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Tolkien 101: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Ring Trilogy (extended editions)

I’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy many, many times.  But this was a different experience.  My first time watching them after rereading the books, perhaps since their release.  My first time watching them after watching Jackson’s execrable … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Devin Brown’s Tolkien Biography

The best thing that can be said about Brown’s biography of Tolkien is also the worst: it is very short.  192 pages (in paperback) isn’t much room to tell the story of anyone’s life, let alone Tolkien’s.  Brown’s biography was … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: The Animated Tolkien Movies

Whew boy, did I need a palate cleanser after watching Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  And I did love the Rankin/Bass adaptation of The Hobbit as a kid, after all.  So it turns out that, of the three animated adaptations, that … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Movie Trilogy

It is no accomplishment to walk into a movie expecting to dislike and to dislike it.  I never expected to like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  I gave up any hope of that as soon I heard that he was turning … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Rereading The Lord of the Rings, part 2

Reading the second half of The Lord of the Rings reinforces my division of the series in half in my mind and on the blog.  The split makes for a strong first half and an even better second half, instead … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Rereading The Lord of the Rings, part 1

Tolkien always saw The Lord of the Rings as a single, cohesive story.  It was only published in three volumes due to wartime paper shortages.  But, then again, it was never feasible as a single volume.  At 500k+ words, The … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Rereading The Hobbit

I’ve been trying to keep my paper library to a manageable size, but I’m afraid of the quality of the kindle versions for old books.  So I’ve been buying even more physical books.  At least the books back then, like … Continue reading

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