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#AtoZChallenge: Zaragamba, Zirak-Zigil

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Zaragamba is the name of the original Hobbit family from the Eastfarthing. They are heredity Thains of the Shire. They passed it the office to the Took clan and removed the strip of land between the Baranduin and the Old Forest. It has been translated from the Red book as Oldbuck.

Zirik-Zigil is the dwarvish name for the centermost of the three great peaks of Moria. It is known to man as the Silvertine and to Elves as Celebdil.

Well, this is the final A to Z post. I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts and that I’ve kept you entertained throughout April. Look forward to your comments. 🙂

 
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Posted by on 04/30/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Yavanna, Yuletide

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Yavanna Kementári is one of the great Valar Queens. She is the eldest sister of Vana and married to Aulë. According to elven lore she considered second only in might to Varda. Her powers are connected with growth and life. According to other lore it is believed she created the first kelvar and olvar (fauna and flora) in Middle-Earth. Her most known accomplishments were the making of the trees, Telperion and Laurelin.

Yuletide is a holiday-period/festival that men celebrated and the hobbits adopted during the early years of the Third Age. It is a six-day festival that they continued to celebrate even after they settled in the Shire. It fell between December 29th and January 2nd. Our yuletide would be New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 🙂

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Posted by on 04/29/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Xtras

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Okay, unfortunately there is nothing that I could find that started with X that relates to Middle-Earth. So, instead of going with something different there isn’t going to be a topic per say other than I’ll list some sites, etc that interest me that are LOTR and Hobbit related.

The first one I really like and follow is TheOneRing.net. This is a cool site. They have several different things going on the site. They have an official youtube channel that can be found here.  One of the cool things is the Happy Hobbit youtube channel. The sisters that run the channel are cool. They have all kinds of fun videos that they create and put up. The youtube channel is here.

Another cool one is the filming locations page on the newzealand site. Another site I like is LOTR wikia. It can be found here. The newzealand site also has the filming locations for the Hobbit. They can be seen here. There is also The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies (A Journey Through Middle-Earth) site. It is cool. It can be found here.

There are also a couple of games that can be found on Google play that you can play on the android. They are The Hobbit:Kingdoms, Lord of the Rings:Legends, and Fight for Middle-Earth. I play all three of them.

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Posted by on 04/28/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Wargs, White Tree

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Wargs is a Northern Mannish name given to wolves. It’s used to refer to the werewolves  of Middle-Earth that appeared during the First Age.  They only took real shape after dark. Like the Orcs they were afraid of Sunlight but as we know that some Orcs could walk in the sunlight.

White Tree is the chief symbol of Gondor. The tree was a direct descendant of Telperion, Eldest of Trees, by way of Galathilion (tree of the High Elves), Celeborn (tree of the Eressëa) and Nimloth of Númenor. It blossomed often, but only occasionally produced fruit. That seed would be taken and planted elsewhere. It was feared that if the tree dead then the line of Telperion would be lost forever. The tree at Gondor was burned during an attack and the dead tree was left in place because a seed couldn’t be found. Then it was replaced when Aragorn took the crown. A sapling was found in a high place above Minas Tirith and the dead tree was replaced with it. It grew and blossomed almost immediately and was a thing of beauty and grace during the age that followed.

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Posted by on 04/27/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Valar, Vanyar

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Valar ‘Angelic Powers’ is the name given to those divinities created by the One before creation itself. They dwelled in Middle-Earth as guardians of the world. The Valar is discussed a lot in the Quenta Silmarillion. When Melkor returned to Middle-Earth his power grew and the Valar were defeated for the first time. It took them a long time to try and defeat him again.

Vanyar ‘Fair-elves’ is the name given to the first kindred of the Eldar. In other words, the ‘Highest’ of all High-elves were called this. They were led by Ingwë, who was their first and only king. They left Middle-Earth and only returned one time. They returned as warriors of the host of Valinor to wreak final justice on Melkor.

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Posted by on 04/25/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Undying Lands, Uruk-hai

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Undying Lands is another name that Elves and men gave to Aman. It is known to be the blessed realm in the ancient west of Arda.  It was set aside as a home for the Valar and Maiar. It was later shared with the Elves who completed the Great Journey. It has been told that the lands are home to immortals.

