October 27, 2014

What are the Armies in "The Battle of Five Armies"?

The Battle of Five Armies - Watercolor and Digital - Justin Gerad
What armies fought on the slopes of the Lonely Mountain?  The answer is plainly stated in the book, but there still seems to be some confusion...

October 15, 2014

Investigating Tolkien's Dol Guldur


Dol Guldur holds a mysterious and dark place in the lore of Middle-earth.  Tolkien didn't write too much about this ruined fortress despite the fact that it played a pivotal role in the events of the Third Age.  However, with a little bit of digging we can piece together the history of this old fortress and lay bare its pits...