On the surface, Tolkien's trilogy appears very phallocentric. Further study, however, reveals a pattern of symbolic femininity functioning as a reminder that Middle Earth needs a balance of femininity and masculinity to combat evil.
A common assumption made by some religious readers of TLOTR is a spiritual meaning behind Tolkien's writings.
With the release of the extended-edition DVDs of the final LOTR film I have been frequently asked why I see the film's ending as a multiple ending, and, most of all, why I consider it a bad way to finish the film. Can so many fans be wrong in liking the resolution...
Aragorn, as Isildur's heir, was Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a Ranger of the North. A few Rangers, under Haralbad, make their appearance to help Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead and on to the Pelennor Fields, but apart from this, Tolkien has little to say about them. So what would an ordinary Ranger be like, especially before the days of the War of the Ring?
A review of this newly published important work
Concerning the literary significance of representations of good and evil in Middle-earth and the difference between the novels and films. Note that this is a rather long essay and that some formatting has been lost.
Evidence of Lord of The Rings in Zeppelin songs.
Faramir is Evil Like Gandalf is Green:In Defense of Peter Jackson's FaramirHere I am, letting loose in defense of the film version of Faramir. What will my professors think of me? Quelle horror! Let me just come right out and say it: I have no problem with Faramir...