Uruk-hai are a unique breed of Orc. They were given the name by Sauron. They were a line of Orc that was bred in secret by Sauron in Mordor. Enemies believed they were a cross of orc and man. A number of them served Saruman as well in the army of Isengard.  One of the things about them is because of their superiority in certain areas they were able to travel in the daytime and cover many miles.

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Posted by on 04/24/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Thorin, Thranduil

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Credit Lotr Wikia

Now, we come to the leader of the dwarves Thorin (II) Oakenshield. He and his nephews Fili and Kili were my favorite dwarves. Even though a couple of the others because of their personalities were my favorites as well. Thorin was King of Durin’s Folk in exile after Erebor was taken by Smaug. He lost many family members during the years in exile due to fighting the Orcs. He came across as uncaring and would put everyone in harm’s way without a thought but I don’t think that was true.  I believe he cared deeply for his nephews and didn’t want harm to come to them but at the same time they were learning what Middle-Earth was really like. Some people were peaceful and others were not.

 

Credit LOTR Wikia

Now, Thranduil, King of Mirkwood was a favorite of mine in that he was a character that I love and hate. I love him because he is what most would think Elves are like which is aloof, uncaring, and won’t help unless it benefits them. In other words, he is the polar opposite of Lord Elrond. Some people would love him because of the way he handled running his kingdom and others would hate him because of his treatment of the dwarves before, during, and after the big battle. When the dragon attacked he turned his back, then threw them in prison when they crossed into Mirkwood, and then basically helped bring the war to the doorstep of Erebor. He was going to turn his back again but certain situations stopped him from doing so.

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Posted by on 04/23/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Sam,Shire, Smaug

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Samwise Gamgee is someone who you would want as your best friend. He was loyal and wasn’t about to let Frodo go anywhere without him even it meant going to Mt. Doom to destroy a ring. I think he was meant to go with Frodo because he kept him focused and wouldn’t let him give up.

Shire is predominately a peaceful place to live. One of the most well known places is Bag End. There is Hobbiton, Bywater, and Buckland to name just a few. I love how serene and laid back the hobbits seem to be. They don’t go looking for trouble and just live their lives. More about the Shire can be found here and here.

Smaug the Golden was one of the greatest known fire-dragons of Middle-Earth. He is well known for taking Erebor from the dwarves and destroying Dale. Smaug stayed in the mountain for many years before Thorin decided to take back Erebor. He was slain while attacking Laketown by Bard. Dragons are one of my favorite creatures. I was really impressed with the cgi creation of Smaug for the movies. It was great.

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Posted by on 04/22/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Radagast, Ringwraiths, Rivendell

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Radagast the Brown was one of my favorite characters. He felt his responsibility as a wizard were to the beasts and birds of Middle-Earth. No matter how weird people might have thought he was he still got the job done when he was needed.

Ringwraiths is another term for the Nazgûl. It was the name used by those who were considered as enemies of Sauron. The wraiths were the nine mortal men who had rings. They were undead creatures.

Rivendell is one of my favorite places in Middle-Earth. It’s located in a valley near the Misty Mountains. There is a waterfall. The Last Homely House is great. From what we know from Bilbo, Frodo, and others including Lord Elrond it seems to be so peaceful there. People hesitate to leave. I can see why it’s considered a place where people can seek refuge. I could live there. 🙂

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Posted by on 04/21/2015 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Quenta Silmarillion, Quenya

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Quenta Silmarillion ‘History of the Silmarils’  is the title of a collection of works that consist of older works that have been put together and edited throughout the years by many different people. It forms the core of The Silmarillion. It is arranged chronologically. I enjoyed reading The Silmarillion. I will admit it did take me a couple of times to finally get through the whole thing. It is not one that is easily read in a few days. If you haven’t read it then you should especially if you’re a Tolkien fan.

Quenya is the oldest of all the recorded languages of Middle-Earth. It was first written down after the Great Journey of the Eldar. It is considered to be the language of the Elves.

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Posted by on 04/20/2015 in blog hops

 

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