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It’s Just a Job – High Elves

I have been running this site for over twenty years, since I first was published. The blog section of the site (that you’re reading now–and possibly, you’re reading it as an email), has had a couple of iterations. I started a blog when I was first published and many of the posts in this series […]

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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series About to Start Filming

IO9 recently reported that Amazon has hired a director to make the first two episodes of their big-budget Lord of the Rings series. At this point in time, that’s about all that has been confirmed.  Rumours are elusive and contradictory.  I’ve heard that the series is to feature Aragorn, in the years before the events

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo!

As I mentioned on Tuesday, this week is Tolkien week. Today, being the twenty-second, is Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthdays. Theirs is not the only household to have two birthdays on the same date.  In my house, Mark and I have the same birthday, which also happens to be on the twenty-second. February, but still the

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The Lengths Authors Will Go To

Authors can go to extraordinary lengths to build their fictional worlds.  They have travelled the world, and spent decades in research. James Cameron has gone where few men have gone before–in ocean depths that few have ever seen.  Based on his research he wrote The Abyss (one of my favourite movies ever) and Titanic. J.R.R. Tolkien invented

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Point Ears, Stumpy Legs & Other Fantasy Cliches

I love and adore Lord of the Rings, but Tolkien has a lot to answer for. I’m currently writing my own fantasy and like Tolkien, I’m building upon Norse mythology for my story world.  Tolkien pulled heavily from The Poetic Edda  and The Prose Edda, two books written in the thirteenth century by Snorri Sturluson. 

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PULSE PAUSE MOMENTS – Richard Armitage…again.

I know I’ve raved about the majestic Thorin Oakenshield before. I was given a copy of the director’s extended cut of The Hobbit – An Unexpected Adventure for Christmas, and so far, I’ve watched the movie and 45% of the incredible and fascinating special effects. I was reacquainted again with the deep, sexy, smooth baritone

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It’s Just A Job – Wood Elves

It’s Just A Job – Wood Elves Elves as they appear in modern fantasy fiction were plucked from Norse mythology, where there were High and Dark Elves, and the Dark Elves were the forerunners of Dwarves as we know them in fantasy fiction. But Wood Elves were not part of Norse mythology.  They have evolved

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