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  • Happy Birthday, ‘Lord Of The Rings’

    07/29/2014 3:38:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 57 replies
    Sixty years ago today, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork, “The Lord of the Rings,” was published in the United Kingdom. Tolkien conceived of the novel as one book, not three. He would have preferred for its approximately 1,200 to 1,500 pages (depending on the edition) to appear between just one set of covers. But his publisher, George Allen & Unwin, decided to mete out the fantasy narrative and release it as a trilogy over 15 months. “The Two Towers” came out in November, 1954, and “The Return of the King” hit bookstore shelves the...
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone'

    07/01/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone' For 'What's Going To Happen' In 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Letteri went on to speak about how the ending of this movie would lead into and help fans better understand the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "Yeah because it is the climax, and you really just need to know that there is another battle for Middle-earth," he said." The whole extension of The Hobbit's story has really been to get us to the point where we understand when we leave it what's going to happen when...
  • High ‘high elf’ stabs Portland woman’s car with sword

    05/25/2014 5:14:04 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 52 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014, 6:05 PM | Nicole Hensley
    A Glendale, Ore., man decked out for battle and allegedly high on LSD thought he was fighting the evil ‘Morgoth,’ but really, he was stabbing a woman’s car in a Portland, Ore., intersection.
  • Waving His Wand at ‘Beowulf’

    05/20/2014 4:40:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    There’s more to J. R. R. Tolkien than wizards and hobbits. The author of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” was also an Oxford University professor specializing in languages like Old Norse and Old English. “Beowulf” was an early love, and a kind of Rosetta Stone to his creative work. His study of the poem, which he called “this greatest of the surviving works of ancient English poetic art,” informed his thinking about myth and language.
  • Viggo Mortensen criticizes ‘Lord of the Rings’ films Jackson discovered CGI ‘he never looked back’

    05/16/2014 4:31:40 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    So much for that fellowship of the ring. Viggo Mortensen took a shot at Peter Jackson's dependence on visual effects in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy films, which are widely considered to have launched the actor's career to a higher level. In a frank interview with London's The Telegraph, the 55-year-old star of the upcoming "Two Faces of January" gave a thumbs-down to every J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation his former director has made since the first installment, 2001's "The Fellowship of the Ring."
  • 'The Hobbit 3' News: Sauron to Return and Defeat the White Council in 'There and Back Again?

    04/10/2014 3:49:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies ^ | By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS / Apr 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
    It is being rumored that the evil Sauron will return and battle the White Council in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3..Richard Armitage Teases Ending of Film Being Different from Tolkien's Version?

    04/01/2014 3:33:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    ENSTARS ^ | By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS / Mar 31, 2014 01:49 PM EDT
    In a recent interview, Richard Armitage revealed that he was quite emotional about the completion of the trilogy. The 42-year-old actor spoke with BANG Showbiz about finally wrapping the trilogy and how now that the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy was completed, he was very moved. "It will be 15 years of Peter Jackson's work, there'll be six movies to watch, but it could be the final time. There's something moving about that," he said.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Why It's Time For The Peter Jackson Era Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' To End

    02/22/2014 7:44:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 58 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1.30.14
    Peter Jackson has made some remarkable movies. There’s no denying that his sprawling Lord of the Rings trilogy was the very definition of epic—filled with massive battles, touching moments, and beautiful cinematography, not to mention a lovely score.
  • Birthday Toast to J.R.R. Tolkien

    01/03/2014 5:37:19 PM PST · by muleskinner · 24 replies
    The Tolkien Society
    2014 birthday toast On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world were invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author 21:00 (9 pm) your local time. The toast is "The Professor". For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink)....
  • How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

    08/28/2013 3:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2013 | Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac
    Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself. On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around Stanford University’s massive satellite antennae known as the Dish, a favorite meditative pastime. But his solitude is disturbed somewhat by “Mike,” an ex-Marine–silent, 6 foot 1, 270 pounds of mostly pectoral muscle–who trails him everywhere he goes. Even on the suburban streets of Palo Alto, steps from Palantir’s headquarters, the bodyguard...
  • J.R.R Tolkien and the Nazis

    08/13/2013 7:34:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 13, 2013 | JONATHON VAN MAREN
    Pretty much everyone knows that JRR Tolkien was the pre-eminent fantasy writer of the past century, if not all time. His writing contains uniquely invented languages, epic back stories, and creatures that could only have proceeded from his imagination. Far from the nihilistic and often crude work of the so-called “American Tolkien” George R.R. Martin of “Game of Thrones” fame, Tolkien’s work was full of beauty, whimsy and hidden truth. What most people probably don’t know is that the Nazis were a pretty big fan of Tolkien, too. The Nazis were (as historian Heather Pringle lays out brilliantly in...
  • The Eye of Sauron Is the Modern Surveillance State [Tolkien vs. Orwell]

    07/18/2013 9:42:25 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 4:57 PM | David Rosen and Aaron Santesso
    What can literary fiction teach us about recent revelations that the National Security Agency has aggressively been gathering massive amounts of data on American citizens? The novel one usually turns to, of course, is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, with its terrifying vision of the Thought Police. Even President Obama, in response to questions about the NSA, has been forced to deny that the government has engaged in “Big Brother” tactics. Orwell’s book, however, isn’t the most compelling or accurate literary prediction of modern surveillance. That award goes to a less obvious title: J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s most...
  • 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...
  • Is ‘The Hobbit’ a ‘Christian’ film? Yes and no.

