The Villains of the Hobbit Movies

Now, a story doesn’t have to have an external villain – hero vs self is a thing. However, there needs to be some antagonistic force causing the hero problems otherwise there isn’t a story, and it would be strange for a story of this type not to have an individualized external villain. … More The Villains of the Hobbit Movies

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Concerning the Bearing of Half-Elven Children by Human Females

Multiple examples exist in Tolkien’s writings of children being born to a human father and an elven (or at least mostly elven) mother. However, we see no cases of children being born to parents where the mother is human and the father is an elf. It may be that the scenario of such a pair attempting to beget a child simply did not occur. Regardless, I still find myself wanting to investigate whether such a union could produce healthy offspring, as I suspect the answer may be no. … More Concerning the Bearing of Half-Elven Children by Human Females

Some Thoughts on Numenor, the Valar, Dunedain and Morgoth

Valinor is what it is – deathless, holy, preserving various species that are extinct elsewhere, etc. – due to the presence of the Valar and not of it’s own nature by right. We know that Melkor dissipated a great deal of his power by sinking it into Middle-earth in order to contaminate and control as much of the land as he could. … More Some Thoughts on Numenor, the Valar, Dunedain and Morgoth

The Character of Thranduil

One thing that makes Thranduil such a difficult (and intriguing) character is the fact that he is so old. He’s well over 6,000 years by the time the Lord of the Rings happens, and is in fact one of the oldest Elves remaining in Middle-earth (assuming, of course, that he was indeed born in Doriath). While this makes his history and his character far more interesting, it also makes it far more complex, as (as with all characters), the longer he is alive, and the more history he lives through, the more layers of a personality and character he has.
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The Character of Thranduil: Political and Historical

As all of you who have read The Hobbit know, shortly after the White Council expelled the Necromancer from Dol Guldur, Thranduil led a host toward Erebor to claim the treasure (that he erroneously believed was open for the taking). Instead, he found a very tangled nest of politics and claims and counterclaims to said treasure, as well as a mounting force of Orcs that was coming down from the Mountains. … More The Character of Thranduil: Political and Historical