Category: Tolkien & related

Caverna do Dragão

Posted by – 01/09/2009

Uma das coisas que fiz nas minhas férias foi ler o roteiro do último episódio de “Caverna do Dragão” (Dungeons & Dragons para os anglófonos), um desenho animado dos anos 80 que fez a festa dos que eram crianças na época (eu inclusive) e dos que jogavam RPG (novamente, eu inclusive).

Eu tinha ouvido diversas teorias sobre o que representava o Realm da Caverna do Dragão, e o que as crianças estavam fazendo lá… algumas bastante fantasiosas, mas devo admitir que o roteiro real é bem mais interessante do que todas as teorias paralelas. Quem quiser dar uma olhada, o original em inglês está no site do roteirista (eu também achei uma tradução para o português). Não vou estragar a festa de ninguém adiantando o final, mas tenho certeza que vocês vão gostar.

Pena que não produziram o último episódio… Realmente seria um belo encerramento para a série animada… Dei uma procurada por aí e não me aguentei: acabei comprando o pacote com os 5 DVDs da série… Agora é só aguardar a chegada…

The Inheritance Cycle third book: Brisingr

Posted by – 21/10/2008

WARNING: small spoiler ahead

As a Tolkien old-time fan, and Fantasy genre lover, I could not leave unnoticed Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle (formerly Inheritance Trilogy). I read books 1 and 2 (Eragon and Eldest, respectively) and I think both were very good readings (of course, not by far as good as The Professor, but yet…), and I was rather curious about the third book. Once it was out, I ran to the bookshop to get me one… it took me less than a week to read it all.

As Paolini himself said, the story grew since he first envisioned it (thus the need for a fourth book), but I haven’t liked this last one as I have the first two, and I think that may be because of the growth. Is it just me or Brisingr seems, at times, too expensive in words?

One of the main reasons I like Lord of the Rings is that Tolkien was careful enough not to let it become a definition book. By that I mean that the whole legendarium Tolkien depicted is just the canvas over which the story is taking place. The cats of Queen Berúthiel is an example of this: Tolkien never explained it in Lord of the Rings (IIRC not even in the appendices!)… it was left as an expression in common-use by Middle-earth inhabitants, similar to “Prophet’s Beard” to us.

Instead, Paolini seems to be too concerned to explain everything in this third book. He spends too much words on details, leaving little room to reader’s imagination… And that’s the whole point of Fantasy books, isn’t it? The most proeminent of the examples of such being Roran and Katrina’s marriage: he spent half a dozen pages on it, describing the whole ceremony. In Tolkien style, that would become an appendix… maybe not even that!

Please, don’t get me wrong. Brisingr is a great book and I am surely longing for the final (yet not named) book, and surely this is not intended to compare Tolkien and Paolini, but maybe the original project of a Trilogy made more sense. If I understood it correctly, Brisingr was not planned… so maybe in the next book Paolini gets back to the original path.

Either way, I will just have to wait another year…

(BTW, The Birthday Toast is near. I joined the toast in 2003 and 2008)

Glorfindel of Gondolin and Glorfindel of Rivendell

Posted by – 09/07/2008

I was browsing my old emails and I found a 2002 one to the Tolkien List (I believe that list is dead, since Google seems to know nothing about it), that have generated a thread over the known controversy of the two Glorfindels.

By that time, the discussion was over with the argument that Tolkien have not said a thing about it and, since he re-used a lot of names, the two Glorfindels might not be the same person… Tolkien might have just let it slip without further consideration. While Googling for the dead list I just found some text that shed more light on the issue: apparently Tolkien have written about the controversy!

The information comes from a book published after Tolkien’s death by his son, Christopher, and it sets the story of one Glorfindel, dead in Gondolin, after defeating a balrog, gone to Mandos in the blessed land and

After his purging of any guilt that he had incurred in the rebellion, he was released from Mandos, and Manwë restored him… We may then best suppose that Glorfindel returned during the Second Age, before the ‘shadow’ fell on Númenor. . .

The Tolkien Gateway goes further and speculates he became a follower of Olórin (who became Gandalf in the Middle-earth) after being released from Mandos, and that he came to Middle-earth around the time the Blue Wizards came, to help in their task.

That last part is not quoted from the Tolkien text, so I would have to read it from some source to believe it (although quite possible). Now I’ll have to find a copy of that book to learn the rest of the story. Might not be easy to get one… the book was published in 1996, and, apparently, nobody knew it back when I had the discussion at the Tolkien List… Any idea where I can find one in Brazil?

What is Nardol?

Posted by – 25/06/2007

I am, also, a huge J. R. R. Tolkien fan. I’ve read everything he wrote at least two times (LOTR uncountable times). Particularly, I have the greatest respect for the Mithology he created, and tend to pay strong attention to details.

Nardol was the third of the Warning Beacons of Gondor, that ran between Minas Tirith and Rohan, and served as an alarm system that any of the two people could trigger once under attack.

The first two were Amon Dîn, and Eilenach, and the four others were Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and Halifirien. Nardol, though, was different from the six others, for the

summit of that mountain [Eilenach] came to a sharp point, making the building of a bright beacon difficult. The next Beacon site to the west was not so hampered – it stood on the broad end of a ridge of the White Mountains, and the guard station maintained there could create a huge signal fire when needed. It was for this reason that the third Beacon acquired the name Nardol, “fire-hilltop”, because its beacon-fire was so bright it could be seen more than a hundred miles away

according to The Encyclopedia of Arda.

The Return of the King

Posted by – 28/12/2003

I’ve just watched LOTR: Return of the King. Awesome! Just the best of the three, indeed. Unlike other places, I was not offered the all-three-marathon in any movie theater in town, but I could watch each movie one a day. It was a week to remember, no doubt.

It started when I found out that one theater were showing the extended edition. For some odd reason I don’t fully understand, Warner haven’t distributed the extended edition DVD in Brazil, so this were the first time I watched the ~40-minute added version of the first two movies. With the ROTK premiere scheduled for Christmas (Dec 25th), I bought tickets for FOTR and TTT on 23rd and 24th.

On the 25th, after my Xmas family gathering, I went to the theater for a 3-hour waiting in the line to get a good seat. I got a real good one.

ROTK really lived up to the previous movies. Of course, some unexplainable omissions happened (and as a good Tolkien fan, I noticed’em all), but nothing that would have made me leaving the theater earlier… Let’s remember the trilogy was a version of the story, not the story itself (that’s why we have books in the first place).

Geeks from the regional Tolkien fan club were present, and made it a big happening, with theirs costumes and swords (yeah!, real swords!).

I heard so much about the computer effects PJ would use in the ROTK before the premiere that I thought I’d dislike this last movie for this. But PJ is really a geniuos: he used the computer effects just in the right amount, and added simple-but-powerful sequences that mixed really good with the rest. The firing-up of the firesigns on the top of the mountains were just great!

Finally, I missed an epilogus. Some information of what happened after the war of the ring (like Sam becoming Hobbiton’s mayor, or the travels Merry and Pippin did to meet Aragorn and Eowyn afterwards, of Sam probably going to the Grey Havens) would be very nice… But after such a movie trilogy, PJ is surely forgiven!