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  • Weird Fiction Author China Miéville on J.R.R. Tolkien
    questionable grounds for defence Because there are arguments not only about what is regrettable in Tolkien but about what is indispensible Accordingly what follows is a list of some Perhaps In Some Cases Somewhat Insufficiently Stressed Reasons We Should All Be Terribly Grateful To Tolkien It may be redundant strictly qua defence this defence of a corpus that is thriving but perhaps it s not pointless anyway 1 Norse Magic For too long the Greco Roman stories have been the Big Pantheons on Campus Zeus this Persephone that Scylla and Charybdis the other the noise is endless and anyone smitten by the mythic has to work hard to hear any other voices For some of us there s always been something about this tradition and it s hard to put your finger on vaguely flattened out somehow too clean maybe overburdened with precision Alan Garner perhaps the most brilliant sufferer from this disaffection once put it thus to him the Greek and Roman myths were as cold as their marble Compare the knotty autumnal blooded contingency of the Norse tales with their anti moralistic evasive intricacies their pointlessly and fascinatingly various tiers of Godhead their heart meltingly bizarre nomenclature Ginnungagap Yggdrasil Ratatosk This is the tradition that Tolkien mines and glorifies Middle Earth after all being not so subtly a translation of Midgard For those of us who regret the hegemony of the Classicists Classics the chewy Anglo Saxonisms of Mirkwood and its surrounds are a vindication We always knew these other gods and monsters were cooler 2 Tragedy Unlike so many of those he begat Tolkien s vision never mind any Hail fellow well met ery no matter the coziness of the shire despite even the remorseless sylvan bonheur of Tom Bombadil is tragic The final tears in characters and readers eyes are not uncomplicatedly of happiness On the one hand yay the goodies win on the other shame that the entire epoch is slipping from Glory The magic goes west of course but there s also the peculiar abjuring of narrative form in the strange echo after the final battle the Lord of the Rings s post end end the Harrowing of the Shire so criminally neglected by Jackson In an alternate reality this piece of scripting would have earned talented young tattooed hipster video game designer Johnno Tolkien a slapped wrist from his studio since when do you put a lesser villain straight after the final Boss Battle But that s the point The episode concludes well of course so far as it goes but in its very pettiness relative to what s just been it is brilliantly unsatisfying ushering in an era of degraded parodies of epics where it s not just the elves that are going you can t even get a proper Dark Lord any more Whatever we see as the drive behind Tolkien s tragic vision and however we relate to its politics and aesthetics the tragedy of the creeping tawdry quotidian gives

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  • Important association copy of The Hobbit offered for auction at PBA Galleries
    on the 25th of June Stella Marie Mills was a student of E V Gordon and J R R Tolkien at Leeds and she later edited and translated under the guidance of Godron The Saga of Hrolf Kraki an Icelandic or Viking epic which was published by Oxford University Press in 1933 In the Road to Middle earth by Tom Shippey we can read that the character of Beorn in Tolkien s The Hobbit was inpired by Bothvarr Bjarki from the Hrolf Kraki saga Her translation was in fact dedicated to Tolkien Ms Mills remained close friends with the Tolkien family throughout her life This particular copy was a gift from Tolkien to Ms Mills and shows a nice early authograph Tolkien collectors might recognise this book since it was on sale by Marion Meyer Rare Books in New York not so long ago The book is finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe Zaehnsdorf in full black morocco The binding was done after 1990 Zaehnsdorf reknowned for fine bindings since 1842 recently joined Sangorski Sutcliffe It is gilt tooled and has on lays in many colors with front and rear covers each jeweled with 10 red stones within the borders and a single white jewels within the central designs A third white jewel adorns the spine The silk moiré end leaves gilt rolled board edges and all gilded page edges make this Hobbit stunning On the front cover in a cave fortress drawn in gilt a sinuous red dragon guards piles of treasure surmounted by a radiant pearl presumably representing the Arkenstone of Thrain On the rear cover the Hobbit approaches the treasure holding a torch and a pearl Both covers have on laid maroon and green borders decorated with Celtic interlace and lozenges in gilt with 10 red jewels

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  • Write and Win Contest by HarperCollins
    a Hobbit audio book on CD by just sending in your review of the latest Tolkien book The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun This is what they write We hope you are enjoying the latest edition to Tolkien s oeurve as much as we are What did you think We d love to hear your thoughts about the book Send your comments to us here and not only will we be including some of your views in our next newsletter but 5 lucky people will win a wonderful Hobbit audio book on CD This is of course very exciting and I m always in for a fun contest hope to read all your views in the next HarperCollins Tolkien newsletter Hope one of you wins an audio book Most exciting was seeing that the email announcing the contest had been sent from the email news tolkiennews co uk and now I hope they soon build a good Tolkien news site on that domain Tolkien Newsletter Audio Competition 1 Entry is free This promotion is valid until 31 July 2009 Registrations after this date will be excluded from this promotion Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries which are not received by HarperCollins Proof of sending is not proof of receipt Your entry into the promotions is your acceptance of these terms This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers Limited of 77 85 Fulham Palace Road London W6 8JB 2 Employees of HarperCollins and their families are not permitted to enter the competition One entry per person and one entry per household 3 Winners will each receive prizes as specified on the competition page The prize is non transferable and HarperCollins reserves the right to provide an alternative prize of equal value in the event of unforeseen circumstances 4 Participants need to

