Every year about 3,000 medievalists descend on Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, but tucked into the over 600 sessions on every medieval topic imaginable, you can find 6 or 7 sessions on Tolkien, often referred to as “Tolkien at Kalamazoo.” You don’t have to be a medieval scholar to attend this conference, though I should say that it is meant to be a scholarly event — still, there’s lots of fun to be had, especially in the Friday night “Tolkien Unbound” entertainment, or the Saturday night dance, or in some of the gaming sessions, or dinner at Bilbo’s Restaurant. You can find information about the full conference here.Posted in Events, Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, LotR Books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Two Towers, Tolkien
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The Tolkien Society is delighted to announce that Charlie Ross will be bringing a touch of comedic glamour to The Return of the Ring this summer with an exclusive performance of his show ‘One Man Lord of the Rings’.
Charlie Ross, also the star of ‘One Man Star Wars Trilogy’, will be bringing his internationally-acclaimed worldwide tour of ‘One Man LOTR’ to The Return of the Ring this August for an exclusive one-off show. The Return of the Ring takes place at Loughborough University, England on 16th-20th August 2012 with Charlie Ross’s ‘One Man LOTR’ taking place on the afternoon of Friday 17th. The Return of the Ring celebrates the forthcoming films and the 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and is the follow-up to Tolkien 2005 that commemorated 50 years of The Lord of the Rings and which was recently described by Ring*Con founder Marcel Bülles as “probably the best Tolkien-related event in history“.
Charlie Ross adds to the already-exciting roster of guests that includes: authors and academics Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Brian Sibley, Colin Duriez, John Garth and Corey Olsen; artists Ted Nasmith and Jef Murray; directors of Born of Hope and The Hunt for Gollum Kate Madison and Chris Bouchard; and French Middle-earth re-enactment society The Company of the Green Dragon. To view all our guests, including Charlie Ross, please go to:
Shaun Gunner, Deputy Chairman of The Return of the Ring, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled! We’ve been working with Charlie for weeks to make sure this happens – he’s so excited about doing this that he’s squeezed us into his busy schedule at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by flying from Edinburgh and back in the space of a day! I can’t wait to experience his act with the hundreds of other Tolkien fans that will be coming - having Charlie with us proves that The Return of the Ring isn’t just an academic event, but that it is a celebration and a convention in the broadest sense of the term.”
To learn more about The Return of the Ring, and to book, go to: http://www.returnofthering.orgPosted in Conventions, Events, Lectures & Education
Interested in learning about Tolkien and fantasy literature in more depth? We have been asked to spread the word about an online course that spans fantasy from its roots to modern works. Here is the info we were asked to share with all the links after the break:
During the summer semester Cardiff Metropolitan University will run an online course titled Fantasy Literature: Tales Before and After Tolkien, designed and taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi.
The course will examine fantasy literature, from its roots in Victorian fairy tales to modern imaginary worlds. Some of the key texts we will explore include J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and J.K. RowlingHarry Potter series. The course is open to students and adult learners all over the world. It is delivered entirely online via Blackboard, Cardiff Met’s Virtual Learning Environment, so it does not matter where students are physically. The course will begin on Wednesday 9th May, and will run for 12 weeks (10 teaching Units plus 1 reading week and 1 essay-writing week), until the end of July. The course carries 20 credits at Year 3 undergraduate level if students choose to do the assessment. (more…)Posted in Lectures & Education
Join TheOneRing and the Tolkien Society, who started the event, by celebrating Tolkien Reading Day! Held annually since 2003, it is meant to encourage reading and is a great day to dust off a copy of one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s many works and dig in. (It also marks the downfall of Barad-dûr and the passing of Sauron, but that happened long before 2003.) Many schools mark the day with an in-class read, but since this year it falls on a Sunday, parents will be in charge of helping children celebrate but reading to pets, the infirm or yourself is also more than acceptable. Enjoy!Posted in Books Publications, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Events, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien
Our staffers are warming up their speaking voices, brushing up on their Hobbit knowledge and getting ready to head for the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon in less than a week. Friday March 16, at 12:30 p.m. (lunch time) TORn will start programming at the convention that will surely take over the title “Happiest Place On Earth,” from neighboring Disneyland for three days.
We will explore the latest news from New Zealand and The Hobbit film that is currently in overdrive filming. We will discuss news, rumors and have a wealth of opinions and speculation about what fans can expect this December and next. On hand will be staffers Justin, Garfiemo, MrCere, Ostadan, Quickbeam and Saruman as either part of the panel or part of the day. (more…)Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, WonderCon
“The royal Danish Court has approved of Bri – The Tolkien Society of Copenhagen doing a reading from the Hobbit at the art museum Arken for this year’s Reading Day, by the LotR-inspired art of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. We hope to see as many interested and inspired people as possible there, in your finest get-ups. We can’t wait to meet you!
The event will be marts 25, 13.00-15.00.
Further info can be found here and here. Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit, Tolkien
Friend and discussion board member, Jason Fisher (a.k.a. ‘visualweasel’ on the boards), is hosting a workshop on J.R.R. Tolkien and source criticism at the Art Center of Corpus Christi this Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m. His presentation will draw on essays from his recently published book “Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays.” The cost of the workshop is $20. He will also be offering his book at a 30% discount at the workshop. South Texas residents and travelers, be sure and check it out!Posted in Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Tolkien
Spring Enrollment Open at Mythgard Institute for “The Making of Myth” and “Taking Harry Seriously” until January 13th
The Mythgard Institute will be continuing their look at the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien – while delving into new territory – by offering the course “The Making of Myth: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien” this spring. The 15-week course can be taken for master’s level credit or audited and will focus on examining the work of Tolkien and Lewis hand-in-hand. The class will engage in a careful comparison of Lewis’ and Tolkien’s fiction, paying close attention to those moments when they are both exploring similar ideas or undertaking comparable literary enterprises. Not only will the course look at what they shared in common, but will also examine their primary differences. Books and essays to be discussed include but are not limited to The Hobbit, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, “Ainulindale,” The Magician’s Nephew, “Leaf by Niggle,” Till We have Faces, “The Lost Road,” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and “Smith of Wootton Major.” [Spring 2012 Courses]Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien
An exploration of J.R.R Tolkien’s works, his Welsh inspirations and his influence on others
Buckland Hall, a stunning Victorian mansion in the heart of the Welsh borders, opens its doors on Sunday 11th December, 2011 to celebrate everything J.R.R Tolkien. Learn about the great fantasy writer in front a roaring fire, enjoying a glass of mulled wine in friendly company. (more…)Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
Geek Kon is a relatively young gathering, started in 2007 by students and alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The fifth con was held this weekend, September 9 to 11, with 1400 fans attending. There were three Tolkien-related events, allinvolving David Salo, an expert on the professor’s invented languages.
David’s main contribution to the scholarly study of those languages has been his book A Gateway to Sindarin. He also, however, acted as the “Tolkien linguist” for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. In that capacity, he translated phrases and passages from the script into various Middle-earth languages, primarily Elvish. David also devised passages in Khuzdul (the secret language of the dwarves), including choral portions in the musical score for the scenes in Moria. David also translated the phrases seen engraved on the swords and other armaments, and he recorded readings of his translations for the language coaches to use in training the actors.
(I have known David for years, and in September of 2004 I interviewed him for my book, The Frodo Franchise. I used material from that interview in Chapter 3, “Handcrafting a Blockbuster,” pp. 95-6.)
I don’t think it has been publicly announced yet, but fans will be delighted to know that David is currently performing the same tasks for The Hobbit. Although his contract obviously restricts him in what he can say about the actual filming, his first talk shared with us what he could reveal. (more…)Posted in Conventions, Events, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Tolkien
TheOneRing.net, with major sponsor The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, is returning the Road! While DragonCon may be coming to a end today, the journey continues for our fellowship of drivers as they take the long road back from Atlanta, GA to Los Angeles, CA. The road warriors will begin their trip at approximately Noon ET and will drive straight through over the next few days, stopping along the way to meet up with fans and see some famous places. So while we had occasional non-live elements to DragonCon, we will be back to our LIVE as much as humanly possible for the remainder of the trip. If you have not been following the news, we are on a multi-day road trip to (and from!) DragonCon and, for the first time ever, broadcasting the entire trip 24/7 LIVE via Stickam.com. You can interact with the travelers in our Barliman’s chat, as well through twitter and Facebook. And of course, you can email them email@example.com. And even better, we’ve set up a special phone number so you can call and text our travelers: 970-210-6130. We have a special sub site set up to follow their progress – just follow the link. [LIVE] And don’t’ forget to support our sponsors: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Badali Jewelry and Anglotopia! [Roadtrip to DragonCon Sub Site] [Support the Trip - T-Shirts]Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Conventions, Creations, Director news, Director Rumors, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Locations Sets, Make the Hobbit Happen, Meet Ups, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Rumors Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop
Since the last panel was packed and standing room only, DragonCon has added another segment of our Hobbit panel today at 5:30pm ET. Like the one from Comic-Con, we will LIVE stream the entire panel, including any questions and audience participation. [TheOneRing.net LIVE] [DragonCon.org]Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Conventions, Creations, Director news, Director Rumors, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Locations Sets, Make the Hobbit Happen, Meet Ups, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Rumors Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop