Category: middle earth

It’s 200 years after the destruction of the ring. Visitors can now do a guided tour of the Misty Mountains down to Gollum’s cave. There’s a gift shop at the bottom. They sell stuffed Gollum plushies for $35.

The Middle-Earth aesthetics | Tolkien (2019)

The Middle-Earth aesthetics | Thranduil, The King of Fall

Middle Earth is not canonically flat for elves. It’s round, except if elves sail away to the Undying Lands they can sail in a straight line, and men just sail around the globe. So it’s more like a sphere with a weird ocean tangent I guess, or maybe there’s a secret portal or something. 

That being said, Tolkien wrote a lot, so if you want to argue that Middle Earth is flat for elves, it probably says that somewhere. 

Middle Earth in the 6th Age

Human scientists: thanks to archeology we now know that men existed at the same time as a lesser race, which we call “Elves.” These inferior beings apparently weren’t able to survive and died out.

*over in Valinor*

Elrond: hey Manwe, do humans still remember elves?

Manwe: uh…yeah. Yeah, they do.

Had a flip through this one at the bookstore the other day: A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor. The book is illustrated by John Howe, who worked as a production designer on the Peter Jackson films, and offers a spectacular insight into his artistic vision of Middle-earth. Would highly recommend to any Tolkien fans, regardless of whether they prefer the books, the movies, or both.

Sauron’s power was in the one ring. Frodo threw the ring into lava. Now Sauron’s power is infused into the geological body of middle earth. That was his plan all along. So obvious.

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Window shopping for Tolkien …

Look what I found at the bookshop today …