Monday, February 6, 2012

Swords and Sorcery

Names and history of the weaponry featured in The Hobbit

Why might naming a weapon be important
What other famous named weapons are there?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Hunt

'.. white deer, a hind and fawns as snowy white as the hart had been dark.'
'.. known more about it and considered the meaning of the hunt and the white deer that had appeared upon their path, .. have known that they were at last drawing towards the eastern edge ..'


What makes a good story?
What makes a good myth?
Why are myths important
Examples of Brythonic Stories/Myths
- Mabinogion

Monday, January 23, 2012

Food, glorious food

Tea, Coffee, Seed Cake, Scones, Porter, Ale, Red Wine, Pork Pie, eggs, Chicken, Pickle, Salad, raspberry jam, apple tart, mince pie and cheese?


Roasted Mutton or Roasted Dwarf?

more likely,

Bread and butter, Clotted cream, honey and mead.

and as a last resort,


Friday, January 20, 2012

23/1/2012 'Enter the Dragon'

The first day of the Chinese New Year, the year of the dragon!

Well known dragons, Fafnir, Elliott, The Norwegian Ridgeback ... Smaug

Thursday, January 19, 2012

East of the Misty Mountains

The influence of 'The Kalevala' on the narrative.

Mountains, Rivers and Forest

Their use to divide up 'Wilderland'

Forests and the significance of hunting in them.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Who, Where, What and Why?

An overview of the principle characters from 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.

Who are they?

Where were they between the end of 'The Hobbit' and start of 'The Lord of the Rings'?

What were they doing?
..and why?

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Where and How does the narrative of Beowulf feature in 'The Hobbit'?