Portfolio Tag: On Page and Screen

The Geography of Arda and Middle-earth

The Years of the Lamps and the Years of the Trees Source: Wikipedia Andrey Maximov: Illuin and Ormal — Ted Nasmith: Illuin Karen Wynn Fonstad: The Spring of Arda — from Almaren and the Great Lake in the Time of the Lamps to Middle-earth and Valinor in the Years of the Trees. Aman and Valinor […]

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The Creatures of Middle-earth

Arda had a rich fauna, largely (though not exactly) coinciding with that of our world: it would be going overboard to try and list on this page every single type of animal mentioned in the legendarium even in passing; so the descriptions and commentary hereafter will be limited to those animals that significantly impact a […]

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The Timeline of Arda and Middle-earth

While there is no substantial difficulty in fixing the time periods known as the Second, Third, and (beginnings of the) Fourth Age of Arda and Middle-earth, it is somewhat trickier to determine what exactly was “the First Age”, how long it lasted and which events it comprised.  For a discussion of the whys and wherefores […]

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The Weaponry of Middle-earth

Middle-earth was not a peaceful place; from the First-Age warfare between Morgoth and the Elves, and their Edain allies, to the War of the Ring at the end of the Third Age, armed conflict formed the constant background of its people’s existence — and while there were also numerous minor wars and disputes, the overarching […]

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Shiny Objects in Arda and Middle-earth

Arda and Middle-earth knew poverty, destruction, war, and hardship aplenty, but from their very own sources of light to precious jewels and metals, it also shone and sparkled with items of sheer magical brilliance, many of which were also of huge symbolic value.  These are some of them:   The Lights Amy O’Hanlon: Illuin and […]

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The People and Peoples of Arda and Middle-earth

Note: This is primarily a write-up for my own purposes; I am not trying to emulate or even approximate the many outstanding Tolkien resources already available on- and offline.  As I prefer having all closely-related information available on one and the same page, I am keeping the information on Tolkien’s major (groups of) characters on […]

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Middle-earth

J.R.R. Tolkien Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links (Auto-) Biographical Works Humphrey Carter: J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography Humphrey Carter: The Inklings Philip Zaleski: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings                  Middle-earth The Books The Silmarillion (1977) The Hobbit (1937) – Audiobook performed by Andy Serkis […]

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The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael

The Novels The Prequel: A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael (published in September 1988, set in 1120) The first Chronicle: A Morbid Taste for Bones (published in August 1977, set in 1137) The second Chronicle: One Corpse Too Many (published in July 1979, set in August 1138) The third Chronicle: Monk’s Hood (published […]

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Appointment With Agatha: The Agatha Christie Centenary Celebration

This is my master update post for a group project to read all of Agatha Christie’s full-length novels in the order of their publication, beginning in October 2020, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of her first mystery novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the world to Hercule Poirot and […]

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The (Mostly) Dead Writers Society Reading Projects: Birthday Challenge & Authors in Residence

(Dead) Author Birthdays This is a reading challenge associated with the (Mostly) Dead Writers Society on Goodreads; I decided to join it because it is as much an invitation to reconnect with the classics as it is one to walk down literary paths less traveled; so it ties in nicely with my own 2021 reading […]

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The Detection Club

With my Detection Club Bingo card now blacked out, I’m going to track my reading here.  (Note: for purposes of completeness, this includes books by the below authors already read prior to the creation of this list.)  My priorities are going to be: Arthur Conan Doyle’s / Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, biographies, contemporaries and rivals, as […]

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Detection Club Bingo

The Squares / Chapters: 1. A New Era Dawns: Ernest Bramah – The Tales of Max Carrados; Emmuska Orczy – The Old Man in the Corner 2. The Birth of the Golden Age: A.A. Milne – The Red House Mystery 3. The Great Detectives: Margery Allingham – The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look […]

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Kill Your Darlings

Aaaand … that’s a wrap. My Kill Your Darling Books.   Green Round: Team MbD – Lillelara – TA Round 1 Suspect Own guess / card played: Madeleine L’Engle – wrong – 5 points Correct guess: None Victims Own guess / card played: Katniss Everdeen – 5 points Correct guess: None Crime Scenes Own guess […]

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On Page and Screen

Bringing together great literature and its equally great screen adaptations. Note: Authors are included here if I own a screen adaptation of at least one of their works and have either reviewed / blogged about that screen adaptation or about any one of the author’s literary works.  At the same time, however, for each of […]

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221B Baker Street

The World of London’s Only Consulting Detective   Arthur Conan Doyle Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links (Auto-) Biographies and Nonfiction about Arthur Conan Doyle: Hesketh Pearson: Conan Doyle: His Life and Art (1943) Daniel Stashower: Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle (1999) (Ed.): Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters […]

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By a Lady

Jane Austen’s Life, World, and Works Online Biography Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links Books about Jane Austen’s Life and Times Life and Works A. S. Byatt and Ignês Sodré: Imagining Characters: Six Conversations About Women Writers: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Willa Cather, Iris Murdoch, and Toni Morrison (1995) Claire Tomalin: Jane […]

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Measure for Measure

   Globe Theatre, London: outside, stage and stalls, and stage roof and balcony Introduction I was initiated into the unique world of Shakespeare’s poetry and plays in high school and, I believe like many people, though instantly smitten with the man and his works, meandered a while before settling on my all-time favourite piece – […]

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Little Grey Cells: St. Mary Mead & Elsewhere

Agatha Christie’s Detectives and Their World   The Queen of Crime Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links Nonfiction Books by and about Agatha Christie and Her Works Book review: Agatha Christie & Mathew Prichard: The Grand Tour – Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition Book review: Agatha Christie: Come, Tell Me How […]

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As My Wimsey Takes Me

Dorothy L. Sayers Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links (Auto-) Biographical Works The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist 1937–1943, From Novelist to Playwright 1944–1950, A Noble Daring 1951–1957, In the Midst of Life Child and Woman of Her Time   Barbara Reynolds: Dorothy L. Sayers – Her […]

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