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  • A Brief Update on the Tolkien/New Line Lawsuit - by Douglas C. Kane
    the other films dismissed on the grounds that it was brought too late However the Plaintiffs main claim that New Line owes them millions of dollars due to breach of contract and fraud still continues And of greatest interest to most fans the Plaintiffs request to be granted the right to terminate New Line s rights to make future films specifically the pending Hobbit films also still continues In February there was a case management conference and at that time it was revealed that the parties had agreed upon a mediator and that a mediation was going to be scheduled in March or April in an attempt to reach a settlement of the case Nothing further was heard until last month At that time New Line filed two motions The first motion requested that the jury trial scheduled to begin on October 19 2009 be vacated and replaced with a court trial essentially a request that the case be decided in total by the judge rather than by a jury The second motion requested that if the motion to vacate was rejected that the trial be bifurcated essentially split into two parts with some issues being decided first by the judge including the issue of whether the plaintiffs should be able to get the right to terminate New Line s rights to make future films if they win on the breach of contract claim and then the rest being decided by the jury In the papers that it filed in support of these motions New Line revealed that the mediation had in fact taken place and had not succeeded in resolving the case The Plaintiffs opposed both motions In their papers supporting that opposition it was revealed that they now assert that New Line owed them 220 million dollars as of September 2007 instead of the 150 million dollars that they initially requested The also made it clear that it was their position that there really was no issue to be decided by the judge on the question of whether they would be entitled to terminate New Line s rights to make future films they assert that the the Agreements can only be interpreted as providing them with that right if it is found that New Line breached the Agreements A hearing was held on the motions yesterday June 2 2009 The judge rejected the first motion to vacate the jury trial and replace it with a court trial entirely She also rejected the second motion but she indicated that she would be willing to reconsider bifurcating the case at a future time So as things currently stand the trial is still scheduled to begin on October 19 2009 It is still scheduled to be a jury trial And the possibility that the Plaintiffs will be given the right to terminate New Line s rights to make new Tolkien films including the Hobbit films is still very much in play I obviously can t comment on the viability of the

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  • Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies Finalists 2009
    in Tolkien Medieval Literature and Comparative Mythology She has published three books on Tolkien Splintered Light Logos and Language in Tolkien s World A Question of Time J R R Tolkien s Road to Faerie and Interrupted Music Tolkien and the Making of a Mythology as well editing the extended edition of Tolkien s last short story Smith of Wootton Major Smith of Wootton Major She is a co editor with Carl Hostetter of Tolkien s Legendarium Essays on The History of Middle earth and with Douglas A Anderson and Michael Drout of the yearly journal Tolkien Studies Anderson s most recent books include The Annotated Hobbit HarperCollins UK 2003 and the anthology Tales Before Tolkien The Roots of Modern Fantasy Ballantine US 2003 mass market edition 2005 Put these two top class Tolkien scholars together and you can expect something wonderful to happen In this case I m glad to announce the cooperation resulted into a book called Tolkien on Fairy Stories a new expanded edition of Tolkien s most famous and most important essay On Fairy stories which defined his conception of fantasy as a literary form and which led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings Accompanied by a critical study of the history and writing of the text Title Tolkien on Fairy Stories Authors Verlyn Flieger Douglas A Anderson Type hardcover Estimate 128 pages Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Publication Date 2 June 2008 Language English ISBN 10 0007244665 ISBN 13 978 0007244669 John Rateliff The History of the Hobbit Part One Mr Baggins Part Two Return to Bag end Houghton Mifflin 2007 John Rateliff is a well known J R R Tolkien scholar who has most recently published The History of The Hobbit 2007 He was also one of the authors of The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game 2002 He is a writer editor and independent scholar For many years he worked with the Tolkien manuscripts at Marquette University and has written extensively on Tolkien and the Inklings He lives in Seattle with his family HERE is an interview with the author of The History of the Hobbit This two volumed book presents for the first time the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit his draft of the revision of the Gollum encounter for the second edition and the fragment of what if he d completed it would have been the third edition of 1960 The book is a lively and informative account of how the Hobbit came to be written and published Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition how Tolkien s professional and early mythological writings influenced the story the imaginary geography he created and how he came to revise the book in the years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings For those who missed my previous article on this two volume book you can find it here Info on the three

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  • Tolkien fans unite at Facebook and Twitter
    profile existed for a long time on Facebook but only now I seem to see that more and more Tolkien friends are entering into this new media phenomenon and the more Tolkien lovers join the more exciting it gets Facebook is the precursor of something that can be called mass interpersonal persuasion It is a new and fresh phenomenon and the most important thing to happen in the world of persuasion since the advent of the radio over 100 years ago Radio changed the game for persuasion because it allowed a message to be broadcast to thousands and millions of people which was previously not possible TV was an extension of that Now Facebook comes into play and friends influence friends who influence friends and that keeps rippling out Now Tolkien Societies Tolkien sites Tolkien scholars and artists can reach people very quickly for very little cost and ordinary people can set things in motion Facebook is a social network that allows Tolkien fans to meet talk and learn to know each other in an easy and fun way All latest Tolkien news on Twitter and Facebook To add something to it Tolkien Library has set up a Twitter account you can follow me here http www twitter com TolkienLibrary where I m posting all latest Tolkien news You can always find me on Twitter so in case you need to ask something I am in Twitter almost all day Twitter is good fun but the most important thing is that in my twitter channel I gather all latest Tolkien related news If you want to be up to date of all latest Tolkien news then follow me at Twitter or read my personal Facebook Profile Tolkien Library Tolkien Library is a source for Tolkien book collectors and lovers You can find all on Tolkien books news reviews essays articles and information on Tolkien as a writer Tolkien Library on Facebook Tolkien Library on Twitter Pieter Collier on Facebook A list of Tolkien Societies and Tolkien Sites on Facebook Here follows a list of Tolkien Societies that are listed on Facebook Hereby I invite all Tolkien Societies to make a group on Facebook Hope this list will grow a lot There is no particular order in which the Societies have been listed International Tolkien Fellowship List of Events Tolkien Societies Worldwide This list is meant to offer all Tolkien societies a common platform for their events Every society is asked to name members responsible for adding events in this list so they can add change or remove events their society will organise ITF on Facebook The Tolkien Society A group for members of The Tolkien Society UK to meet up and chat Members of International Tolkien Societies are also welcome as are any avid Tolkien fans who want to know more The Tolkien Society on Facebook Tolkien Genootschap Unquendor The Tolkien Genootschap Unquendor was founded on 22 September the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo 1981 The name Unquendor is the

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  • The Best Tolkien books of 2008
    Scull But once I read the first pages I got stuck into the tale and read the book in one day time It is well written and plaisant to read and the information was fresh and new so all elements to please a Tolkien fan Paperback Publisher Brewin Books ISBN 10 185858423X ISBN 13 978 1858584232 As a child in the 1950s Andrew Morton played on the land a literary legend grew from The fields around Gedling were home to Phoenix Farm where JRR Tolkien created the poem some say led to the Lord Of The Rings Years later after discovering the author s link to Gedling Andrew started to research the history of Phoenix Farm and the result of his work is a new book Tolkien s Gedling 1914 The Birth Of A Legend A little later then expected Tolkien on Fairy Stories was released in August 2008 It is a new expanded edition of Tolkien s most famous and most important essay which defined his conception of fantasy as a literary form and which led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings Accompanied by a critical study of the history and writing of the text J R R Tolkien s On Fairy stories is his most studied and most quoted essay an exemplary personal statement of his views on the role of imagination in literature and an intellectual tour de force vital for understanding Tolkien s achievement in the writing of The Lord of the Rings Tolkien on Fairy Stories Title Tolkien on Fairy Stories Authors Verlyn Flieger Douglas A Anderson Type hardcover Estimate 128 pages Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Publication Date August 2008 Language English ISBN 10 0007244665 ISBN 13 978 0007244669 Tolkien s Oxford Presented in a handy guide book format this is an essential companion for anyone wanting to find the places that influenced Tolkien and his work in Oxford The book covers such places as The Bird and Baby the Old Ashmolean Building on Broad Street and the University Botanical Gardens which contained Tolkiens favourite tree Paperback 144 pages Publisher The History Press 3 Oct 2008 Language English ISBN 10 0752447297 ISBN 13 978 0752447292 Product Dimensions 22 4 x 12 2 x 1 2 cm The Children of Hurin Paperback Edition Since October the bestseller The Children of Hurin was avaiable for the masses in paperback format in the US It is a very nice and handy edition that is easy to take along Paperback 320 pages Publisher Houghton Mifflin Company Reprint edition Publication date 14 Oct 2008 Language English ISBN 10 0547086059 ISBN 13 978 0547086057 Product Dimensions 20 4 x 13 8 x 2 4 cm Exciting times it were for BBC Audiobooks America For the first time in the US they released The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings and the Tales from the Perilous Realm in audio format this year Have a look here to see all audio editions that were released in the US this year

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  • Letter to Tolkien Contest for 40th Anniversary of the Hobbit Presse
    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 Letter to Tolkien Contest for 40th Anniversary of the Hobbit Presse 08 01 09 by Pieter Collier Comments It was in 1969 that the first Tolkien books were published in German the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings by publisher Ernst Klett This proved to be a good thing because it resulted into the creation of the Hobbit Presse that published the better fantasy authors such as William Goldman and Peter S Beagle in German translations This year the subfaction of Klett Cotta specialized in Fantasy literature celebrates its 40th birthday To celebrate their anniversary they have released a celebration edition of Der Hobbit with the legendary illustrations by Alan Lee The whole year they will hold special competitions and give away prizes At their website they will hold monthly contests where you can win fantasy books and other nice items History of The Hobbit Presse If you are interested to read more about the history of the Hobbit Presse you

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