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  • The Riddles of The Hobbit by Adam Roberts
    the result is of the same caliber The book for me was also perfectly timed with The Hobbit movies in the cinema I felt very disappointed on how little serious books are being written We get cook books riddles by fans religion in The Hobbit and all the other usual suspects that come with movie adaptations Even Peter Jackson noticed the importance of the riddles and in the first The Hobbit movie the Riddles in the Dark scene was not only the best part of the movie but also the closest to the book However it remains a fact that many like discussing The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit remains seen as the smaller story and of less importance It is about time a serious study like this was made In 1947 Tolkien wrote in a letter to his publisher and friend Stanley Unwin that The Hobbit is not as simple as it seems In the spirit of this sentiment Adam Roberts seeks to fight against the dominance of The lord of the Rings and who knows the simple and action filled The Hobbit move adaption should ask him one day and uncover the fascinating depth of The Hobbit in The Riddles of The Hobbit the first critical engagement with Tolkien s great novel to explore the riddle as a key principle Riddles have lost none of their power over us we are as fascinated by mysteries from sudoko to whodunnits from jokes to philosophical conundrums The Hobbit is a book threaded through with riddles most obviously in its central Riddles in the Dark chapter but everywhere else too what does Good Morning mean What is a burrahobbit How many versions of the Hobbit are there Why did Tolkien find it so important to re write the riddles in the dark scene What is the buried secret in the nine riddles Bilbo and Gollum swap between one another What are Ents Dragons Wizards What is the magic of the magic ring All these questions and more are answered in The Riddles of the Hobbit the first critical engagement with Tolkien s great novel to take the riddle seriously as a key structuring principle of the novel Riddles are more than a diverting pastime they are expressive and beguiling rebuses that touch on larger mysteries powerful questions and paradoxes also embodied in the Catholicism that informed so much of Tolkien s imaginative life Ringing widely across Tolkien s creative life The Riddles of the Hobbit explores the importance of riddles to the Anglo Saxon and Norse cultures that inspired him and discusses scores of riddles offering usually more than one answer for each This is a critical study of the playful aspect of a great writer that takes his playfulness seriously it explores and embodies ingenuity and comes to some original and on occasion startling new conclusions Other ideas under investigation include The Hobbit as a riddle containing riddles the novel s relationship to The Lord of the Rings

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  • The pocket Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
    3 Limited Deluxe Editions in Publishers Slipcase Saturday 6 June 2015 Signed copy of the Hobbit sells for record at auction Sunday 3 May 2015 On the shores of the shoreless sea Sunday 19 January 2015 New Collector Profile 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 The pocket Roverandom by J R R Tolkien 23 09 13 by Pieter Collier Comments J R R Tolkien was a prolific storyteller to his children though few of his early stories survive Roverandom was a particular favourite so much so that Tolkien wrote it out and even illustrated it himself But for over 70 years it remained unpublished Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull authors of the acclaimed J R R Tolkien Artist Illustrator edited and introduced the book and so it was finally released in 1998 Now it is time for a new edition a hardcover pocket Roverandom While on holiday in 1925 four year old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach at Filey in Yorkshire To console him his father J R R Tolkien improvised a story about Rover a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal This charming tale peopled by a sand sorcerer and a terrible dragon by the king of the sea and the Man in the Moon was Tolkien s first full length children s book written before The Hobbit Now nearly 90 years later the adventures of Rover or for reasons that become clear in the story Roverandom are published in

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  • Books that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien get new cover art
    his mind how do you dramatise these sorts of things Winder s final words on the series do really tell us of the importance of the redesign of the series It s funny how the stories in the world of Edda and The Saga of the Volsungs has sunk into the minds of millions of people through Tolkien but we ve sold hundreds of thousands of copies of Beowulf now it in itself is a famous translation Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien s fiction They are startling brutal strange pieces of writing with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations They plunge the reader into a world of treachery quests chivalry trials of strength They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle earth Midgard which Tolkien remade in the 20th century Beowulf the epic battle between man and monster So the company of men led a careless life All was well with them until One began To encompass evil an enemy from hell Grendel they called this cruel spirit Beowulf tells the epic story of the heroic Beowulf and his battles first against the monster Grendel who laid waste to the castle of the Danish king Hrothgar then with Grendel s avenging mother and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland J R R Tolkien spent much of his life studying translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe filled with heroes dragons trolls dwarves and magic He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales Title Beowulf Translator Michael Alexander Publisher Penguin Classics Reprint edition Publication Date 7 Nov 2013 Type paperback 208 pages ISBN 10 0141393661 ISBN 13 978 0141393667 The Saga of the Volsungs The Legend of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer and the magic ring of power They summoned their friends readied their horses and prepared their helmets shields swords coats of mail Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth century Iceland The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology legend and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires runic knowledge from one of Odin s Valkyries Yet the saga is set in a very human world incorporating oral memories of the fourth and fifth centuries when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman empire In his illuminating introduction Jesse L Byock links the historical Huns Burgundians and Goths with the extraordinary events of this Icelandic saga With its ill fated Rhinegold the sword reforged and the magic ring of power the saga resembles

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  • Wrath, Ruin and a Red Nightfall - short film by John Cockshaw gives inspirational tour
    by Pieter Collier Comments Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce the release of a video by artist photographer John Cockshaw for his book Wrath Ruin and a Red Nightfall This lavish art book is scheduled for release in 2014 but a sneak peek is available now by way of the film Cockshaw takes the viewer on a tour of the areas that were his inspiration the fruition of an almost decade long photography and digital media project Photographed landscapes crossfade into works of art throughout the book as seen in a segment depicting tree herders in The Dreams of Trees Unfold Wrath Ruin and a Red Nightfall undeniably refers to the forbidding elements and the menacing aspect of Middle earth says Cockshaw in the film but this is also offset against the idea of home The collection is comprised of photography based artwork that utilizes landscape macro and architectural photography gathered from extensive location scouting to depict evocative scenes and the dramatic geography of Middle earth This original work establishes a style that alludes to both film cinematography and painterly illustration Informed by J R R Tolkien s descriptions of landscape renowned illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe as well as aspects of the Peter Jackson film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and Howard Shore s epic film score the collection focuses on Middle earth as a living breathing character rooting it in the real and believable yet suggestive of the fantastical at the heart of this grand mythology The five minute film includes the artist reading poetry exploring the woods in search of Ents and provides enticing peeks of several pieces of his art All the while dramatic music provided by AKM Music plays in the background enhancing the film experience About the artist John Cockshaw John

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  • Parma Eldalamberon 21 - Qenya Noun Structure
    unpublished material by Parma Eldalamberon Their upcoming issue is a whopping 110 pages and once again features a cover with Tolkien s handwriting The quality of the magazine as well as the excellent editing work and of course the incredible fact that this is being put together with the watching eye and guidance of Christopher Tolkien this is a must have item for any serious Tolkien lover Parma Eldalamberon XXI Quenya Noun Structure Qenya Declension of Nouns Primitive Quendian Final Consonants Common Eldarin Noun Structure by J R R TOLKIEN Parma Eldalamberon The Book of Elven tongues is a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship a special interest group of the Mythopoeic Society The current issue presents previously unpublished writings by J R R Tolkien concerning the declension of nouns in Qenya and the origins of noun stucture in Primitive Quendian and Eldarin These have been edited and annotated by Christopher Gilson Patrick H Wynne and Arden R Smith under the guidance of Christopher Tolkien and with the permission of the Tolkien Estate Declension of Nouns A detailed grammatical treatment of the inflexions of the Qenya noun dating from circa 1931 It describes the formation of stems and syntactic suffixes including Old Qenya archaic and poetic variants and it traces the development of the noun from Common Eldarin A number of the forms cited including those in eight full paradigm tables are transcribed in the Tengwar as conceived at this time The various types of vocalic and consonantal stems are discussed and illustrated with full listings of inflected forms for about 30 nouns and variations outlined for another 50 or so Qenya Declensions A series of paradigm tables apparently intended to replace those in the Declension of Nouns They reflect further changes in Tolkien s conception of the noun inflexions

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  • Have you already read The Fall of Arthur, Tolkien's latest book?
    have much to recommend it by those who make the effort to actually read it The Fall of Arthur the only venture by J R R Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain may well be regarded as his finest and most skilful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre in which he brought to his transforming perceptions of the old narratives a pervasive sense of the grave and fateful nature of all that is told of Arthur s expedition overseas into distant heathen lands of Guinevere s flight from Camelot of the great sea battle on Arthur s return to Britain in the portrait of the traitor Mordred in the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle Unhappily The Fall of Arthur was one of several long narrative poems that he abandoned in that period In this case he evidently began it in the earlier nineteen thirties and it was sufficiently advanced for him to send it to a very perceptive friend who read it with great enthusiasm at the end of 1934 and urgently pressed him You simply must finish it But in vain he abandoned it at some date unknown though there is some evidence that it may have been in 1937 the year of the publication of The Hobbit and the first stirrings of The Lord of the Rings Years later in a letter of 1955 he said that he hoped to finish a long poem on The Fall of Arthur but that day never came Associated with the text of the poem however are many manuscript pages a great quantity of drafting and experimentation in verse in which the strange evolution of the poem s structure is revealed together with narrative synopses and very significant if tantalising notes In these latter can be discerned clear if mysterious associations of the Arthurian conclusion with The Silmarillion and the bitter ending of the love of Lancelot and Guinevere which was never written The Fall of Arthur Hardcover Edition Times Literary Supplement wrote about the book This is the most unexpected of Tolkien s many posthumous publications his son s Commentary is a model of informed accessibility the poems stand comparison with their Eddic models and there is little poetry in the world like those And Telegraph said The compact verse form is ideally suited to describing impact elsewhere it achieves a stark beauty The Fall of Arthur begun by J R R Tolkien just a few years before The Hobbit was inspired by tales of the iconic British hero contained within the work of Geoffrey of Monmouth Thomas Malory and other English poets but depicts drama and adventure in language only Tolkien could have written It comprises a work of narrative verse telling of the last days of the King and has been edited by Christopher Tolkien who also provides detailed commentary and notes To my opinion the poem is excellent however sadly rather short and left unfinished On the other

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  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Illustrated by Jemima Catlin
    she sent him a Tolkien inspired project created for her illustration degree course Her artworks are a combination of pencil ink and watercolour and she begins each illustration by drawing in a sketchbook balanced on her knees For THE HOBBIT Jemima drew inspiration from local mythology classic fairy tales and Tolkien s own illustrations but her charming and lively new interpretation of THE HOBBIT brings Tolkien s beloved characters to life in a way that will entice and entertain a new generation of readers David Brawn Publisher of Estates at HarperCollins said I wanted to publish an edition of THE HOBBIT that pulled it back from the cinematic fantasy of the films and reintroduced that sense of adventure and magic that Tolkien s own children must have felt when he first read them the story Over the years THE HOBBIT S distinctiveness as a classic of children s literature has been diminished by the potency of THE LORD OF THE RINGS but Jemima s approach restores some of the innocence to the tale that I hope children and families will really enjoy I love how Jemima has taken all her cues from the text simple things like the different coloured beards of the Dwarves that it is so easy not to notice when reading the book And Bilbo though clearly middle aged as he should be has a twinkle about him that young readers will adore Jemima Catlin illustrator said I have always loved J R R Tolkien s work and THE HOBBIT is by far one of my favourite books Tolkien s detailed descriptions of light and atmosphere really inspired me and encouraged me to experiment with new techniques He imbues characters with such life and personality that drawing them was an absolute pleasure Jemima Catlin born in 1986 grew up in Dorset and developed a passion for drawing at an early age She graduated from the Arts University at Bournemouth with a Foundation Degree in Visual Communication and then went on to complete a BA Honours Degree in Illustration in 2010 After leaving university she became a freelance illustrator working on some personal projects and undertaking several commissions before embarking on the exciting journey of illustrating The Hobbit Jemima lives and works in Dorchester THE HOBBIT by J R R Tolkien illustrated by Jemima Catlin will be published in clothbound hardback 20 and deluxe slipcase edition 49 99 on 12th September 2013 THE HOBBIT THE OFFICIAL CALENDAR 2014 illustrated by Jemima Catlin 9 99 will also be published on 12th September 2013 The Hobbit Hardcover Illustrated Edition Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard Gandalf and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure Smaug certainly looked fast asleep when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid

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  • Limited Hardcover Edition of Award Winning Frisian translation of The Hobbit
    3 Limited Deluxe Editions in Publishers Slipcase Saturday 6 June 2015 Signed copy of the Hobbit sells for record at auction Sunday 3 May 2015 On the shores of the shoreless sea Sunday 19 January 2015 New Collector Profile 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 Limited Hardcover Edition of Award Winning Frisian Translation of The Hobbit 09 01 13 by Pieter Collier Comments The Frisian translation of The Hobbit by Anne Tjerk Popkema was first released in 2009 It has recently been awarded the Obe Postmapriis the most prestigious translation award for Frisian literature To celebrate this accomplishment a special edition with a brand new cover design was released on the 75th anniversary of Tolkien s classic original 21 September 2012 As a special treat for Tolkien fans everywhere the limited hardcover edition is on special offer for 29 95 with each copy signed by the translator This second edition with new cover is also available in paperback at 20 00 The Frisian Hobbit is also available as an audiobook with the voice of the translator You can find an article all about it here Please make sure to go and look at it since I have posted a sample of how The Hobbit sounds like in Frisian Always fun to listen to Frisia The Frisians are an ethnic group of Germanic people living in coastal parts of The Netherlands and Germany In total there are 643 000 inhabitants 2005 and they are concentrated in the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen and in Germany East Frisia and North Frisia They inhabit an area known as Frisia

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