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Review – The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer As is now my modus operandi, I will provide a brief, spoiler-free, review right at the top, before moving into more in-depth discussion, a transition that will be clearly marked for readers. This … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: One Last Word

One year and three months ago I started writing these reviews and analysis of the chapters within Tolkien’s masterpiece. 100’000 thousand words later, the task is complete, and the full index for the entries is available here. What can you … Continue reading

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The Lords Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Grey Havens

(Updated 3/3/16) The aftermath of “The Scouring Of The Shire” is first, as Frodo frees those imprisoned under the rule of Lotho and Saruman. It’s loose thread tie-up time, as we meet Fatty Bolger, a rebel imprisoned early on. It … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Scouring Of The Shire

(Updated on 2/3/16) A lot has been said about this chapter, which explodes the narrative back into action right before the final moments. The placing of it certainly draws attention. The point of the long drawn out farewells is a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Homeward Bound

(Updated on 1/3/16) “At last the hobbits had their faces turned towards home” but Frodo is in very obvious pain as we move forward, suffering under a shadow that he is unable to even elaborate on. This manifests itself in physical … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Many Partings

(Updated on 25/2/16) Frodo goes to see the new royal couple of Gondor, who are just relaxing now, apparently, enjoying all that fulfilment of labours. Aragorn doesn’t even need to hear Frodo talk to know what’s up. It is long … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Steward And The King

(Updated on 24/2/16) Tolkien, having done the same to an extent in the last chapter, decides to split this one up, dividing it between an unexpected love story in the first half and then a joyous homecoming for the King … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Field Of Cormallen

(Updated on 23/2/16) Tolkien switches gears in a major way as this chapter opens. The last battle rages around the slag hills, a moment of grimness. The opening sentences are as poetic as they come: “All about the hills the … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Mount Doom

Sam is still the man in charge. Acting almost like a parent to a toddler with Frodo, who seems content to go in and out of these phases where he makes no effort to do anything at all. The two … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Land Of Shadow

(Updated on 17/2/16) We’re back on a moment of cliffhanger tension, the two hobbits still not free from the clutches of Cirith Ungol. The chapter break between these points is a little odd in my view. The moment when Frodo … Continue reading

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