The Tale of Years

The Tale of Years is a (sort-of) chronological journey through the books, movies and miniatures of Middle Earth.


Gildor Inglorion

This post is a bit of a cheating one – there’s no mention of Gildor in the Tale of Years, or really in the movies – more on that shortly. The inspiration to paint this miniature comes from the scenarios found in the Fellowship journey book, and from reading a little more of The Fellowship of the Ring. When Frodo, Sam and Pippin leave Hobbiton, pursued by riders in black, they...

Elrond, Master of Rivendell

Not much is said about where Bilbo is headed when he leaves the Shire – Bilbo shares with Gandalf that he needs a holiday – probably a permanent one – and explains his feelings due to his extended lifespan. Bilbo doesn’t seem to attribute this to his ownership of the ring at this point. Gandalf however suspects, and agrees with Bilbo that his plan to leave the Ring is...

A Long-expected Party

The first entry in The Tale of Years I’ve chosen because it’s where both the book and the movie (minus the prologue) begin, as well as it being around the same time of year that I’ve began this project, but in the year 3001 (by Shire reckoning). The entry in the appendix reads: Bilbo’s farewell feast. Gandalf suspects his ring to be the One Ring. The guard on the Shire is...

The Tale of Years

I’ve always been an avid reader. I have fond memories of visiting Barnsley’s Central Library. On one occasion I was drawn to one cover in particular; The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It sat within the pile of 10 books I checked out for a week or so before I read it, and I instantly remember feeling some sort of affinity with the material. When I next visited the library, I got a copy...

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