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What's Curunir the Not-so-White doing in there?


Presumably because he was a Maiar aligned with Aulë...

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Grandmother's stunning knitted models of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit characters

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If knitting's not your thing, how about Marzipan Smaug atop a treasure of golden sprinkles and rich chocolate soufflé

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Those are wonderful! Kudos to your grandmother!

And that dessert is appropriate, as dragon-sickness is very similar to my chocolate-sickness...Must eat all of it.


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Pssst, PtB, I don't think it is actually Elen's grandmother.

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:rofl: My grandmother will be 99 in May....but she was a great knitter...

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Don't be shy...

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Amazing paper sculpture by Deviantartist FarTooManyIdeas who created this piece just from the pages of Tolkien's novel. It is a fantastic likeness of Smaug who is hunting for a tiny Bilbo who has managed to escape fron the book’s pages!

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Middle Earth modeled...


http://www.fastcodesign.com/3025558/wha ... om-space#1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLHHS5Q_m0g

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And then there is this:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/t ... -the-world

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Lord of the [Coffee] Beans... :D

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LEGO The Hobbit Official Buddy-Up trailer

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Now for something very different - LotR in Very Old Media. I saw these two plaques in the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, California. Am I the only one who sees LotR in these?

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Fascinating, narya! I wonder if Professor Tolkien knew about this like he did so many other cultures' mythologies....

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An audio/visual interpretation of the Music of the Ainur:

http://youtu.be/nz9t38CpdXM

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Elen - I loved the music in it!

And here's an amazing .gif on the Music of the Ainur!:

http://mirachravaia.deviantart.com/art/ ... -417186294


Also, since I can't see any other thread, Happy Tolkien Reading Day to ya fellas! :cheers:


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narya wrote:
Now for something very different - LotR in Very Old Media. I saw these two plaques in the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, California. Am I the only one who sees LotR in these?

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Very fascinating! Tolkien does suggest, in one of his letters, that the dwarves do share characteristics of Semitic peoples from the Levantine region, but he never makes the explicit connection to actual human "dwarfs" in Egypt.

It is more likely that Tolkien's dwarves' skill with fashioning metals comes primarily from the depiction of dwarves in the Norse Eddas, Voluspa, etc., where they are small, unlovely creatures (usually quite evil and greedy) that craft great treasures from gold, etc (I believe they fashioned some of the key items and weapons of the Norse gods, including Thor's famous Mjolnir and Odin's famous Gungnir). Tolkien made the dwarves a lot nicer (and a lot more human), while retaining some of that wickedness and greed.


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I don't know how I missed this the first time, but I just spent a delightful evening watching the LOTR triology ala LEGO. Just an hour and a half of the G-rated parts of LOTR, using the original voiceovers, mattes of original backgrounds, and highly flexible animated Lego people for all the characters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_CvoG3nY3Q

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Very fascinating! Tolkien does suggest, in one of his letters, that the dwarves do share characteristics of Semitic peoples from the Levantine region, but he never makes the explicit connection to actual human "dwarfs" in Egypt.

It is more likely that Tolkien's dwarves' skill with fashioning metals comes primarily from the depiction of dwarves in the Norse Eddas, Voluspa, etc., where they are small, unlovely creatures (usually quite evil and greedy) that craft great treasures from gold, etc (I believe they fashioned some of the key items and weapons of the Norse gods, including Thor's famous Mjolnir and Odin's famous Gungnir). Tolkien made the dwarves a lot nicer (and a lot more human), while retaining some of that wickedness and greed.


It wouldn't surprise me, however, if the Eddas drew on some of the Egyptian material!! :) These things get around! Just ask any folklorist.


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Very fascinating! Tolkien does suggest, in one of his letters, that the dwarves do share characteristics of Semitic peoples from the Levantine region, but he never makes the explicit connection to actual human "dwarfs" in Egypt.

It is more likely that Tolkien's dwarves' skill with fashioning metals comes primarily from the depiction of dwarves in the Norse Eddas, Voluspa, etc., where they are small, unlovely creatures (usually quite evil and greedy) that craft great treasures from gold, etc (I believe they fashioned some of the key items and weapons of the Norse gods, including Thor's famous Mjolnir and Odin's famous Gungnir). Tolkien made the dwarves a lot nicer (and a lot more human), while retaining some of that wickedness and greed.


It wouldn't surprise me, however, if the Eddas drew on some of the Egyptian material!! :) These things get around! Just ask any folklorist.


That's a great point - though I'm not sure if there's strong evidence of cross-pollination between Germanic and Egyptian mythology in the literature. Nonetheless, there are so many gaps in our knowledge of ancient and dark age peoples, that to quote Carl Sagan "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." There could very well be a connection, and its nice to think there is!


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Popping in to note the title change on the thread. Alatar pointed out in the Geeks thread in Bag End that "LotR" might make people assume this thread was only for creative works related to LotR, or even more restrictively, the LotR films. When I responded that that hadn't been my intention at all, Elen suggested the new title. I'm phasing it in.

This thread is for creative works (in media other than film or text, or such was my intent, though anything interesting is welcome here) that are related to or set in Tolkien's Middle-earth. I think the candy Helm's Deep I introduced in the first post set the tone fairly well, although many serious, actually beautiful works have also enriched this thread.

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