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  • Reviews of Tolkien and Tolkien related books
    Hartman a fellow American staying in Oxford who has been having mysterious dreams and visions that relate to the subject of research of Tom and so he hires her as hisâ Read article Thursday 25 June 2009 Review Arda Reconstructed The Creation of the Published Silmarillion Arda Reconstructed The Creation of the Published Silmarillion by Douglas C Kane was published in March 2009 Today Im very happy to say that a reader from TolkienLibrary com has contributed a review of this book I hope this review will not only provoke people to leave a comment at the bottom of the article but also to inspire them to sent in there own reviews of Tolkien books It would be a big honor to publish them here Read article Saturday 2 May 2009 Review The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J R R Tolkien According to the Telegraph the new Tolkien book is already one of Britains most pre ordered titles stating that fans of Tolkiens book will seek clues to the characters and events in his later novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings The new Tolkien book is however something completely different but nonetheless incredibly fascinating The new book consists of two closely associated poems to which Tolkien gave the titles The Newâ Read article Monday 10 November 2008 Review Tales of the Perilous Realm Dramatization re released by BBC AudioBooks America The newly released edition of the Tales from the Perilous Realm Radio Dramatization comes as four stories on three disks each containing elements of fantasy and faerie or in total 3hrs of listening pleasure It has exactly the same size as the Hobbit dramatization so they fit well together on a shelve Included are Farmer Giles of Ham Smith of Wooten Major and the wonderful Leaf by Niggle the most neglected pearl by Tolkien Theresâ Read article Monday 10 November 2008 Review The Hobbit Dramatization re released by BBC AudioBooks America The newly released edition of the Hobbit Radio Dramatization includes 4 CDs and a bonus CD featuring expanded versions of music composed by David Cain specially commisioned for the dramatization and a rare interview with Tolkien Here is my review of this set Read article Sunday 19 October 2008 Review The BBC Lord of the Rings Dramatization re released by BBC AudioBooks America Some who know me very well are aware that every day I have an hour drive to office and back again in the evening and that during that ride I always listen to either BBC World Service or to Tolkien Audio Books When the two come together be sure that it is of interest to me Here follows a review of the 1981 BBC dramatization of the Lord of the Rings which has just been re released in the US and I highly recommend to any Tolkienâ Read article Thursday 13 September 2007 Review of the new UK anniversary edition of the Hobbit This edition is one of the most beautiful

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings 60th Anniversary Edition will be released in June
    people have treasured Steeped in unrivaled magic and otherworldliness its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world and occasional collectors editions become prized and valuable items of publishing This year of course and 2015 mark the 60th anniversary of the first publication of The Lord of the Rings it can not be a surprise that we will see the release of a 60th anniversary edition on the 19th of June A sumptuous new one volume edition of Tolkien s classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award winning artist Alan Lee and housed in a special transparent slipcase This new edition is housed in a special transparent slipcase and includes a brand new setting that features the definitive 50th anniversary text which together with Alan s beautiful paintings provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the work s first publication The Lord of the Rings 60th Anniversary edition illustrated by Alan Lee With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed award winning and billion dollar success images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee s paintings giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien s great work new relevance for the ever growing number of fans David Brawn the publishing director of Harper Collins says Alan has scanned all the original paintings The reproductions in all earlier editions have been sourced from transparencies of the paintings but now Alan has scanned them all we have been able to reproduce the original colours and wring every last detail out of

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  • Will we ever see The Silmarillion on the big screen?
    rights of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and wrote and rewrote many of the tales for the rest of his life So Peter Jackson s answer was not too accurate Long before that in 2012 when questioned by a Tolkien fan at Comic Con whether he planned to continue making Middle earth related films and more specifically The Silmarillion Peter Jackson responded I don t think the Tolkien estate liked those films I don t think The Silmarillion will go anywhere for quite a long time And it is true Peter Jackson will never obtain the rights to make a film adaptation of The Silmarillion but nor will any other film producer Unlike The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit the film rights for The Silmarillion were never sold and still remain with the Tolkien family Further The Silmarillion was compiled edited and published posthumously by Christopher Tolkien To say that J R R Tolkien considered it his greatest work and that his son Christopher has a strong emotional attachment to it is only the beginning of a long story The chances of seeing The Silmarillion turned into a movie are probably as slim as winning the lottery even if you decide to donate the winnings to some worthy cause Christopher Tolkien took upon himself a very big task after his father s death After becoming the guardian of the copyright of his fathers work he started working through the 70 boxes of archive material left by his father each box filled with thousands of unpublished pages Together with the acclaimed fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay Christopher collated edited and expanded the undated and unnumbered pages producing The Silmarillion in 1977 And this was just the beginning of one of the most impressive literary achievements in history Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle earth a collection of stories and essays that were never completed by his father was also edited and published in 1980 Then for eighteen years and with absolute dedication to preserving his father s legacy Christopher Tolkien worked on editing the remaining unfinished material gradually releasing a massive twelve volumes of The History of Middle Earth In 2007 he released the completed version of The Children of Hurin which was originally conceived by his father in the late 1910s and had in parts been published before in The Silmarillion Unfinished Tales The Book of Lost Tales and The Lays of Beleriand The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún which was released in 2009 retells the legend of Sigurd and the fall of the Niflungs from Germanic mythology It is a narrative poem composed in alliterative verse and is modelled after the Old Norse poetry of the Elder Edda Christopher Tolkien supplied copious notes and commentary upon his father s work In 2013 he released The Fall of Arthur a long narrative poem composed by Tolkien in the early 1930s Beowulf A Translation and Commentary followed in May 2014 a prose translation of the early

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  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Revised and Expanded Edition
    Hobbit inspired poetry and includes previously unpublished poems and notes and is beautifully illustrated by Narnia artist Pauline Baynes Here is something that no devotee of The Hobbit epic can afford to miss while awaiting a further instalment of the history of these fascinating people a selection of verses offered as an interim report to those interested in Hobbit lore and to any others who may find amusement in this mixed bag of old confections One of the most intriguing characters in The Lord of the Rings the amusing and enigmatic Tom Bombadil also appears in verses said to have been written by Hobbits and preserved in the Red Book with stories of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and their friends The Adventures of Tom Bombadil collects these and other poems mainly concerned with legends and jests of the Shire at the end of the Third Age This special edition has been expanded to include earlier versions of some of Tolkien s poems a fragment of a prose story with Tom Bombadil and comprehensive notes by acclaimed Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne G Hammond Professor Tolkien revealed in the verses scattered through The Hobbit that he had a talent for songs riddling rhymes and a kind of balladry In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil the talent can be seen to be close to genius The cover art was adapted from the original wraparound jacket and cover painting by Pauline Baynes According to the editors Christina Scull and Wayne G Hammond this new edition will contain the sixteen poems as published in 1962 together with the original drawings by Pauline Baynes But it will also include earlier versions of the poems where earlier versions exist some of these were published in magazines and journals which are now hard to find and

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  • The Many Faces of Thranduil
    UT 270 While here we may see the roots of the enmity and distrust harbored by the elves of the Woodland Realm for the Line of Durin it should be noted that Oropher also withdrew north in order to distance himself from the intrusion of Galadriel and Celeborn into his lands Thus did Oropher begin to hide and distance his people from outside troubles and thus did he stop all interference in affairs beyond the eaves of Mirkwood Thranduil it appears inherited his father s wariness and mistrust of strange folk And it is to this author s mind most interesting to note that even as relations with Lothlorien broke off and even as the shadow crept further over Mirkwood Thranduil maintained his father s policy knowing full well that there was common kinship between the Wood elves and the Galadhrim Thranduil would preserve secrecy and doubt over all else even as it appears if it meant his people would have to struggle against encroachment themselves Indeed it was ultimately Galadriel and her folk that cleansed Dol Guldur not the Wood elves Despite the image his reserved and secretive nature conjures up Thranduil we cannot forget was a valiant warrior Thranduil fought alongside his father and their Silvan host in the Battle of Dagorlad as part of the Last Alliance And while Oropher was slain somewhere between the Dead Marshes and the Morannon Thranduil survived the battle Though Thranduil was crowned king upon his return he noted the terrible loss his people had suffered he led back home barely a third of the army UT 271 It is perhaps this horrible experience of loss and death in battle that further pushed Thranduil to shelter his people in the fastness of the Greenwood to further prevent involvement in such matters since he knows the cost of war too well Thus while we do see Thranduil s folk come to war in the Battle of Five Armies I believe we must consider this a rather calculated decision by a prudent lord not rash to throw his people into disarray and death His motivation for war be it insufferable enmity or avarice though I do find these motivators unbecoming of Thranduil in either case must have indeed been great While not touched on in The Hobbit Thranduil s participation in the War of the Last Alliance is perhaps the single most influential event in his life The horrors of the war beyond the death of his revered father and the ravaging of his army stuck with him long after victory was won As the Third Age began Thranduil and his folk felt a resurgence of fear and anxiety an ominous air blowing from the East While shadow and doubt slowly crept westward Thranduil felt still a deeper shadow in his heart for he had seen the horror of Mordor and could not forget it UT 271 The pain of war remained very real for Thranduil and if ever he looked south its memory

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  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set
    be replaced For the fans Houghton Mifflin has now created a set of books that should match our habit and turned our favorite books into a deluxe paperback set In other words all four books set inside a leatherette cover The four volume deluxe pocket boxed set contains J R R Tolkien s epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers and The Return of the King Each book features a leatherette cover with stamped title and all four books If you do not plan to carry the books around the books can be put in a leatherette bound box with gold foil stamping All looking very good and makes a nice collection So it will also turn out to be a set that will be picked up to give as a present If you desire to give Tolkien books as a gift it is nice to be able to bring a set that also is comfortable to read It seems Houghton Mifflin desires to sell the set to people who know the movies but are now ready to start reading the books Here is how they advertise both tales In The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent a large and very dangerous dragon The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf the wizard the hobbits Merry Pippin and Sam Gimli the dwarf Legolas the elf Boromir of Gondor and a tall mysterious stranger called Strider J R R Tolkien

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  • Beyond Birthdays: an exploration and analysis of Letter 214
    curious undeveloped condition More importantly perhaps though certainly more characteristic is the giving of gifts This is not limited to kinship yet remains a sort of recognition of affection gratitude and continued goodwill This tradition begins as early as the third birthday around the time hobbits become talkers and walker also known as faunts These gifts are supposed to be productions of the byrding and as the task of creation and innovation may be hard on a small hobbit children begin simply with the offering of flowers to their parents Letters 291 Tolkien describes this conveyance of a good produced or grown by oneself to another as a form of thanksgiving However not everyone at the birthday would receive such a gift The expectation of receiving as Tolkien so expertly calls it is limited to second cousins or nearer kin and to residence within 12 miles Letters 291 It is from this tradition that the expression twelve mile cousin arose to demean those misers and pinch pennies Often heads of house so recognized all those who lived under their roof or worked in their service and of course withholding a present where it was rightfully due as conferred by status or habituality was a rebuke and mark of severe displeasure Letters 292 Yet Tolkien says custom did not demand costly gifts nor the showing off and grand display thereof hobbits preferred a more surreptitious approach to the giving of gifts one rid of all pomp and tendency to induce ignominy at such expenditure Letters 292 Most hobbits of average status in their families and of modest means would give simply as they could afford thus the Professor adds Bilbo s birthday party was considered a riot of generosity even for a wealthy hobbit especially since any hobbit invited to a birthday party was customarily given a present Letters 292 Even those dearest acquaintances that could not make it to the party for whatever reason were afforded that honor as a gift would be sent along with their invitation I think it is fair in the case of Bilbo s farewell party to assume that only or at least those members of the gross the 144 special guests all received presents Imagine having to dole out nearly 150 gifts on your birthday The scholar in Tolkien immediately recognized that any elaboration raised more questions than it answered he was however determined to answer even those questions So he ventures to comment on some distal corollaries to the theme of birthdays Thus we learn that hobbits were perhaps as we expected universally monogamous though that is a most unequivocal claim Letters 293 While familiar patrilineal customs were the norm most clans and households were not patriarchal monarchies rather Tolkien says they were dyarchies in which master and mistress had equal status if different functions Letters 293 Where the eldest male would normally serve as head of a family unit in the event of the patriarch s death his wife would merely assume

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  • Darkness Tangible
    up and down their lengths all day long one has to look to places such as Bangalore in India where at rush hour the air literally catches your throat the two stroke tuk tuks and diesel trucks and busses pump out truly noxious fumes that would be banned in most modern western countries nowadays So Tolkien s view of darkness is one of activity not passivity a something a presence not an absence This has perhaps an important consequence in Tolkien s writings most obviously in The Silmarillion where Ungoliant devours the Two Trees and spews out a darkness that removes sight and blocks the mind from functioning Until that darkness clears the Valar are unable to pursue her and Melkor and by then it is too late and they have escaped across the Helcaraxë and into Middle earth In the light of the last fruits of the Two Trees the sun and the moon the light has been tainted and is not the pure light of the Two Trees any longer The only place where such light exists is in the three silmarils that were made by Fëanor capturing and mingling the light of the Two Trees before they were poisoned and tainted In a similar way when Frodo and Sam enter Shelob s Lair the darkness created by her webs seems to be a thing of substance It is not mere absence of light and therefore sight it is a physical obstruction One can perhaps expand that into the realm of whether evil is a thing in and of itself Manichaeism versus the Platonic view of evil being an absence of good The viewpoint can be seen to be a natural extension of the way a painter would observe and work upon a painting There may also be within this notion a starting point for the formation of the character of Gollum early on in the conception Thinking as an artist Tolkien s paintings are what art critics would call naive Now let us propose that Tolkien painted a representation of Bilbo standing in a dark passage perhaps when escaping from Goblin Town He would have to paint his shadow if we think to the way he portrays the trolls it is likely that what he might paint on a cavern wall to represent Bilbo s shadow would look like nothing less than a malevolent stalking creature A kind of evil cousin to Peter Pan s shadow This would surely be the stuff of a child s nightmares If one of his children were unsettled by that notion on seeing such a painting Tolkien would have to explain away the creature dark as night that follows silently behind and always keeps to the shadows It would by definition be a Gollum one of many such creatures for all of us cast a shadow All of us are followed by our shadow forms Tolkien explores this idea of who has a shadow in one of his poems Shadow Bride

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