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  • How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

    07/01/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Joseph Laconte
    IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force. The Great War, as World War I was known, was only half-done, but already its industrial carnage had no parallel in European history. “Junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute,” recalled J. R. R. Tolkien. “Parting from my wife,” he wrote, doubting that he would survive the trenches, “was like a death.”
  • Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

    01/04/2016 8:13:14 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    theonering.net ^ | 1/3/15 | Altaira
    124 years ago today, on January 3, 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein Africa. Forty-five years later, in 1937, his book The Hobbit, was published which he had written for his children. Together with its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, it launched generations of readers on adventures through the invented world of Middle-earth that would impact many of us for the rest of our lives.
  • Blu-ray review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (Extended Edition) has more to love

    01/02/2016 9:49:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    Celebrity Cafe ^ | 12.30.2015
    Back on Nov. 17, Warner Bros. released the long-awaited, extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film adds just 20 extra minutes, but packs a lot of emotion into those minutes. By now, most of us have seen the Hobbit movies and it can probably be agreed that Peter Jackson created amazing pieces of art. However, most of us wished for more in-depth scenes or more face time for a favorite character. With the extended edition, we get both, plus two full discs of bonus features. A few scenes were extended with just a couple...
  • Turkish Court to Decide if Comparing Erdogan to 'Lord of the Rings' Character 'Gollum' is a Crime

    12/02/2015 12:27:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 02, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Turkish court to decide if comparing Erdogan to 'Rings' character Gollum a crime It can't be flattering to be compared to "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, but a Turkish court is trying to determine if it is a crime. A doctor who likened President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the pasty, cave-dwelling creature is facing up to two years in prison in Turkey, where insulting the president is a crime, reports said Wednesday. Bilgin Ciftci is accused of sharing images of the two, but it is up to a court to determine whether a comparison to the muttering, gangrel creature...
  • Show me the way to Mordor: Unique map of Middle-Earth with Tolkien's hand-written notes

    10/25/2015 4:16:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    The artifact provides an amazing insight into Tolkien's mind - including his observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as the city of Oxford. It also suggests that Ravenna in Italy is the inspiration behind Minas Tirith, a fictional city that became the heavily fortified capital of Gondor. And it references Cyprus, Belgrade and Jerusalem.
  • Tolkien’s own annotated map newly discovered loose inside copy of LOTR

    10/23/2015 10:31:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    One Ring Net ^ | 10/23/15 | MrCere
    An important, and frankly amazing Tolkien document has emerged, recently discovered loose in a copy of The Lord of the Rings once owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes. The Guardian reports that Baynes removed the map from a previous version of the novel as she was working on a then new color map for a new edition that was published in 1970. The map then had “copious” notes made by J.R.R. Tolkien in green ink and pencil. Baynes then made her own notes on the map. It is essentially a map annotated by Tolkien himself.
  • Flavors of the Century

    10/15/2015 7:05:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Two authors who collectively have sold hundreds of millions of copies of their books decades after their deaths receive scant attention in academia. C. S. Lewis, according to Publisher’s Weekly, had sold 18 million copies by 2013. J. R. R. Tolkien, according to answers.com, has sold about 250 million copies. But try finding a panel on either of them at the Modern Language Association. Perhaps it has something to do with the outlook of this literary pair. Indeed, even during their lifetimes, despite spending most of their working lives as Oxford dons, both Lewis and Tolkien were more widely appreciated...
  • 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
    News.com.au ^ | 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 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aRGTHLNNEOc
  • 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!