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     Click the link for this amazing post from Lily Wight’s award-winning blog #CumberbatchIsSauron

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     The diligent Christopher Reuel Tolkien seems every bit as inspired by and devoted to Middle-earth as his much celebrated father.

     The Unfinished Tales: Of Númenor and Middle-earth is the first compilation of findings and fragments edited by Christopher for publication after J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.

     Be warned adventurer!  The more you delve into Middle-earth the further you will want to go!

     The revelations concerning major characters from The Lord Of The Rings, which bridge The Hobbit to its epic sequel, will make readers’ believe they have stumbled on their very own treasure horde.

     Considered editing makes it possible to simply enjoy the tales or refer quickly to the copious notes for a more enlightened, academic experience.

     It is an ideal read for anyone keen for some Hobbit…

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     Middle-earth Lego sets line the shelves in every toy store and supermarket but why would you want to follow the instructions when a little imagination can create art sculptures and dioramas like these…

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You will find new Lego marvels every month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana

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     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gave us only the briefest glimpse of Sauron – as The Necromancer –  motion-captured by Smaug actor Benedict Cumberbatch.  Hopefully Part II, The Desolation of Smaug, will show us more.

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     This month’s must see movie has a rather tenuous Middle-earth link and an intriguing take on fantasy and the nature of storytelling.  It also stars Lee Pace, an actor who has hovered on the brink of stardom for too long and may well steal Orlando Bloom’s “Hottest Elf” crown with his darkly enigmatic portrayal of Legolas’ father, King Thranduil of Mirkwood.

     There is still time to catch The Fall before the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  If you enjoy the trailer then watch the full movie right here!

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     Updated 15/11/2013

     There’s a brand new Hobbit movie on the way so here’s a chance to check out some alternative Bilbo “Bagginses”, including one that looks more than a little like Mr. Tolkien himself.

     You will find lots more images in the Middle-earth album, just click the pics to explore…

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Updated 12/11/2013

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     Updated 04/12/2014   

     Peter Jackson has a penchant for British thespians and BBC drama serials so signing top toff totty Benedict Cumberbatch to provide voice and motion for The Hobbit’s dragon Smaug was hardly a surprise.

     More intriguing is Cumberbatch confessing to his role as “The Necromancer”, who – as Rings fans know – is non-other than Big Bad Sauron himself.

     Jackson originally intended to reveal Sauron’s face – as Annatar, his Elvish-guise – during a dual with Aragorn towards the end of The Return Of The King.  The footage was considered too confusing and distracting and only made it as far as the DVD extras (you can watch it below).

     Now, with a distinctly Elvish-looking actor properly cast and the last film in The Hobbit trilogy leading Gandalf towards a…

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     So here it is, our first look at the next installment of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth multiplex pleaser.

     Despite the portentous dialogue snippets it seems much lighter than The Two Towers – a fellow sufferer of middle movie syndrome – and more action-oriented than it’s predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

     When The Hobbit was first mooted Jackson declined the director’s chair, fearing perhaps that his confidence and experience would lead him to “do a George Lucas” and start tinkering self-indulgently and retconning his screen creation to its detriment.

     Alterations and additions are always necessary when adapting a story from one medium to the next but they are only truly successful if they integrate seamlessly with the original author’s vision:  we have a trailer that looks more like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit than Tolkien’s.

     If Jackson wants to make an Elf movie wouldn’t he be better adapting The Silmarillion?  Poor old Bilbo scarcely gets a look-in as we are treated to tree-running Timotei models who skid into shot with the enthusiasm of sugar-dosed kids on polished floors.  Back in his Rings days Jackson wisely cut leaked scenes of “Action Arwen” kicking Orc at Helm’s Deep after incurring the wrath of Tolkien fans.  Now it is hoped those same fans will accept original invention, Tauriel – a red-haired female Wood Elf who has achieved warrior status decades before poor Éowyn has to sneak off to Minas Tirith in drag.

     The biggest surprise is the full close-up reveal of Smaug’s head.  Despite the opportunity to allow the art department’s imagination to run riot the trailer delivers a very conventional-looking dragon – unless he’s hiding a serpentine body or a clockwork limb.  This may be a way to get the critique over and done with so, by December, audiences can relax and enjoy the flying, fire-breathing and vocal stylings of Benedict Cumberbatch.

     We revealed here some months ago that Cumberbatch had been cast as  Sauron The Necromancer (link to the article below) yet, whichever evil nasty he is portraying New Line seem desperate to keep Cumberbatch’s contributions under wraps.

     It’s nice to catch a glimpse of Luke Evans although such a pivotal character might have warranted a bigger fanfare and what about “sexy” Dwarf Kili – and all the other supporting Dwarves for that matter.  We need a longer trailer, but share your thoughts on this one while we wait…

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Annatar ~ The Many Faces Of Sauron – Click to read.

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     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gave us only the briefest glimpse of Sauron – as The Necromancer –  motion-captured by Smaug actor Benedict Cumberbatch.  Hopefully Part II, The Desolation of Smaug, will show us more.

     Click the picture to head to the album and see more…

    

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     Sherlock Holmes is enjoying something of a Renaissance of late so it’s hardly surprising that Young Sherlock Holmes ~ Victorian Cinematograph #2 (17/6/2012) should take the second spot in the Post Of The Year list.

     By clicking the link you can read a review, watch the whole movie on YouTube and catch up with news of a forthcoming remake!

     https://lilywight.com/2012/06/17/young-sherlock-holmes-victorian-cinematograph-2/

     If you are a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch I’m sure you’ll enjoy this great image, borrowed from The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery (click the tab at the top of the homepage or the picture itself to go exploring)…

     … and finally click not to miss news of Benedict Cumberbatch Cast As Sauron In The Hobbit!

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     There is FREE ENTRY at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery all year round!

     Enter via the tab at the top of the homepage or click the pics to see more…

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     It was during Middle-earth month that The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana chose to drop the bombshell that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Sauron – as well as his well-publicised role of Smaug – in The Hobbit Trilogy.    https://lilywight.com/2012/11/21/benedict-cumberbatch-is-sauron/

     I can now reveal The Hobbit’s new-look Legolas – a fantastic mini-spoiler in action-figure form!

     Orlando Bloom will be reprising the role that made him an overnight sensation alongside Lee Pace as Legolas’ father – King Tranduil Of Mirkwood.

     The costume has a regal military look, more structured and formal than the travelling clothes seen in The Lord Of The Rings.  The organic, Japanese-inspired styling is reminiscent of the armour worn by the Elves during The Last Alliance of The Second Age, the battle featured in the prologue to The Fellowship Of The Ring.

     Another surprise is the invention of flame-haired Elf Maiden Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) a character created by Peter Jackson and his writing team.  Tauriel is rumoured to enjoy a romantic spark with Aidan Turner’s Kili!

     Why not just buy the action figures and make-up your own movie 😉

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     Updated 15/11/2013

     There’s a brand new Hobbit movie on the way so here’s a chance to check out some alternative Bilbo “Bagginses”, including one that looks more than a little like Mr. Tolkien himself.

     You will find lots more images in the Middle-earth album, just click the pics to explore…

Top Stories

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Sauron

The Many Faces of Sauron

Read Full Post »

     The diligent Christopher Reuel Tolkien seems every bit as inspired by and devoted to Middle-earth as his much celebrated father.

     The Unfinished Tales: Of Númenor and Middle-earth is the first compilation of findings and fragments edited by Christopher for publication after J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.

     Be warned adventurer!  The more you delve into Middle-earth the further you will want to go!

     The revelations concerning major characters from The Lord Of The Rings, which bridge The Hobbit to its epic sequel, will make readers’ believe they have stumbled on their very own treasure horde.

     Considered editing makes it possible to simply enjoy the tales or refer quickly to the copious notes for a more enlightened, academic experience.

     It is an ideal read for anyone keen for some Hobbit homework.

Read Full Post »

     Updated 04/12/2014   

     Peter Jackson has a penchant for British thespians and BBC drama serials so signing top toff totty Benedict Cumberbatch to provide voice and motion for The Hobbit’s dragon Smaug was hardly a surprise.

     More intriguing is Cumberbatch confessing to his role as “The Necromancer”, who – as Rings fans know – is non-other than Big Bad Sauron himself.

     Jackson originally intended to reveal Sauron’s face – as Annatar, his Elvish-guise – during a dual with Aragorn towards the end of The Return Of The King.  The footage was considered too confusing and distracting and only made it as far as the DVD extras (you can watch it below).

     Now, with a distinctly Elvish-looking actor properly cast and the last film in The Hobbit trilogy leading Gandalf towards a confrontation with The Necromancer in Dol Guldur, Tolkien fans had better prepare themselves to stare Middle-earth’s ultimate evil in the eye.

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Updated 12/11/2013

     For more remarkable Tolkien-themed art select the Gallery tab on the homepage.

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Benedict Cumberbatch is Sauron!

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     So, you want some amazing new images for Tolkien Month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana?

     Oh… go on then 😉

     Just click the pics as usual for links to the Gallery and albums.

 

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     Updated 09/10/2014

     Another full-length prose novel from (the admittedly deceased) J.R.R. Tolkien is too good to be true and infinitely more satisfying than all those collected fragments with endless footnotes.

     It’s business as usual with The Children Of Húrin as ancient oral-storytelling traditions pervade Tolkien’s reliably rich and evocative prose.

     Húrin has much in common with Norse dragon slayer Myths and is almost unbearably tragic.  It’s a great place to start with pre-Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings’ history and the maps and glossaries are essential – although why Tolkien is the only author who can get away with such things remains a mystery.

     It is a book to make you homesick for Middle-earth all over again.

 

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     Updated 30/09/2014

     The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies arrives in UK cinemas on December 12th!  If you can’t wait that long Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana can satisfy your Middle-earth cravings with a variety of Tolkien related posts (just click the category in the sidebar).

     Let’s get started with a flash review of a book that definitely deserves a trilogy of movies… are you listening Peter Jackson!

     

     The Silmarillion

     Genius is not a term to be attributed lightly but if any author deserves such an accolade it is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
     Traditional Mythologies contain a vast body of evolving materials collected over time by countless storytellers and authors.  So, for one man to invent arguably the finest and most emotive original Myth-Cycle – to the Western European heart and mind at least – is nothing short of miraculous.
     The Silmarillion is beautifully paced, by turns both magnificently grand and then intimately moving.  It is perhaps even more satisfying than the mighty Rings itself.

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I recognised this image from a glimpse of the top third but I have never seen a version by this artist. It’s wonderful. More brilliant stuff from The Warden’s Walk.

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