Movie Views, Tolkien Information and A Proudfoot Story.


1. The Hobbit Movie – Beorn

On the Hobbit Movie front, Beorn is the discussion this week. Beorn is a huge man who lives not far from the Carrock and the Anduin River. He is a shape shifter who turns into a large bear. The Company is given a place to rest in his hall and later Beorn gives them fresh supplies and a loan of ponies to get to the Forest gate of Mirkwood.

Later during the Battle of the Five Armies he appears in bear form and carries a mortally wounded Thorin from the battle field and then returns to the battle and kills Bolg the Goblin leader.

The question raised is, will the portrayal of Beorn in the movie be faithful to the book or will there be changes to the character and his participation in the movie? We hope the producers will keep Beorn as true to the book as possible. He is a very important contributor to the story of The Hobbit.


Beorn, by Michael Hague.

Beorn, by Michael Hague.



2. The World of Tolkien – The Phenomenon

Growing Up:

Tolkien grew up in the Sarehole and Edgbaston areas of Birmingham and attended King Edward’s School. In October 1911, Tolkien began studying at Exeter College, Oxford. He initially studied Classics but changed his course in 1913 to English Language and Literature, graduating in 1915 with first-class honours in his final examinations.

At the age of 16, Tolkien met Edith Mary Bratt, who was three years older, when he and his brother Hilary moved into the boarding house in which she lived. With two people of their personalities and in their position, romance was bound to flourish. Both were orphans in need of affection, and they found that they could give it to each other. During the summer of 1909, they decided that they were in love. His guardian, Father Francis Morgan, viewing Edith as a distraction from Tolkien’s school work and horrified that his young charge was seriously involved with a Protestant girl, prohibited him from meeting, talking to, or even corresponding with her until he was 21.

Edith Mary Bratt

Edith Mary Bratt




A Short Tale by Proudfoot.

Mallorn (Ted Nasmith)

Mallorn (Ted Nasmith)

On the side of the hill an elderly married couple were sitting on a small bench under a small tree watching their grandchildren playing with cousins and friends on the Party Field in the shade of the great golden tree. Laughter and squeals of delight drifted up from the field below as the children, chased one another and ran about on the soft green grass.

Planted years ago to replace the tree that was felled by thoughtless men the golden tree has grown to great proportions and is renowned far and wide. It is said the tree is magical and brings good fortune to those who walk and sit beneath its branches. Over the years young lovers have declared their love under its silver boughs and many have been married in its shade.

As the husband’s thoughts went back to a time long ago, his wife placed her head on his shoulder. He thought of a distant time in a distant land where many such trees grew in a magical forest.  The White Lady who lived in that forest gave him a small grey box decorated with one rune a ‘G’.  Within the box laid a seed in special fine dust. Through many dangers he carried that box and brought it back to his beloved home. He planted the seed near the stump of the old tree and a beautiful tree with silver bark and golden blossoms quickly grew.

Legend tells of how when the tree bloomed in the following year all the surrounding countryside became golden from the flowers; and  in that first spring when the tree blossomed, many children were born who were fairer than those of previous years. In subsequent years the children born seemed to have a new quality never before seen and many had golden hair.

As if she read his thoughts, his wife raised her head and looked into his eyes and whispered “You brought magic and beauty home with you.”

He looked into her eyes and saw starlight there and on her lips that youthful smile he had loved since he was very young.

He replied with a smile “I came home to magic and beauty.”

She closed her eyes and kissed him lovingly on his lips, a kiss as loving as their first kiss many years before.

Then she placed her head back on his shoulder and held his hand in hers.

They both smiled and felt young love again as they watched their grandchildren playing with cousins and friends on the Party Field in the shade of the great golden tree.

“For you, little gardener, and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, but also it may stand for ‘garden’ in your tongue. In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it. It will not keep you on your road, nor defend you against any peril; but if you keep it and see your home again at last, then perhaps it may reward you. Though you should find all barren and laid waste, there will be few gardens in Middle-earth that will bloom like your garden, if you sprinkle this earth there…” (Tolkien, Book II, pg 366)

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