Since I saw that fellow blogger James at A Tolkienist's Perspective had answered these questions put forward by this blog, I decided to have a go at answering them as well! 1. What draws you to Tolkien's stories? (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.) What caught me the first readings is the … Continue reading Tolkien week: Day 3 – Middle-earth Questionaire
Today, the 22nd of september, is Hobbit day! A day to celebrate the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo! Perhaps you have made a celebration cake twice the size of your own body or will drink a few drinks under a party-tree? I wanted to use this day to illustrate another two characters that does not recieve … Continue reading Tolkien Week: Day 2 – Hobbit Day!
So, finally Tolkien Week is here! I've decided to post an illustration each day and I might do additional posts in order to celebrate Tolkien! If you have not yet noticed, I have new pages on this blog called J.R.R. Tolkien and Reading Tolkien. The first one is a brief presentation of our beloved writer … Continue reading Tolkien Week: Day 1 – The Blue Wizards
This post focus on the narrative the "Aelfwine story" which is a later construction developed from the "Eriol story" presented in the previous post. I will present the narrative and how the story attempts to merge history and mythology. The summary presented below is based on the section "Aelfwine of England". At the end I will have some final comments regarding the End of the Tales and the overall reading experience of The Book of Lost Tales.
This post deals with the first half of the final chapter of The Book of Lost Tales part 2. While this chapter concerns very complicated issues regarding the narrative due to only having notes and outlines and no finalized written narratives, there are two main elements to take into consideration. The earliest plot, "The Eriol Story", and the later development "The Ælfwine Story" (which I will write about in post 2). "The Eriol Story" follows from the previous chapter on Eärendel and what happens with Eriol and the future of Tol Eressëa and the elves.
This post concerns the chapter The Tale of Eärendel. This and the next chapter are two chapters that are based on outlines and notes about the plot and do not consist of narrative form. Earlier chapters have been told as tales to which Eriol listens, but here we completely lack this element. The chapter provides outlines, notes and poems which Christopher Tolkien have commented. The Tale od Eärendel was meant to follow-up on the The Tale of the Nauglafring which left off at the flight of Elwing. However, this chapter also put some light on the Eldar leaving Kôr. I will give a summary of that first and then focus on the fates of Eärendel and his family. More of the Eldar leaving Kôr will be featured in the next post.
This chapter follow up the events in The Tale of Tinúviel and The Tale of Turambar. The story follows what the consequences of the curse on the treasure of Glorund after Úrin have left the treasure at the halls of Tinwelint. This is what start a deep conflict between elves and dwarves.
This is the second post on the Fall of Gondolin. Here the main events of the Fall of Gondolin will be described as well as featuring an extensive list of the Eleven Houses of Gondothlim. In this post I will write my comments on the chapter as a whole.
This twosplit post concerns the chapter about Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin, one of the great stories of the first age and the biggest battles fought in the history of Middle-Earth. One difference from some later versions is that here we follow what happen to Tuor up until after the Fall of Gondolin. My comments will be featured in the second post.
This is the second post on the tale of Túrin Turambar and Glorund the Dragon. The influences of legends and stories from the Nordic coutries are apparent. For comparison, look at the tale of Kullervo from the Kalevala (there is going to be a new Tolkien book on this august -2015) and the Völsunga saga (also see Tolkien's Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun).