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  • A museum in Switzerland completely dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien
    In the years 2003 2004 he was the artistic director of the international touring exhibition Images from the Middle earth in collaboration with the Italian Tolkien Society and Medusa Film for the premiere of the movie The Two Towers and The Return of the King the second and third episode of Peter Jackson s Lord of the Rings The exhibition was on display at the tenth edition of Hobbiton in San Daniele del Friuli 2003 the Italian Tolkien Society convention Villa Celimontana in Rome 2004 and then to Ancona Bari Trani before flying to Poland in Gdansk and Wroclaw 2004 Other exhibitions by the artist Ivan Cavini were held in events where the Italian Tolkien Society was also present like the day dedicated to classical music and literature that took place at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan 2007 Return to Tolkien s Númenor and the event in Buccinasco near Milan 2007 This year the artist participates in the Belgioioso Fantasy in the Belgioioso s Castle Pavia the Soncino Fantasy near Cremona and of course Lucca Comics and Games Among many other Fantasy and Tolkien related artworks Ivan Cavini also made the cover for Lord of the Rings from J R R Tolkien to Peter Jackson written by Emanuele Terzuoli published by Delos Books in 2004 A collection of books and sculptures The museum in Switzerland will house permanently the largest collection of literary works pictorial scenic and recreational activities about Middle earth The German owner mr Greisinger who has only been collecting for a few years has put together the biggest Middle earth collection world wide and some of the highlights are A first edition of The Lord of the Rings that belonged to Elaine Griffiths a student of Tolkien that has a value of 104K US dollars about 73 800 euros and is the world s most expensive Tolkien book in the first of the three volumes there is this handwritten dedication in Elvish Tarin Elainen Periandion meldenya anyaran ar Elaine Queen of the Hobbits and my dear old friend Elaine a former student and friend of the family of JRR Tolkien was one of the few people who had read the manuscript of The Hobbit and was instrumental in its publication he advised him strongly to her friend Susan Dagnall who worked at Allen Unwin the house London publisher who then published it A copy of the rare first edition of The Hobbit in 1937 with a dedication to Jack Bennett signed by Tolkien October 28 1972 JAW Jack Bennett 1911 1981 was a friend and former colleague of Tolkien in Oxford At Cambridge he was the successor of C S Lewis in the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature The first foreign language edition of The Hobbit translated into Swedish in 1947 by Tore Zetterholm Again the book bears a dedication to Tolkien to Elaine Griffiths The first American edition of The Hobbit published in early 1938 by Houghton Mifflin This edition differs significantly for

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  • Original illustration to The Hobbit, Conversation with Smaug, on display at the Bodleian Library
    a unique manuscript of Hobbit doodles and over 10 000 medieval manuscripts When Sir Thomas Bodley re founded the University Library at the beginning of the 17th century he asked that a cabinet be reserved for items that were most singular and rare One of the Bodleian s early librarians also requested that the strength and flower of the collections should be kept in a separate space where it could be shown to visitors What is it that makes a particular book or manuscript special from a collection of several million items at the Bodleian today What makes it a treasure It may be its age rarity or beauty it may be of great scholarly importance or have the ability to provoke strong emotions or simply be an accidental survival a curiosity A first lot of treasures will be on display in an exhibtion called Treasures of the Bodleian One of the high lights will be Tolkien s illustration Converstion with Smaug The exhibition is FREE and open to the public from 30 September 2011 to 23 December 2011 Weekdays 9am 5pm Saturday 9am 4 30pm Sunday 11am 5pm Bodleian Library Broad Street Oxford OX1 3BG Conversation with Smaug by J R R Tolkien The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937 with all fifteen hundred copies of the first edition being sold out within three months It received generally enthusiastic reviews and after the success of the American edition in 1938 the book became one of the world s best selling single works of fiction now translated into nearly forty languages Tolkien s own manuscript of The Hobbit was illustrated throughout with monochrome drawings and maps also printed in the first British edition At the suggestion of his American publishers who wanted to include colour plates in their edition Tolkien painted five watercolours between mid July and mid August 1937 The Hill Hobbiton across the Water Rivendell Bilbo Woke Up with the Early Sun in His Eyes Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft elves and Conversation with Smaug Four of the paintings except the Raft elves were reproduced in the first American edition published on 1 March 1938 and another four except the popular Bilbo Woke in the second British edition published on 25 January 1938 Conversation with Smaug In this illustration to The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins rendered invisible by a magic ring converses with the dragon Smaug Tolkien s fantasy world Middle earth is populated with creatures that owe much to the literary tradition of northern Europe A Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford Tolkien had an expert knowledge of this tradition In the year he drew this watercolour he wrote A dragon is no idle fancy Whatever may be his origins in fact or invention the dragon in legend is a potent creation of men s imagination richer in significance than his barrow is in gold This vibrant illustration is one of a set of five painted by Tolkien in the summer of 1937 for

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  • The 2012 Beyond Bree Calendar is now available
    Bree is pleased to present its 2012 calendar featuring art focused on the Elves of Tolkien s Middle earth The calendar will feature classic art from Beyond Bree s past as well as new works by a host of artists from around the globe including Paula DiSante Sylvia Hunnewell Tim Kirk Octo Kwan Nancy Martsch Jef Murray Ted Nasmith Margaret Purdy Dean Daniel Smith Cecile van Zon and Maciej Wygnanski plus more The color and black and white calendar will have both Middle earth dates and real world holidays It will be 11 x 8 1 2 inches opening to 11 x 17 inches Pricing 20 plus shipping USA 2 00 the rest of the world 5 00 PayPal orders will also be taken with a 1 00 surcharge Send PayPal payments in USD to beyondbree yahoo com Send check or postal money order in USD drawn on a US bank to Nancy Martsch PO Box 55372 Sherman Oaks CA 91413 USA or send currency at your own risk in a sturdy envelope For more details please e mail beyondbree yahoo com Beyond Bree is the newsletter of the Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa and is published once a month A typical issue is 12 pages long contains short articles on J R R Tolkien and his works reviews of books games films events by about or inspired by J R R Tolkien and his works reviews of books games films events by about or inspired by J R R Tolkien and his works and general fantasy which might be of interest to the Tolkien fan Also readers views fan publications news art occasional poetry and puzzles We seldom publish fiction Since we are too widely scattered to meet in person Beyond Bree carries news of conventions and

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  • Frisian translation of The Lord of the Rings will be released in November
    they will release only the first part and keep the Frisian people waiting for the next volume I don t know how many copies will be printed but for sure the first print run will become an instant collectable A small teaser of how The Lord of the Rings reads and sounds in Frisian Op e moarn fan e l ecirc ste dei wie Frodo mei Bilbo allinnich en de acirc ld hobbit helle in houten kiste ucirc nder it b ecirc d wei Hy tilde it lid op en tyske der wat yn om Hjir is dyn swurd seid er Mar it wie stikken no Ik hie it meinommen om derop te passen mar ik haw fergetten en freegje de smidden om it te meitsjen Net mear oan tiid Dat ik tocht mooglik soest ditte faaks net hawwe wolle sis mar Hy krige in lyts swurd út e kiste yn in acirc lde suterige learene skie Doe loek er it en it poetste en goed fersoarge bl ecirc d beg ucirc n ynienen te glinsterjen k acirc ld en helder Dit is Stek seid er en stiek it s ucirc nder folle muoite yn in balke Nim mar mei ast wolst Ik hoech it net mear te br ucirc ken haw k it op Frodo naam it tankber oan Dan is dit der ek noch sei Bilbo en helle der in pakje út dat frijwat swier eage foar syn omfang Hy wuolle der ferskate lagen acirc lde lapen ocirc f en hold in himdsje fan maaljes omheech It siet stiif yn elkoar fan allegear rinkjes hast like linich as linnen k acirc ld as iis en hurder as stiel It skynde as sulver yn it moanneljocht en siet ucirc nder de wite stientsjes In riem fan pearl en kristal siet derby Kreas dinkje is t net sa sei Bilbo en beweegde it yn it ljocht En handich It is myn dwirgehimd dat Thorin my j ucirc n hat Ik haw it wer ophelle út R ucirc ga Dollens foardat ik ocirc fsette en by myn dingen yn dien Ik haw alle s ucirc venirs fan myn Reize d ecirc rwei meinommen op e Ring nei Mar ik hie net ferwachte dat ik dit noch br ucirc ke soe en no hoech ik it net mear útsein om der sa út en troch nei te sjen Men fernimt suver gjin gewicht as men it oandocht Ik soe der no ja neffens my soe it my net stean as ik it oanhie sei Frodo Krekt wat ik ek sei sei Bilbo Mar hoe t it stiet hat neat te sizzen Kinst it ucirc nder dyn boppeklean drage Foaruit Do moatst dit geheim mei my diele Fertel it net ien oars Mar ik soe my lokkiger fiele as ik wist datsto it oan hiest Ik haw mar sa n idee dat it sels de knyften fan e Swarte Ruters keare soe besleat er wylst er syn l ucirc d sakje liet B

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  • The Hobbit gets a Marathi translation and will be released soon
    a Marathi translation and like me they re inclined to doubt its existence Goog news this will soon be all over As we can read in the Indian express Shruti Nambiar writes that there will soon be released an official translation of The Hobbit in Marathi The Hobbit was first published in 1937 and has never gone out of publication since then selling over 100 million copies worldwide and has been translated in 60 languages and two partial translations of about one page Latin and Silesian as far as I can tell that is The first of two films on the book The Hobbit An Unexpexted Journey directed by Peter Jackson is set for release next year in December D G Pashte of Pune based Diamond Publications was aware of all this when he and his son Nilesh set out to secure the copyright for translating The Hobbit into Marathi six months ago Today the translated version is ready for a formal launch making it the first one in any Indian language Pashte writes The Hobbit has quite a niche audience unlike the Harry Potter series The middle class in this country isn t aware of this book much We wanted to propagate this book and the idea of adventure that it contains to a much wider audience And we can be sure this book will sell good in India as will it attract many Tolkien collectors who will want to have a copy as well Pashte says the idea for a Marathi translation came about when he realised a critical fact about Marathi readers They have a taste for adventure stories for works of fantasy The publishing house after securing the royalties arrangement roped in Pune based writer Mina Kinikar for the textual translation and now plan to go

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  • Tolkien month at World's Strongest Librarian
    so the World s Strongest Librarian thought it a good idea to spend one complete month discussion anything Tolkien Guess it is time to join in and have some fun Goals for the Tolkien month Since the series has already started and you probably did already miss some days it gives you a nice chance to see what it is all about As Josh writes I love Tolkien and I can t wait to write more about him and his books but I m going to need the help of the nitpickers he is in need of some long time Tolkien fans to aid him and make Tolkien month a big succes Josh is a fan but tells This is not going to be scholarship when I write it s going to be more like one gigantic month long fan letter so don t fuss too badly if I happen to misspeak about leap years in Numenor or if I don t get the properties of Mithril just so so be there to show how big a fan you are and help him out when he makes a mistake oh yes you are welcome Every Tolkien fan is invited to participate and submit articles or art or anything Tolkien you wish to talk about What was your first experience with Tolkien How old were you What were your early impressions like This is the first question that was asked and everyone had a lovely response While my first experience with Tolkien happened well before I could read since my eldest brother had told me all about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins when I was still a kid I do remember very well my first time I read The Lord of the Rings I was reading In de Ban van de

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  • Online course: J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context starts again in October
    and Middle earth in Context will run again during the autumn semester beginning in October 2011 Enrolment is now open Potential students are advised to enrol as soon as possible as places are limited The course has been designed and will be taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi author of Tolkien Race and Cultural History From Fairies to Hobbits winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies 2010 The course will be taught entirely online and it is open to students and adult learners all over the world Students will explore in detail the mythology medieval inspirations linguistic invention and cultural context of J R R Tolkien s fantasy work All online students will also have access to UWIC s electronic resources including Electronic journals such as Tolkien Studies E books such as the J R R Tolkien Encyclopedia ed M Drout and Tolkien the Medievalist ed J Chance Selected digitised articles and chapters from the best of Tolkien scholarship This course can be taken for credit 20 credits at Masters Level or for pleasure it s up to you J R R Tolkien Myth and Middle earth in Context Course Length 10 weeks Entry Requirements None Course Content This course will examine the J R R Tolkien s legendarium from his much loved The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to his extended mythology most commonly known from the published Silmarillion We will explore Tolkien s early project for a mythology for England and trace his inspiration and creative re working of myth and folklore including Anglo Saxon Old Norse Celtic Arthurian and Classical material and the literary tradition from Shakespeare to Victorian and Edwardian literature We will look at Tolkien s invented languages and alphabets as an integral part of his mythology discuss Tolkien s portrayal of

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  • Tolkien inspired Original paintings for Auction by Ted Nasmith
    to raise funds for medical expenses for a loved one all proceeds will go towards those medical expenses So please support Ted and this charity and in one go obtain some very beautiful works of art Tom Bombadil and the River Daughter by Ted Nasmith Tom Bombadil and the River Daughter is an original work of Ted Nasmith created for The Lord of the Rings collectible plate series from The Danbury Mint England It was inspired by the poem The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by JRR Tolkien for Ted Nasmith as pure an expression of faerie as one might find among his writings In this work Ted wanted to capture Tom s delight in and fondness for Goldberry the River Daughter of the title as well as the enchantment of the Withywindle Valley under its sun dappled Willow trees He wanted to evoke the warmth of a summer day with dragonflies darting to and fro wind in the rustling leaves and goldfish sunning in the green cool depths of the pool The medium is gouache on illustration board and the size is roughly 13 wide in circular format This piece is listed starting at 1250 and other similar pieces from the series of 12 plates sold for 4000 each this is the last one remaining and was not previously available for sale with the other illustrations of the plate series BID FOR THIS ITEM HERE Luthien Escapes Upon Huan About this painting Ted Nasmith said Luthien Escapes Upon Huan has something of a history Originally it started as a thumbnail sketch as part of a series of drawings I made upon re reading The Silmarillion in the 1990s After I was approached about illustrating the book it was among the sketches favoured by Christopher Tolkien and was duly developed for

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