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  • 7 Things Tolkien Said About Life 7 Things Tolkien Said About Life
    journey without a purpose to discover things Without bias or prejudice they hope to learn new things and even astound themselves with a new discovery This does not only apply to journeys or travels but also to circumstances in life that allows one to reflect on wisdom gained by having open eyes 2 Belief in oneself Even the smallest person can change the course of the future I believe man is just passing through this life an inevitable event that makes us all equal and unimportant So with respect to great people the likes of kings and wizards anyone as small and simple as a hobbit can be significant in changing the course of the future The only difference each person has is the amount of courage in facing challenges in life 3 Making a stand at trying times All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us This is from a conversation between Gandalf and Frodo who regretted having to live at a crucial time in Middle earth s history When time becomes a matter of importance it means you face a circumstance to overcome You need to make a decision that upholds your principles and puts meaning to your struggle rather than live in fear trying to ignore it You can also interpret this line as having courage when faced with danger but I d like to emphasize the importance of making a decision that positively impacts the lives of many a characteristic we rarely see nowadays In the books Gandalf displayed infinite wisdom he was even aware of the lure of power and avoided it by entrusting it to a creature who is unlikely to use it This was the first step he made when he decided to stand against evil and brought around him people who could make a difference Making a stand is not easy It is even more difficult to make a decision and stick to it until the end This is when you need courage and friends who share your principles 4 Having a strong heart Deep roots are not reached by the frost To have a strong heart is to be unyielding in times of trouble When you believe in one thing you understand its every facet and your actions and thoughts embody this principle You try to influence others to see your cause and adopt it especially if you know it s also good for them Even if your principle is met with indifference you do not abandon it because you have a steadfast belief in it Another way to put it is if something is important to you it will stay with you forever 5 Facing one s fears A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it When the council entrusted the task to Frodo he humbly took it though I do not know the way In his journey he faced

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  • Continuing the Tolkien Legacy
    the epic orc battles Lords of the Rings become massively popular around the world Also as far as films go the first one was quite a big deal They by no means scrimped on the production of this one It marked the start of an epic journey which would be completed over the course of three movies and it needed to make its mark The second instalment of the trilogy Lord of the Rings The Two Towers blew the first one out of the water Even longer at three hours long this one made us all go Tolkien crazy again The third and final movie in the trilogy came the following year in 2003 This film was just as impressive as the final and sparks a huge Tolkien buzz amongst his loyal fanbase Lords of the Rings Console Gaming Around the same time as this a series of console games were released for the PlayStation and Xbox systems These games were also massively popular and used similar graphics to the blockbuster movies For example they featured Elijah Wood as Frodo Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Vigo Mortensen as Aragorn Following on from these movies and console games being launched there was not a great deal going on For a good few years things were quiet on the Tolkien front until the announcement that him and Peter Jackson were to put together another movie for Tolkien s prequel The Hobbit As you can imagine this was awesome news for Tolkien fans around the world However the news of the fact that they were planning on stretching it into three movies had mixed reactions Some people were happy at being able to enjoy more hours of film whereas other thought that stretching a small book in such a way would detract from

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  • Essay Topics and Study Questions on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    from the story However writing literature reviews is a daunting task that s made complicated mostly because of most professors inclination to comparative questions that confuse even those students who have read the book and memorized the smallest details In the continuation we will help you tackle the challenge of reviewing The Hobbit by suggesting essay topics and providing guidance on the most common study questions associated to this book Suggested topics for essay 1 Describe how Tolkien relies on humor to portray the adventures in The Hobbit Which authorial techniques does he use to bring a light element to the most serious parts of the plot Does this style of writing make The Hobbit a comedy 2 How does Tolkien portray the importance of wealth What is the attitude towards material goods and property of the characters in The Hobbit Whose approach is praised and approved in the book and why 3 What factors does the author use to define the characters identity in The Hobbit Are the persons in the plot determined by race family and other static factors or they have power over their personal development Study questions 1 Does Thorin fall under the definition of a hero Is the death of this character expected and justified after his actions throughout the novel Thorin is a complex individual that shows both lovable and repulsive characteristics By the start of the Battle of the Five Armies Thorin Oakenshield deserves disrespect and antipathy by most readers and many of the characters in the book However his personality also has aspects worthy of respect especially when he shows exceptional bravery and determination while reclaiming the treasure of his ancestors from Smaug He rises and falls throughout the book and his failings are mostly associated to the common characteristics of all dwarves imperious ego and greed for gold Thorin s greatest sin is the ingratitude he shows to the characters that support him such as the lake men who gave their lives for the victory over Smaug Thorin is so adamant about the legitimate right to that gold that he is dishonorable to his benefactors However to his credit he does regret his mistakes in the end and admits his wrongs to Bilbo However it is nearly impossible to list this character under the heroic category The main thing he lacks is the ability to think of plans and execute them Bilbo is the one who gets him through the difficulties that come at his way 2 Bilbo seems to be completely happy in the hobbit community but he is not entirely accepted there At the end of the novel does he belong in Hobbiton How can the relation between simple life and heroism be balanced How does Tolkien approach this issue Heroism seems contradictory to the simple life at the beginning of the novel but these two concepts become complementary at the end of the novel Bilbo s resumption of the simple life after proving his courage and wisdom is

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  • Important letter regarding the publication of The Lord of the Rings on auction
    way render us a very great service if more and better maps are to be produced if you would be so kind as to send us any notes of faults inconsistencies or omissions in maps or text I am all the same primarily a philologist To me far the most absorbing interest is the Elvish tongues which were made before and independently of this tale the nomenclature derived from them and the scripts So my plans for the specialist volume were largely linguistic The major item was to have been an index of names with references with explanations and etymologies that would have incidentally have provided quite a large Elvish vocabulary I worked at it for weeks and indexed Vols i and most of ii it was the chief cause of the delay of Vol iii But it eventually became plain that the size and cost would sink the boat so it had to be postponed And some other things Among them the facsimiles of three pages of the Book of Mazarbul which I had spent some time in forging burned tattered and stained with blood really necessary as an accompaniment to Ch 5 of Book Two But the problems raised by this extra volume increase Most people want more and better maps some wish more for geological indications than place names many want more specimens of Elvish with structural and grammatical sketches others ask for metrics and prosodies not only of the Elvish but of the translations that are in unfamiliar modes such as those composed in the strictest forms of Anglo Saxon verse e g the fragment on the Battle of Pelennor Book Five vi 124 Musicians want tunes and musical notations Archaeologists enquire about ceramics metallurgy tools and architecture Botanists desire more accurate descriptions of the mallorn of elanor niphredil alfirin and mallos and of symbelmynë I am informed that a new house far away has been called The Mallorns regrettable the plural is mellyrn Historians require more details about the social and political structure of Gondor and the contemporary monetary system and the generally inquisitive wish to be told more about Drúadan the Wainriders the Dead Men Harad Khand Dwarvish origins the Beornings and especially the missing two wizards out of five It will be a large volume even if I attend only to the things revealed to my very limited understanding of a complicated world But personally I desire and intend first of all to put into order the Silmarillion with associated legends of the Beginning and the First and Second Ages All of these were written first and it was my wish to issue the corpus chronologically It would have lightened parts of the Lord of the Rings But it was only as a sequel to The Hobbit that publication proved possible The Little People floated the whole unwieldy ship bless them As it is The Lord of the Rings has astonished me and I believe the gallant publishers still more It is actually

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  • Call For Papers: The Inklings and King Arthur
    elvish history mapped onto the legends of Arthur forming a foundation for real English history and language In addition he could have collaborated with Lewis Williams and Barfield creating a totalizing myth greater than any they wrote individually The publication of this extraordinary poem thus invites an examination of the theological literary historical and linguistic implications of both the actual Arthurian writings by the major Inklings and of an imaginary composite Inklings Arthuriad This collection will compare the Arthurian works especially the mythological geographies of Tolkien Lewis Williams Barfield their predecessors and their contemporaries Topics may include but are not limited to Survey of Arthurian literature to 1900 Arthur in England during the World Wars Spiritual Quest in a Scientific Age On Mythological Geographies Tolkien and or Lewis as Arthurian scholars Lancelot as Eärendel The Fall of Arthur and The Silmarillion Western Isles and and Faerie Land The Geography of The Fall of Arthur Perelandra Avalon in the Heavens That Hideous Strength Merlin and The Pendragon Williams Anatomical Arthur or Williams Occult Arthur Tolkien Lewis or Williams as Political Commentators George MacDonald and Faerie G K Chesterton and the Historical Arthur James Frazer and Jessie Weston on Romantic Rituals Arthur Machen and Arthur Edward Waite Occult Arthurs Arthur for Kids Roger Lancelyn Green Owen Barfield and the Holy Grail World War Arthurs John Cowper Powys s Glastonbury T S Eliot s Wasteland Meta Malory T H White Abstract Submission Process Submissions are invited from any geographic region and representing the disciplines of literature theology or history Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words and should include Name s and contact information including institutional affiliation and email address es A brief introduction to the topic including scope and texts under consideration The theoretical framework used The main conclusions The implications

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  • The Riddles of The Hobbit books give-away
    hardcover books up for grabs Make sure to spread news about the competition since the more you share the more chance you will have to win Here is a small recap of all books that can we won in this give away The Riddles of The Hobbit by Adam Roberts Riddles have lost none of their power over us we are as fascinated by mysteries from sudoko to whodunnits from jokes to philosophical conundrums The Hobbit is a book threaded through with riddles most obviously in its central Riddles in the Dark chapter but everywhere else too what does Good Morning mean What is a burrahobbit How many versions of the Hobbit are there What is the buried secret in the nine riddles Bilbo and Gollum swap between one another What are Ents Dragons Wizards What is the magic of the magic ring All these questions and more are answered in The Riddles of The Hobbit the first critical engagement with Tolkien s great novel to take the riddle seriously as a key structuring principle of the novel Riddles are more than a diverting pastime they are expressive and beguiling rebuses that touch on larger mysteries powerful questions and paradoxes

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  • The Wobbit give-away contest
    sorry nothing to be won for our European African and Asian Tolkien friends But no need to feel bad since more competitions are coming up to celebrate in this dark days We will have 1 book of The Hobbit A Parody up for grabs Make sure to spread news about the competition since the more you share the more chance you will have to win Here is a small recap of the book that can we won in this give away The Wobbit A Parody When Aaron Sorkinshield and his band of Little People embark on a quest across Widdle Wearth to reclaim the hoard of Academy Awards stolen from them by the lonely Puff the Magic Dragon senile wizard Dumbledalf suggests an unlikely and completely unqualified accomplice Billy Bagboy an unassuming wobbit dwelling in terrorist riddled Wobbottabad Along the way the company faces internet trolls moblins one really big spider that must be at least an inch and a half wide and slightly worse But as they journey from the wonders of Livinwell to the terrors of Jerkwood and beyond Billy will find that there is more to him than anyone Tolkien included ever dreamed Propelled to his destiny

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  • The Wisdom of the Shire books give-away
    Smith This competition is open to all EU US and Canadian residents In total we will have 5 winners and each will win 1 of the 5 books up for grabs Make sure to spread news about the competition since the more you share the more chance you will have to win All copies will be hand signed and dedicated by the author so let us say this is a fantastic competition A big thanks to Noble Smith for working with us Here is a small recap of all books that can we won in this give away The Wisdom of the Shire A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life by Noble Smith paperback 2x The Wisdom of the Shire A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life by Noble Smith audiobook 1x The Wisdom of the Shire A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life by Noble Smith UK hardcover 1x The Wisdom of the Shire A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life by Noble Smith French translation 1x Coinciding with the release of the first of Peter Jackson s Hobbit trilogy his follow up to the huge Lord of the Rings success The Wisdom of the Shire is a practical and fun guide for Tolkien fans everywhere showing us how to apply the wisdom of The Hobbit to our everyday lives Hobbits are those small but brave little people whose courage integrity and loyalty allow them to triumph against odds that might appear overwhelming to the rest of us Noble Smith has long believed there is much we can learn from Frodo s determination Bilbo s sense of homeliness Sam s fierce allegiance and Merry and Pippin s love of food and fun Like The Tao of Pooh The Wisdom of the

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