Tag Archives: J. R. R. Tolkien


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 expe­ri­ence to read just this book so it’s worth noting. Be prepared to invest in all three books.

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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 … Read More…

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 … Read More…

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 … Read More…

Alternate Smaug Designs From WETA

So, as is common in the movie industry, WETA consid­ered a variety of different designs for Smaug before settling on what we got to see in The Hobbit movies. And designer Andrew Baker has posted a big batch of those designs on his blog under the heading Smaug Fails. Looking at what he has posted, I think it's safe … Read More…

LEGO The Hobbit — Burglar

This is a very clever inter­pre­ta­tion of two scenes from The Hobbit with a thematic link to them. Plus the builder has used custom LEGO minifig­ures rather than the offi­cial ones. At the bottom we have Thorin and Gandalf meeting at the Prancing Pony and stating their need for a burglar. Then up top we have Bilbo in the … Read More…