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International research project seeks your views on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

You may recall that in November we posted about the team of academic researchers from the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and Ryerson University (Canada) that is conducting a research project exploring audience engagement with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The team — which tells us to expect preliminary results of their first survey soon — is following up their initial research with a followup survey seeking audience responses to Peter Jackson’s film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Follow Tolkien’s footsteps through the Swiss Alps

In 1911, at the age of 19, J.R.R. Tolkien took a trip to the Swiss Alps. The trip left such an impression on the young man that landscapes and events from the trip served as a basis for places and events in his future books, namely, “The Hobbit.” In October 2013, Swiss touring company, Alpenwild, will be offering “In the Footsteps of Tolkien,” a tour that follows the same path that Tolkien took in 1911. Along for the trip will be Alex Lewis, Chairman of the Tolkien Society of UK from 1988-92, and author of three books of Tolkien studies. The tour, which will also visit the soon-to-be opened Bernd Greisinger Middle Earth Collection museum, is scheduled for October 12-20, 2013. Read More…

Posted in Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Tolkien

TORn joins media frenzy leading up to ‘Hobbit’ world premiere

WELLINGTON — Our story so far: On behalf of TheOneRing.net, I was invited by Warner Bros., supported by the good folks in Peter Jackson’s camp, to come to Wellington and relate the experience of the World Premiere of The Hobbit to fans worldwide. This is a personal thrill for me but I feel also the responsibility to convey as much of the experience as possible to TORn readers and everybody who cannot come. It is 5 a.m. in Wellington on HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey premiere day. (More photos after the red carpet so we don’t bog down the site.) (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Premieres, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Wellington

Your views sought on Hobbit research project!

A team of academic researchers from the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and Ryerson University (Canada) is currently conducting a major international research project exploring audience engagement with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey prior to the film’s release. The survey will remain open until the TH: AUJ general release begins to roll out on December 12.

You can help them out by completing their anonymous survey! (They say it takes around 30 minutes, and I discovered that was fairly accurate estimate.) (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, The Hobbit

Hobbit 75th Anniversary celebrations at the Boston Book Festival

Our good friends at publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wanted to be sure that fans in the Boston area know about a Hobbit panel, which will be part of the Boston Book Festival.  The panel features folks such as Wayne Hammond, Christina Scull, Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor) and another friend of TORn, writer and lifelong geek Ethan Gilsdorf.  The fun happens at 11am on Saturday 27th October – all details here.  (NB We have it on good authority that the ‘sneak preview’ of the film will not include anything not already seen in trailers – so whilst it may be new to some in attendance, we know that everyone here will have seen it already!)  What better way to spend a Saturday morning than in the company of fellow Tolkien fans?

Posted in Calendar, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit

Call for papers: The Third Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2

Get out your calendars for 2014. The Third Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2, will be held March 28-30, 2014 in Westford, MA, USA. The organizers are getting a head start on planning by issuing a call for papers. Are you a scholar or student of Tolkien who has thoughts and theories you’d like present and share? Then, you have plenty of time to prepare. Here’s a general description of the topics From the event website: J.R.R. Tolkien, his works, works based on Tolkien and his works, criticism, teaching Tolkien in the classroom, the books’ impact on oneself and/or the world, the films and the film industry, the music, the art, the fannish side of this universe and its impact, and anything you can imagine on topic. Head over to the Call for Papers page of the event website for more. Read more...

Posted in Events, Fans, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups

Hobbit Day events around the world

We’ve been getting lots of mail alerting us to events all over the world meant to celebrate World Hobbit Day (September 22 -also Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday) and cap off a fabulous Hobbit week that included the debut of a new Hobbit Trailer. As a service to our readers, we’ve gathered information about all of the events we know about into one place so you can plan your weekends accordingly. Starting with world-wide second breakfasts tomorrow, and moving on to online events and local celebrations, the weekend promises food, friends and fun for all: what Hobbit wouldn’t love that? If you have an event that you’d like us to include, please drop us a line at spymaster@theonering.net and we’ll add it to the list.

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Cardiff Metropolitan University presents online Tolkien course

Cardiff Metropolitan University is offering  another great online course: J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context.  Online registration is available now for the course that begins September 19 and runs for twelve weeks. The course is available to anyone who can access the internet – you don’t need to live in the U.K. However, only a limited number of students may enroll, so all enrollments will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. While this is an accredited course at Masters level, students can take it for credit or just for pleasure. Students will have access to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Electronic Library (which includes a wealth of e-books, databases such as JSTOR and Literature Online), as well as relevant journals such as Tolkien Studies and Mythlore in electronic format. According to our friends at Cardiff, this unique course will not be offered again for at least a year or two, so be sure to register soon!

For more information, follow these links: course description / unit-by-unit video introduction / enrollment / FAQ, or visit Cardiff’s Tolkien and Fantasy Online Courses facebook page.

 

Posted in Events, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Celebrating The Professor in Loughborough

This afternoon the “Return of the Ring” event, held by the Tolkien Society at the University of Loughborough from 16 to 20 August, ended. In programming it, the organizers sought to bring together academic studies of “the Professor,” fan activities, and figures from entertainment—the latter being represented by Brian Sibley and others active in various adaptations of Tolkien’s work. With as many as seven separate panels and activities competing with each other in some time slots, there was something for all interests and some tough decisions about which ones to attend. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Exhibits, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Tolkien Family

Announcing Oxonmoot 2012, Celebrating 75 years of Tolkien’s The Hobbit

From our friends at the Tolkien Society: The Tolkien Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Oxonmoot will take place on 21st-23rd September at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. This year will be The Tolkien Society’s 38th Oxonmoot and will include fellowship, talks and panels, friendly discussion, a quiz, an art exhibition and a party with a raft of creative opportunities! This year’s Oxonmoot is particularly special as The Tolkien Society will be holding a celebration in honour of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The HobbitThe Hobbit was first published on the 21st September 1937 and has become one of the world’s most popular books: it has been translated into over 50 languages and estimates put sales of The Hobbit at over 100 million worldwide.

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Other Events, Tolkien

Mythgard Institute offers Hobbit lecture downloads

If you’ve been too busy to attend the online Tolkien and fantasy-related lectures offered by Mythgard Institute, you’ll be pleased to know that you can download many of them at their website. In particular, “The Hobbit Lectures” are both interesting and topical and include titles such as “Bilbo Builds his Resume” and “Bilbo Earns his Reward.” These, and other downloads are free, and available at the Mythgard Institute website.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education

Uni of Illinois professor gives Tolkien talk

The University of Illinois has just announced a topic for its Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speakers Series. On July 17, 2012, it will present Sanctifying Myths: The currency of class, gender, and courage in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings & Peter Jackson’s films.

Dr Donna Bussell, PhD, will highlight Tolkien’s understanding of the spiritual and cultural work of mythology and manifestations of courage in major characters such as Frodo, Sam, Arwen and Aragorn.

Her talk also explores the importance of minor characters whose roles (and lower status) reveal much about the nature of courage in relation to class and gender in the story. Bussell concludes with a few thoughts on how these ideas are (or are not) treated in Jackson’s films, and the implications of these revisions for the transmission of Tolkien’s ideals.

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Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Peter Jackson