Pictured: Gandalf, one of the five wizards
Warning: May contain minor spoilers for those who’ve not read Tolkien’s works.
You know what a “warg” is, right? It’s okay if you don’t. J.R.R. Tolkien’s works are full of words that require the ability to store an entire encyclopedia in one’s head. Even Tolkien sometimes got his wires crossed. Naturally, as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s release approaches, you’re likely filled with a nice balance of excitement and the sweaty terror indicative of the moment you’re confronted with a pop quiz, whether you’ve already read the book (or all of Tolkien’s books) or your only form of Middle Earth education includes film iterations of the beloved author’s works.
Fear not. We’re here to hold your hand, sway like an Ent’s (That’s a tree-person – see? It’s not that tough!) branches in the wind, and commune with the necessary pieces of Tolkien’s legendarium so that when it’s time for the opening credits of the first installment of the trilogy, we’re as calm as a hobbit smoking a pipe in his easy chair…
Legendarium: Sorry about that. I threw you a little curveball back there. The Tolkien legendarium is a more accurate term for Tolkien’s mythology, which is actually more of a fictional universe.
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