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New Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Book: Middle-earth: From Script to Screen

Weta Workshop does an amazing job putting their books together. I’ve never been disappointed by the amount of content that they provide fans about their work. Reading through their books about the creation of Middle-earth is like taking a master class on the art of film-making. They’re about to take us back to Middle-earth, with a new book by Daniel ...

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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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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’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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Middle-Earth Menu: “Belladonna Took’s Lovely Lemon Cake”

“Belladonna Took’s Lovely Lemon Cake” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar We’re going to skip over Bombur’s two requests for the moment and honor the dwarves who are asking for “more cakes—and ale—and coffee, if you don’t mind.” In my original cookbook, I envisioned this lovely lemon cake as a recipe handed down from Bilbo‘s mother, hence the name. I have pictured ...

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When Movie Adaptations Miss the Point: Lord of the Rings Edition

In many film adaptations- most particularly in those with Christian themes or subtext- it is very common these days to diverge from the original intent, plot-line, or characterization of the source material. Often, it is for the purpose of cramming some new tension, conflict, or action sequence to ‘spice up’ the work. (Logic would dictate that, if it is popular ...

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Tolkien Reading Day 2015: Middle-Earth Inspired Art by Joe Gilronan

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” – J.R.R Tolkien. The 10 words that for me started a love affair with the writings of Tolkien and in particular Middle Earth, 10 words that have shaped my art. In A Hole In The Ground On this most auspicious of days I find myself revisiting the writings of J.R.R ...

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Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger: Unsung Hero of the Shire

For Tolkien fans who have only seen film interpretations or haven’t read The Lord of the Rings recently, the name Fatty Bolger probably doesn’t mean much. Fatty is one of the residents of the Shire who plays “Sir Not Appearing in This Film.” And I think that’s too bad. He’s one of Frodo’s closest friends. He protected Frodo’s secret. He ...

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Tolkien’s Magical Inventory

The mystical athelas herb, along with the talking troll purse, virtue-imbued staffs, enchanted barrow swords, and spiritually-infused lembas, are all unique examples of Tolkien’s wild creative genius.

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