Thursday, January 16, 2020

RIP Christopher Tolkien 1924 - 2020

The world of Middle-Earth has lost its great steward and guide with the passing of Christopher Tolkien. As reported by the Tolkien Society, "Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family."

Christopher Tolkien was born on November 21, 1924. While he is the 3rd son of J.R.R. Tolkien, it could be argued he is second to his father for doing the most work to bring the world of Middle-Earth to life. While his father wrote many pieces about Middle-Earth but it was his son's work that allow the world to enjoy it. As a result of his editorial efforts, the land of Middle-Earth didn't end with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but continued on with The Silmarillon, Unfinished Tales, 12 volume The History of Middle-Earth, The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. His work even included taking his father's hand map drawings, notes, and other references to create the map of Middle-Earth.

He never did like The Lord of the Rings movies but without his blessing, we wouldn't have them. Soon we will have Amazon's Middle-Earth TV series that will be built on the very Second Age bedrock that Christopher Tolkien helped create along side his father. Who knows if anyone will carry the torch now, but what was left behind will leave scholars and literature lovers busy for generations. The literary legacy these two created will continue long after we are all dead.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Amazon Announces Full Cast of Middle-Earth TV Series

Yesterday, Amazon took to twitter to reveal the full cast list for the Middle-Earth TV series that takes place in the Second Age, before The Lord of the Rings (which is the 3rd Age). No other details were revealed besides the names which are below. Filming for the TV series is supposed to start soon in New Zealand. There is currently no release date but not until at least mid-2021.

Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones, The King's Man)
Owain Arthur (A Confession, Casualty)
Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart, Homeland)
Tom Budge (Bloom, The Wrong Girl)
Morfydd Clark (Dracula, His Dark Materials)
Ismael Cruz Córdova
Ema Horvath
Markella Kavenagh (The Gloaming, Romper Stomper)
Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, MotherFatherSon)
Tyroe Muhafidin
Sophia Nomvete
Megan Richards (Wanderlust)
Dylan Smith (I Am the Night, Maze Runner: The Death Cure)
Charlie Vickers (Medici)
Daniel Weyman (Silent Witness, Foyle's War)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Galadriel Cast in Amazon's Middle-Earth TV Series

The role of Galadriel has been cast for Amazon's Middle-Earth TV series set in the 2nd age. The 3rd Age is time The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books mostly covered. For the films the role was played by Cate Blanchett. For the TV series the role will now be played by Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials). That is pretty much all we know. Since a Middle-Earth elf's lifespan is measured in centuries, this version will be (relatively) young so the 20 something casting makes sense. Currently there is no date on when the series will premiere. Nor what the story is about, who it will focus on etc but I suspect it will be essentially be palace intrigue on the first rise and fall of Sauron (he made multiple attempts at ruling the world in his lifespan).