Indeed, the unmatched immersive quality of Tolkien’s life’s work has had such a profound effect on the genre that it’s spawned countless imitators over the years. Although some of these – like A Song of Ice and Fire – have made a worthwhile attempt at capturing a similar sense of reality to the one Tolkien was able to infuse into his own magical realm, none have so far surpassed the bar set by Middle-earth.
In recent years,more people than ever have become familiar with Tolkien’s world of Hobbits, Wizards and Orcs, thanks to the huge success of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film adaptations ofTheLord of the Rings trilogy. However, more casual fans – particularly those who haven’t read Tolkien’s wider body of work – probably don’t know as much about Middle-earth as they might think.
That’s why we’ve pulled together this list highlighting 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth, in order to bring you fully up to speed on the greatest place that never was!
It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.
Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.
With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!
The recent release of the trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke – the direct-to-video adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland – has reignited the long-standing debate over the artistic merits of the story in general, and its handling of the Batgirl character in particular.
This last point feeds into a wider ongoing discussion about the portrayal of women in pop culture, and the fine line between expression and exploitation in fiction.
Welcome to the latest Crystal Ball feature – in this installment, we’re going to turn our powers of divination towards the smash hit HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels: Game of Thrones!
With Season 5 nearly upon us, all we keep hearing from the cast and crew is that the end of the show (if not the books) is nigh, with as few as two more seasons potentially remaining.
But what should we expect, when Winter finally arrives? Gather up your tarot deck and any other fortune telling faff you might have to hand, as we attempt to peer through the mists of time and try to determine the final fate of Westeros!
(And of course, let me just signpost a big, fat spoiler warning to those of you keen to avoid any information from the books or show up until this point, as well as any of the fan theories currently doing the rounds on the interwebs).