Driven by the oath. — Middle-earth Reflections

When it comes to stories by J. R. R. Tolkien, you can always rely on him in providing his readers with the most many-dimensional characters. There are rather few who are either absolutely good or absolutely evil: most individuals in the tales of Arda are rather complex and have their own — not always easy […]Continue reading “Driven by the oath. — Middle-earth Reflections”

Lothlórien

This post contains spoilers for both the book and film versions of The Lord of the Rings. At this point in my re-read of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship has made it to “the heart of Elvendom on earth,” Lothlórien, the literal meaning of which is “Dreamflower.” Also calledContinue reading “Lothlórien”

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Secret Vice” and My Secret Love: Thoughts on Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins’ Critical Edition of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Language — A Pilgrim in Narnia

A Secret Vice by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was the fall of 2001. I was rereading The Lord of the Rings in anticipation of the film, which I was sure would be screened even in our rural, mountainside Japanese town. One afternoon, I was killing time at our church, a […]Continue reading “J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Secret Vice” and My Secret Love: Thoughts on Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins’ Critical Edition of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Language — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

The Origin of the Elrond’s Last Homely House in Rivendell — Wordfoolery

Hello, Friend of the blog, Rick Ellrod, posed a Tolkien-related word question recently. “We use homely typically to refer to someone who’s a little worse than plain-looking, without being actually ugly.  But then there’s Tolkien’s rather mysterious phrase about how Elrond’s place in Rivendell is “the Last Homely House East of the Sea.”  Clearly he […]Continue reading “The Origin of the Elrond’s Last Homely House in Rivendell — Wordfoolery”

Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol II

A while back I waxed nostalgic about some of the video games I’ve enjoyed in the past that were set in the fantasy world created by my favourite author, J. R. R. Tolkien, and as a playful nod to the fact that both the SNES game The Lord of the Rings, Vol I and RalphContinue reading “Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol II”

“These Are Not Holes. This is The Great Realm and City of The Dwarrowdelf.” Gimli Speaks of The Glory of Moria Of Old. — Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien (Harper Collins 1991) pp. 306-310 After a night spent in silent thought at the door to the guardroom Gandalf announces to a rested company the way that he will lead them. “It is time we began to climb up again.” He leads them along what was once […]Continue reading ““These Are Not Holes. This is The Great Realm and City of The Dwarrowdelf.” Gimli Speaks of The Glory of Moria Of Old. — Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings”

A Journey in the Dark

This post contains spoilers for both the film and book versions of The Lord of the Rings. Some of you may recall that back in September I declared my intent to begin re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings that month for the first time in many years (since the Peter JacksonContinue reading “A Journey in the Dark”

The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part II

Now, as promised, here is my review and analysis of the three animated Tolkien films, Rankin/Bass‘s The Hobbit and The Return of the King, and Bakshi‘s The Lord of the Rings. And since I first watched them all in chronological order, the way they were first shown to me on network television as a child*,Continue reading “The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part II”

Middle-earth Ambience

I know, I know, not only is Tolkien Week over, so is Second Tolkien Week. But the fact is that I was delayed, kept from blogging all the things I had originally intended to, by the unwelcome intrusion of Real Life™. So now here I am, still blogging all the Tolkien things. Huzzah! Speaking ofContinue reading “Middle-earth Ambience”

The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

Here’s something I don’t think I’ve mentioned about myself before: I love animation. I have ever since I was a child, watching Saturday-morning cartoons on network television, and going to see Disney’s Bambi and Dumbo at the movies with my mother. So I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s Castlevania, and I’m eagerly looking forward toContinue reading “The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings”