Tag Archives: J. R. R. Tolkien

Dragonlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 4

This is post 4 of 5 in the series “Drag­onlance Re-Read” The action heats up substan­tially in Dragons of Autumn Twilight as my re-read reaches Xak Tsaroth and chap­ters 13 through 16 and we finally encounter dragons. Not only is there a notice­able increase in action, but Hickman and Weis also manage to increase the emotional payload as well. … Continue reading Drag­onlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 4

Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

This is the first book in a trilogy called The First Lawand I should stress that it is not in itself a complete story. In fact, in many ways it reads more like a  prologue. A coming together of the cast and setting the stage before the story itself gets going.That’s being a little harsh perhaps, but I didn’t find it a satis­fying … Continue reading Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Aber­crombie

Middle-Earth Fan Art — Color Map of Beleriand

I love maps of Middle-Earth. Whether it’s Tolkien’s own maps or the ones in the Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad. The thing about these sorts of maps is that not only can you plot out where things in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epics happened, but they stim­u­late the imag­i­na­tion for further adven­tures. So imagine just … Continue reading Middle-Earth Fan Art — Color Map of Bele­riand

Middle-Earth Fan Art — The Seaport of Umbar

While Tolkien fleshed out the north western corner of Middle-Earth in metic­u­lous detail, he had much less to say about the south and east.  We get a few refer­ences here and there from char­ac­ters in The Lord of the Rings and they are refer­ences in the Appen­dices. We learn a little bit more in The Silmar­il­lion but … Continue reading Middle-Earth Fan Art — The Seaport of Umbar

This Gandalf Tattoo Is All Kinds of Wonderful

First of all… it’s a Gandalf tattoo and let’s face it Gandalf is just ridicu­lously cool. But also I really like the style of the artwork here. It has an old fash­ioned look to it that’s just appro­priate for Tolkien’s work. Also that ribbon of smoke coming from the pipe and winding around Gandalf looks great. Although… I am … Continue reading This Gandalf Tattoo Is All Kinds of Wonderful

Concerning Dragons — Animated Middle-Earth Short

While it only runs to about a minute (and half of that is credits) this computer animated short film that gives us a little back­ground info on dragons in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth is just gorgeous to look at. It’s styled and textured to look like a paper-craft anima­tion and I’d love to see a longer version. http://​vimeo​.com/​k​i​e​r​a​n​d​u​n​c​a​n​/​c​o​n​c​e​r​n​i​n​g​d​r​a​g​ons Eoghann Irving Overly … Continue reading Concerning Dragons — Animated Middle-Earth Short

Lord of the Rings / Game of Thrones Sigil Mashup — The Lord of the Thrones

So you know those Game of Thrones house sigils that show up all over the place and have inspired count­less mashups? Well someone finally got round to applying them to the grand­fa­ther of modern fantasy Lord of the Rings, or actu­ally Middle-Earth in general. How much you appre­ciate this will depend on your level of … Continue reading Lord of the Rings / Game of Thrones Sigil Mashup — The Lord of the Thrones

Hobbit Cosplay — Thranduil

The way Peter Jackson chose to portray J.R.R. Tolkien’s elves doesn’t exactly match what I had in my head. But to be fair I’m not sure I could even verbally explain how I see them in my head, so that is asking an awful lot. More impor­tantly cosplayer Abyssinian has really captured the look of captured the look of Thran­duil from the … Continue reading Hobbit Cosplay — Thran­duil

Adaptations, Reinterpretations, Reboots And Modifications

I was watching one of the intro­duc­tory lectures for the Comics & Graphics novels course that I’m taking ( https://​class​.coursera​.org/​c​o​m​i​c​s​-​0​0​1​/​c​l​ass ) and there was a very inter­esting discu­sison on the topic of what is the defin­i­tive edition of a comic book. The lecturer made an inter­esting compar­ison with Shakespeare’s Hamlet which also appeared in several editions. Which of … Continue reading Adap­ta­tions, Rein­ter­pre­ta­tions, Reboots And Modi­fi­ca­tions

Hobbit Cupcakes Are Good Enough For Elevenses

These cupcakes were made in antic­i­pa­tion of the release of The Hobbit: An Unex­pected Journey last year I think the way they did Gandalf is partic­u­larly clever, but there are nice touches on each of them. I often wonder though whether these sculpted cakes actu­ally taste good though. https://​www​.face​book​.com/​p​h​o​t​o​.​p​h​p​?​f​b​i​d​=​4​6​5​0​8​3​3​2​6​8​6​6​7​0​2​&​a​m​p​;​s​e​t​=​p​b​.​1​2​5​4​1​8​8​6​4​1​6​6​4​8​5​.​-​2​2​0​7​5​2​0​0​0​0​.​1​3​7​2​1​6​4​2​3​0​.​&​a​m​p​;​t​y​p​e​=​3​&​a​m​p​;​t​h​e​a​ter Eoghann Irving Overly opin­ion­ated owner and author of … Continue reading Hobbit Cupcakes Are Good Enough For Elevenses

Movie Review: The Hobbit — An Unexpected Journey

I think it’s impor­tant to judge movies (or books or anything else really) not based on what I want them to be, but what they are attempting to be. And that’s partic­u­larly rele­vant here. Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unex­pected Journey is not a direct adap­ta­tion of J. R. R. Tolkien’s beloved children’s story The Hobbit.  And if … Continue reading Movie Review: The Hobbit — An Unex­pected Journey

Fellowship Of The Muppets

Muppets + Tolkien = Awesome. http://​durk​in​works​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​2​/​0​4​/​f​e​l​l​o​w​s​h​i​p​-​o​f​-​m​u​p​p​e​t​s​-​a​v​a​i​l​a​b​l​e​-​n​o​w​.​h​tml Google+: Reshared 22 times Eoghann Irving Overly opin­ion­ated owner and author of eoghann​.com. You can get updated on his posts directly on the blog here or through the usual social networking suspects. What? You expected me to say some­thing inter­esting here? That’s what the blog posts are for. Eoghann … Continue reading Fellow­ship Of The Muppets