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  • Just-discovered cave could yield new scientific insight

    09/24/2006 2:37:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 2,879+ views
    A just-unearthed cave formed more than 1 million years ago could yield new insight into the geological history of the American West, according to scientists, who called the discovery a major find. Four amateur cave explorers uncovered the vast caverns, stretching more than 1,000 feet into a remote mountainside, in August. Visitors to the cave, dubbed Ursa Minor, described seeing millions of crystals that shimmered like diamonds lodged in its walls. Translucent mineral curtains hung from the ceiling, and a lake possibly 20 feet deep filled one of the cave's five known rooms. Passages leading into darkness suggested there was...
  • New Tolkien book discovered

    01/02/2003 7:26:56 PM PST · by John Farson · 128 replies · 778+ views ^ | 12/30/02
    A yellowing manuscript by J.R.R.Tolkien discovered in an Oxford library could become one of the publishing sensations of 2003. The 2000 handwritten pages include Tolkien's translation and appraisal of Beowulf, the epic 8th century Anglo-Saxon poem of bravery, friendship and monster-slaying that is thought to have inspired The Lord of the Rings. He borrowed from early English verse to concoct the imaginary language spoken by Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, and other elves in the second film made from the Rings books, The Two Towers. A US academic, Michael Drout, found the Tolkien material by accident in a box of...
  • Kullervo: Tolkien's fascination with Finland

    08/27/2015 4:43:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    On Thursday JRR Tolkien's early story The Story of Kullervo will be published for the first time. The dark tale reveals that Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired not only by England and Wales… but also by Finland. "Hapless Kullervo," Tolkien called him. Kullervo, an orphan boy raised into slavery, a tragic hero who commits incest in the dark forests of Karelia and hurls himself on his own blade.
  • A lost 'Lord of the Rings' story is about to be published (The Story of Kullervo)

    08/11/2015 6:27:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    A lost story set in the "Lord of the Rings" universe is about to see the light of day in a new book out later this summer. "The Story of Kullervo" is about the titular Kullervo, a boy sold into slavery who vows revenge on a cruel wizard who killed his father. Here's how the novel's Amazon listing describes it:
  • The Ten Points of Tolkien’s Politics

    01/03/2015 1:39:24 PM PST · by don-o · 32 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | January 3, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    As a person who has written on Tolkien for almost fifteen years and read Tolkien for thirty-six years, I am often asked about his political views. In a sense, this is a funny question, as Tolkien really despised most politics. In fact, he really thought of himself as very anti-political. His few statements on the matter reveal just how unpolitical and apolitical and anti-political he could be. It is also, however, a natural question for someone to ask about the great man, as we live in a highly politicized age. So, what do we know? First, Tolkien was a conservative...
  • Celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien's twelvety-third birthday with a traditional toast

    01/03/2015 8:23:13 AM PST · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    Had J.R.R. Tolkien lived in the Middle-earth of his own creation, the festivities surrounding his annual birthday celebration would likely involve tables full of honey-cakes and lembas, and many a glass of miruvor schlepped in from the Woodland Realm of the Elves.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review - exactly what it promised to be (3-stars)

    12/04/2014 3:42:12 AM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 2 December 2014 03.02 EST
    hortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series gets underway, an outsize troll-like monstrosity with a pointed stone headpiece runs full tilt into a fortress wall, making a breach through which a bunch of orcs and other malevolent nasties can pour through. The troll, or whatever it is, lies full length on the ground, stunned; entirely disregarded as its compadres swarm past. Well, I can sympathise entirely; I reeled out of the cinema in bit of a daze myself after this extended dose of Jackson’s patented ye olde Middle Earth cranium-smashing.
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly OrdwayÂ’s Not GodÂ’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye - closing song on The Hobbit 3

    11/19/2014 5:51:25 PM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye - closing song on The Hobbit
  • Blu-ray Review – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – The Extended Edition (2013)

    11/09/2014 7:16:15 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Flickering Myth ^ | November 5, 2014 by Gary Collinson
    snip "Filmgoers and shire admirers have become as used to Peter Jackson and his J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations over the years as they have the obligatory “extended cuts” of every already long film. The Hobbit films have been no different and now comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – The Extended Edition. The extended cut, like other Jackson extended cuts, is not a light one. It’s packed with 25 minutes of new footage. I debate to simply reveal said extended and new scenes, but one of the true pleasures of this extended cut is to go in cold and discover...
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer

    11/06/2014 6:10:03 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer
  • The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies ends with a 45-minute battle scene

    10/24/2014 6:51:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Perhaps explaining why those Hobbit movies cost so much damn money to make, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies will end with a 45-minute battle scene. Director Peter Jackson spoke with EW about the logistics of creating such an epic climax. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics,” Jackson explains, before sharing the highly scientific way he maps out his fight scenes:
  • Here's the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

    07/18/2014 3:05:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 31 replies
    Whilst a synopsis is maybe not entirely necessary given that the title of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies pretty much sums up what the films about - a battle involving five different armies. Warner Brothers have released the official synopsis. Okay, so it goes into a bit more detail than "there are five armies and they do battle" so it isn't entirely a lost cause like the 'Snakes on a Plane' synopsis might've been, and I'm pretty much allowing my prejudice against the third Hobbit film's name change shine through. I liked 'There and Back Again' dammit!
  • The Hobbit 3 spoilers: details about the Battle of Five Armies

    05/22/2014 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Spoilers and details of the third installment of The Hobbit franchise, called The Battle of Five Armies, are making fans excited as the first look draws near
  • Fans petition a plot change for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

    05/11/2014 6:49:28 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 49 replies
    According to Enstars on Saturday, Peter Jackson's third film "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", has fans petitioning for the plot to take a different route than that of the J.R.R. Tolkien book. The first major change that was announced with the movie title which was originally "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and now fans are demanding to change the outcome of Thorin Oakenshield's destiny. Jackson's change to the title was motivated by the appropriateness of the film as he kept up with it during its course. The director thought since Bilbo was already "there" at the...
  • 60th Anniversary edition box set of "The Lord of the Rings" to be published in June

    03/30/2014 7:04:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    According to the Tolkien Society and confirmed by Amazon UK a 60th Anniversary hard copy edition box set of "The Lord of the Rings" to be published in the United Kingdom (probably in the US soon afterward) on June 18th, 2014. It is not cheap. Right now it is listed at £80 ($133). This year, new editions of other Tolkien novels will be released including a new illustrated copy of The Hobbit for children and adults of all ages and new edition of The Simarillion and Unfinished Tales.
  • Everybody's Tolkien (Tolkien Reading Day)

    03/25/2014 3:56:13 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Now this is precious. $6.2 billion and counting. That's how much films based on J. R. R. Tolkien's books have made in all at the box office so far. And there's still one part of The Hobbit trilogy to come. The Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) and The Hobbit are also on the list of Top 10 best selling books of all time - LOTR at No. 2 with 150 million copies sold. The Hobbit is No. 6 with 100 million copies sold.
  • ‘Lord of the Rings’ inspired by the Burren, County Clare's, rugged landscape

    03/24/2014 3:30:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    March 25 is officially Tolkien Reading Day. Yes you heard us! In 2002 a New York journalist inquired with the Tolkien Society if there was such a thing and low and behold they set it up. So why March 25? Well it's Tolkien’s birthday Jan 3 and Bilbo & Frodo’s birthday on Sept 22nd but March 25 is the perfect day as it's the date of the downfall of Sauron! To honor the Tolkien Reading Day we thought it apt to look at the fact that his world of Middle Earth is based on the Burren, in County Clare.
  • JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait

    03/21/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author's version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father "enter[ing] into the imagined past" of the heroes. Telling of how the Geatish prince Beowulf comes to the aid of Danish king Hroðgar, slaying the monster Grendel and his mother before - spoiler alert - being mortally wounded by a dragon years later, Beowulf is is the longest epic poem in Old English, and is dated to the...
  • The Hobbit: from Concept Art to Big Screen

    03/14/2014 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    Hit the jump to check out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug character designs
  • Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings battle scenes were inspired by WW1 experiences

    02/28/2014 4:23:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    The harrowing battle scenes and heartache in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece The Lord Of The Rings were inspired by the author’s own First World War nightmare and the death of close friends from Birmingham.
  • How would ‘The Silmarillion’ fare as a film trilogy?

    02/23/2014 6:16:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    It’s the film project that many of us fear we may never see. Yet surely, with time, all may be possible. In this article, Rud the Spud takes a look at how a trilogy based on Professor Tolkien’s The Silmarillion might be constructed – should such a project ever come to fruition – and discusses whether or not it could possibily live up to the Professor’s massive collection of stories. The Silmarillion Movie Trilogy By Rud the Spud It’s an idea that has been capturing the minds of Ringers since the days of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings...
  • JRR Tolkien advised by WH Auden to drop romance

    02/16/2014 6:26:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 02.11.14
    WH Auden attempted to persuade JRR Tolkien to drop the romance between Aragorn and Arwen from the storyline of The Lord of the Rings, describing it as "unnecessary and perfunctory", an unpublished letter by the author has revealed. The 1955 letter sees Tolkien writing to his publisher about the difficulties of completing The Return of the King, the third and final part of his magnum opus, in which Aragorn and his men face a final battle with Sauron's troops, as the hobbits Frodo and Sam continue on their journey to destroy the One Ring. At the end, Aragorn is crowned...
  • Is George R.R. Martin the “American Tolkien”?

    05/31/2013 12:43:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 134 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.31.13 | Anne Hobson
    With the end of the third season of Game of Thrones in sight (June 9th), a global audience of over 5 million is debating whether or not George R.R. Martin is the rightful “American Tolkien.” I argue that while The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have striking similarities, Martin is actually pioneering a distinct genre—a new kind of fantasy novel informed by historical fiction and politics. Martin admits that he was influenced a great deal by Tolkien, and mirrored the structure of his novels off of Tolkien’s work: “Tolkien begins his story in the Shire with one...
  • The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show

    04/03/2013 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Altariel · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2013 | Maev Kennedy
    In what was once the housekeeper's office of a Tudor mansion in Hampshire, a very odd golden ring glitters on a revolving stand in a tall perspex column. In chapter five of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins finds a ring in the gloom of Gollum's cave. Not just any ring. "One very beautiful thing, very beautiful, very wonderful. He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring." A new exhibition opening today at The Vyne, now owned by the National Trust, raises the intriguing possibility that the Roman ring in the case, and the ring of power in JRR Tolkien's...
  • The Hobbit and Evil

    Some may see the films or books as just entertainment, but Tolkien spent a lifetime creating a mythos with far more detail than most writers ever imagine. An Oxford professor, he approached his writing as if it were a scholarly pursuit. Yet it was still entertaining and captivating, full of themes and message (though he never intentionally preached, so to speak, his beliefs informed his work). That’s why it has endured for so long (The Hobbit was originally published in 1937, mainly directed at children. Don’t see many children books like this anymore, do we?). Tolkien drew on many influences...
  • Why J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t Just For Kids

    10/17/2012 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Altariel · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2012 | Corey Olsen
    One of the most consistently underappreciated elements of “The Hobbit” is Tolkien’s use of poetry and song throughout the book. Most readers skim over the poems or even skip them outright, but they miss out on some of Tolkien’s most thoughtful and compelling literary moments. The songs in “The Hobbit” are not merely verses embedded in the story; they are poems carefully designed to capture the voices and illustrate the attitudes of their singers. The simple chant of the goblins when they first capture Bilbo and the dwarves, for instance, gives readers a stark insight into the goblin outlook on...
  • Production Begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit

    03/22/2011 10:58:02 AM PDT · by Immerito · 35 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | March 20, 2011 | xoanon
    In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit… Wellington, NZ, March 21, 2011—Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece. “The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” The two films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot...
  • Exclusive: Dual Hobbit Film Titles Revealed?

    03/04/2011 11:42:56 AM PST · by Immerito · 16 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | March 2. 2011 | Calisuri
    Exclusive: Dual Hobbit Film Titles Revealed? March 2nd, 2011 by Calisuri | Discuss | 6 Comments and 66 Reactions Ringer Spy Mr. Underbelly monitors movie titles that are registered by major film studios. Mr. Underbelly noticed that New Line has recently registered the following two film titles: The Hobbit: There and Back Again and… The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey This is the first indication of what the ‘official’ titles will be of the two Hobbit films. What are your thoughts? Remember, this is not confirmed officially, but it is a relatively good indication of what the two film titles could...
  • Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún: a lecture

    03/04/2011 11:39:32 AM PST · by Immerito · 2 replies
    British Fantasy Society ^ | March 4, 2011 | Peter Coleborn
    At The School of Education, UWIC (The University of Wales in Cardiff), Tom Shippey, Professor Emeritus of English, St. Louis University, will deliver an Open Lecture called: Writing into the Gap: Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún Tom Shippey has published extensively on medieval literature, and has recently been working on ‘medievalism’ and romantic nationalism, focusing on the work of Jacob Grimm. He established Tolkien scholarship by his acclaimed monograph The Road to Middle-earth, now supplemented by J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. As the foremost Tolkien scholar, he contributed in the documentaries associated with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of...
  • History of The Hobbit in Illustrated Form

    01/24/2011 6:04:00 PM PST · by Immerito · 5 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | January 22, 2011 | xoanon
    BookMoot sends this in: Here is a nice post about the history of History of Hobbit illustrations at children’s author Tony DiTerlizzi’s site. Since, he has shared an illustration by “Where the Wild Things Are” illustrator, Maurice Sendak who was set to illustrate the Hobbit but suffered health issues that prevented the project going forward. Thought this was interesting.
  • Race row erupts over The Hobbit

