May 30, 2015

Hobbit Origins: Trolls

Over the course of the semester-long Hobbit class I taught for middle-schoolers earlier this year we looked at many of the different legends and ancient stories that inspired Tolkien's mythology.  For this Origins post here on MOAT I'm taking another look at one of our favorite topics, trolls...

May 13, 2015

The Dol Guldur Sequence That Almost Was

It's well known that Peter Jackson's films are in a constant state of flux up until the last minute (literally!).  Scripts, designs, edits, sound, schedules and even the number of installments of a series have been changed very late in the production process.  It's not surprising then to learn that the famous (or infamous depending on your viewpoint) White Council scene went through some major and interesting revisions in the years leading up to release...

May 12, 2015

Back to Blogging!

Finally!  My stressful month is coming to an end!  As a homeschooler I still continue school though the summer, but now that one quartet, finals, extra classes, philharmonic and end of year testing is almost done I can finally start thinking about my Tolkien blog again.  I'm still going to be incredibly busy with "normal" school, a quartet, arranging music and the production of a short film, but I'm going to be making a concerted effort to post at least a couple times a month.