A new Middle Earth story, The Fall of Gondolin, will be published in August 2018 as reported by TOR.com and other sites.
“Tolkien has called this story, which he first began writing in 1917, “the first real story of this imaginary world”; i.e., it was one of the first tales to be put to paper. “
It seems like this Middle Earth franchise that I thought was finished after The Hobbit movies were completed, still has a lot of life left. With the release of new material, The Chidren of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and now The Fall of Gondolin; the literary works of Tolkien are still something to collect and read. Combined with the newly announced Amazon Studios 5 season series, there will be many more tales told about Middle Earth. It’s an exciting time to be a Middle Earth fan!
Random Angst discusses The Middle Earth Saga! In the second episode we talk about The Hobbit Chapter 2 – The Desolation of Smaug. Marc and Justin are again joined by a special guest host – Kimball. Join us as we analyze this second film in the Hobbit trilogy and listen how Marc loves to point out what parts of the movie aren’t in the novel.
For those that listened to our first Middle Earth Saga podcast episode where we talked about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, you heard us talking about the Silmarillion and it’s historical value with Middle Earth. The Silmarillion is the history of the Middle Earth and is a very complex creation by JRR Tolkien.
If you haven’t heard of this book or perhaps have heard of it, but don’t know much about it – TOR.com has put out a good series of blog posts about what it is and provides some basic summaries of the stories included in the book.
So if you’re wanting to know more, give it a read or if you want to go straight to the source, check out the links to buy the Silmarillion on Amazon.
Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer: An Introduction
Random Angst discusses The Middle Earth Saga! In this first episode we talk about The Hobbit Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Journey. Marc and Justin are joined by a special guest host – Kimball. Join us as we dive deep into the first film of the Hobbit Trilogy.
I enjoyed An Unexpected Journey and had a fun time watching it at a midnight showing. This movie had a different feel than the LOTR trilogy. In the LOTR, the Hobbits were always the comedic element (“What about second breakfast?”), and in this movie this was more fully developed. In LOTR, the world was at risk of being destroyed and Frodo was tasked to prevent that, resulting in a much more dramatic and somber tone for that trilogy. AUJ was more lighthearted and had several moments that were laugh out loud.
While I enjoyed this new adventure in Middle-Earth, at times I felt that I was re-watching FOTR. In various scenes, I was reminded of a similar action or event that took place in the LOTR trilogy. There were also musical cues that were reminiscent of the previous trilogy. I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or not, as I felt it was overdone. I know that this was done intentionally, so as to thematically tie in the two trilogies. I have only watched the movie the one time, up to this point, so I’m not sure if I like this or not. I would have liked these moments to be more subtle than what they were. Who knows, maybe after seeing it again a few more times, it won’t matter.
Overall, I would recommend The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to anyone semi-interested in seeing it. If you liked the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you will like this film. However, you may not love AUJ. While I enjoyed this movie and will watch it again in theaters and will buy the Blu Ray, I did not love it. I compare it to The Two Towers, in that I liked the film, but felt it could have been better. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being totally awesome, I would give it an 8. It’s definitely worth seeing and it is better than the majority of movies out there. Continue reading “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”