Tag Archives: Tolkien

Tolkien Reads ‘The Hobbit’

Head over to Soundcloud to hear J.R.R. Tolkien read ‘The Hobbit’. Sounds a bit like Sir Ian McKellen to me. Advertisements

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Fly, my pretties!

The folks at the Kawaii Project, dedicated to making things more sparkly and adorable, have given Gandalf his long-unexpected makeover. What can I say, aside from “Squeeeee!”?? Hey, Balrog, Mother says, you mayn’t pass!

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Pith of the Pair? Moorcock and Tolkien

Peter Bebergal has an essay in the New Yorker on Michael Moorcock, the Anti-Tolkien (at least according to the headline writer). Moorcock is the author of numerous books and the creator of various incarnations of the Eternal Champion. He’s also the former editor of New Worlds, a British magazine that was instrumental in presenting alternatives …

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Frodo — or is that Maura Labingi? — Lives!

Over at the Toast, Austin Gilkeson explains how he survived his legal battle with the Tolkien estate over his new translation of the Red Book of Westmarch. Gilkeson, a post graduate student in Hobbit Studies, serendipitously found a copy of the Red Book hidden in a back corner of the University of Chicago library. He …

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Illuminating the light of the Two Trees

The good people at Tor.com have pointed to an interview conducted in 2009 with German artist Benjamin Harff by the Tolkien Library.  Harff, as his graduation piece from the Academy of Arts and Design in Hennef, illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion with calligraphy and images in the manner of a medieval illuminated manuscript. Harff spent …

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A long-unexpected party

Huffington Post is reporting that, thanks to the tireless effort of Jay Johnstone, one of the founders of the sf/f media Web site Legendarium.me, a tape recording of J.R.R. Tolkien addressing a dinner party of fans in Rotterdam in 1958 is being brought out of storage and restored digitally.  The tape was discovered in 1993 …

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The Lego-lation of Smaug

BrotherhoodWorkshop has produced a LEGO version of the trailer of the second Peter Jackson Hobbit movie.And here it is with the original Desolation of Smaug trailer.

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New Orc City

The New York Times reports on the artistry of William Puck, who is producing and posting posters and would-be service announcements that resemble New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. But here’s the rub: they’re all about The Lord of the Rings. (The MTA, for the Proudfoots and Bolgers among you, runs New York City’s subway …

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In a back room of a bookstore, there lived a book group

With festive cheer, the Beamers wrapped up another wonderful year of reading and talking about books with our year-end meeting-cum-holiday party (long expected), whose topic could only be The Hobbit by Professor J.R.R. Tolkien.  Amid all the hoopla of Hollywood, this simple tale offered us a series of charming vignettes and even an unexpected message …

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Leonard Nimoy Sings the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Fascinating. Dig Leonard Nimoy and the hobbit chicks, 45 years ago.Spoiler alert for the third Hobbit movie: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.

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