Tolkien was a languages scholar, a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary, and a poet in love with the sounds of words. So we're lucky to be able to hear Tolkien himself read his own writing.
JRR Tolkien practically founded the modern fantasy genre. So it's no surprise that he's written about a number of dragons — not only Smaug!
Mirkwood, the Woodland Realm, was a terrifying place for dwarves and hobbits to enter. It actually has a long history, and has been a stronghold of the Elves since the First Age of Middle-earth.
Greetings from the Middle-Earth Realtors Grubb, Grubb and Chubb. We have attractive properties in many locations. Where would you like to live?
Quick reference guide to the ages of characters in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
Written before the Hobbit films came out, this guide to the Dwarves of that book is based on what Tolkien told us about them — plus scraps from his posthumously published writing.
Tolkien was a prolific writer. Rough drafts and notes introduce us to earlier versions of his great characters and other great characters (or funny ones) that disappeared from his published works.
Friends told Tolkien to cut the original ending of The Lord of the Rings. They were probably right, but it's a pity: we lost out on seeing one of the best female characters in Middle-earth.
Tolkien was a linguist, and the names of his characters are clues about their pasts, their identities, their personalities and their fates. Learn about the character of Aragorn through his birth-name.
A fanfiction story I wrote during a "speed challenge," telling the story of Elrond and his twin brother.
If you've seen The Lord of the Rings, you've probably wondered: why didn't Elrond just push Isildur into the Cracks of Doom, or at least grab the ring from him and throw it in? Well...
Peter Jackson's film expands the role of Arwen Undómiel in some ways, diminishing her in others. Here's her importance to the story in the Lord of the Rings books, as opposed to the films.
Yes, we do actually know what happened to Legolas after the War of the Ring. Here's what J.R.R. Tolkien has to say about Legolas' final years in Middle-earth.
Why was Denethor a Steward? Why wasn't Aragorn King? Was was his actual claim to the throne? Unsurprisingly, it's a lot more complicated in the books than the films, which didn't have time explain.
The solo Elf in the Fellowship of the Ring is an unusual chap, but not for the reasons you might think. Learn the fascinating story of Legolas of Mirkwood, hidden in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
A traditional archery nut examines the bows, arrows and quivers used as props in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. Because pointy things are awesome.
For those who like to roleplay characters from Tolkien's Middle-earth, here's everything we know about Elvish healing and other races' healing arts in Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, etc.
Fiddling around with Sindarin Elvish, one of the languages JRR Tolkien invented for Lord of the Rings, was a fun way for me to procrastinate in grad school. Here's the results.