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Bilbo, by Alan Lee
Here’s a thought-provoking article from Slate.com. We couldn’t help but notice the correction at the bottom of the story: “The caption for this story originally stated that Arwen and Aragorn are half-elf and half-human. Their lineage is apparently much more complicated than that.” Knowing fellow Tolkien fans, we imagine they received a comment or two (or twenty) to set them straight!
Are hobbits human and just really short? Or are they some entirely other species, like a gold-hoarding dragon? In high-school biology class they teach you to define species in terms of interbreeding. A horse is something that can make nonsterile babies with other horses; it may mate with a donkey, but since their offspring are sterile mules, horses and donkeys count as separate species. By that standard, the most relevant J.R.R. Tolkien passage comes from Appendix A of the Return of the King:
There were three unions of the Eldar and the Edain: Lúthien and Beren; Idril and Tuor; Arwen and Aragorn. By the last the long-sundered branches of the Half-elven were reunited and their line was restored.
Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Tolkien
It helps to recall here that Eldar is another word for elf and Edain is another word for human. Tolkien is saying here that there were two human-elf pairings in the backstory to the Lord of the Rings. One between Lúthien and Beren and another between Idril and Tuor. Both Arwen and Aragorn are descendants of one of these pairings. So when they get together in the course of the series, they reunite the half-elven lines. [Read More]
After reaching 200k fans on Facebook (we’re now up to 223k!!), Sideshow Collectibles‘ generously gave us one of their Sam and Frodo dioramas as a giveaway. Today we are pleased to announce the winner!
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Posted in Contests, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise
To celebrate the conclusion of 2013 Middle-earth’s Year of the Dragon, here are the thirteen most viewed posts of the past year.
As with most of our stories, they are submitted by fans, like you! 2014 promises to be a significant year for Tolkien fandom, please don’t hesitate to send us your news suggestions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org!
TOP 13 Posts of 2013:
13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – commentary
12. Analysis: just how big is Jackson’s Smaug?
11. All the spoilery details from the 20 minutes of previously unseen footage screened at The Desolation of Smaug Fan Event
10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Scene Guide
9. Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work
8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug runtime is 156 minutes?
7. Viggo ‘Turned Down’ Role as Aragorn? Not so fast…
6. TORn’s official frame-by-frame analysis of trailer two for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!
5. Finally! See the human face of Beorn!
4. Analysing the role of The Necromancer in The Hobbit
3. ‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition’ release dates, content, pricing announced
2. Top 20 Quotes From “The Lord of the Rings”
1. Frame by Frame Analysis of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer
Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community
Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past year. We’ve collected some of 2013′s most popular posts on our 10 Message Boards. You’ll be surprised at what captured the attention and imagination of our 10,500+ members. Come and have a look back at what has kept us busy as we impatiently awaited the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. We actually did manage to talk about many fascinating things, besides The Hobbit. So just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions for 2013. Continue to watch this space as every weekend we spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join the fun!
Posted in Fans, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien
The Independent Critic has positively reviewed The Rise of the Fellowship, the ‘buddy-comedy written in honor of online gamers and The Lord of the Rings that will debut on Netflix on January 3.
The film, which won the GenCon 2012 Film Festival, is already available on VOD, iTunes, and Amazon.com.
Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Parodies
In this piece, Matt Lebovic of The Times of Israel explores the eternally fascinating question of the parallels between Tolkien’s dwarves and the Jewish people. Allegory is almost certainly too strong a word for the relationship, the quotes that Lebovic draws from Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and various interviews make clear Tolkien’s dislike of the allegorical style (although Leaf by Niggle makes one wonder and Letters #241 and #153 provide conflicting evidence there), and his sincere admiration of the Jewish people.
Edit to quote from Letter #153:
…I might say in my myth I have used ‘subcreation’ in a special way (not the same as ‘subcreation’ as a term in criticism in art, though I tried allegorically [emphasis mine] how that might come to be taken up into Creation in some plane in my ‘purgatorial’ story Leaf by Niggle (Dublin Review 1945))…
Couple of quick points of nit-picking: the Company has 13 dwarves, not 12, it’s Middle-earth not Middle Earth, and arguably Khazad-dûm (Moria) is more accurately the spiritual home of the Dwarves (especially of the Longbeards of Durin’s line) rather than Erebor. As a point of trivia, the Dwarves eventually reclaim Khazad-dum under Durin VII sometime in the Fourth Age. As for the Arkenstone, some people hold that, within the Legendarium, it might have been a Silmaril, but that seems unlikely to this writer. (more…)
Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien
Polish classical and film music composer Wojciech Kilar has died aged 81 after a long illness.
Kilar became known internationally as the author of dozens of film soundtracks such as Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He also composed symphonic music, chamber works and works for solo instruments.
He was also, for a time, a frontrunner to compose the score for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films. (more…)
Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Old Main News, Old Special Reports, Old Spy Reports, Original TORn, Production, soundtrack
This is a very cool, very interesting Middle-earth history lesson wrapped into a list of its seven greatest architectural wonders. I find myself hard-pressed to disagree with any of the author’s choices. The ancient Dwarven cities of Nogrod and Belegost — and even Erebor — paled in comparison to Khazad-dûm’s lost glory.
Perhaps, at its peak, Osgiliath’s grandeur might have outstripped that of Minas Anor, but it lacked Minas Anor’s mountainous, physics-defying scale. The strange Pukel Men of Dunharrow might offer another option. And what of Thangorodrim and Angband, Morgoth’s fortresses from the First age and earlier? Would they have been mightier than Barad-dûr?
Anyway, have a read and add your thoughts in the comments. I’d encourage you to follow the links and read the full (and very extensive) entries on each wonder!
Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Two Towers
As many of you know, The Lord of the Rings films have long been running on TNT – and that tradition will continue with The Hobbit. Last year, the network nabbed the rights for An Unexpected Journey (due to air in 2015), and now they have ensured that the next chapter in Peter Jackson’s adaptation will air the following year. (more…)
Posted in Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Television, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.
First, for those who celebrate, hope you had a Merry Christmas! But if you are here at TheOneRing.net and looking, we need to provide some post-holiday content. With “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” entertaining audiences around the world (now including Australia) we thought it was time to share a fan-made video complete with original song by a group in New Zealand. Some of the faces may be familiar, some of these folks are rumored to be extras in the film as well. Now, don’t take any of this too seriously, the gang is just having fun and actually thinks highly of all involved, as they will tell you if stick around for the post-credits.
Posted in Characters, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on December 25th:
- The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk (1418 )
Posted in Calendar, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth
Wintertide and Durin’s Day are upon us so join Fili and Kili to learn how to incorporate some dwarvish customs into your winter holidays, from crafts and cookies to carols! Wishing you all enough warmth and cheer to glow in your heart all through the coming New Year! Recipe below. (more…)
Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, Tolkien