Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Today Christopher Tolkien, 95, passed away. He was the son of J.R.R. Tolkien and the keeper of the legends and the reason so much of the elder's Tolkien's work has found its way out into the world. Tolkien wrote volumes of historical notes and other stories that did not find publishers.

So in honor of both Tolkiens, here are words related to the Lord of the Rings.

1. The Black Land - the land of Mordor

2. elevenses - a mid-morning snack beloved by Hobbits

3. Eorlingas - the warriors of the lands of Rohan

4. gaffer - old man in Hobbit speak (generally Samwise Gamgee says this in reference to his father)

5. goblin - a race of creatures who live underground and fear daylight; kin to orcs and frequently mistaken as being the same as orcs

6. halfling - another word for Hobbit or Shire folk.

7. the Mark - another way to refer to the lands of Rohan

8. Nazgul - also known as the Nine; they are the most powerful servants of Sauron, Lord of Mordor.

9. palantir - one of 8 crystal balls that are linked to one another, allowing the visionary to see across great distances. Some of the balls are thought to have been lost, or at least, no one knows who may have them and be watching.

10. The Third Age - the time of this story, which began when Isildur took the One Ring from Sauron and instead of destroying it, kept it for his own. This age ends when the One Ring is destroyed.

11. Uruk-hai - special orcs created by the wizard Sauraman; they are able to travel by day, have human blood, and are especially large.

12. Warg - a large, intelligent evil wolf, used by Sauraman's scouts and spies.

13. Wraith - an undead person; a specter or phantom


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1 comment:

  1. Now it's all coming back to me. I read all the books out loud to my sons when they were kids.

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