Tag: Middle-earth

Audrey Reads The Silmarillion

This week, I delved deeper into Middle-earth history and lore, and read The Silmarillion. I have had this book since Easter, and had read a few chapters of it, but was distracted by other books, and a little intimidated by all the characters and places in it. And there are A LOT of characters. But I realized that even if I couldn’t name all of Fëanor’s sons, I could still enjoy the book, and learning the history that came before the tales of Bilbo and Frodo. In this post, I’m going to give some of my thoughts on it and give some introductions to the main characters.

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A Snack From The Shire: Mixed Berry Scones!

Last summer, my mom began reading through The Hobbit with my sisters and I. The plan was to read it together as a family over the summer and do fun activities to go along with the story, such as learning to write our names in Dwarvish runes, printing and weathering a copy of the map to Erebor, and trying our hands (and taste buds!) at some of the different foods that are mentioned throughout the book.

One of my favorite scenes in both the book and the film adaption is when Bilbo is just sitting down for a nice, relaxing meal, and is suddenly burst in upon by no less than thirteen very intrusive Dwarves and one very tall grey wizard. As my sisters and I have already seen all three films based on the book (extended editions, in fact), we easily remembered the stacks and stacks of mouth-watering dishes that the little hobbit brought out for his unexpected guests. Now I’ve always loved the idea of the food of Middle-earth, and hope to eventually get around to trying out as many as I can. But there is one item that is explicitly mentioned several times in the book and shows up pretty distinctly in the film, as well: buttered scones.

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Real Heroes

Two characters I am constantly having to defend from being spoken against are Frodo Baggins and Edmund Pevensie. People will say they don’t like Frodo because Sam had to get him out of some tight spots, or because he wouldn’t throw the Ring into Mt. Doom when he finally arrived. Or they won’t look past Edmund’s attitude and actions at the beginning of his journey. They tend to look at their weak points and decide that these characters aren’t as heroic as their friends, like Peter or Sam. But I believe that ALL of these characters are examples we should follow and that Frodo and Edmund show us something about being a hero the others do not.

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New Documentary Series to Focus on Lewis and Tolkien

A new documentary series, focusing on the lives, careers, and war experiences of two men considered to be the fathers of modern fantasy, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, is in the works!

Middle-earth News and the German Tolkien Society have both reported on the announcement of this new series, which is to be titled, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War. According to Middle-earth News, the documentary will span a set of five 50-minute long episodes.

The project’s official website had this to say about the project:

The documentary film series, “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War,” explores how the experience of two world wars shaped the lives and literary imagination of two internationally famous authors and friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Based on Joseph Loconte’s New York Times bestseller, the film examines how Tolkien’s combat experience during the First World War—at the Battle of the Somme—launched him on his literary quest. The film reveals how the conflict reinforced Lewis’s youthful atheism—he was injured in combat—but also stirred his spiritual longings. The film traces the careers of both men at Oxford University, and their deepening friendship as they discover a mutual love of medieval, romantic literature. Facing the threat of another world war, Tolkien and Lewis reach back into their earlier experience of war as they compose their epic works of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

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The documentary will be produced by Eastgate Creative, and the Executive Producer is Ralph Winter (known for his work as producer on “The X-Men,” “Fantastic Four,” “I Robot,” and “Planet of the Apes”). Jock Petersen and Ralph Linhardt will also direct and produce, and Joseph Loconte will serve as screenwriter and on-camera narrator.

According the the report by the German Tolkien Society, “The documentary series is to be broadcast on November 11, 2018, the 100th year of the ceasefire in 1918.” However, this will largely rely on funding for the project (if you would like to find out more about that, please see this page on the project’s official site).

To find out more about this documentary, or to contact creators or help contribute to the project, please see the project’s official webpage here, where you can watch a promising trailer for the series: HobbitWardrobe.com.

You can also check out the official social media pages for the project:

Twitter.com/HobbitWardrobe

Facebook.com/HobbitWardrobe

Instagram.com/HobbitWardrobe


Shay’s thoughts

I, for one, am very excited to see this new series when it releases, as Tolkien and Lewis are two of my literary heroes, and as an “imagine-er” and hopefully someday-author myself, I love to dig through their works and read about their individual stories. For me, it was Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia that first introduced me to the world of epic fantasy. It also caused me to develop an early love deep literature, filled with rich imagery and metaphors, and causing me to always dig deeper than the surface value of any story. I’m convinced that these lessons I learned from Narnia are the reason why I’m such a huge Star Wars, and really all-around, geek today.

As Narnia was the first stepping-stone into the world of epic fantasy, it led to a stage of interest in ancient mythologies, many of the tales of which I still remember to this day. This, in turn, caused me to take an deep interest in theology and philosophy in more recent times, and has also contributed to my habit of over-thinking pretty much every fantastical world I encounter.

But inevitably, Narnia also led me to Middle-earth, starting with my first viewing of The Lord of the Rings movies a few year ago and continuing with a love of the many deeper aspects of the world, such as the oft-ignored portions on its creation and early years, as explored in The Silmarillion. And as you have hopefully already gathered by just being on this website, it also led to the creation of The Elven Padawan.

Anyway, all that to once again say: I am excited to see this new series on the background of Tolkien and Lewis, and find out even more about their histories, friendship, and the other conditions that led to their amazing stories.


Are you interested to watch this new documentary of the lives of Tolkien and Lewis? Do you have a favorite book or story from any of their works? I’d love to hear about it!! Let me know below in the comments; I always love to chat with you guy!

The Elven Padawan: From Erebor to Echo Base – #8 – Tolkien Week 2017

 

In this episode recorded during Tolkien Week 2017, Shay and guest Max talk about – try to guess – that’s right, Tolkien! Finally getting to the “Erebor” part of “From Erebor to Echo Base”, Shay gives the history on Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day, then jumps into a discussion of Middle-earth, including The Silmarillion, books vs. movies, connections between Tolkien’s world and Christian theology, and more! (She even manages to sneak a Star Wars Rebels connection in there.)
Also, Shay has some updates for listeners on what’s going on with The Elven Padawan, as well as a brand-new intro for the podcast!
Quick note: please excuse the audio quality in Shay’s portions of this episode. Once again, ‘that glitch’ returned to plague her, but this should be the very last occurrence of that evil nasty.

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Shownotes:

A Creative Type: the blog of Kitten, artist who created my awesome new logo art!!

Star Wars: The Color of Hope: Shay’s very first article with Future of the Force!

Female Viking warrior gravesite – National Geographic (there’s a link in this article to the Norse saga that has a character who reminds me of Eowyn)

Star Wars Rebels on IMDb

Eat Your Way Through Lord of the Rings

 

Music/Sound effects:

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project. 

Complete list of effects used for this episode: