Here's how to tell a good fantasy language from whatever it is that Jabba does

By the h’bhor of Vaksis, fantasy languages can be a great way to bring a sense of believable mystery to fictional worlds. Whether Game of Thrones’ guttural Dothraki, The Lord of the Rings’ lilting Elvish, or the garbled throat-clearing of Star Wars’ Wookie-talk, hearing characters speak in made-up tongues helps…

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings will supposedly focus on that young heartthrob, Aragorn

There’s been a lot of speculation on what sort of stories Amazon’s extremely expensive new Lord Of The Rings show will offer up for content-hungry Tolkien fans: A recreation of the events of the Peter Jackson films? (Feels redundant.) A wacky roommate sitcom, set in the heaven-esque Grey Havens? (Can’t imagine they’d…

New Tolkien book that was "the template for everything" he wrote will be out this year

In addition to Amazon’s exorbitantly-priced series, there’s another Lord Of The Rings prequel on its way. The Guardian reports that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall Of Gondolin will be published by HarperCollins in August. The fantasy novel is set long before Sauron rose to power or a pair of plucky hobbits ever made their…

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings prequel might be the most expensive TV show ever made

Last fall, we reported that Amazon had acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s renowned fantasy saga, The Lord Of The Rings, a move that’s seen by many as a bid to establish its own Game Of Thrones-style ratings juggernaut. We also noted the hefty price tag, which Amazon recently confirmed was $250 million. Now, after…

What do you want from Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV show?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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Impressively comprehensive theory maintains that The Lord Of The Rings is about a drug war

Recently, writer and podcaster Matt Wallace took to Twitter to share a pretty devastating theory that may prove all those dorm room posters were right about J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece. In a series of 40+ tweets, Wallace’s mini-essay proposes that both The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy are simply cover…

Asshole “geographer” says Middle Earth makes no “geographic” sense

Imagine being at a party and talking about Lord Of The Rings (it happens!) and hearing a voice pipe up from outside your circle. “The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy,” the voice says, breaking…