    11/28/2010 5:57:06 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 82 replies · 2+ views ^ | 29th November 2010
    PETER Jackson's troubled Hobbit project has become embroiled in a race row after a would-be extra was told she was too dark to play one of the pint-sized Tolkien creatures, reports said. Briton Naz Humphreys, who has Pakistani heritage, attended a casting session in the New Zealand city of Hamilton last week, queueing for three hours only to be told her skin tone was not suitable, the Waikato Times reported. "It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin," Humphreys told the newspaper. "The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who...
  • ‘The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films’ Sneak Peak

    09/01/2010 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Immerito · 19 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | August 30, 2010 | xoanon
    Magpie writes: Doug Adams is letting us peek inside his upcoming book on the LOTR film music. Check out
  • JRR Tolkien trained as British spy

    09/19/2009 2:10:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 1,782+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2009
    Tolkien, one of his generation's most respected linguists, was ''earmarked'' to crack Nazi codes in the event that Germany declared war. Intelligence chiefs singled him and a 'cadre' of other intellectuals to work at Bletchley Park, the codebreaking centre in Buckinghamshire. Its staff - which included Alan Turing, the gay codebreaker - would later decipher the 'impenetrable' Enigma machines. This saved Britain from German conquest by allowing the Navy to intercept and destroy Hitler's U-Boats. According to previously unseen records, Tolkien trained with the top-secret Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS). He spent three days at their London HQ in...
  • Harry Potter and the War On Terror

    05/10/2006 10:20:34 AM PDT · by Tolik · 59 replies · 3,908+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 9th, 2006 | Bookworm
    Not too long ago, there was a lot of giggling on the right side of the blogosphere when it learned about a book called Why Mommy is a Democrat, which its publisher proudly boasts is “A Different Kind of Children’s Book.”  The book’s point is that, just as a child views Mommy in a saintly light, he should project that view onto Democrats because they share Mommy’s values.  For example, just as Mommies do, Democrats make sure people share.  And so that no one misses this message, the well-dressed, silver-haired, obviously Republican white folk in the background walk by a homeless...
  • Gimli/John Rhys Davis on Medved Now Discussing Terrorism

    01/16/2004 2:14:39 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 144 replies · 2,488+ views
    Michael Medved Show
    He admits to having a far different view of things than fellow actor Viggo Mortensen.
  • A Triumphant Return: RETURN OF THE KING (Warning: Minor spoiler)

    12/16/2003 1:47:21 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 13 replies · 616+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 15 Dec 03 | Chuck Colson
    Note: There is a minor spolier in the third paragraph, so skip that one if you haven't read the books.) After seven years in the making, the final film of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, THE RETURN OF THE KING, opens this Wednesday. The good news is that, like the others, it was worth the wait. The better news is that, even more than the others, what we see on screen respects the Christian faith of the book's author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien wrote that LORD OF THE RINGS is a "fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so...
  • Film Of The Year - The Return Of The King

    01/05/2004 4:48:48 AM PST · by goldstategop · 63 replies · 336+ views ^ | Jan 2, 2004 | Don Feder
    The final installment of Peter Jackson’s stunning screen adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" – "The Return of The King" -- premiered on December 17th. Not surprisingly, it had the highest first 5-days box office in history ($246 million worldwide). Since its publication in Britain (1954-1955), Tolkien’s Trilogy – as fans reverently refer to the epic – sold over 50 million copies, and that was before the release of Jackson’s movies, which naturally spurred sales of the books. Such is the author’s popularity that a Lycos word search of J.R.R. Tolkien turns up over 2 million entries, compared...
  • Extensive Lord of the Rings resources

    11/10/2003 7:43:18 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 18 replies · 1,229+ views
    Saint J. R. R. the EvangelistSaint Frodo and the Potter DemonTolkien, Transformer of CultureLord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization (pdf file)The Myth That Really Happened Between Two Masters'Lord of the Rings' has ring of the Christian LordFinding God in the Lord of the RingsStudy tries to find Lord in ‘Lord of the Rings’The Battle of the Books: No contest. Tolkien runs rings around PotterFinding God in the Lord of the Rings
  • 'Lord' films run rings around the rest because of words

    12/14/2002 6:35:39 AM PST · by Valin · 97 replies · 564+ views
    St Paul Pioneer Press / Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/12/02 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
    Movies have their own special magic, of course, but it helps a lot to have a great book and great words behind them. A supreme recent case in point: the visually spectacular and absolutely mesmerizing "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," a state-of-the art epic opening Wednesday that surpasses its predecessor (last year's "The Fellowship of the Ring") for sheer thrills and visual splendor. Yet, packed with technological marvels and rousing scenes and characters as it is, "Two Towers" could not have spirited us away to all those lands of wonder if it weren't for the shy Oxford...