June 27, 2014

On The Changes In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Comparing Book to Film

The latest film in The Hobbit trilogy has caused a lot of dissension among fans. Most of the disagreements concern the liberties PJ & Co. have taken with the story. In this post I look at the major (and often minute) narrative deviations in The Desolation of Smaug. I will warn you though that heavy spoilers lie ahead. So if you've already seen the film (or just don't care) and if you're undaunted by long posts go ahead and jump the break!


June 23, 2014

How Do You Say "Smaug"?

Ever since The Desolation of Smaug hit theaters millions of people around the globe have been talking about and saying the word Smaug.  Most of the time I find that people often pronounce it the wrong way.  Jump the break and find out how to correctly name The Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities.

June 19, 2014

What Are The Two Towers?

In this post I attempt to tackle one of the first questions Tolkien fans have asked since The Two Towers was first published in 1954.  Which towers are the ones Tolkien references in the title of Volume 2 of The Lord of the Rings?  Jump the break to find out...

June 14, 2014

Finally! Hobbits in Bree!

While I sit on the edge of my seat for the next Hobbit trailer here's a short little observation that will hopefully give you some food for thought...

June 9, 2014

Tolkien and Cats

In this post I examine a topic that isn't discussed very often by Tolkien fans, cats and dogs.  Which did Tolkien prefer?  Did he even ever write about cats and dogs in his stories?  Hit the jump and find out!

The Professor

June 6, 2014

Character Screen Time In The Desolation of Smaug

It seems like The Desolation of Smaug has split the fanbase in half, more so than any other Middle-earth film released so far.  Most of the discussions revolve around Bilbo's importance in the film.  Many purists argue that Bilbo has taken a backseat role in these trilogy of films titled, The Hobbit.  While these debates will probably continue unceasingly no matter what anyone says or does, I have a few numbers that are worth taking into consideration...

June 1, 2014

Are Ents Trees?

Despite the fact that Treebeard says himself that he is not a tree in the Two Towers film, many casual LotR fans (and especially non-LotR fans) always seem to mistake them for trees.  One relation in particular repeated the falsehood numerous times so eventually I wrote the following in an attempt to clarify the misconception.  If you're confused yourself or know of someone like that hopefully this post will help.  Jump the break to find out exactly what ents are and why they are not simply walking trees.

Treebeard Sketch by Alan Lee


Welcome to my new blog!  First of all let me introduce myself; My name is Andrew.  I'm currently a high-school student who would much rather be tramping through Middle-earth than trudging through the murky swamps of high school academia. ;-)  (School isn't all bad though, I quite enjoy history.)  Besides that I'm also an avid musician who has been playing the violin since I was four.  Some of you will also know me through Animato Studios, a title under which my siblings and I produce LEGO stop-motion videos (also known as brickfilms).

My nudge out the door came the Christmas after I turned 12 when I was given a copy of The Hobbit.  The following year I received The Lord of the Rings and devoured it within two months.  My fascination grew and before long I needed a second shelf for my rapidly growing Tolkien collection.  By this point my family has become a bit tired and exhausted with the endless barrage of Tolkien trivia, news, stories, and random musings.  So in an attempt to alleviate my family (which will probably be futile) I'm going to try and keep part of my constant bubbling constrained to this blog where others will hopefully find some of it interesting.  My hope is to post at least once a week about something I find interesting in regard to Tolkien and Middle-earth.  These posts could come in the form of a short essay, a quick comment, or just a few sentences about something I found thought-provoking, insightful, or interesting.  I'll also post periodically when important Tolkien news comes up (film, book releases, events, etc.).

Throughout these posts I'll often use some abbreviations for space and time's sake so if you ever get a little confused please make use of the abbreviations page.  If you want to learn a little more about me and my journey to Middle-earth please see the "About Me" tab.  Don't forget to follow by e-mail and share the site on social media!

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