Here, my fellow Tolkien fans, is my review of The Return of the King. Produced by Rankin Bass and Studio Ghibli predecessor Topcraft, this television special aired May 11, 1980 as a very unofficial sequel to Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings, which only covered Fellowship and most of Two Towers…
If your sole familiarity with The Lord of the Rings is with the Peter Jackson film trilogy, then you probably only know Aragorn son of Arathorn as the handsome, brooding, scruffy loner with the broken sword who looked so dorky in that crown at the end of the third movie, of which he is the titular character. But there’s a huge backstory behind Aragorn, and this article will fill you in on the basics.
As an aficionado of the original books, I find it strange that viewers of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy have trouble telling the difference between the villain characters Sauron and Saruman. But I have heard from more than one intelligent, attentive moviegoer that they were confused on this issue. So let’s get this cleared up…
This week in Middle-earth history: Frodo and Sam capture Gollum in the Emyn Muil; Aragorn is born; the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen; Isengard destroyed.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, Oxford University professor, and author of the globally beloved fantasy epics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was born eleventy-seven years ago today, on January 3rd, 1892, in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa.
Whether you were introduced to Tolkien by Orlando Bloom’s shield-surfing antics, or if you have read The Lord of the Rings every summer since the 3rd grade (guilty), there is always more you can do to become the Tolkien superfan you have always aspired to be.
Here are ten suggestions…
Seventy-two years ago yesterday, JRR Tolkien’s first novel, The Hobbit, was published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. of London.
The 1,500 copies of the first printing sold out by the end of that year, 1937.
“Frodo!” Gandalf cried, as the old man rose up suddenly proud and strong like an elf king of old. “The armies of Mordor stand at the gates of Minas Tirith! Rohan has fallen, and Erebor is is besieged! The hour is late, and the Ring must be destr—is that really a Silmaril?”