Monthly Archives: April 2015

#AtoZChallenge: Pippin

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Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took was a friend of Frodo’s. Pippin is one of my favorite hobbits. He went on the quest with Frodo without knowing where they were going at first. He was a lovable character who could find trouble no matter where he was. When Pippin returned to the shire he was known for going on the quest but he is also known for being one of the captains who led the Shire-Folk in a revolt against the followers of Saruman who had taken over the Shire.

Billy Boyd is one of my favorite actors and singers. One of my favorite scenes is when Pippin is singing for Denethor while Faramir rides into battle against Orcs. It was also used in the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. The Last Goodbye is one of my favorite songs. Enjoy the videos. 🙂

Credit is as follows: The first video was posted by Stine Bybjerg, the other two are from the Warner Bros. channel on youtube.

Look forward to reading your comments. 🙂


Posted by on 04/18/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Ori, Oin

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Ori is the youngest brother to Dori and Nori. He was also the apprentice scribe to Balin. He went on the quest and later went with Balin and Oin to try and retake Moria. Which they were able to occupy it for a few years and then all three were killed in an attack on Moria.


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Oin was one of the thirteen dwarves to go on Thorin’s quest.  He was of Durin’s line. His brother was Gloin. He was also the cousin to Balin. From everything I’ve learned about the dwarves that went on the quest were all related to each other in some way. But that is something to discuss at a later date. 🙂

Look forward to reading your comments. 🙂


Posted by on 04/17/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Nori, Narsil

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Nori is the middle brother. Older brother is Dori and younger brother is Ori. Known to be a thief. He went on the quest with Thorin as did his brothers. Interesting little fact about Jed Brophy the actor who played him. He was also in LOTR: Two Towers as Sharku/Snaga, and LOTR: Return of the King as an orc.

Narsil ‘Red-and-White-Flame’. It is the sword of Elendil. One of the best known weapons in Middle-Earth. The first time we see it in LOTR is when the hobbits have made it to Rivendell with Aragorn. Boromir is looking around and sees it on display. It is in pieces. The next time we see is when Lord Elrond has it remade and gives it to Aragorn before one of the wars. The sword is dwarven made by dwarf-smith named Telchar who was from Nogrod.

Hope you enjoy today’s tidbits of info. Look forward to reading your comments. 🙂



Posted by on 04/16/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Merry, Moria

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Merry or I should say Meriadoc ‘The Magnificent’ was a little trouble making hobbit along with Pippin. He became one of the most distinguished hobbits in the Shire. He is remembered being a member of the fellowship  as well as the things he did for the Shire upon his return. I do like Frodo and Sam too but Merry and Pippin are the ones that you can count to lighten the mood when need be but can be serious and have your back when you need them.

Moria was called Khazâd-dûm by the dwarves. It was a vast underground city and was the most known of the dwarven kingdoms. It was later called the ‘Black Pit’ but really didn’t get that name until the heirs of Durin fled the city. Mithril was discovered and mined for in Moria. Several times the dwarves tried to take back Moria but didn’t succeed. It remained a stronghold of orcs and goblins. There are two counts of the retaking being tried. One was when Thror, Thorin’s grandfather tried it with an army and didn’t prevail. Thror was killed in that battle and then later when Balin, Oin, and Ori (all of Thorin’s company) go and try. They are successful for a little while but then are killed in an attack. Tie-in between The Hobbit and LOTR. When the fellowship go into the mines of Moria they come across a tomb. The tomb holds the body of Balin and the skeleton that is holding the book is Ori.

Look forward to your comments. 🙂


Posted by on 04/15/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Lord of The Rings Online

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Initially I was going to talk about Legolas, The Lonely Mountain, and Laketown in this post but I decided to talk about the game instead. I love playing LOTRO. It is a fun game. I’ve done quests for characters like Aragorn, Dwalin, and Gandalf. You can get deeds as well. I have 16 toons that I play in the game. You can join kinships as well. If you want to check out the game click here. You can also play the game through the steam app which is what I do. There are two ways to play: (1) subscription, and (2) free to play. I play for free. You can earn turbine points which you spend on things in the store. Here is another site I really like. It’s ran by players for other players click here. Also, my profile pic for the blog is a pic of my toon Nimgalliel. My toons are on the following servers:

Meneldor:(Kinship-Eagles of Thorondor)

  • Nimgalliel- Elf Guardian (main toon)
  • Catla- Hobbit Burglar
  • Nimenith-Human Guardian
  • Saeldyn-Human Captain
  • Thraingrim-Dwarf Guardian
  • KulKurz-Orc Reaver( played on monster play side of game)

Brandywine:(Kinship- Bard of the Minyarin)

  • Athawen- Elf Hunter (main toon on this server)
  • Hulalion-Elf Champion
  • Waldeya-Human Guardian
  • Wanleif-Dwarf Hunter
  • Thrortha-Hobbit Burglar

Arkenstone:(Kinship-Legion of the White Wizard)

  • Nashilwe- Elf Hunter (main toon on this server)
  • Nurvowe- Elf Champion
  • Throstif- Dwarf Champion
  • Fefra- Hobbit Hunter
  • Hardara- Human Captain

Posted by on 04/14/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Kili, Khuzdul

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Kili is one of my favorite dwarves. His brother and Uncle being the other two. Kili is the younger of the two. He was heir to the throne of Erebor. I’m one of those fans that disliked the fact that he, his brother, and uncle died at the end. One of the things that made me like him was his smile and his personality. Although he acted immature at times he still did what he knew was expected of him.

