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  • The Hobbit: Professor J.R.R. Tolkien's Magic Mirror Maps of Wales
    working on a book entitled The Hobbit Professor J R R Tolkien s Magic Mirror Maps of Wales In his book he points out much to my embarrassment because I wish I had seen it that when Gandalf introduces Thorin and Company to Beorn he announces that they are on their way to the land of their fathers H 122 Ponty explains that if Thorin had introduced himself he would have said that they were going to the land of my fathers which as any specialist in things Welsh should know is the common English translation of the title of the Welsh National Anthem Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Now more then a year later I can finally announce the book that so many have been waiting for can be pre ordered and will be available from 28 March 2014 Stephen Ponty takes a unique look at Tolkien s map making methodology in Middle earth in Magic Mirror Maps Of the Wilderland in Wales Of the Shire in England This work is a fresh look at the Maps of the Wilderland in The Hobbit leading to the discovery that Professor Tolkien drew the imaginary maps from the Map of Wales back to front or in reverse The maps of the Shire in The Lord of The Rings are drawn likewise of England They are on their way to visit the land of their fathers away east beyond Mirkwood put in Gandalf Gandalf s talk of the land of their fathers is by translation of its national anthem Professor J R R Tolkien s hidden clue to the geography of Wales which we learn the Professor loved including its language The focal point of The Hobbit the Lonely Mountain is identified as Cadair Idris of North West Wales Many of the topographical

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  • Tolkien's World: His Sources and Inspirations, a new Tolkien anthology
    literatures associated with Tolkien s fiction Anglo Saxon Middle English Finnish Welsh Norse Germanic and so on a variety of English translations of these and introductory texts on them Also included are the collected works of Tolkien s favorite modern authors the books he read for pleasure apart from his scholarly work including George MacDonald John Buchan William Morris and others It is intended as a convenient package for Tolkien fans who want to dig deeper into his literary world For example if you are unacquainted with Welsh or Finnish mythology the introductory texts are there as well as a variety of English translations of the Mabinogion and Kalevala and should you wish to go all the way even the source texts in the original languages The modern books he enjoyed also give the fan a new perspective on his writing The anthology edited by Michael Saunders is published electronically and is available in the store of the free app Biblioboard which can be found via iPad or iTunes with other platforms to follow Within the Biblioboard this new antology quickly became one of the best selling sub apps So it is worth checking out With this anthology one may explore the worlds Tolkien spent a lifetime exploring For lifelong fans of Tolkien who have read and re read his books or for new fans who have see only a film or two it is the best way to come to know the fascinating man and mind that created The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings The Silmarilion and their beautiful engrossing world of fantasy Tolkien s World Come in to Professor Tolkien s study Here amid the smell of pipe smoke and the warm glow of a fire are cases stuffed with the books that inspired and delighted the world s most loved author the things that made up Tolkien s world It is a commonplace that Western civilization has three sources Greek Roman and Hebrew but there are others the cultures of the European barbarians not assimilated by the Roman world and it is these especially the northern ones the Celtic Germanic and Finno Ugric that Tolkien was a great scholar of The ancient and medieval epics of these cultures form the bulk of his influences and perhaps his tapping in to these neglected veins of the West account for his uncanny popularity His Sources and Inspirations Tolkien s World presents these and Tolkien s other sources in great breadth and depth For those who wish to dig to the deepest level there are the ancient books with their unfamiliar alphabets but don t be alarmed by them there are a wealth of modern English editions for each These are supplemented by many texts providing background for the general reader from erudite scholarly studies the province of our dear professor to light popular renderings not to mention the favorite entertainments of Tolkien s childhood and adulthood And it s not only books but music film the spoken word

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  • The Wobbit, a new parody from The Harvard Lampoon
    of their college days just before they started National Lampoon Douglas C Kenney and Henry N Beard wrote Bored of the Rings It s dated references to Nixon drugs and consumer products circa 1969 crowd every page but darn it Bored of the Rings is still funny nearly 30 years later Goodbye Dildo Frito said stifling a sob I wish you were coming with us One would think that sooner or later The Harvard Lampoon would pick up The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien and write a parody Perfect for fans eagerly anticipating the December 13 2013 theatrical release of The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Touchstone an imprint of Simon Schuster is excited to release The Wobbit A Parody a new book by The Harvard Lampoon The book is an easy reader and a whole lot of fun in total 176 pages of pleasure and laughter it will be available from the 5th of December 2013 in the UK and is ready available in the US since November 26 2013 The Wobbit a paroday 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 by a series of courageous adventures and indented paragraphs

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  • Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan - Pam Jones
    Tolkien s The Hobbit and called the book that holds them Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan Each riddle comprises four lines of poetry the majority being in rhyme with the answer on the following page Some riddles are easy and some are hard but all are solvable and intended to be fun Why not try them with your friends as a quiz game Paperback copies are available for booksignings and upon request from late July 2013 A new interactive e book format is available in the next few weeks Please feel free to e mail the author on info pamandtaffjones com as she d love to hear from you Before the release of the paperback the book was only available as an e book The thing with e books is that they are easily produced and the cover images sometimes shows the worst of DIY work In this case I wished I should not have shown the cover image since I feel like it screams at you Could be my own opinion but the yellow on black the horrible typefont and the shade behind the ring just all looks so unprofessional and ugly that I did not feel like going on The next thing that kept me thinking was whether the name J R R Tolkien can be used like this alas the title Riddles by a J R R Tolkien Fan fascinated me and so I had a look at the rest of the book Also the author received permission from The JRR Tolkien Estate Ltd to publish the book as you will see on the copyright page If you like riddles and you inner hobbits awakes then this book is good for you Here are some examples Composed of wood with many leaves Attached to spine instead

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  • C.S. Lewis's The Space Trilogy 75th anniversary edition with foreword by J.R.R. Tolkien
    cites The Letters of J R R Tolkien J R R Tolkien wrote about the first volume Exciting and highly approved And now with the exclusive foreword by J R R Tolkien I guess it is time to read this SF trilogy The Space Trilogy is a remarkable work of fantasy demonstrating the powerful imagination of C S Lewis This new one volume edition marks the 75th Anniversary of the first publication of Out of the Silent Planet with an exclusive Foreword by J R R Tolkien on whom the main character of Ransom was largely based I m curious to see how they stuck together several parts of letters by Tolkien but I don t expect anything unpublished being used Still nice to see this edition sad to see it is only released in the UK while Lewis is much bigger in the US Out of the Silent Planet The adventures of the remarkable Dr Ransom begin in C S Lewis s acclaimed Out of the Silent Planet first published in 1943 As the novel opens Ransom is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra The men plan to use Ransom as a human sacrifice but he escapes and must fight for his life and the chance to return to Earth while exploring a world that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and startling in its similarity Perelandra Perelandra continues the adventures of Dr Ransom in an extraordinary tale Ransom is fighting against the most destructive of human weaknesses temptation when he must battle evil on a new planet Perelandra after it is invaded by a dark force that strives to create a new world order on the peace loving planet That hideous strength In the concluding

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  • Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage and Beyond
    painstakingly crafted world that J R R Tolkien created for The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion is so vivid that it s easy to briefly imagine Middle earth as a real place even Tolkien himself had said it existed somewhere on Earth From the languages spoken and the creatures that peopled it to the wars and cosmology the richly imagined Middle earth has left many artists and fans worldwide imagining what it would look and feel like to inhabit such a wildly inspired world Tolkien left out no details in his picture so it is no surprise that Middle earth has inspired such inventiveness in turn According to the publisher Middle earth Envisioned is the first book to explore the artistic legacy left by Tolkien s world We have of course seen others in the past but must agree it is one of the first that incorporates such a large body of artists movie adaptations and theater plays And the cover is brilliant don t you agree Paintings drawings theatrical performances radio serials and films inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are all discussed in a manner that further illuminates the brilliance of Tolkien s creation It is impossible to enter in all radio performances or let stand the hundreds of plays inspired by Tolkien and when it comes to art whe are just scratching the surface here But overal the book brings us a fantastic overview and to new fans those who arrived with The Lord of the Rings and who knows The Hobbit movie adaptations this book might open up a new world I remember several books released in 1992 followed by several exhibitions that had a lasting impact in me If only one theater play is peformed or one artist gets inspired by this book to make Middle earth inspired art then I believe this book did his job Start reading and be impressed of how much there is next to the movies Since Peter Jackson created his movie version I always felt Tolkien inspired art had sort of died and now I hope this books kicks it all off again Readers will discover details surrounding an attempted Beatles live action version with Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins a nearly four hour Canadian musical the West End stage production of The Lord of the Rings and of course the Peter Jackson films including the Hobbit trilogy and much more In this beautifully illustrated gift book discover the richness of Middle earth anew through the works of the artists inspired by it This beautiful book features the incredible artwork of Pauline Baynes the Hildebrandt Brothers Roger Garland John Howe Alan Lee Cor Blok and more Middle Earth Envisioned also features for the first time ever in print the lost art of Mary Fairburn the English schoolteacher whose paintings of The Lord of the Rings were favored by Tolkien him self There s over 300 images in the book all depicting

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  • Delve into Tolkien's Middle-earth with this special collector's hardback boxed set
    for the Ring beginning with Bilbo s fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom The Hobbit The Hobbit was released as a single volume some time ago I love the idea that it was called the movie tie in since it did not show any images from the movie adaptation by Peter Jackson at all As a publisher it is nice to make a statement once in a while and especially since the cover looks as nice as this Just as when it was released I m still wondering who is the artist who did these fabulous covers I especially like that the back spines of The Lord of the Rings combined make a nice tree and the splipcase is just brilliant Come on Harper Collins give some credit to the artist Who s work is this As for the tale Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable unambitious life rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit hole in Bag End But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey there and back again They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent a large and very dangerous dragon The prelude to The Lord of the Rings The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937 establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century The Fellowship of the Ring This edition features the complete story with a sumptuous cover design and brand new reproductions of all of Tolkien s original drawings and maps The cover is green nice idea since that is exactly how the book feels like starting of in the shire and all seems still very comfortable and cosy However Sauron the Dark Lord has gathered to him all the Rings of Power the means by which he intends to rule Middle earth All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring the ring that rules them all which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins In a sleepy village in the Shire young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle earth to the Cracks of Doom there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose The Two Towers The cover of The Two Towers is in a purple color showing us that the story is really taking of and that this part of the tale will bring us a lot of fighting My favorite part of The Lord of the Rings here portrayed in a geniously chosen image of an army with banners and in the background some mountains Frodo and the

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  • The Unofficial Middle-earth Monster's Guide: Hunt Hobbits, Hoard Treasure, and Embrace Your Villainous Nature
    of the dragons trolls and orcs of Tolkien lore through essays interviews and diary entries The introduction starts off very good Where to begin It was all Morgoth s fault That s the place to start I m not saying our side didn t make some bad decisions the One Ring may have been one of them as I think back on it now but mainly it was Morgoth s doing and then tells the whole history of Middle earth as seen from the other or evil side Hobbits portrayed as the drug lord of the Shire the story of dwarves and Smaug who ends killing himself over Laketown The Elves who in a thousand years only come up with lembas and Orcs that accomplish some balance in Middle earth The whole book is written in the first person and so we follow the story and get to interview dragons encounter trolls and see the whole history unfold It s Good to be Bad You re not evil You re just misunderstood we read on the back cover In The Unofficial Middle earth Monster s Guide orcs goblins trolls dark wizards and one especially articulate dragon serve as the perfect role models for aspiring evil doers Coveting that corner office Crush the current occupant with your bloodthirsty Uruk hai army Contemplating revenge on a past love Blast him with a ball of fire Want that kid s cookie this book brings all the answers You will find advice on attacking and cooking hobbits elves dwarves and pesky white wizards Read all the philosophies of evil told by several creatures that inhabit Middle earth balrogs orcs spiders and even squirrels yes squirrels You even get fashion advice and tips on spying being sneaky and cooking tips And above all will be

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