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Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work

Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien

Often, when a lengthy discussion of the Hobbit films takes place, someone asks “What about the other books? What about material from The Silmarillion, or Unfinished Tales? Will these be adapted to the big screen?”

The answer to this question is a simple one. As it stands, the literary executor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, his son, Christopher Tolkien, has refused to consider any further licensing of his father’s work for cinematic purposes.

Many fans are quite frustrated by this state of affairs. They know there is interesting material contained in these other sources, such as the well-known “Quest for Erebor.” That one short work alone would illuminate in key ways the motivations and decisions of principal characters in the films. (For the curious, the Quest for Erebor may be found in a shortened form in “Unfinished Tales”, and in a fuller form in the revised edition of Douglas Anderson’s “Annotated Hobbit.”)
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Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Watch 1998′s Mighty Joe Young with other Kong fans today!

8thWonder, one of our chatroom operators, tells us that a screening of 1998 ’s Mighty Joe Young will be held in our #moviechat chatroom at 5:30PM New York City time today! The previous three movie showings of King Kong ’33 and Son of Kong and the original Mighty Joe Young were quite successful and fun! So get yourself a copy of the tape or DVD of Mighty Joe Young (1998) and join us. Even if you don’t have the film, but know it, it is fun to sit in and hang out. Details of the showing are explained in two of our message board threads located here and here.

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Old Main News

ORC: Official One Ring Awards Voting – TIME TO VOTE NOW

The voting booth is open, and a large number of ballots have already been received! Make sure not to miss your chance to vote for the best of 2005′s Lord of the Rings creative and scholarly writing, and acting. Winners will be announced at the official One Ring Award Ceremony, taking place during the ORC weekend of January 20th-22nd 2006 from The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena CA. Don’t delay, award those people that have made a difference in the world of Tolkien this past year! [VOTE]

Posted in Conventions, Old Main News, TheOneRing.net Announcements

ORC: Official One Ring Awards Voting STILL OPEN

The voting booth is open, and a large number of ballots have already been received! Make sure not to miss your chance to vote for the best of 2005′s Lord of the Rings creative and scholarly writing, and acting. Winners will be announced at the official One Ring Award Ceremony, taking place during the ORC weekend of January 20th-22nd 2006 from The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena CA. Don’t delay, award those people that have made a difference in the world of Tolkien this past year! [VOTE]

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News, TheOneRing.net Announcements

ORC: Official One Ring Awards Voting! VOTING OPEN!

The voting booth is open, and a good number of ballots have already been returned! Make sure not to miss your chance to vote for the best of 2005′s Lord of the Rings creative and scholarly writing, and acting. Winners will be announced at the official One Ring Award Ceremony, taking place during the ORC weekend of January 20th-22nd 2006 from The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena CA. Don’t delay, award those people that have made a difference in the world of Tolkien this past year! [VOTE]

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News, TheOneRing.net Announcements

ORC: Official One Ring Awards Voting! VOTE NOW!

The voting booth is open! Unlike the ‘Academy’ you don’t need to be a member of TORn, or even be attending ORC to vote! The only requirement is that you are a Tolkien fan. Winners will be announced at the official One Ring Award Ceremony, taking place during the ORC weekend of January 20th-22nd 2006 from The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena CA. Don’t delay, award those people that have made a difference in the world of Tolkien last year! [VOTE]

Posted in Conventions, Events, Old Main News, TheOneRing.net Announcements