Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: The Utter Ineptness of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’?

(Warning: The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug is mercilessly and comprehensively discussed below; major plot spoilers abound.) Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: The Utter Ineptness of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’? by Andrew Gilbertson Oh, Desolation of Smaug… what went wrong? As of the time of this writing, it looks as if the Battle of Five Armies will be the only Jackson/Tolkien film ...

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