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  • Lembas Extra 2009 Released - Tolkien in Poetry and Song
    we ever see The Silmarillion on the big screen SHOW ALL ARTICLES Subscribe in a reader Lembas Extra 2009 Released Tolkien in Poetry and Song 18 01 10 by Pieter Collier Comments It is my great pleasure to announce that the new Lembas Extra the annual magazine of the Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor has been released Once again it is packed with essays on Tolkien and Middle earth all written in English so that all Tolkien fans across the globe can enjoy the articles The theme of this Lembas Extra is Tolkien in Poetry and Song There are several essays about Tolkien s poetry like Mythopoeia and The Song of Durin but there is also Tolkien inspired poetry from Dutch and foreign authors Contributions are from Ben Koolen Tom Shippey Renée Vink Frits Burger Sjoerd van der Weide Dorine Ratulangie Susan Edwards and Marion Kippers Lembas Extra is well known to publish the best papers presented at conferences organized by Unquendor This Lembas Extra however is different but still maintains the high quality we expect from it In the foreword by Cecile van Zon we can read this was a way to focus on Tolkien s shorter works which often do not get as much attention as they deserve There is an other new feature in this Lembas Extra this issue does not only contain papers but also poetry Tolkien s work has been a source of inspiration for many people and writing Tolkien inspired poetry is on the rise I want to present to you some fine examples in this Lembas Extra Once again Unquendor has released a very interesting Lembas Extra that should be read by any serious Tolkien fan Lembas Extra is available at the Tolkien shop in Leiden Holland and can of course be ordered directly

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  • The Hunt For Gollum movie reaches 4 million views
    the internet it has proven to be an enormous hit The 40 minute film directed by the unknown Chris Bouchard depects events leading up to the Peter Jackson trilogy giving the Middle earth fans some fresh material while waiting for The Hobbit movies Although not officially approved by Tolkien Enterprises Tolkien Estate or New Line Cinema the filmmakers reached an agreement which allowed them to release it free to the Internet in a non commercial manner That many movie fans were waiting for more Lord of the Rings was shown when in the first 24 hours of the release of the movie the website couldn t cope with the overwhelming traffic and was unavailable for some time Over a million saw it in the first week making it the 4th most watched film in America according to a K State web expert beaten only by blockbusters Star Trek X Men Origins Viewers have said the high quality visual effects solid acting camera and spectacular choreographed fight sequences make for a film that pleases fans of books and films alike Having been marketed purely through word of mouth it became one of the most viral videos on the net and has now been seen by over 4 million people It has also won several awards and been selected for festivals all over the world winning Best Fiction produced for the web at Festival Cinema Tous Ecrans in Geneva To achieve a film that looks high budget on the budget of 3000 producers used digital cameras and broke every rule in the book to faithfully recreate Middle earth in England Wales with more than 100 filmmakers working unpaid It was just for the love of it we are passionate about film making even if it takes us years Bouchard says It took

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  • The rise and fall of Isildur - a game of poker
    extra buzz of excitement created by having a mysterious player appear out of the blue on the site one day and take on the biggest names in the business Not much is known about this mysterious high stakes pro except the name Isildur Like his Tolkien namesake Isildur1 too is a skillful hyper aggressive warrior albeit at the poker tables and has got the better of one of his foes Tom Dwan almost every time they have played On October 23 the first of the now hundreds of Isildur1 posts was created at Two Plus Two entitled simply Who Is Isildur1 on Full Tilt The poster wrote He played 6 tables HU 100 200 plo against Haseeb Qureshi yesterday and took him for some money and now he is 6 tabling Brian Hastings in nlh 200 400 and seems to be winning there also His location say he is Swedish I would guess its blom90 Does anybody have a better guess Apparently no one does 67 pages and 1 001 posts later and still blom90 a young high stakes player from Sweden is anyone s best guess Barry Greenstein in an recording of PokerRoad Radio hinted that we may see more of him in the future but for now he is too young for live tournaments The plot thickens Well enough about him how about his exploits It seems Isildur1 so far is reliving the tale as we can read in the books Isildur s Poker career peak took place on November 15th when he totaled over 5 million This is the moment he cut of the Ring and should have stopped playing throwing the poker game in Mount Doom But Isildur went on and his battles got bigger and bigger On 17th November Antonius was involved in what is

