A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

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When Characters Shed Names
 

When Characters Shed Names

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
 

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

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Browsing all articles tagged with J.R.R. Tolkien.

Quotes: Making or Breaking

Quotes: Making or Breaking 

My 46th article for Fantasy-Faction. I have now written more of these than I have years of life and not many to 50. And always the eternal question; what to write about? Easy. On Saturday night I was moved to tears. I cried. Not a snotty, snuffling, huffing, heaving cry, but a tear or three […]

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The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil?

The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil? 

Almost 80 years after Gollum appeared in The Hobbit, and 60 years after Frodo first suggests that it may have been better if Bilbo had killed Gollum when he first had the chance, the question is once again rising in a Turkish court – is Gollum good or evil? If you aren’t familiar with the […]

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The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The last few years have seen the publication of several of Tolkien’s versions of the literary works that sparked his imagination and influenced Middle Earth. From the poems of Sigurd and Gudrun and The Fall of Arthur to his translation of Beowulf, these renditions are a fascinating look at Tolkien’s creative engagement with the European […]

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Roads Go Ever Ever On

Roads Go Ever Ever On 

Something important is ending as we speak; the end of an era of not only entertainment, not just a story, but our invited cinematic access to a deep, rich and vivid world. I’m talking about Middle Earth. I wouldn’t even necessarily say I’m talking about The Hobbit as a movie, or an adaptation, either. Rather, […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 

 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s filmic reimagining of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales of Middle-Earth to a close in epic fashion, and with the emotional weight of thirteen years of visual storytelling that will likely never be rivaled again. Many scoffed when Jackson, not known for his restraint, announced that […]

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review 

Author’s Note: This review is spoiler free! Licensed video games do not have the best of reputations. E.T., for the Atari 2600, is considered one of the worst games ever made. The recent Legend of Korra game has been widely panned. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi? Well, the less said about that train wreck, […]

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Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits…

Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits… 

So, this is a strange one! A paper appeared in this month’s Christmas edition of the Medical Journal of Australia with a theory as to why, in fantasy novels, the bad guys tend to lose: Vitamin D deficiency! I will include a copy of the paper below (it is open access), but, for those who […]

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The Tolkien Archives at Marquette: A Glimpse At His Original Manuscripts

The Tolkien Archives at Marquette: A Glimpse At His Original Manuscripts 

Through a stroke of luck and the foresight of their one-time curator, the Marquette University libraries house the original manuscripts for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We’re talking original type-written and hand-written items, donated by Tolkien himself (and some later items donated by his son, Christopher Tolkien). I’m lucky enough […]

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The Changing Face(s) of Fantasy – Guest Blog by Adam Dalton

The Changing Face(s) of Fantasy – Guest Blog by Adam Dalton 

It’s obviously blasphemy to criticise Tolkien, even indirectly, but for me his work is more important in historico-cultural terms than modern literary terms. Before you send me a load of hate mail, yes, yes, I fully accept that current fantasy writers inherit greatly from him and couldn’t write what they did if it weren’t for […]

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Did Shakespeare invent Gollum?

Did Shakespeare invent Gollum? 

Was Gollum inspired by one of Shakespeare’s villains? Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit, thinks it’s a distinct possibility. In an Interview with The Telegraph, where he is explaining how he sees and will play the character of Richard III, in the famous play of the same name, Freeman explains that: “I’ve just been rehearsing […]

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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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If you’re interested in the history of Middle-Earth then The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien will surprise and delight you. Not every reader of The Lord of the Rings will love The Silmarillion, but far too few have tried this epic of epics. If you devoured the Appendices in The Return of the King, such as […]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

It’s been a year since Peter Jackson took us back to Middle Earth and Bilbo Baggins set out on An Unexpected Journey. After mixed reviews, the consensus seemed to be that Tolkien fans were largely disappointed with the adaptation, which seems inevitable when such a beloved classic is presented to fans through someone else’s eyes. […]

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