June 30, 2016

"Game of Thrones" Season 6 [Spoiler Free Review]



First of all, since the show has now passed the books, I am keeping this post spoiler-free. I have a few friends who will not watch the show until the corresponding book is published. Those wishing to avoid spoilers, merely avoid any potential comments.

Well. Wow. WOW. That was quite the season. The best since Season 1, or potentially, the best season of the show so far. Season 5 was VERY weak to watch week-by-week,but benefitted greatly from 'marathon' (screw the term 'binge') viewing. I've yet to re-watch Season 6 now that it's done though.

I follow a website from time to time known as 'The Werztone'. He has used some phrases and wording and phrasing that mirror my thoughts on the season, which I will copy + paste here, followed by more of my own thoughts. Tis whole article is spoiler free:

 "The fifth season of Game of Thrones was its worst, saved from mediocrity by the penultimate episode Hardhome which completely raised the bar for the show in terms of dramatic power, visual effects and small-screen myth-making. For a show which, for four previous seasons, had always been an effective and satisfying slice of drama (if still running a distant second to the novels in terms of characterisation and satisfying political drama), the fifth was a major let-down, reportedly the result of the producers not knowing how many episodes they had left to tell the story and the confusion caused by adapting elements from George R.R. Martin's novels whilst also outpacing them.

The sixth season is, thankfully, vastly superior to the fifth. It is has a sense of purpose and relentlessness which has been missing for a while, as well as a willingness to seed major moments amongst almost all of the episodes rather than holding back the best for last.

The biggest and most continuous problem through the season, and one I suspect we will see going forwards, is the absence of George R.R. Martin's dialogue. Benioff and Weiss are - when on their game - effective plotters and sometimes quite clever in how they reframe the source material to work in 60-minute chunks with far fewer characters and locations to call upon, but their original dialogue is frequently clunky. With no novels left to adapt, the opportunity to use Martin's dialogue in-situ is largely gone and they have to fall back on their own material, which is much more variable.

The question of whether the sixth season would spoil the final two books has also been answered by the TV show going off in a completely different direction in numerous storylines. The only areas where the show does spoil the books is by confirming fairly blatantly obvious theories.

Overall, the sixth season of Game of Thrones executes some much-needed damage control after the problems of the fifth season to deliver a much more interesting set of stories. There are still weaknesses in worldbuilding, dialogue, characterisation and how it handles military matters, but the show has developed a renewed sense of purpose and focus as the final end of the show comes into view."
I could not put it better myself, nor agree more. This season has definitely been the most enjoyable. Although, those that read the books, and wish to read the forthcoming ones, the problem is this: how do we if a spoiler is a true spoiler from the books?

Lots of moments I'm looking forward to reading about in the books, should they be present there. Lots of interesting twists and turns story-wise from the minor to the major. If Season 6 is anything to go by, The Winds of of Winter is going to kick ass.

From a show-only perspective, Game of Thrones is going strong, and those who weren't too fond of the past season or two, it definitely gets back on track. Winter is here.

5/5

Future of the British Isles

I am a big fan of history, and historic events. Brexit happened, and as of July 2016, we don't know what the future will hold.

Due to my interest in history as mentioned above, to me, it's interesting to see how the UK will change, if there is is any further change beyond separating from EU.

So I'm going to have a look, and share a few thoughts with "Potential future of the British Isles." Please note, that that is not in any shape or form intended to be treasonous or disrespectful, but rather a speculative look at an unknown future.

First up, we have a flag that combines England and Wales, leaving out Scotland and (United?) Ireland :





Next up, is a map, as well as a re-naming of portions of the UK. I gotta, say, I like the names selected for the regions, as well as what regions will go where. To me, as a Canadian, it seems logical. But of course, a citizen of England, Wales, Ireland (either) or Scotland may disagree....




So, we have "The Celtic Union of Ireland & Scotland" (I call it "Celtic Union" for short). This comprises Scotland (in this case, moving away from England and using the Scottish poud, possibly, as the currency) and "United Ireland", which unifies Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Then, we have the "United Kingdom of England Wales" (the United Kingdom for short, of course). This consists of...well, England now, and Wales now.

So that's basically it! I'll keep an eye out for future scenarios or articles. Who knows what will happen in the future, and future generations will study in geography classes. To be honest, I always found it a tad odd that Wales is not represented on the Union Jack...why not? They've got a dragon on their flag. I remember alternative flag designs around the 2014 Scottish ref.

What will the future hold? Will Scotland go independent? Will they join up with another country, as shown here? Will Ireland unite, North & Republic? If yes, still part of the UK?

I wish the UK nothing but the best of luck in the future. and hope that things settle don and get better after the past little bit.

June 27, 2016

Tolkien Tuesday: "The Silmarillion" (30th Anniversary Hardback Edition)




Time for another Tolkien Tuesday post!

Next up on my bookshelf to examine is The Silmarillion. The edition I own is in hardback by Harper Collins, and I believe was published for its 30th anniversary.

Since it was originally published, The Silmarillion hasn’t changed all that much, nor seen as many editions as The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. This could be because of the fact that The Silmarillion is younger publishing wise compared to the others.

So let’s have a look at it.

The cover features cover art by Tolkien himself; and the texture is matte / paper like the others I've covered. Removing the dustjacket, the book itself is black with copper / brass embossment of the Tolkien logo as well as the book’s title on the spine. The text of the book has been fully corrected, with a few minor errors here and there that needed to be fixed. In more recent editions of The Silmarillion (this among them), a letter by Tolkien was included which explains the nature of the work, as well as its significance. Of particular interest to me of that letter is where Tolkien explains that he intended The Silmarillion to be published with The Lord of the Rings, and THAT work would have been called “The Saga of the Jewels and the Rings.”

There is a map of Beleriand at the back, as a fold-out sheet, which, like the maps of Middle-earth I blogged about last time, is in red and black ink.

And that’s basically it in regards to what makes this edition unique or different compared to other editions.

Why did I get it: It’s The Silmarillion in hardback. It also matches my copies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Also, not that I would have chosen another edition, but there isn’t that much variety when it comes to hardback editions of The Silmarillion. This is the most accurate version there is, and it matches my others books.

Who would I recommend this edition to: Key word is, this EDITION, not this BOOK. Anyone wishing to continue their Tolkien collection that already own The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and want their books to be uniformly matching.

“Should I wait for a better one?”: Only if you wait for the next editions of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings et all to be given another edition / revision. At this point? No. Only because I don’t know what’s on the horizon. If you plan to get Tolkien hardbacks ‘someday’, wait and see what’s out at that time. If you’re going to get them now, or soon, then this is the edition of The Silmarillion that will also go with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, assuming you already own the same editions I do, and blogged about last time.

Overall: Well, you might as well! At this point, if you own The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in the editions I blogged about, and if you plan to buy more Tolkien books following those, may as well go for this one. Not in a negative completist way, but rather, might as well get this book to match your others. It looks nice on the shelf with the others.

The ISBN for this edition is: 9780261102422.


June 25, 2016

Brexit: All You Need to Know + Thoughts From an Outsider



Yes, the Welsh flag. Brexit happened, and it's not just England that got affected: the entire UK (as it's presently known)  is affected. That's right: the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish. I chose the Welsh flag to show that it's not just England.

So, I'm dong up this post because I saw an article I saw on BBC I wanted to share with my readers, whether or not they live in the UK. Well, especially if they live in the UK. It can be found here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

And also: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36619817?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

Look, I don't want to piss anyone off on my blog. My intent is to inform, and entertain. Something sensitive like politics, I usually tend not to dabble in due to extreme opinions of others. After a momentous event such as Brexit, I saw an article saying "everything you need to know."

I live in Canada, so I don't know first-hand if the UK leaving Europe is a good thing or not. Maybe it's bad. Maybe change is good. Either way, things will definitely change in the future. Will there be a second ref.? Will Scotland go independant because of this? Will there be a United Ireland, in our out the UK?

I love the UK, I really do. I definitely need to go back, and on my second trip I'd like to see more of Scotland and Wales. I'll wait until 'the dust settles', though.

In the end, all I ask of you, whether or not you live in the UK, is when it comes to vote for anything; make an informed decision. Do your research. Weigh the pros and cons of your intended checkmark. You can make a difference. And, if you don't vote (and are able to) you don't have a right to complain. "Oh I should have voted for X!" "Why Did I vote for Y....?"

As you say in the UK, "Keep Calm and Carry On."

June 20, 2016

Tolkien Tuesday: "The Lord of the Rings" (Revised Edition Hardback Box Set, or, 60th Anniversary)



It’s time for another Tolkien Tuesday post! This one will be a bit longer than last week’s, and for good reason: it’s The Lord of the Rings.

My current edition is the 60th anniversary box set. Funny thing about that, is nowhere in the books included does it say “60th Anniversary”. Except for maybe the Reader's Companion....? Yes, it does, OK, but it's not super obvious or as advertised as much the 50th was. However, if one checks the publication date and subtracts “60” off that, then hey, there you go. Instead, there’s a part of The Fellowship of the Ring that refers to itself / this edition as “Revised Edition” ("Foreword to the Revised Edition" in the table of contents) so that’s what I’ll call it. Hey, it’s what the book does, and it works, as there are well over 400 corrections to the main text of The Lord of the Rings

OK, now on to the contents of my set.

There are four volumes included: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and the Reader’s Companion. They are housed in a black slipcase, with the name of the books on both sides, Tolkien’s ‘Ring and Eye’ design embossed in gold (which looks quite sharp when light hits it, if I do say so myself. In fact, I have that side of the box facing out.) Opposite that, is where the books slide into the case. It’s a nice box, SLIGHTLY on the thin side, but not too much so. One would expect it to be a LITTLE thicker considering it holds 4 books, but it’s good enough. Not in a bad way. Just take care, that’s all. So now for the books.





First up, is The Fellowship of the Ring. Like The Hobbit, the dustjacket has a paper-y, matte type feeling to it. Actually, I’m going to briefly sidetrack for a moment. If you buy any books that have a ‘paper’ dustjacket that has a sticker on it – leave it on. With the more glossy type of jacket, getting stickers off is easy (or easier) but with the matte type material, you risk making a mess of the dust jacket. So it’s a gamble: “do I attempt to take the sticker off, or leave it on to save grief?” I attempted to remove one once, and I heard a ripping / tear sound, so I left it on. “oops, sorry!”. Anyway, just some advice. So, the artwork features Tolkien’s ‘Ring and Eye’ on the front, and the back is praise from various sources. 


The books themselves with the jackets removed (like the rest of the volumes contained in this box set) are black, with the copper / brass embossment on the spine, featuring Tolkien’s logo and book title. Inside, as per usual with Tolkien books, has the table of contents. The text has been completely corrected and reset, with about 400 errors or what not fixed and corrected. This was overseen by Christopher Tolkien, as well as two acclaimed Tolkien scholars, Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

There is the use of red ink at certain points within the text: the inscription of the Ring, namely. Also included on ‘plasticized’ fold out paper are Tolkien’s drawings from the Book of Mazarbul during the Moria sequence. Finally, at the end of the volume is a fold-out map of Middle-earth, in red and black ink. The one of the shire at the beginning is also black and red, though it has its own page. I believe that’s it for Fellowship…..




Next, is The Two Towers. This volume (like the rest in this box set, so I won’t mention it further) features matte /paper dustjacket. The artwork, again by Tolkien, shows two towers, with a Fell Beast between them, and ‘some sort of Elvish’ which translates into part of the ring-verse: “In the Land of Mordor where the shadow(s?) lie.” Aside from the text progressing and being corrected, there aren’t any ‘special features’ in this volume. The map at the back appears again as a fold-out sheet of Middle-earth. Nothing 'special'; but consistent with the rest of The Lord of the Rings, as well as the box set.




On to The Return of the King. The dustjacket matches in feel, design and style. The image is quite lovely, like the rest. It’s hard to pick out a favourite of the bunch, but the image is quite striking. The corrected text continues, and we get two fold out maps this time: the standard map of Middle-earth at the end of the volume, as well as the Mordor / Gondor one, found near the start of the of the volume [some editions of The Lord of the Rings, or The Return of the King, have it at the end near the map of Middle-earth at the back, but not in this set - the Gondor / Mordor map is located near the start of the volume.] There are a few additions to the Indexes / Appendices section. I believe another family tree or two, and a new Appendix, and expanded / revised index, both are compliments of Wayne and Christina for its inclusion. They are mentioned in the 'new' Appendix.






Finally, there is the Reader’s Companion. The cover is again by Tolkien. In fact, it was one of his early designs for The Fellowship of the Ring. There is a great quote / write up on the rear of the dustjacket by Tolkien himself. On to the inside of the book. There is a facsimile frontispiece of Tolkien’s Hobbiton / Hill image, with notes on the reverse. I’ve yet to read to read this entire book, though, so I can’t provide that much detail. However, these Tolkien scholars are definitely esteemed if they are able to contribute to the main text of The Lord of the Rings, as well as having this book included within the set, alongside Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. From the looks of things, I definitely recommend the Reader's Companion as a 'further interest' book. It goes volume by volume of The Lord of the Rings, and chapter by chapter and documents, elaborates and provides notes on the evolution of the text.

And that, I believe, is everything.

Why did I get this edition: these editions are quite lovely, they’re hardback, and feature the fully updated and corrected text. They have the fold-out maps, and match other Tolkien books quite well. The box is quite nice. I didn’t get it for the Reader’s Companion, but am not complaining about its inclusion. If you only buy the 3 volumes of The Lord of the Rings you won't get the box (you could also get the Reader's Companion separately.)

Who Would I recommend this edition to: anyone wishing to ‘continue’ their Tolkien books following The Hobbit hardback edition I own. Also, anyone wanting to get a great edition of The Lord of the Rings in hardback.

“Should I wait for a better one?”: like The Hobbit, I’m not sure how, or when a ‘better’ one could come along. 70th? 75th? So, the short answer? No. This is one of the best, if not, the best editions you can get. Plus the text is the most accurate.

Overall: the hardback editions of Tolkien’s books by Harper Collins are quite lovely, this edition of The Lord of the Rings in particular. It’s great to own a ‘matching set’, though it’s unfortunate that all the main Middle-earth Tolkien books don’t always get a matching format from Harper Collins, (I'm referring to The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, namely) as well as other publishers. It's a bit of  pain to see some really lovely editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, only to see there is no matching Silmarillion. I could not be happier with this edition, as well my other volumes.

Here are the ISBNs, as you can get the books separately, as well as the box set:

Box set:
9780007581146
The Fellowship of the Ring: 9780007203543
The Two Towers: 9780007203550
The Return of the King: 9780007203567
Reader’s Companion: 9780007556908


[another great book to compliment this box set is The Art of the Lord of the Rings]




Another great, lower cost alternative to my box set, is the single-volume edition of The Lord of the Rings. This is one hardback, featuring all 3 volumes in one physical book. The design style closely matches the other Tolkien books. the ISBN for the single-volume is
9780261103207.

One of my planned entries will be titled "Ultimate Tolkien Editions for a Tight Budget" and will focus on the paperback equals to my hardback editions. I may also do a 'for collectors' or 'if money isn't a factor' and showcase the deluxe editions. Those will come later though....

June 18, 2016

"Warcraft" Review


It's finally here, and I finally saw it: Warcraft.

So far, it seems that there a lot of movies this summer that have been getting bad reviews by the critics: X-Men: Apocalypse, Ninja Turtles, and Warcraft. Of all those, Warcraft is the one I've been waiting the longest to see, as well as the one I want to see the most. There area few reasons for this:

- I've played the games and heard of the name Warcraft as far back as '95-'96. I own the first two games, played the third, and some of World of Warcraft (from '06 -'10...I think "Secrets of Ulduuar was my last new content.)

- the movie has been talked about and planned for so long

- Blizz Con 2015 footage won me over

So, how is the movie?

Well let's see here....the film is based on the very first video game when orcs and humans meet for the first time ever. So, no: this is not a World of Warcraft movie. Your jokes and references about that game have no place here. 
 
It feels very unique in regards to 'what is it like'. When I saw that panel that convinced me that I definitely wanted to see this film, the director / producers mentioned that "it's like The Lord of the Rings mixed with Avatar." After seeing the entire film, but more so with pictures and trailers, that is definitely a fair statement. This is a CGI-heavy film. All the orcs are motion capture, and there's spells, gryphons, etc...definitely a 'traditional' fantasy. Sure, Gandalf was awesome in The Lord of the the Rings but we never saw him throwing lighting spells, or teleporting. You get more of that in here. So visually, expect something like Avatar in that it's CGI + live action.

I mentioned the story. Now, I have prior knowledge and some exposure to the source material so it wasn't that hard for me to follow...but it was quick. The run time is just over 2 hours, and it feels short. Or rather it feels the 2 hour length. The movie explains itself and what's going on, but it's constantly 'go go go'. The director had said that he cut 40 minutes off, the initial run time was about 2 hours and 40, or even 2 hours and 45. Like a few other films I saw, sometimes a longer run time actually benefits or helps a movie. Remember how the extended version of The Hobbit: Part 3 saved the film? Now, with these 40 extra minutes (which could make it into a blu-ray director's cut), the film could have slowed down a bit and explained a few things. I don't mean a screeching halt. If you've never played any Warcraft before, how will you know what Ironforge and Stormwind are? OK, they're cities. But....what else? The Lord of the Rings gave insight into locations, people, etc...Some of that exposition was missing in Warcraft, potentially losing non-gamers in the story, and therefore, having them dislike the film.

The action, effects and music are all top notch. Azeroth looks like Azeroth. It looks different from Westeros, and looks different from Middle-earth. So visually, the film succeeds. Most notably and best are the graphics and effects on the orcs. Durotan was one of the highlights of the film for me based on this. Fel is very distinctive as well. There's also some good easter eggs for those that have played the games: a murloc fishing (yes, complete with 'that' noise), and my favourite: sheeping.

The music is also quite well done. Now, marketing should not affect the film itself, but I gotta say, the marketing for this film was utter trash. Especially on the facebook page. It could have had better (or rather, different) advertising. I would have liked to see the advertising, merchandise etc closer to something like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones rather than 'random summer movie'. One of the previews also had techno/edm/dubstep or whatever the kids are calling it these days. That definitely does not fit with a fantasy movie. I'm pleased to say that there was none of that in the film itself. I'm listening to the score right now actually as I write this review.

The acting, while not the best, is still pretty good. There are a few unknowns or celebrities that aren't always in the media spotlight that shine here. Travis Fimmel is amazing as Ragnar on Vikings and is likewise here. Perhaps it's his acting style, or maybe the type of role but both characters feel very similar here. That's not a negative, mind, just an observation. The cast is large and vast so I can't comment on each and every single character here.

Bottom line? The movie is nowhere as bad as the critics are saying, or what the sub-par marketing has lead to believe. However, it's not quite the same level of quality as say The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. Depending on what the cut 40 minutes show, with those scenes back, in the film could have been better. To me, they did a great job in bringing Azeroth to life. It will be neat to see what a possible sequel could be about..I mean, in what area of the lore will they see fit to make another film out of? I enjoyed it enough to see more of them, should they get made.
I give Warcraft an overall

7 / 10

If you played any of the games ever, like fantasy movies and are looking for a 'fix', or a good time at the cinema, check it out. Don't expect another Lord of the Rings, though.

June 17, 2016

Food, Beer, and War


Well, tonight is a night to look forward to.

I'm gathering some of my favourite people up (those that can make it of course) for supper at a locla brew-pub. In fact, there's going to be 10 of us! Well, at the very most. I've got the reservations all set.

Following that, most of us will be off to see.....







Yes, we will be seeing Warcraft, which is based on the first-ever video game from the '90s, NOT the 2004 (and onwards) MMO, World of Warcraft. There's been love/hate reviews coming in, so I'll provide my own after I see it. What am I expecting? Not as bad as what the critics are saying, but nowhere near the Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings level epic that was promised. Perhaps as good as one of The Hobbit films. But we'll see. Who knows, maybe the beer from Big Rig will make it better than it really is. Look for my review this weekend [yes, I know I failed t deliver a few movie reviews here and there but this one I will definitely do.] 

June 14, 2016

Tolkien Tuesday: "The Hobbit" (70th Anniversary Hardback Edition)



A new trend I'm starting today is "Tolkien Tuesday", where each Tuesday I will do a Tolkien related post. For the next bit, I'll do a sort of 'review' of the books I own, as well as the edition etc.

