Sunday, May 4, 2014

For More Tolkien News...

Just so you all remember, this blog is no longer active. I will be removing it at some point. But if you want Hobbity news, check out my new blog - Frodo and Lucy's Journey.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

REMINDER

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Changes Have Come! (aka Farewell)

New Blog!!! Click here for awesomeness!!!

So, I have made a decision. My sister has a blog on C. S. Lewis and Narnia...and we thought it would be a good idea to merge them together, C. S. Lewis and Tolkien being friends and all. There's another advantage to this - because my sister has a lot more time than me, she'll be able to post some Hobbit-y news articles and it'll be best for everyone.

Everyone: *sarcastic* Yay. Yippee. Hooray.

Oh, come on - show a little more enthusiasm. It's going to be AWESOME.

I'm going to keep this blog up until I've moved everything over to the new blog and until a good number of you move over to the new blog. ;)

Until then - "namare" to PME and "well met!" to FLJ. :D

New Blog!!! Click here for awesomeness!!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NEW Hobbit Trailer!!!

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What do you think?!?! :D :D :D

Friday, August 23, 2013

Land Focus: The Barrow Downs

Not a very nice place to be.

So...what exactly is this place like? After reading The Lord of the Rings, I had in my mind a very spooky place with cliffs all around with caves in them - and in these caves, wraith-like creatures roam around.

The hobbits in the Barrow Downs
I started playing The Lord of the Rings Online a month or two ago (it is the most awesome game on this planet, just for your information) - and I saw that here the Barrow Downs covered a pretty big area, and a lot of it is outside. There are spooky caves in it (different barrows, precisely), but a lot of that area sees the sun. So I thought - is this really the Barrow Downs Tolkien imagined? So I decided to do a little research.

Frodo and a wraith










First search at The Barrow-Downs (how perfect, no?) revealed this. It is a hilly, treeless region between The Old Forest (which we all know is beside Buckland) and Chetwood (which I learned is just under Bree - from LOTRO, if you must know). The area contains many barrows, or burial mounds, which were built by the forefathers of the Edain in the First Age. The Dunedain later used these as burial places. Cut to the Third Age, these barrows were still being used with the same purpose until a plague came, taking the people living around here at the time. That's when spirits from places such as Angmar moved in. (Oh, honey, what a wonderful new home! I don't even miss our honeymoon anymore!) Then, by the late Third Age, the Barrow Downs appeared as green mounds with stone rings on top.

Very nice art...you'll want to see it bigger here.
I guess LOTRO is right then....which it should be. ;) For more information, you can read up all about the Barrow Downs on the One Wiki to Rule Them All. Do check it out, and...

Please COMMENT with what posts you would like to see in the future. A certain area you want me to cover? A certain character? A certain excerpt? Any questions about Tolkien or his land of Middle Earth? I'd be happy to answer any questions IN depth. :)

Until then...namare!

- Alyianna Biggins (my name in LOTRO - I play in Crickhollow, so check me out! Just tell me you came from here.)

A fellowship in the Barrow Downs on LOTRO.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Mysterious Figure of Tom Bombadil

I promise. I'll try to write here more often, but with vacations with my family during the summer and college coming up, you'll have to be patient.

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Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow,
Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.
None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the Master:

His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster.

The merry old fellow Tom Bombadil. His songs are sometimes a little silly, especially when they get to the "Hey dol! Merry dol!" I've even heard some people compare this minor character to Winnie the Pooh.

That's most likely the reason that most people would have given to not have Tom Bombadil in film world. "Oh, he wasn't that important." The main one is - "It would have taken too much time to go over the Tom scenes."

However, I am one of those people who persist in the question Why was Tom Bombadil deleted? And why do we persist in questioning? Perhaps it is because we saw something more in old Tom than some other people have.

Even though the last time I read The Lord of the Rings was a little over than a year ago, I still distinctly remember the scene where Tom commands Frodo to give him the One Ring. When Tom puts it on his finger, the Ring does not make him disappear. It has no power over him. In fact, one could say that Tom seems to have a power over the Ring itself - he makes it disappear! Gandalf seems to suggest that the Ring has no power over Tom because he is a trivial, light-hearted, not-caring fellow. But I wonder if Tolkien would really want to send a message that shallow people avoid people? I think not. I think that perhaps Tom's shallowness was an outer garment to conceal something more - something that we see in his power of the Barrow-Wrights and Old Man Willow.


Eldest, that's what I am...Tom remembers the first raindrop and the first acorn...he knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless — before the Dark Lord came from Outside..

Could it be that Tom Bombadil is another Christ figure in The Lord of the Rings?

In answer to Frodo's question about who Tom Bombadil was, Goldberry did not give a description of her husband's habits. Instead, she simply said, He is.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What to Write?

I think my friends who know me well-ish might be surprised if they are/were reading this post. Yes, the Alyianna of Many Words - she has nothing to say now.

Well, that's not entirely true. Rather, I have many images circling around in my mind, but none want to settle down for long enough so that I can write upon it.

I know I promised you all that I was going to change this blog and stop posting all this newsy stuff, even though none of you have ever complained that you did not like the news - in fact, the opposite. Many of you may be wondering - WHY? The reason - I've felt guilty for a long time posting news straight from theonering.net and putting it on here. It's like I'm stealing all those ideas! So I am re-doing everything and starting to post using my own creativity.

But first I have to start.

Tolkien's world of Middle Earth has been a part of my life for a long time now - in fact, ever since I first read The Hobbit and then The Lord of the Rings when I was nine. I instantly fell in love with the books - and with the movies when I first watched them when I was thirteen. You may say that I'm a little bit of nerd, and I know...well...some stuff, enough to answer questions, enough to be entirely and totally in love with a world that some people think is just the stuff of fantasy...but I'm not entirely so sure. ;)

These are the things circling around in my head.

Frodo Baggins.

Ralph Bakshi's LOTR.

Christopher Lee's Saruman.

The jolliness of Tom Bombadil.

The things I hate that Peter Jackson changed.

Slashers who DARE put their filthy little paws on Frodo and Sam...or any of the other characters.

A LOTR picnic (how random - I've got to totally write that one up. I wonder if Saruman was invited or not.)

And I betcha all of these things and more will come down soon onto this blog.

As soon as they sit still.