Tag Archives: Middle-Earth

Bilbo resists the temptation to kill Gollum

On the Heroism of Hobbits

Happy Hobbit Day! In case you weren’t aware, the twenty-second of September is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and among Tolkien fans it is a time to celebrate Tolkien’s greatness. Although Tolkien’s works are well-known, few are aware of just how great an impact they have had not just on literature but also on western civilization in general.
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King Thorin Oakenshield of Erebor dies.

The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition

My birthday, being on the fifth of January, falls upon this day.  By coincidence, Tolkien’s birthday is on the third of the same month, and therefore several days ago I celebrated the birthday of my favourite author by watching the “special extended edition” of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for the first time, which I had been saving for just that occasion.  In all honesty, the “extended edition” is a bit of a misnomer, for it really isn’t that it is extended, but that the theatrical is somewhat abridged for the theatres.  Unfortunately, few theatres would be willing to show a film as long as these are in their entirety, and so it becomes necessary to cut down the finished film for this purpose.  The full movie is, in fact, the extended edition, which should more appropriately be dubbed the “unabridged edition.” Continue reading The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition

Response to Criticism of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

What I suspect is a very vocal minority has, on the internet, made very clear their dislike of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, I could explain in great detail why most (if not all) of the changes and additions to the story are either innocuous and trivial and/or necessary due to the differences between art forms, but the fact is that people just like to complain.
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Gene Deitch makes Dale look like Canterlot

Review of 1966 The Hobbit Adaptation

We all know that the Rankin/Bass cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit, while not quite as bad as their attempt at The Return of the King, was still a childish mess that fails utterly to communicate the dark and timeless themes of Tolkien’s original work, but it wasn’t the first such attempt. And, believe me, it was certainly not the worst.

All but unknown until just recently, the 1966 adaptation of The Hobbit resurfaced to the horror of Tolkienists everywhere. From what I can gather, it is the gruesome result of a horrifyingly successful attempt to blackmail Tolkien by threatening to unleash this and other planned abominations upon the world—successful because he payed up. It was made on a fiendishly small budget and took less than a month to finish, and this is farcically obvious in the finished product, which is under twelve minutes in length. Continue reading Review of 1966 The Hobbit Adaptation

A Citadel base painted using Agrellan Earth and Agrax Earthshade.

New Citadel Paints

This post was migrated from my earlier blog:
Painting The Lord of the Rings Miniatures.


The world is changed…
I feel it in the water…
I feel it in the earth…
I smell it in the air…

A Citadel base painted using Agrellan Earth.Citadel recently added six new paints to their already vast collection: Blood for the Blood God, Typhus Corrosion, Ryza Rust, Nihilakh Oxide, Nurgle’s Rot and Agrellan Earth.  The day they were released to the public I bought all six of them and began experimenting with Agrellan Earth and Blood for the Blood God. Continue reading New Citadel Paints

A statue from Citadel's Ruins of Osgiliath set, painted brown.

Brown Masonry

This post was migrated from my earlier blog:
Painting The Lord of the Rings Miniatures.


A statue from Citadel's Ruins of Osgiliath set, painted brown.
This statue from the Ruins of Osgiliath set has not been painted specifically to look like a part of that city of Gondor. Instead, I decided to paint it in a more generic manner, meaning it would look great anywhere, be it Gondor or Mordor (you probably wouldn’t actually see too many of these in the land of shadow but the colours don’t look out of place). I did this with a generally brown palette of paints, but I used the same style of painting stone as is seen here.
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