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”

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

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”

The Grim, the Dark, and the Light of Middle-earth — Traveling in Books

Once upon a time, in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, George R.R. Martin made a few comments about The Lord of the Rings and the flaws he saw therein. While he stated that he is a fan of Tolkien and of The Lord of the Rings, Martin declared that Tolkien had a “medieval philosophy” […]Continue reading “The Grim, the Dark, and the Light of Middle-earth — Traveling in Books”

Accidental Riddles in the Invisible Dark (Throwback Thursday, and The Hobbit Read-Along, and Hobbit Day) — A Pilgrim in Narnia

At A Pilgrim in Narnia, we have an occasional feature called “Throwback Thursday.” By raiding either my own blog-hoard or someone else’s, I find a blog post from the past and throw it back out into the digital world. This might be an idea or book that is now relevant again, or a concept I’d […]Continue reading “Accidental Riddles in the Invisible Dark (Throwback Thursday, and The Hobbit Read-Along, and Hobbit Day) — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Second Tolkien Week

Well, Tolkien Week is officially over, but that doesn’t mean that this celebration of the Professor’s masterpieces and the derivative works which sprang therefrom must necessarily end. In fact, I had so much fun last week that I’ve decided to extend my celebrations into this one, just as every film of both trilogies was dulyContinue reading “Second Tolkien Week”

Hobbit Day 2021 (Playlist)

This is a playlist I put together for my Hobbit Day celebrations this year. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. A magical musical journey through Middle-earth in celebration of #TolkienWeek and #HobbitDay. Follow me on Twitter @StridersTable