An Immensely Long, Complex, Rather Bitter, and Very Terrifying Romance

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sweating to Mordor

Since Tolkien has entered a walking montage, we’ve been taking a closer look at the Rivendell chapters in Book Two. We’ve covered the passage where Gandalf explained a bit about who Strider was – one of the descendants of Numenor. When Fellowship of the Ring was published in 1954, nobody had any idea what a Numenorean was. It wasn’t until the following year, when Return of the King was released, that those who dipped into the Appendices had an inkling.

It wouldn’t be until 1977, over twenty years later, when the Silmarillion was published, that the readers would know more. But this wasn’t how Tolkien wanted it to go.

From even before the publication of The Hobbit, Tolkien wanted to publish his so-called Lost Tales writings. These would later become the basis for the Silmarillion, and would be continued to be revised until his death. The success of

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