Tag Archives: J. R. R. Tolkien

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

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. "I left Gold­moon. I returned to find Chieftain's Daughter" The Story So Far The Heroes of the Lance are camped not far from the ruins of Gold­moon and Riverwind's tribe. They're some­what shell shocked by the death and destruc­tion they have witnessed, but deter­mine that they must push on and attempt to reach Xak Tsaroth by the dead­line. Gold­moon and Riverwind's rela­tion­ship remains rocky but they too remain committed to the journey. A journey which takes them through some partic­u­larly marshy swamps and gives us another glimpse into both the geog­raphy of Krynn and the impact the Cata­clysm had on the land. And always below them and around them was the dark water, where strange eyes watched them hungrily.

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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 how much I like this large full color map of Bele­riand (from the First Age of Middle-Earth) and it's illus­tra­tion of all the places that are talked about in The Silmar­il­lion. It's a beau­tiful piece of work by Sirelle.

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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 […]

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