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  • I want to learn more about Tolkien. What books about Tolkien should I read?
    earth These letters show Tolkien s genius and give insight into the man behind the books Also here I m desperate for a second or even third volume I have seen and read so many unpublished letters that could or should be added to this book But overall this book is an extremely interesting source for learning much more about Tolkien Title The Letters of J R R Tolkien Author Humphrey Carpenter Publisher HarperCollins New Ed edition Publication Date 2 May 2006 Type paperback 480 pages ISBN 10 0261102656 ISBN 13 978 0261102651 J R R Tolkien Artist and Illustrator This book was written by probably the greatest Tolkien scholars around Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull It explores Tolkien s art at length from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches Inside the book there are 200 reproductions many in colour Most of these are Middle earth related or are pictures Tolkien made for his children calligraphy decorations and nice examples of typography Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull s text is a full book s worth even without the artwork It represents a significant contribution perhaps the most significant since Tolkien s death to our understanding of the life and art of J R R Tolkien The approach to their task is naturally a chronological one they take us on a journey through the immense amount of material much of it appearing in published form for the first time from Tolkien s earliest drawings as a child to the splendid late drawing The Hills of the Morning which they understandably see as a fitting climax and epilogue to his life s work as an artist and which most appropriately takes its place as the frontispiece to this book The book is divided into six main chapters covering over 60 years of Tolkien s life The first chapter shows and explains Tolkien s early artwork presenting many drawings of landscapes and places in England which Tolkien visited in the 1910s Most of these are in pen and ink and a few are in colour Worth to mention the authors literally went to England to find the exact places where these works were created The second part is called Visions Myths and Legends This section contains a number of drawings of abstract concepts like Wickedness Afterwards and Eeriness Also some early drawings of landscapes like for example Tanaqui and Mithrim and illustrations for the stories Tolkien was writing like The Book of lost Tales are shown The third section is called Art for Children and it includes illustrations from Roverandom Mr Bliss and The Father Christmas Letters The fourth and fifth sections will be of considerable interest to Tolkien fans for they contain respectively Tolkien s illustrations for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Again many variants and unpublished works are presented here Also the design for the binding and the dust jackets of both works are completely shown and documented The sixth section of the book covers Patterns and Devices including heraldic devices for a number of characters a Númenórean Carpet and some various doodles A short appendix gives some examples of Tolkien s calligraphy This book is not just another book about Tolkien It is one of the standard works to be read by anyone trying to find out more about Tolkien and his life J R R Tolkien was an artist in pictures as well as in words Though he often remarked that he had no talent for drawing his art has charmed readers and has been exhibited to large and appreciative audiences In fact his talent was far more than he admitted and his sense of design was natural and keen I am sure every person who loved the books will enjoy reading this book and exploring Tolkien s own illustrations Title J R R Tolkien Artist and Illustrator Author Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull Publisher HarperCollins New Ed edition Publication Date 15 Jun 1998 Type paperback 208 pages ISBN 10 0261103601 ISBN 13 978 0261103603 J R R Tolkien Author of the Century Now that we have learned a lot about Tolkien it is fun to start reading some of the books that dig deeper into Tolkien then just biographies and go beyond facts about his live and try to make us understand him One of the better books but actually most of his books are just must reads when trying to learn more about Tolkien is J R R Tolkien Author of the Century Just before the end of the millennium polls consistently declared that J R R Tolkien was the most influential author of the century and The Lord of the Rings was the book of the century In support of these claims the prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy Professor Tom Shippey presented us with a fascinating companion to the works of J R R Tolkien focusing in particular on The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion His book examines The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic and cultural map and as a response to the meaning of myth It presents a unique argument to explain the nature of evil and also gives the reader a compelling insight into the unparalleled level of skill necessary to construct such a rich and complex story Tom Shippey also examines The Hobbit explaining the book s anachronistic relationship to the heroic world of Middle earth and shows the fundamental importance of The Silmarillion to the canon of Tolkien s work He offers as well an illuminating look at other lesser known works in their connection to Tolkien s life With a clear and accessible style Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien to fantasy and to the importance of language in literature He demonstrates how The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion form part of a live and continuing tradition of storytelling that can trace its roots back through Grimms Fairey Tales to Beowulf

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  • An Appeal for Help Locating Some Cor Blok Paintings
    is that he showed five of his paintings to Tolkien back in the early 1960s and Tolkien admired them enough to buy two of them as editor Pieter Collier explains in the foreword to A Tolkien Tapestry These were The Battle of the Hornburg and a version of The Dead Marshes In writing to Blok and requesting to buy the paintings Tolkien remarked I think it is very kind of you to consider selling any of your pictures If they were mine I should not be able to bear to part with them whether in need or not This 1962 letter is reproduced on p 6 of the book Blok gave Tolkien a third painting Dunharrow as a present These are all still in the Tolkien family or with the Estate Interestingly Tolkien found the paintings appealing specifically as paintings He wrote to his editor Rayner Unwin I thought them most attractive I should very much like to see some more in the hope that some more will be as good as The Battle of the Hornburg The other four I thought were attractive as pictures but bad as illustrations Quoted p 6 of A Tolkien Tapestry Blok s paintings are very stylized and distinctive and one can understand Tolkien s feeling that they might not make good illustrations for an edition of The Lord of the Rings Indeed A Tolkien Tapestry s subtitle describes them as Pictures to Accompany the Lord of the Rings Some find them unattractive but I am among those who like them a great deal For many I think Blok has come to rank alongside the best of Tolkien inspired painters like John Howe Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith During his talk Blok mentioned that he had lost track of the whereabouts of some of his paintings In the early 1990s Blok loaned a group of them to an exhibition A dealer then sold them as a lot to a single collector After that collector s death however the heirs wanted to dispose of the paintings Without notifying Blok between roughly 1994 and 2005 the same dealer sold the collection this time one or two paintings at a time He did not keep track of the contact information for the people who purchased them Blok is interested in obtaining that information I should stress that the paintings were sold quite legally and he is not seeking to re acquire them He simply wants to know who has them in case someone might wish to mount an exhibition of his work Most of these sales probably involved collectors in the Netherlands and Belgium though of course the paintings might have been re sold again and gone to other countries Some the paintings were sold without any images of them being kept and hence they don t feature in A Tolkien Tapestry It occurred to me that TheOneRing net and now TolkienLibrary com would be the ideal place to post an appeal for help in tracing the

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  • Tolkien translations: Tolkien in Bengali
    in India there was released a Marathi translation of The Hobbit in 2011 Back then we knew that a translator called Aniruddha had been making a Bengali translation of The Hobbit but has so far had not found a publication house to get his book released Now just some days ago thanks to twitter friend Vilya SCW I not only learned that The Hobbit was finally published in Bengali adding yet another translation to the list The Fellowship of the Ring followed in 2012 and received an illustrated edition I m even more happy that I am able to post the following article by Suravi Chatterjee Woolman telling us al about Bengalis and the translation of Tolkien s works into Bengali Concerning Bengalis Bengalis have been living in the four farthings of Bengal for many thousands of years They are smallish people bookish and rather risk averse In fact it has often been remarked that the Bengali s only real passion is food A rather unfair observation as we have also developed a keen interest in living a simple yet intellectually stimulating life But where our hearts truly lie is in peace quiet and being lost in a well woven yarn So you see it is only natural for us to adore the incredible works of J R R Tolkien Afterall it is still 1419 in Bengal according to the Shakabda the Bengali calendar year that is Curiously similar to the Great Years in the Shire reckoning Yet while others may find our ways quaint it has been brought home to me as I write this now that it is no bad thing for the author Aniruddha to be the first to translate any of Tolkien s work into a major Indian language The Hobbit published in 2011 or 1418

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  • Birthday gifts for hobbit and Tolkien fans
    period For Mr Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons conversed with the dragon Smaug the Magnificent and was present rather unwillingly at the Battle of the Five Armies This is all the more remarkable since he was a hobbit Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement But this account based on his personal memoirs of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now it is said becoming rather rare They do not like noise The Hobbit Pocket Edition To celebrate The Hobbit s 75th anniversary of publication a pocket sized hardback of J R R Tolkien s timeless classic was released in October 2011 perfect for little Hobbits everywhere With 110 by 151 mm this can be described as a pocket but for the very first time we got a hardback pocket version of the Hobbit with Tolkien s cover design It is the perfect edition for all people who want to have a copy of The Hobbit closeby Most of you will already know the story but the book is about the hobbit Bilbo Baggins who enjoys a quiet and contented life with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services as a burglar Bilbo s life is never to be the same again Featuring the distinctive cover illustration painted by Tolkien himself plus his own drawings in the book this edition will be the perfect gift for little Hobbits everywhere Title The Hobbit Pocket Edition Author J R R Tolkien Publisher HarperCollins Publication Date 27 October 2011 Type hardcover 304 pages 75th Anniversary edition edition ISBN 10 0007440847 ISBN 13 978 0007440849 The Hobbit Pocket Deluxe Edition In October 2012 Houghton Mifflin released another lovely pocket edition This time it did not feature Tolkien s cover art but they also wanted to make a special and precious The Hobbit The Hobbit Pocket Deluxe Edition This charming deluxe pocket sized edition contains the complete unabridged text and features a beautiful leatherette cover and gilt edging Another perfect gift for fine Hobbits everywhere It does not only look good it also includes a fabulous tale just a tip Title The Hobbit Pocket Deluxe Edition Author J R R Tolkien Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication Date October 30 2012 Type Deluxe edition 320 pages ISBN 10 0544045521 ISBN 13 978 0544045521 The Hobbit Special Collector s Edition The next gift could be the special collector s film tie in hardback of the best selling classic featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J R R Tolkien You have to think that somehow the publishers at Harper Collins are in the same mood as many

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  • Sixteen Philological Books and Notes from the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien
    on what he has to say about Grimm s Law This is apparently a subject about which Tolkien feels very passionately parts of his annotations read probably wrong most unlikely and nonsense Hirt 221 222 and annotations Tolkien s Research and Academic Work Although Tolkien s handwriting cannot always be read word for word enough can be drawn from these notes to show that Tolkien was investigating sound shift in language and how contact and the type of contact between two languages may affect the development of each language These notes appear to be lecture or essay notes possibly for the lectures Tolkien gave at Oxford on Thursdays at 12 00 p m in the Examination Schools during the 1935 Trinity Term entitled Grimm s Law Scull Hammond 177 Given Tolkien s knowledge of Germanic philology allusions to sound shift in his mythology are not surprising The Influence of Tolkien s Scholarship on his Legendarium Tolkien claims that there were systematic changes in the Elvish languages in The Silmarillion as a result of which the Sindar could no longer fully communicate with the the Noldor when reunited When they first awoke all the Elves spoke Quenya Tolkien never describes in detail the original language of Elves According to Elizabeth Solopova it was portrayed as a proto language 81 but the version of Quenya used in The Silmarillion represents the language as it was spoken by the Elves in Valinor Later when the Noldor were exiled t his language was brought to Middle Earth but abandoned by them as daily speech Tolkien Silmarillion 346 The Sindar spoke Sindarin which was also derived from the common Elvish speech but greatly changed through long ages from Quenya of Valinor Tolkien Silmarillion 348 Thus with these shifts in language they came to speak essentially two different languages Once they resumed contact with one another they became welded into one people and spoke the same tongue Tolkien Silmarillion 117 The Noldor took up the Sindarin language with Quenya becoming a kind of a lingua franca an Elven Latin that was still used for ceremony and for high matter of lore and song Tolkien Lord of the Rings Appendix F 1101 Tolkien does not go into detail about specific developments in the two languages but he tells the reader that in L rien Sindarin was spoken with an accent since most of its folk were of Silvan origin but the names L rien Caras Galadhon Amroth Nimrodel are probably of Silvan origin 9 adapted to Sindarin Tolkien Lord of the Rings Appendix F 1101 Elizabeth Solopova further describes this systematic language creation when she points out that Tolkien often built similarities into the phonology vocabulary and grammar of Noldorin and Sindarin and explained these similarities through the common origin of the two languages and their gradual divergence through change and accumulation of individual features the form of names takes into account the relationship between Quenya and Sindarin and the existence of parallel similar but not identical

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  • Andrew Morton takes us to the real Bag End - A Very English Place
    clearings The first clear historical sighting of Dormston comes much later in a 10th century charter of King Edgar but something of the nature of early Mercia can be surmised from the historical record Here was a place where peoples and cultures met and melded early Christianised Saxons with pagan Angles and just over an ill defined border Celtic Britons the Welsh Not until Offa s time was a clear demarcation between English and Welsh territory established A map of this part of the West Midlands shows many names of Celtic origin among them the Malvern Hills which are clearly visible from Dormston Tolkien s fiction is full of the meetings of different races and different languages He revels in what today we might call cultural diversity But Tolkien is strongest when he draws from the Anglo Saxon temperament the valiant fatalism the honour and loyalty regardless of reward of this culture pervades his writing Deormod s house was probably of modest wooden construction certainly nothing like the Meduseld of Lord of the Rings but it s inhabitants may have shared some values with those of The Mark Mercia What emerges of Mercia from the mists of time may be skimpy but those are the mists that give full rein to Tolkien s narrative and emotional power There was certainly a large degree of continuity between late Anglo Saxon Dormston and the era of Norman domination The Dormston records of the late 10th century are very similar to those presented in Doomsday but now we have a new Norman overlord and the arrival of a stricter form of feudalism The suzerainty of Peter of Westminster is supplanted by that of Roger de Corbuzon and eventually for several hundred years by the Russells of Strensham These are lords of the manor of Dormston in the pattern that was established by the Norman invasion The remnants of feudalism linger on in this country even to the present day in our royalty and aristocracy something more than a useless appendix at least for the conservative minded Tolkien s human worlds reflect the strong tribal bonds of the Anglo Saxon world but also a strong flavour of later Norman feudal values the ideas of primogeniture allegiance to the hereditary lord and the fear of disorder when these patterns are disrupted This is particularly true of the Aragorn narrative which is central to the story of the Ring These values are all part of the genre of The Lord of the Rings which resembles more than anything that of the medieval romance Those who have an aversion to Tolkien s writing will often cite this male dominated martial hierarchical milieu as an obstacle to their enjoyment of his fiction It is a prejudice often encountered although one that misses the strong moral purpose of Tolkien s writing which distinguishes it from the sword and sorcery genre But during the post conquest medieval and early modern eras the history of Bag End is largely defined by

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  • The Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
    legendary English writers wrote about magical lands not too different from our own Both of these series have been turned into a lucrative series of movies Products related to these series can be found from high end department stores to the best rewards credit card reviews The two fast friends of the early twentieth century would be astonished at how far their creations have come The Inklings Clive Sinclair Lewis and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien became members of a literary club called the Inklings Although based out of Pembroke College Oxford the Inklings often preferred to hold meetings at a nearby pub called the Eagle and Child Many other published writers and literary critics joined the Inklings but none became as famous as C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien Lewis preferred that friends like Tolkien call him Jack Tolkien preferred to be called Tollers The two worked as professors at the prestigious Oxford University and first encountered each other at an otherwise routine faculty meeting in 1926 Tolkien s in depth study of languages would greatly influence the creation of Elfish Orcish and Hobbit languages in the Lord of the Rings series Christian Apology Lewis became an atheist in his early teens but dabbled with paganism before meeting Tolkien Tolkien was a practicing and outspoken Catholic when he met Lewis Both men were fascinated by the occult and mythologies of the world Lewis claims that it was Tolkien who managed to convert Lewis into a Christian Lewis decided to become an Anglican instead of a Catholic Lewis became one of the twentieth century s leading Christian apologetics His works explaining Christianity became required reading for followers of many Christian denominations on both sides of the Atlantic Lewis turned Christianity into a profession often appearing on radio and television

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  • Fifteen places named after J.R.R. Tolkien to honour the author
    it is amazing to see streets and lanes named after the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings all over the globe One thing is certain if I ever decide to move to Florida I will try and find me a house in Tolkien Street Bistro Tolkien In Bruges in Belgium a one time famous Genever Low Country Gin bar t Dreupelhuisje has become a Restaurant called the Bistro Tolkien which is in the same ownership as a long established place on the other side of the road with a related name De Hobbit Dutch The Hobbit The restaurant gets good reviews in guides for its grills pasta and croques It is open each day for all hungry hobbits elves and dwarves to come over and enjoy a fine and good meal Pub Tolkien s House In Zagreb the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia you can eat and drink in a pub called Tolkien s House which of course is decorated in a The Lord of the Rings theme and sells drinks named after places and characters in Tolkien s books Tolkien s House can be found close to Lotrscak tower on the street to the left next to the Indies cocktail bar It is a fantastic small pub named and decorated in the style of the famous writer you ll find some of the most adorable hot chocolate there Try it you won t regret it and you ll definitely come back Tolkien restaurant In amongst the glitter and fast moving city that is Birmingham it is comforting to find a few relics of earlier times still offering tradition and stability whilst having quietly moved with the times sufficiently to absorb the best and discard the shallow Of such is the Tolkien Restaurant at the Plough and Harrow founded in the reign of Queen Anne a wonderful Neo Gothic confection less than a mile from the city centre The restaurant offers a menu which features local specialities alongside traditional dishes from a wide spectrum served with decorum and charm There could be few better places to start off your evening in the city Schooner J R Tolkien The J R Tolkien is a gaff topsail schooner of Netherlands registry suitable for groups of 20 to 90 people Below deck the attractive main saloon can seat up to 50 guests for dinner and there is also a fully equipped bar For longer cruises and team building events the ship has 11 cabins with en suite shower and toilet offering comfortable accommodation at sea or at the quayside This beautiful ship makes a perfect venue for a wide range of events though has an unusual past It is hard to believe that the ship was first launched in 1964 as the Baltic tug Dierkow In 1994 she was converted into the fantastic ship J R Tolkien The J R Tolkien is operated by Van der Rest Sail Charter Tolkien Room There are so

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