July 29, 2014

60th Anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring

Today, July 29, 2014, marks 60 years since The Fellowship of the Ring was first published in 1954.  George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Tolkien's publishers, only ran 3,000 copies in its first printing and only 1,500 in the US later that year.  Since then The Lord of the Rings has become the second best-selling book of all time behind Charles Dickens's, A Tale of Two Cities, with over 150 million copies sold!












The Battle of the Five Armies Teaser Trailer Frame-By-Frame Analysis

At last!  We finally have some video and photos to drool over from the final Hobbit film, The Battle of the Five Armies.  In this post I attempt to do a little more than just hyperventilate from excitement and instead provide my thoughts and speculation on the trailer frame-by frame.  So if you're undaunted by long posts and over 60 pictures highlighting weird rocks and fabric then hit the jump.

Warning: Spoilers Lie Ahead


July 28, 2014

Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is Here!!!

Finally, after over 6 months of waiting without any footage, clips, production vlogs, or promotional material, a teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Check it out below:

*Note to self: breath.*

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSzeFFsKEt4&list=UUjmJDM5pRKbUlVIzDYYWb6g


July 14, 2014

Sam as the Main Character in The Lord of the Rings

Who is the main character in The Lord of the Rings?  In a letter written in 1951 Tolkien gave Samwise Gamgee that distinction when he called him the "chief hero".  Wait a minute.  Frodo is the one who carried the Ring to Mordor so shouldn't he get that title?  At first glance it certainly appears so.  But Tolkien did not write that by comment by accident.  So again I'll ask the question: Who is the main character in The Lord of the Rings?  If we take the Professor by his word then the answer must be Sam.  But why?  What does this little hobbit have to offer?  The answer lies beyond the break...


July 9, 2014

Is The Lord of the Rings a Trilogy?

For decades people around the world have called The Lord of the Rings films and books a "trilogy".  Is this title really appropriate?  I mean, they are 3 parts that form a complete story, right?  Isn't that what a trilogy is?  A little digging however reveals mixed answers.  Jump the break to find out more...