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  • Middle-earth Minutes #7: A synopsis
    ll be announcing all new podcasts at this website as well Please leave your comments about the podcast at the bottom of this page and if you wish first read the show notes below J R R Tolkien trained as a British spy On Sept 16 2009 the Telegraph reported that Novelist JRR Tolkien secretly trained as a Government spy in the run up to the Second World War new documents have disclosed emphasis added Pieter shows how this story isn t news by citing sources such as The J R R Tolkien Companion and Guide Chronology AND Reader s Guide as well as other Tolkien scholars Title The J R R Tolkien Companion and Guide Chronology AND Reader s Guide By Christina Scull and Wayne G Hammond Pages 1999 pages Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Publication date 2 Nov 2006 Language English ISBN 10 0007169728 ISBN 13 978 0007169726 MGM The Lion The Ditch and The Hobbit The studio with the most recognizable logo in movie history continues to make news MTV Movies Blog reported on Sept 25 2009 that things are looking bleak and that the studio needs a total of 170 million to finish out the year and to fund high profile projects like The Hobbit THR com reported on Oct 1 2009 that MGM has secured enough support from key lenders to allow the studio enough cash to proceed with its participation in The Hobbit And Variety com has reported on Nov 11 2009 that according to several sources MGM will essentially be auctioned off within the next few weeks We discuss all these things as well as the great news coming out about the progress regarding the script casting rumors and more including According to SciFi Wire com Gandalf has read the script and Comic Book Movie com asks Could we being seeing Brian Cox as a Dwarf in The Hobbit Music This episode features the song The Grey Havens by New York band Fathom New Segment Browsing the Tolkien Library Each episode Pieter will step out of the Tolkien Library with a prized book or news of upcoming releases to share with us This time we discuss his article about The Book of Jonah which is to become available in February 2010 Talk centers around Tolkien s work as editor of The Jerusalem Bible his translation and possible as of yet unsubstantiated participation in translating other books of the Old Testament Title The Book of Jonah By J R R Tolkien Pages 104 pages Publisher Darton Longman Todd Ltd Publication date 17 Feb 2010 Language English ISBN 10 0232527679 ISBN 13 978 0232527674 Did C S Lewis and Tolkien plan to write together C S Lewis com conducted an interview with Dr Steven Beebe about the forthcoming publication about his discovery of a previously undiscovered fragment of a manuscript in the Oxford library A manuscript which he believes is the much sought after beginnings of a collaboration between Lewis and Tolkien Title The Annotated Hobbit

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  • War of the Ring Collector Edition
    of 299 99 A second batch will be released begin 2010 This game is limited to 2000 copies worldwide 1500 English 500 German and will NEVER be reprinted Don t miss this once in a lifetime chance Already it gets an impressive 9 61 rating at boardgamegeek com War of the Ring Collector s Edition is a strategic wargame in a fantasy setting where one player takes control of the Free Peoples and the other player controls Shadow Armies As with the standard version of this game one can win a military victory either as Sauron and the Shadow Armies if he conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or with similar conditions when playing as Fellowship and Free People The game may also be won by the Free People by completing the quest of the Ringbearer and trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring Hidden movement prevents Sauron s awareness of the real intention of his enemies and keeps him looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring The Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest Limited and different choices are offered each turn through the roll of action dice which dictate the type of actions may be performed The choices range from personal character actions to political and military decisions through which to develop your winning strategies The War of the Ring Collector s Edition brings all that was in the base game and introduces factions new characters and new events from the expansion including Galadriel the Balrog the Ents Dunlendings Siege Towers Catapults Corsairs and more It is a complete game with updates to the original game rules and incorporates the expansion rules and cards to allow for new strategies to play out This increases both the offensive options of the Shadow Forces and defensive options of the Free Peoples This all in one version of the game is deeper more comprehensive and offers both more and more difficult choices of what path to pursue to victory and where to spend one s resources The additional armies and characters of this version also enrich the theme and make it more true to the entire Tolkien saga of the Ring War Content description As impressive as this box is it s not likely to see much use Once you ve seen the 246 exquisitely hand painted miniatures including a special Gollum figure previously only available through promotions and a never before seen Nazgûl figure arranged across the updated board 25 larger than that of the standard edition and featuring all new art by the incomparable John Howe as well as elvish calligraphy by Daniel Reeve and David Salo you ll never want to put War of the Ring Collector s Edition back on the shelf Inside

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  • Hordes of the Things released on CD by BBC AudioBooks
    added Giulio Torlai Saturday 29 November 2014 Back to the past Simon J Cook on Tolkien and History Tuesday 7 October 2014 Will we ever see The Silmarillion on the big screen SHOW ALL ARTICLES Subscribe in a reader Hordes of the Things released on CD by BBC AudioBooks 13 11 09 by Pieter Collier Comments For fans of Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and Elvenquest BBC Audio this is the epic fantasy series first heard on BBC Radio 4 in 1980 that wonderfully parodies J R R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings The kingdom of Albion is under threat from The Evil One and the elves have trusted the kingdom with a mystic device the number seven and have entrusted a wizard by the name of Radox The Green to find a hero to save the land Agar Son of Athar who has a minotaur called Stephen Written by Andrew Marshall writer 2point4 Children and John Lloyd creator QI here are all four episodes of the classic radio series now available for the first time This interesting series was created around the time that Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast It contains some good ideas but the series has these days been largely forgotten Starring Patrick Magee as the Chronicler Paul Eddington as King Yulfric Simon Callow as Prince Veganin Christian Rodska as Agar Frank Middlemass as Radox the Green Maggie Steed as Queen Elfreda and Jonathan Lynn Yes Minister co creator as the dwarf Golin Longshanks Comes with fold out map of Middlesea illustrated by Mark Reddy and taken from the original 1980 s Radio Times article Only six months after Hordes of the Things was first aired the first episode of the BBC s epic radio production of The Lord of the

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  • Tolkien art on auction at Heritage Auction Galleries
    by Rowena that is going on auction in the 2009 November Signature Comics Comic Art Auction Here follows the description of the painting and the results of some other Tolkien art that sold last month Location Heritage Auction Galleries 3500 Maple Avenue Dallas TX 75219 Auction Date November 19 21 2009 ROWENA MORRILL Beren and Luthien This fantasy masterpiece done for the month of February 1981 in the J R R Tolkien Calendar was also featured on pages 42 43 of The Art of Rowena The artist wrote I love the sounds and smell of the deep woods I adore the feel of moss under my bare feet And who could not enjoy a full moon For me this is such a happy setting It is a place where I would like to be and where I too would dance out of sheer pleasure I sought to express that exultation and sense of freedom in the figure of Luthien Features This piece has an image area of 25 x 24 and it has been matted to an overall size of 32 x 30 5 The art is in Excellent condition This piece comes from the Estate of Charles Martignette Estimate currently at 650 open for bids Here are the results of two actions of Tolkien art from the 2009 October Signature Illustration Art Auction which was held in Dallas Location Heritage Auctions Design District Annex 1518 Slocum Street Dallas TX Auction Date Tuesday October 27 2009 GREG HILDEBRANDT 1939 and TIM HILDEBRANDT 1939 2006 J R R Tolkien Architect of Middle Earth book cover 1977 This illustration appeared on the cover of J R R Tolkien Architect of Middle earth by Daniel Grotta Kurska Warner Books 1977 This painting belonged to an important California collection Features Acrylic on board This piece is framed to an overall size of 23 25 x 14 75 in Signed lower right Estimate was 5 000 7 500 Sold for 8 962 50 J R R Tolkien Architect of Middle Earth is a book about the man rather than his writings The story as told by biographer Daniel Grotta follows Tolkien from his early childhood and his forbidden love His life at Oxford follows as Tolkien created Elvish and demonstrated a surprising sense of humor in his staid academic surroundings He became a lieutenant during World War I joining the Lancashire Fusiliers While recovering from trench fever in a hospital he began to write The Silmarillion Then with his wife and young son he moved back to Oxford where he received a master of arts degree and helped to revise the Oxford English Dictionary and Sir Gawain the Green Knight In the spring of 1925 Tolkien became a professor of Anglo Saxon In an attempt to modernize myth Tolkien wrote The Hobbit It was published in 1937 to excellent reviews but moderate sales The biography continues analyzing Tolkien s later life and his writing The Lord of the Rings The book includes many pages of

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  • Middle-earth Minutes #6: Browsing The Tolkien Library
    available according to the publisher But Harper Collins has some news that is being reported here for the 1st time Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Unabridged edition edition CD audio 5 CDs Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Publication date delayed until 2010 Language English ISBN 10 0007318820 ISBN 13 978 0007318827 Never Before Published Hobbit Painting By Alan Lee When asked about what else we could expect the answer came back that the Alan Lee illustrated Hobbit hardback is getting a much deserved reprint with a slightly different cover which includes a brand new never before published Hobbit painting by Alan Lee We took the opportunity of that good news to discuss Alan Lee and the interview that Pieter conducted with him in March 2008 The Edel Silmarillion Student Project Further discussion with David Brawn at Harper Collins turned to the Edel Silmarillion a student project produced by the very talented Benjamin Harff which was featured on the Tolkien Library Harper Collins says that The Benjamin Harff Silmarillion has not been considered commercially We encourage all Tolkien fans everywhere to take a look at this book and send a friendly email to both the Tolkien Estate and Harper Collins asking that this book be published so that we may all have a copy You can email both by visiting Tolkienestate com contact and perhaps with enough letters from eager fans we can persuade Harper Collins to release this beautiful book Tolkien Settlement More Than 100 Million THR Esq reports on the resolution of the litigation between New Line Cinema and the estate of author J R R Tolkien and we offer our own comments as well as those of Christopher Tolkien The Trustees acknowledge that New Line may now proceed with its proposed films of The Hobbit and Peter Jackson who says that they re not even greenlit yet and suggests that we drop Warner Bros a line and encourage them to be kind to the film makers Also according to High Def Digest New Line Warner has delayed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Blu ray Oxonmoot 2009 Oxonmoot 2009 will take place at Lady Margaret Hall from September 25th to 27th Advanced booking has now closed but you can still attend Oxonmoot and pay at the door For more information visit the Oxonmoot website And lastly according to Pieter Festival In The Shire Next year there will be organized a completely new Tolkien event namely Festival in the shire A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired It will be held from August 13th 15th 2010 at Y Plas Machynlleth Wales United Kingdom The town of Machynlleth is located on the edge of beautiful Snowdonia National Park and is the historic capital of Wales There is not much known about this event yet but it promises to be great I have heard rumors that Ted Nasmith the Tolkien artist Jane Chance the author of many Tolkien related books and articles and John Garth author of Tolkien and

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