Tag: Tolkien

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/4/18: Zimiamvia

The hippogriff emblem of Demonland, based on the line drawings in early editions of the book   In The Worm Ouroboros E.R. Eddison dazzles the reader with innumerable exotic and fantastically named people, places, and things. Unfortunately, they don’t all adhere to a consistent linguistic base, and no less a luminary like J.R.R. Tolkien criticized …

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Tolkien March, Concluded

J.R.R. Tolkien caricature by Diego Parpaglion   Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the End of our fellowship in Middle-Earth. Go in Peace! I will not say: Do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.   It’s been fun a fun month here in Cobaltland, delving …

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Sauron, Melkor, and the Ho-yay

Melkor and Sauron by Kaprriss on @DeviantArt   Tolkien March is drawing to a close. As it ends, I want to touch on the fanfic and fanart… and the slash… bursting onto the scene after the release of Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, and gathering steam through the next two releases and …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 3/28/18: The Lord of the Things, Part IV

A stylized yet effective illustration of a Nazgul, by K. Mendon   The great shadow descended like a falling cloud. And behold! It was a winged creature: if bird, then greater than all other birds, and it was naked, and neither quill nor feather did it bear, and its vast pinions were as webs of …

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Tolkien in Bengali

  A Bengali edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, published in the Indian subcontinent. (Hindi and English are the official languages government-wise, but there are many, many others including Tamil, Urdu, and Punjabi.) The artwork looks to be a crib from the 2001 movie, done in the style of Bollywood cinema posters. Look closely …

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The Worm Ouroboros [Reading Challenge 2018]

The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison Ballantine Books, New York, 1967   [Challenge # 48: A high fantasy] The Worm Ouroboros is one of the great granddaddies of fantasy, sandwiched between Lord Dunsany, who was an influence, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who received its influence. As such, it’s a kind of a bridge, but one …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 3/21/18: The Lord of the Things, Part III

Swedish book cover, “The Saga of the Ring” in Celtic illuminated manuscript style   One of the important differences between Lord of the Rings and earlier fantasies is in Tolkien’s protagonists. Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam are not high-powered warriors like those in Germanic and Norse legend, exemplified by Lord Juss and Brandoch Daha in …

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In Praise of Oliphaunts

  Grey as a mouse, Big as a house, Nose like a snake, I make the earth shake, As I tramp through the grass; Trees crack as I pass.  J.R.R. Tolkien, “Oliphaunt” (Artwork: Oliphaunt am I, by wynahiros)     Oliphaunts, or mumakil as Tolkien also called them, are one of the mythical creatures most …

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Three Editions Through Time

  Three editions of the trilogy over the years. The top one is the first, unauthorized paperback version. Note that the Nazgul on the cover of The Two Towers is a pegasus and not the reptilian creature that was actually in the book. The artist got other details right, like the black-robed, faceless Nazgul, and …

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Plagiarism, Hobbit Style

Looking through my Pinterest feed for Tolkien images, I found this cover for a French edition of The Hobbit. It looked awfully familiar to me. Then I figured out where I had seen it before. Now, I wish the artist had been just a little more creative and not cribbed what is obvious, particularly as …

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