Love this! It shows that no matter how much we are hit by the trials in life, we can not be changed from the true royalty within.


I have had a little bit of time to get back into one of my favorite hobbies, reading for pleasure, and coming across this poem from Gandalf I felt that it needed to be shared. My hope is that it it speaks to you half as much as it does to me.

All that is gold does not glitter,

                              not all those who wander are lost;

the old that is strong does not wither,

                                          deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

                                        A light from the…

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Finding passion in a fictional world

Yep! Lord of the Rings is the best thing in the world!


It is no doubt that the world of J.R.R. Tolkien has been alive and well throughout many generations across the world. When this class was told to choose a topic that we can focus on and learn about, I immediately thought about The Lord of the Rings. When I think about Middle-earth, I’m thankful to have a fictional land that can teach me lessons about the real world, and I hope that others can relate to this feeling.

My first experience with Middle-earth happened in fifth grade. I was one of the chosen students to read The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It amuses me that the teachers started us chosen students with the last part of the trilogy, but it’s what introduced me to the Tolkien universe.

We read the book and later went on a field trip to a local theater to watch Peter…

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Distracting things in Lord of the Rings

This is how an OCD mind works, my friends!


A belated happy happy new year to you! I was horribly poorly for most of December, so I spent much of our super-duper Christmas break weeping and watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy in bed. Don’t pity me; this is actually a pretty great way to spend Christmas.

Because I was so deeply bored, I took screengrabs of all the bits that distract me every chuffing time I watch these films. I am aware, of course, that they are all ridiculous.

Scary Hobbit prop

Ride like the wind, Arwen! Look, black riders everywhere! Frodo will never make it to Rivendell! Actually, that’s not Frodo. That’s… terrifying.

frodo and arwen

Bonus horse photobomb in the background, there. Nice one, horse.

Crooked Elven headgear

What I’m supposed to think: Arwen and Aragorn reunited! Truly, their love is as eternal as her beauty is ethereal. What an uplifting end to this whole Middle Earth bunfight. And everyone looks so clean

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The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Love to hear the positive things!

Meagan Walker

“Bilbo was sadly reflecting that adventures are not all pony-rides in May-sunshine.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Hobbit - Cover

Tolkien’s trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, is without a doubt my favorite set of novels ever written. I bought The Hobbit several months ago, but when my brother saw it, he wouldn’t allow me to read it until after we saw the last segment of The Hobbit films. So when the day finally came when I was “allowed” to open the forbidden pages, I was beyond excitement.

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Lewis and Tolkien: Two of the World’s Greatest Writers

Love this! Goes well with my own blog about Tolkien’s symbolism.

Exploring Classic British Literature

I have finally come to the end of it. I read the final books for my British Literature course that I started almost a year ago now. It was a long, interesting, and in-depth journey to the world of literature and some of it’s most well-known authors. Some of the books were rather slow and a little tiring to go through, and some were also definitely more well written and stirring then others. But all-in-all I enjoyed it.

After reading so much British Literature I found though that two of it’s greatest authors were not the ones who lived and wrote things hundreds of years ago. In fact they were living in England just a little than over 50 years ago. Their names were C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Not only did they write some of the world’s most beloved and greatest pieces of fantasy literature ever, they were also…

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A Few Thoughts on “The Hobbit” Trilogy

Great writing! Good read!

Fiero Fredo

The Hobbit-Battle-of-the-Five-Armies-posterTwo years ago, I reviewed the first movie in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey. (You can read it here if you’re interested).  Last year, however, I somehow didn’t put up a review of the second movie, The Desolation of Smaug.  Therefore, rather than just do a review for the third and final movie, TheBattle of the Five Armies, I figured it’s probably better that I just provide an overview of some of my thoughts on this second outing by Peter Jackson and Co into New Zealand…I mean, Middle-Earth.

The final two movies continue the story of Bilbo Baggins – the eponymous hobbit – who is part of the company of Thorin Oakenshield, heir to the dwarf kingdom of Erebor.  The dwarves and Bilbo are marching against the clock for they must reach the Lonely Mountain in time to use the key Thorin carries to…

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Seeing Ourselves in LotR

And thus we see, someone who finally understands what Tolkien was writing for! Thank you!


Wasn’t the third Hobbit beautiful, though? Sure, we can argue the details and point out the inconsistencies with the book or whatever, but I still think it’s a beautiful ending. I don’t even know what it is, exactly–there’s just something about those Middle Earth movies that ring of truth; that touch your soul and inspire your heart. They’re beautiful. And I think they’re chalk full of amazing life lessons.

Which is good, considering that they’re so freaking long.

But ANYWAYS…naturally, I had to rewatch An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug before I went to see The Battle of the Five Armies, and–being an avid LotR fan whose seen the extended LotR movies like 50+ times as well as all the extras–I was struck by something spanning the two trilogies. A bigger picture, if you will. The portrayal of humans in Middle Earth.

It’s beautiful. And so true.

We see…

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