Khuzdul is the secret language of the dwarves. It is such a secret that they speak the language of man when conversing with each other in the presence of others like men and elves. It is has been said that people didn’t know their true names because of the secret of the khuzdul language.

So, not only does mystery surround the elves it also surrounds the dwarves.

Look forward to your comments. 🙂


Posted by on 04/13/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Journey

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I was wondering what kind of topic would go here as there are no places or people I could find in Middle-Earth then I realized there was the journey/adventure that both Bilbo and Frodo went on.

First there was Bilbo and his unexpected journey where he found the one ring and helped to take back a mountain from a dragon. Then there’s Frodo who went to Mt. Doom to destroy the ring.

With both of them we have the good vs evil type story line but then we also have the tests of loyalty, friendship, and even family and  those things are tested throughout both stories. I wonder sometimes what the story would have been like if Bilbo either hadn’t went on the journey or did but didn’t find the ring. What kind of stories we have had then. I think Bilbo was meant to find the ring and take it from Gollum. Frodo took on a quest that shouldn’t have been his to have to take but he felt responsible because it had been Bilbo that found the ring to begin with. Bilbo took his journey with thirteen dwarves and a wizard. Frodo took his with two men, a dwarf, an elf, three hobbits, and a wizard. Other than the wizard and the three hobbits everyone else were strangers to the two.

My question for you is would you take a journey like Biblo and Frodo did with a bunch of strangers or would you play it safe and stay in your little hobbit hole?

For myself, I would like to say I probably would if I had at least one or two people I knew among the group even though I’m not really the type to throw caution to the wind and run off on an adventure. 🙂


Posted by on 04/11/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Isengard, Isildur

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Isengard was one of the greatest places of Middle-Earth during the Third Age. It was located in the valley of Nan Curunír.  The huge rock wall was called the Ring of Isengard.  Saruman occupied Isengard and was loyal to Sauron. After the war the rock wall was torn down and transformed into a garden. The tower of Orthanc was placed back into the protection of the king of Gondor.

Isildur was a king of Gondor near the end of the Second Age into the first part of the Third Age. He was one of the sons of Elendil the Tall. He is also known for having gained possession of the one ring and then not destroying it when he had the chance. He was killed by Orcs a few years later.  His descendant Aragorn went on to reclaim Gondor after the war of the ring as it was called.

Look forward to reading your comments. 🙂


Posted by on 04/10/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: The Hobbit (Making of)

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Here are we are at the letter H. When I started putting the list together for each letter I was wondering what to do for this letter and I had thought about talking about Helm’s Deep but decided to go a different way with this one.

Being an avid movie fan I love to watch behind the scenes stuff. The Hobbit and LOTR movies are by far my favorite fantasy movies and I have really enjoyed Peter Jackson’s production vlogs for the movies. Seeing the sets and locations in the vlogs are great. If you’re a fan of the movies the vlogs are awesome and you should check them out. Credit to CatchTheFilm for sharing The Hobbit Movie (making of) by Peter Jackson. The one shown below is from the first movie An Unexpected Journey. Enjoy. 🙂


Posted by on 04/09/2015 in blog hops



#AtoZChallenge: Gandalf, Gloin, Gimli, Gollum

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Gollum is one of those characters that will kind of creep you out when you see him on the screen for the first time but once you know his story and what the ring did to him over the years you kind of feel sorry for him. I started out not liking him but by the end it was a kind of a love/hate relationship for the character. The Hunt For Gollum was mentioned to me by Gene’O as a good movie to watch.I have to agree. I enjoyed watching it. It is fan made as well and by the same people who made Born of Hope. There are two versions of it. The one below is the better of the two and was done in 2012 I believe as the original was done in 2009 if I remember correctly. Enjoy.

 Gandalf and his meddlesome ways. What’s not to love about Gandalf. Yes, he might talk in riddles and get around answering the question you ask without giving a straightforward answer but he still is one of my faves from both LOTR and The Hobbit. Sir Ian McKellen was great as Gandalf. Personally, I’m not sure anyone else could have played him the way Sir Ian did.

Credit lotr wikia Gloin

Credit lotr wikia Gimli, son of Gloin


Gloin and Gimli. Father and son. Gloin was one of the thirteen dwarves in Thorin’s company and had a run in with Legolas first. I wonder what he would’ve thought about Gimli becoming friends with the one elf that insulted him when he saw a picture of him when the dwarves were detained in Mirkwood. Father and son went on separate adventures and they both involved elves, hobbits, and men.

Look forward to reading your comments. 🙂


Posted by on 04/08/2015 in blog hops



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