Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!Posted in Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly, Characters, Conventions, Events, Fans, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Meet Ups, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, Tolkien
Archive for the ‘Green Books’ Category
A little earlier, Hall of Fire regulars and guests concluded a lively discussion about The Uruk-hai, the chapter of The Two Towers where Merry and Pippin escape from the clutches of the orcs. For those who missed it, here’s a log to peruse.
Next weekend, we’ll be discussing the second of the three great unions of elves and humans: Idril and Tuor. (more…)Posted in Barlimans, Green Books, Hall of Fire, Languages, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Two Towers, Tolkien
The review copy of Hobbitus Ille by Mark Walker is a beautifully presented hardcover edition with art and interior maps in the style of early English copies and is provided by Harper Collins.
Walker has taken up a very brave challenge in providing us with the first Latin translation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. His intent was to provide as direct a translation of Tolkien’s own words as possible and the end result is a complete and unabridged volume where even the poetry is in Latin. This direct translation is not the hallmark of the best translations, nor is it the Classical Latin of Caesar and Cicero. (more…)Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, The Hobbit, Tolkien
In this interesting feature, Tolkien scholar Michael Martinez answers what on the surface seems a very simple question: why is the land of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings called The Shire? (more…)Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Two Towers
As you’re probably aware, Harper Collins is publishing J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur in May 2013.
Edited by the Professor’s son, Christopher, the publication also includes “three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work that his father applied to bring it to a finished form, and the intriguing links between The Fall of Arthur and his greatest creation, Middle-earth.”Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, Tolkien
I quite enjoyed this short piece explaining the sacrifice that Gilraen, the mother of Aragorn, makes for her people. There’s also a bit of linguistic geekery for the word nerds. Enjoy. (more…)Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Languages, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King
In this two-part feature, Norse mythologist Dr Karl Seigfried writes about Éowyn as an exemplar of Nordic literary tradition and a feminist icon. It’s interesting stuff.
TOLKIEN’S deep love for the literary heritage of northern Europe can be felt throughout his works. I teach a semester-long course teasing out the many elements of Norse myth that permeate The Hobbit alone. In this article, I will focus on a close reading of a single bit of dialogue in The Lord of the Rings to show how powerfully the pre-Christian philosophy resonates in Tolkien’s fantasy.
In “The Passing of the Grey Company”, the second chapter of The Return of the King, Aragorn tells Éowyn that she may not ride with him to battle, but must remain behind as the men go off to war. Her response immediately shows her allegiance to heathen ideals.
‘You are a stern lord and resolute,’ she said; ‘and thus do men win renown.’ She paused. ‘Lord.’ she said, ‘if you must go, then let me ride in your following. For I am weary of skulking in the hills, and wish to face peril and battle.’ (more…)Posted in Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Two Towers
John D. Rateliff, author of The History of the Hobbit, explores the links between The Silmarillion and The Hobbit in this interesting paper that he delivered for the International Congress on Medieval Studies of Kalamazoo (USA) in May 2012.
IN January 1938, just months after the initial publication of The Hobbit, Tolkien was asked a series of questions about his sources for the book. (more…)Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, Silmarillion, The Hobbit
This piece by Tolkien scholar Michael Martinez attempts to shed some light on the ultimate source of the ancient enmity between elves and dwarves.
MANY strongly-worded opinions have been written about the apparent enmity between Elves and Dwarves in The Lord of the Rings, although there is hardly any reference to such enmity in the story. Legolas and Gimli get off to a poor start but eventually become such close friends that it is considered remarkable. (more…)Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Two Towers
Welcome to the latest “Getting to know…” questions that need answering. Based on the old Getting to know you threads that I used to post on the message boards here on TORn, so those familiar with them will know that the questions can be a little crazy and the answers even crazier.
This month we’re asking questions of uber fan from Brisbane Australia, Peter Kenny.
Hi Peter and thank you for joining in
Kelvarhin: What piece of Tolkien ephemera began your collection?
Peter: My very first Tolkien Book was a single volume paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings given to me as a gift in 1976. I still have that original copy in my collection.Posted in Collectibles, Conventions, Creations, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Film Screenings, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Oscar Parties, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Premieres, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The One Expected Party, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tours, Toys, Wellington
Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Meet Ups, Other Events, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community
Our Tolkien-loving friends on Google+, The Hobbit Movies, have just completed a full transcript of The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey. They (and we!) hope it will be a useful adjunct for everyone who enjoyed watching the movie and wishes to think about it further. This transcript is not official, and is of course not in any way meant to replace watching the movie; it is a fan-made supplement. (more…)Posted in Fans, Green Books, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit