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Tolkien signature to be auctioned in Poole next week

JRR Tolkien Collectors of Tolkien memorabilia may be interested in a signature of JRR Tolkien (accompanied by a letter from his secretary JM Tolhurst) that will go to auction next week in Poole in the UK.

According to the auctioneers, Cottees, Tolkien inscribed the autograph for a Mrs Gould in March 1971. Mrs Gould then worked for the Department of Health and Social Security in the Pensions Department and met Tolkien on several occasions to assist with problems with his pension.

At the time, Tolkien offered her some signed books but her contract prevented her from accepting ‘gratuities’. Instead he sent the signed slip of paper to her home which she could then attach to one of her own books. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Tolkien

Happy birthday to Sean Astin!

Sean Astin at RingCon 2012 Born on February 25, 1971, Sean Astin turns 45 today!

Astin — actor, director, voice artist and producer — is, of course, best known to Tolkien fans as Sam Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, but has also made his mark in a career spanning more than 70 films roles, including The Goonies, Toy Soldiers, 50 First Dates and as the indomitable, never-say-die working class hero of Rudy. (more…)

Posted in Sean Astin

New merch: Lord of the Rings movie colouring book!

Colouring books have lately had an enormous resurgence in popularity among adults, and Harper Collins and Warner Bros Consumer Products are doing their bit to help it along with the announcement of an official The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Colouring Book.

We understand the book will combine official character artwork from the films, including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Frodo, Sam and Gollum, with brand-new colouring pages.

The colouring-in art, created by artist Nicolette Caven, will capture vistas from all three The Lord of the Rings movies – from the the Balrog encounter in the Mines of Moria to the battle of Pelennor Fields. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise

Hall of Fire this Saturday: Boromir, tragic hero of Gondor

This Saturday (Feb 27 at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be discussing one of the great (and tragic) heroes of Middle-earth — Boromir the Brave.

‘The Men of Gondor are valiant, and they will never submit; but they may be beaten down. Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon. Let the Ring be your weapon, if it has such power as you say. Take it and go forth to victory!’ The Council of Elrond.

Boromir: the tragic hero of Gondor (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Tolkien-inspired art exhibit: Dales of a Perilous Realm

FTKdSdIzLTf_7XC_3chcvY_mNaoCqfc5f4Pc3ezmqkuigtQMSOKKQBmuM7ylJwOb7SIm=w1440-h900-no Artist John Cockshaw — whose fabulous art we’ve profiled here before — writes to tell us of his latest Tolkien-inspired Art exhibition that launches this Saturday (February 27) in North Yorkshire in the UK.

The exhibition, titled “Dales of a Perilous Realm”, will run at Mill Bridge Gallery in the scenic Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton until until April 9.

John writes:
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Posted in Creations, Events, Exhibits, Fans

Merch: new heat-transforming One Ring mug!

The Hobbit Shop people tell us of a neat new product they have up for pre-order: a One Ring heat mug. (more…)

Posted in Merchandise, Other Merchandise

Hall of Fire this weekend: Finarfin, son of Finwë

This Saturday (6pm ET) in The Hall of Fire we’ll be turning our attention to Finarfin, the youngest son of Finwë and Indis.

But at the rear went Finarfin and Finrod, and many of the noblest and wisest of the Noldor; and often they looked behind them to see their fair city, until the lamp of the Mindon Eldaliéve was lost in the night.

Finarfin, son of Finwë (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: Aragorn as Thorongil


Late in the Third Age, Aragorn served in the armies of King Thengel of Rohan (Théoden’s father) and of Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor (father of Denethor). To conceal his identity, he used the pseudonym “Thorongil”.

This Saturday at 6pm ET in the Hall of Fire, we’ll be chatting about this period of Aragorn’s life.

Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate.

(more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: fan-film The Hunt for Gollum

This Saturday at 6pm ET Hall of Fire will be chatting about the 2009 Middle-earth fan-film The Hunt for Gollum.

Directed by Chris Bouchard, The Hunt for Gollum is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of Aragorn son of Arathorn, and his pursuit of the creature Gollum at the behest of Gandalf the Grey. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: Fingolfin


This weekend (Saturday December 12 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be chatting about the Noldorin elf often often considered the antithesis of Fëanor — his half-brother, Fingolfin.

Fëanor was the mightiest in skill of word and of hand, more learned than his brothers; his spirit burned as a flame. Fingolfin was the strongest, the most steadfast, and the most valiant. Finarfin was the fairest, and the most wise of heart…

Fingolfin — High King of the Noldor (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

The Unexpected Booklet project releases Battle of the Five Armies EE fan booklet

UnexpectedBookletTrilogy The journey is now finally over, with the Special Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies available on DVD and BluRay. However, some fans still hold a small grudge: once again, there is no booklet included in either of the multiple versions of BOTFA EE.

If you recall the times of The Lord of the Rings SEE: each box contained a beautiful little book with parchment-like pages which not only contained stylish pencil sketches by John Howe and Alan Lee, but also held some useful information. Not only was there a chapter list with new and extended scenes specifically pointed out; there was also a navigation help through tons of the bonus materials structured in complex tree-like submenus. Even the BluRay version of LOTR SEE still contained these booklets. Not The Hobbit, however. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire this weekend: Feanor, Spirit of Fire

This weekend (Saturday November 21 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be discussing the life and achievements of that most talented (and, perhaps, most-troubled) of elves, Fëanor.

Here once was light, that the Valar begrudged to Middle-earth, but now dark levels all. Shall we mourn here deedless for ever, a shadow-folk, mist-haunting, dropping vain tears in the thankless sea? Or shall we return to our home?

In Cuiviénen sweet ran the waters under unclouded stars, and wide lands lay about, where a free people might walk. There they lie still and await us who in our folly forsook them.

Come away! Let the cowards keep this city!

Fëanor, the Spirit of Fire (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire