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Azog and Bolg Awareness


Sep 9 2013, 5:59pm

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I have been a Tolkien fan for many years. The past two years, aside from the Letters and the 12-volume HoME, I have read everything else that has been published from him (short stories, essays, poems, so forth). But it wasn't until I started frequenting the TORn forums due to the (then) upcoming release of AUJ that I really began to dig deeper into Tolkien - his poetry, his prose, his writing styles, his influences, and so forth.

That being said, prior to 2012 I have made a habit of reading The Hobbit at least once or twice every year, but in my many times of reading it, I had always glossed over references to Azog and Bolg. I had always noticed those references, but never really cared about them, truly understood the context or importance of those references, and never really had a clue why Azog or Bolg were important to The Hobbit. Quite frankly, I had no idea who either Azog or Bolg was. And for that matter, I had little clue who Radagast was, too. When I began playing The Hobbit back in 2004 on my Gamecube, in the introduction you briefly get an appearance from Bolg. I never really understood why he was important, and in my many readings of The Hobbit afterward, I still did not (mainly because I glossed over the references).

To get more to the point - it was not until I started frequenting TORn on a weekly and then daily basis that I heard that Azog and Bolg were to be in the film, or that there was intially some confusion on the point. So I suppose what I am trying to get at is this - regardless of the role of the characters in the trilogy, the films have made me pay much more attention to the details in Tolkien's work. It also led me to delve deeper and read the History of The Hobbit, the History of Middle Earth, Unfinished Tales and many other works. I now read through with a much better grasp on these characters and their importance. Has anyone else found this to be the case or can anyone relate - perhaps an example from Lord of the Rings - to the idea I'm getting at?

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Azog and Bolg Awareness vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Sep 9 2013, 5:59pm
    Yes I agree about Bolg and Azog, I was the same with a certain Shipwright... malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 9 2013, 6:36pm
    I can relate Ziggy Stardust Send a private message to Ziggy Stardust Sep 10 2013, 12:49am
    well i think PJ beefed up Azog for TH films MouthofSauron Send a private message to MouthofSauron Sep 10 2013, 4:16am
    I get a better sense of the interconnectedness of Tolkien's writings now Lio Send a private message to Lio Sep 12 2013, 12:24am


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