So, naturally, first up is The Hobbit, published by Harper Collins in 2007 for the 70th anniversary in hardback; with the ISBN of 9780261103283.

The dustjacet cover is by Tolkien himself, and has been on editions ever since it was initially published. It has a paper-y / matte feeling to it. Removing the dustjacket, the book itself is black, with copper / brass engraving of the 'Tolkien Logo' as well as the title on the spine. When you open the book at either end, you are treated to a map. The front end has Thror's Map, and the back end has Wilderland. It is on brown-ish paper this time, and looks quite nice. There is also bit of color here and there as well.

The text includes a preface by Christopher Tolkien, as well as a Note on the Text. Then, the story, which needs no mention here. The text is the most up to date and accurate that there is. With future editions, I am not sure how much better it can get. The book is also illustrated by Tolkien - featuring both black and white and colour artwork throughout. New to this edition is the Mirkwood piece included in the book for the first time [as well as the deluxe edition].

And really, that's all I can say about this edition. It's pretty 'basic' in regards to what makes it special, but provides the ultimate version of the text, cover artwork by Tolkien, as well interior art.

Why did I get it: It's The Hobbit in hardback. Part of a 'matching set' (it sits quite well on my shelf with my other Tolkien books - more on those in the future). Also, it's the most 'authentic' version there is. Now, there's a also deluxe version by Harper Collins which features the same contents, but is slipcased and the book itself is also quite nice.

Who would I recommend this edition to: anyone who wants a matching set of Tolkien books, the most up to date version of The Hobbit there is (without paying the price of a deluxe edition, of course), those who are 'revamping' their Tolkien collection, and finally, those looking for a nice edition of The Hobbit, in all areas ,to begin their interest in Tolkien books as well as their own collection.

"Should I wait for a better one?": Well, I'm not sure how much better of a hardback edition of The Hobbit there can be. Next year, it turns 80. At this point, who knows what Harper Collins has up their sleeve for the occasion? Also, if you wait too long, this edition could very well go out of print. ( I suggest your national bookstore, the official Tolkien store (tolkien.co.uk), amazon.(your country here) or bookdepository.

Overall: I quite like this edition. I will have it for the rest of my life, most likely (as well as my other Tolkien books). It looks quite nice on its own, is a great 'all around' edition, and matches quite well with other works by the author.

[Another 'related' book that goes quite nicely with this that I own also: The Art of the Hobbit]

June 10, 2016

"The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun"

There’s another Tolkien book coming on the horizon! Each time another one is published, I think ‘will this be the last one?’ Because, aside from anniversary or deluxe editions, there’s no telling. In the case of this one I’m going to mention, and A Secret Vice (and possibly others) it’s existing material, but ‘expanded’…because we are seeing more ‘expanded’ Tolkien works, I’m going to give a new category called that.

Anyway, this time, it’s
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun. Here is the official ‘blurb’, and info (still a tad early in regards to know if a deluxe version will be coming (it could come later like The Story of Kullervo, whose deluxe edition is coming in October. USUALLY the deluxe version is published the same time as other versions, or shortly after. In Kullervo’s case, it’s about a year off)

“Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination, "The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun" is an important non Middle-earth work to set alongside his other retellings of existing myth and legend, The Legend of Sigurd and GudrĂșn, The Fall of Arthur and The Story of Kullervo.

Together with Tolkien’s “Corrigan Poems”, which are included in this book, the Aotrou and Itroun texts comprise a sequence that was the outcome of a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien's life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic languages and mythologies.
The sequence shows the corrigan’s increasingly powerful presence, as she takes an ever more active role in the lives of Aotrou and Itroun, Lord and Lady. She would finally emerge, changed in motive and character but still recognizable, in The Lord of the Rings as the beautiful and terrible Lady of the Golden Wood, the Elven queen Galadriel.

The book is edited and introduced by Verlyn Flieger, and includes a new prefatory note on the text by Christopher Tolkien.”

Product details

·         Hardcover: 120 pages
·         Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Nov. 2016)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-13: 978-0008202132