Portfolio Tag: Read

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 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 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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Wars and Battles of Arda and Middle-earth

Battlefields are blood-soaked places of unspeakable horror, replete with corpses, body parts, the roar, thunder and clash of arms, the cries and whimpers of the wounded and dying, shouts of rage, often the fumes of smoke and fire, and always the all-pervading stench of death.  And of course the legendarium’s universe far exceeds the various […]

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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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Narrativium: Where the Falling Angel Meets the Rising Ape

The Discworld Novels (and Subseries) The Colour of Magic  (1983) – Rincewind #1 ♦ Review HERE The Light Fantastic  (1986) –  Rincewind #2 ♦ Review HERE Equal Rites (1987) – Witches #1 ♦ Review HERE Mort  (1987) – Death #1 ♦ Review HERE Sourcery  (1988) – Rincewind #3 ♦ Review HERE Wyrd Sisters  (1988) – Witches […]

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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 Flat Book Society

The Flat Book Society on BookLikes The Flat Book Society was a science and popular science book club, active on BookLikes from July 2017 to December 2019. BookLikes Book Club Page BookLikes Discussion Group The Reading Lists Suggested Books Nominated Books            Books Read 2017-07-07 – 2017-08-31 – Andrea Wulf: The […]

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Freedom and Future Library

Introduction (2018) You’d have to be living under a rock buried somewhere halfway down to the center of the earth in order not to be aware that in recent years our beautiful world has been shaken up by a number of crises the likes of which I, at least, have not experienced in my entire […]

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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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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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