    12/14/2012 8:23:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Kay Campbell and Greg Garrison
    Travel along, if you dare, with Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” — either in J.R.R.Tolkien’s beloved 1937 novel, or through the first installment of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy based on the book, which opens in theaters on Friday (Dec. 14). If you do, you will, essentially, be traveling in a world constructed on Christian principles, says Devin Brown, a professor of English at Asbury University, a Christian liberal arts college near Lexington, Ky. ...
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • 'The Hobbit' premiere: Peter Jackson's fantasy epic is eye-popping (FIRST REVIEW)

    12/02/2012 10:56:54 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 91 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:47 PM | Ethan Sacks
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- There’s only one real wizard in Middle Earth - and it’s director Peter Jackson. The auteur from Down Under unveiled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” - the first installment of his prequel trilogy to his “Lord of the Rings” series - in his native New Zealand Wednesday. It was an eye-popping night, from the celebrity-filled red carpet to, more important, the action on screen. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 children’s tale which set the stage for the author’s much darker and heavier later books, Jackson’s “The Hobbit” harkens back to a more innocent time when men...
  • 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...
  • ‘Hobbit’ trilogy confirmed by Peter Jackson, Internet rejoices

    07/30/2012 10:29:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jen Chaney
    Peter Jackson formally announced this afternoon that his take on “The Hobbit” — originally envisioned as a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale — will be a trilogy. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — who, as Smeagol scholars are well aware, directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to much critical acclaim and financial success — had hinted about a third “Hobbit” during a recent appearance at Comic-Con. But today’s statement officially confirms that a third, not-yet-titled movie will follow “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and ”The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Part three of the Bilbo Baggins saga is slated for...
  • Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien - Jan. 3 !!!

    01/03/2012 9:25:16 AM PST · by fishtank · 25 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | JRR Tolkien
    On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is "The Professor". For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.
  • Reading LOTR:FOTR - Chapter 1 - Part 1 - A Long Expected Party - Audiobook

    11/21/2011 8:34:44 PM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 23, 2010 | PhilsStuffofDoom
    Read by Phil Dragash and edited, and mixed, sound-effected, and designed, and painted as well. Forgive the many mistakes and glitches. I'm the only one working on this after all!
  • JRR Tolkien fan? Then Hobbit to Montana...

    08/12/2011 8:07:23 AM PDT · by CharlieOK1 · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8/12/2011 | Rachel Quigley
    Peter Jackson's hotly-anticipated movie The Hobbit is not out until 2012 - but that doesn't mean fans have to wait for a taste.For a Montana man has created a 1,000sq-ft Hobbit-themed guest house for those who love the J.R.R Tolkien books and characters like Bilbo Baggins.
  • Twisted tale of our galaxy's ring

    07/20/2011 6:36:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies ^ | July 20, 2011 | Staff + JPL/NASA
    New observations from the Herschel Space Observatory show a bizarre, twisted ring of dense gas at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Only a few portions of the ring, which stretches across more than 600 light-years, were known before. Herschel's view reveals the entire ring for the first time, and a strange kink that has astronomers scratching their heads. "We have looked at this region at the center of the Milky Way many times before in the infrared," said Alberto Noriega-Crespo of NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "But when we...
  • Time Exclusive: First Dwarves from 'The Hobbit' Movie

    07/17/2011 9:06:56 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 15 replies
    Time Newsfeed ^ | July 2011 | Megan Friedman
    "An Exclusive Look at 'The Hobbit' Dwarves" Peter Jackson's upcoming film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has been hotly anticipated by everyone from Tolkien obsessives to film buffs. The crew behind the movie, including Jackson himself, has kept fans salivating by documenting the movie's production through blog posts and videos. But TIME is the first to bring you this image of two characters from the film, dwarves named Balin and Dwalin. Below, find Warner Bros.' description of the two, and then click on for more images of The Hobbit's beloved dwarves. Read more:"
  • EWTN - 4/6/11 - Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" A Catholic Worldview

    04/06/2011 3:04:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 5, 2011
    Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" A Catholic Worldview Wed. April 6 at 10 PM ET, Fri. April 8 at 1 PM ET, Sat. April 9 at 5 AM ET Joseph Pearce uncovers the Catholicism found in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. From Education Resource CenterFinding Frodo’s FaithJOSEPH PEARCEThe Lord of the Rings is every bit as Catholic as its author. It is not only written by a Catholic, it is so Catholic that only a Catholic could have written it. What is the secret of J.R.R. Tolkien's success with The Lord of the Rings? How...
  • 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.
  • Happy 119th Birthday, Professor Tolkien

    01/03/2011 11:50:39 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies
    CatholicVote ^ | 01/03/2011 | Bradley Birzer
    “The spirit of wickedness in high places is now so powerful and so many-headed in its incarnations,” Tolkien wrote in 1969, “that there seems nothing more to do than personally to refuse to worship any of the hydras’ heads.” The world, he thought, seemed little better than a new Tower of Babel, “all noise and confusion.”Yet, armed with Grace, citizens of the City of God should remain constant in their defense of all that is good.... With the Incarnation of Christ, “art has been verified,” Tolkien claimed. “God is the Lord, of angels, and of men–and of elves. Legend and...
  • 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...
  • Comparisons between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings

    11/28/2010 2:13:51 PM PST · by Immerito · 22 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | 11/27/10 | Calisuri
    Many of us Ringers know the comparisons of The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter are many. Well, has compiled a few for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Fantasy stories generally lift from the same mythological source bank. Actually, if you want to get super scholarly and esoteric about it, every story (especially the more sword-and-sorcery themed variety) is the same basic “hero’s journey” archetype detailed by Joseph Campbell. But fantasy stories — King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Willow, Peter Pan, Conan the Barbarian — build their world out of the same objects. You...
  • Force of Hobbit:SAG Warns Members Not to Work on LOTR Prequel(Unions trying to kill "The Hobbit")

    09/26/2010 11:17:11 AM PDT · by SMCC1 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Eonline ^ | September 25, 2010 | BRUNA NESSIF
    "Perhaps Bilbo Baggins' tale of wanderlust won't be leaving the Shire after all. Numerous international unions, including SAG and AFTRA, have sent out alerts advising members to ditch work on Peter Jackson's highly anticipated production of The Hobbit."
  • Christine O'Donnell, Tolkien scholar

    09/16/2010 10:09:21 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | 09/16/2010 | Tracy Clark-Flory
    We've learned a lot of quirky facts about Christine O'Donnell. We already knew the Republican Senate nominee abhorred masturbation and believed that looking at pornography was cheating. Well, yesterday, we learned yet more about her view of relations between the sexes – through, of all things, her analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien's work. In a 2003 essay, she wrote about the roles of women in "Lord of the Rings" and argued that Tolkein's female characters offer "insight into what it means to be a woman." But, more importantly, O'Donnell's exegesis gives insight into what she thinks it means to be a...
  • ‘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
  • Tolkien and Dickens descendants collaborate on children’s fantasy

    08/18/2010 10:03:42 PM PDT · by Immerito · 11 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | August 11, 2010 | xoanon
    Tolkien and Dickens descendants collaborate on children’s fantasy August 11th, 2010 by xoanon Poet Michael GR Tolkien’s reworking of classic children’s fantasy is read for audiobook by Charles Dickens’s great-great grandson. It is a match made in publicists’ heaven: the grandson of JRR Tolkien and the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens have collaborated for the first time on a verse retelling of a classic fantasy story. Poet Michael GR Tolkien, the eldest grandson of the Lord of the Rings author, was inspired by Florence Bone’s prose fantasy for children, The Rose-Coloured Wish, first published in 1923. Telling the story of...
  • Tolkien's Catholic Imagination

    07/02/2010 10:30:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | July 1, 2010 | Jason Boffetti
    Even among fantasy devotees who recognize Tolkien as the father of the modern genre, few realize that Tolkien insisted that The Lord of the Rings is "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." This probably comes as a surprise to most Catholics as well.   Readers of The Lord of the Rings are unlikely to find a "Catholic Middle-earth" by looking for overt references to the Christian gospel or hidden Catholic symbolism -- Tolkien rejected this type of analysis -- however they will find it by looking at Tolkien's motivations as a writer.     Hobbies of an Oxford Don...
  • Why There Is No Jewish Narnia

    05/03/2010 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 99 replies · 1,439+ views
    Jewish Review of Books ^ | MICHAEL WEINGRAD
    Although it might seem unlikely that anyone would wonder whether the author of The Lord of the Rings was Jewish, the Nazis took no chances. When the publishing firm of Ruetten & Loening was negotiating with J. R. R. Tolkien over a German translation of The Hobbit in 1938, they demanded that Tolkien provide written assurance that he was an Aryan. Tolkien chastised the publishers for “impertinent and irrelevant inquiries,” and—ever the professor of philology— lectured them on the proper meaning of the term: “As far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any...
  • A Knife in the Dark, or, The Assault of the Nancgűl

    03/18/2010 10:07:07 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 413+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 3-19-2010 | grey_whiskers
    The night deepened. There came the soft sound of Donkeys led with stealth along the lane. Outside the gate they stopped, and three black figures entered, like shades of night creeping across the ground. One went to the White House, two to the Capitol Building on either side; and there they stood, as still as the shadows of stones, while Amendments went slowly on. The House and the Senate seemed to be waiting breathlessly. There was a faint stir in the leaves, and a RINO cried far away. The cold hour before Reconciliation was passing. The figure by the door...
  • LOTR fanatic reaps fruit of labour as her Ł25,000 prequel scores 500,000 views on the internet

    02/10/2010 10:33:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies · 1,136+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 10, 2010 | Andrew Levy
    One cost more than Ł200 million, took eight years to film using the spectacular scenery of New Zealand and won 17 Oscars. The other cost Ł25,000, was filmed over a year in muddy English locations, and has not been nominated for any awards. But for Lord Of The Rings trilogy fanatic Kate Madison, filming a prequel was the purest form of art - a labour of love.
  • (Vanity) Chess, Tolkien, and The Return of the Republic: An Introduction

    01/31/2010 8:20:54 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies · 487+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-31-2010 | grey_whiskers
    One of the things which I have noticed as I have gotten older, and have become one of the “when I was your age...” crowd, has involved not just the downward trend of which ALL greybeards complain, but an increase in the rate and depth of the decline. More things are going downhill, faster, in more areas at the same time. I wish to draw some instructive parallels to recent events, by comparing them to martial events more remote: both the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and to strategy within the game of Chess. 
It has only...
  • Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II

    01/17/2010 1:21:58 AM PST · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 9 replies · 592+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 14, 2010 | A.N. Wilson
    Old Western ManThe travellers trotted on, and as the sun began to sink towards the White Downs far away on the western horizon they came to Bywater by its wide pool, and there they had their first really painful shock. This was Frodo and Sam's own country, and they found out now that they cared about it more than any other place in the world. Many of the houses that they had known were missing. Some seemed to have been burned down. The pleasant row of old hobbit-holes in the bank in the north side of the Pool were deserted,...
  • 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...
  • Lord of the Rings Author (JRR) Tolkien 'Trained as Spy'

    09/16/2009 9:46:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,197+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | September 17, 2009
    LORD of the Rings author JRR Tolkien trained as a spy in the years leading up to World War II, it has emerged. The Oxford University professor - who also wrote The Hobbit - was one of 50 intellectuals chosen by the British Government singled out to crack Nazi codes as it appeared increasingly likely Germany was preparing to declare war. Tolkien was reknown as one of his generation's most respected linguists, and according to The Sun, was believed to have passed the training course “with flying colours”. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. End of sidebar. Return...
  • Legal settlement clears way for "Hobbit" movie

    09/08/2009 8:54:23 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 23 replies · 1,338+ views
    reuters ^ | Sep 8, 2009 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Hollywood studio behind a film based on "The Hobbit" and trustees for author J.R.R. Tolkien's estate said on Tuesday they had settled a lawsuit that clears the way for what is expected to be a blockbuster movie based on the book. "The Hobbit" is a 1937 book by Tolkien about a diminutive character named Bilbo Baggins who goes on a treasure-seeking adventure, and it sets the stage for Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, with its epic tale of magic and warfare.
  • Lawsuit may threaten Hobbit films (Tolkien heirs stiffed by Hollywood)

    07/16/2009 6:59:56 PM PDT · by ruination · 40 replies · 1,728+ views
    The West Australian ^ | Jul 16, 2009 | unattributed
    New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson may have more in common with JRR Tolkien's heirs than he thought - they are also complaining about big studio accounting methods. Tolkien's family and a British charity they head, the Tolkien Trust, are seeking more than $US220 million ($276.94 million) in compensation for the Lord of the Rings trilogy Jackson made in New Zealand. The Tolkien heirs sold movie rights to the LOTR books 40 years ago for 7.5 per cent of future receipts, but say that three films and $US6 billion ($7.55 billion) later, they have not seen a cent of the proceeds....
  • (Vanity) Annotated Tolkien and the Election Cycle

    10/12/2008 3:12:59 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 881+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-12-2008 | grey_whiskers
    ‘… But you, John Sidney, Lord of the Mark of Republican, are declared by your noble devices, and still more by the fair countenance of the House of McCain. O worthy son of John the Thrice-renowned Admiral! Why have you not come before, and as a friend? Much have I desired to see you, mightiest Senator of western lands, and especially in these latter years, to save you from the unwise and evil counsels that beset you! Is it yet too late? Despite the injuries that have been done to me, in which the men of Bush, alas! have has...