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Gandalf as Tolkien’s Will

hobbit_gandalf In our latest Library feature, Tedoras muses on how we can view Gandalf as the prime extension of the will of J.R.R. Tolkien within The Lord of Rings.


Gandalf as Tolkien’s Will

By Tedoras

“Hobbits really are amazing creatures,” a wise man once remarked. While Gandalf was indeed right about that, it is a rather fatuous comment for such a sage to make. The praises of the halflings are sung perpetually in our fandom, as they rightfully are affirmed by their deeds in the legendarium. But it is certainly time we reexamined our relationship with Gandalf — for here, truly, is an amazing creature.

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien

The Hobbits that lurk in Alpine villages

Matterhorn reflected in Riffelsee 2 In 1911, when Tolkien was only 19, he travelled with a on a walking tour of the Swiss Alps. It was his first and only experience of truly large mountains, and as he later made clear in several of his letters, the experience inspired the mountain landscapes in his Middle-earth writings.

`Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue. Yonder stands Barazinbar, the Redhorn, cruel Caradhras; and beyond him are Silvertine and Cloudyhead: Celebdil the White, and Fanuidhol the Grey, that we call Zirak-zigil and Bundushathûr.
Gimli, The Lord of the Rings.

We’ve previously profiled the Swiss Alps around Interlaken on a couple of occasions, however if you missed those posts previously, here’s another nice write-up courtesy of BBC travel.

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Tolkien

Happy Hobbit: Beginning Sword Fighting – Episode 42

funny kili fighting   fili and kili fight!

When mother Dis has had enough of Fili and Kili’s shenanigans, she leaves them in the woods with a mysterious stranger to whip them into shape by teaching them the basics of sword fighting. But who is the stranger? And can Fili and Kili actually learn or will they accidentally kill themselves?

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Audio of lost Tolkien speech promises new insights into The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien_2692769b An audio recording of J.R.R. Tolkien speaking at a dinner in Rotterdam in 1958 is set to undergo restoration and may offer new insights into The Lord of the Rings. Significantly, for Tolkien scholarship, it includes a previously unpublished poem.

Tolkien’s Dutch publisher and bookseller Voorhoeve en Dietrich hosted the dinner on 28 March, 1958. More than 200 fans gathered to listen Tolkien speak, and someone had the presence of mind to record his speech on reel-to-reel tape.

However the recording was lost for decades until avid Tolkien collector René van Rossenberg (who runs a Tolkien bookstore called TolkienShop) found the tape in a Rotterdam basement in 1993. Van Rossenberg held onto the tape until SF website and publisher Legendarium approached him with an offer to restore the recording.

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Media: FantasyCon promises dragons, hobbits and Simon Pegg

Adam Brown as Ori in The HobbitSALT LAKE CITY — At a press conference to announce its inclusion of Simon Pegg as a guest, FantasyCon said it has the largest contingent of Tolkien guests at a fan convention ever, including parts of the staff of TheOneRing.net.

Coming from the Lord of the Rings films:
Sean Astin
Billy Boyd
John Rhys-Davies.

Scheduled for visits from The Hobbit films are:
Adam Brown
John Callen
Peter Hambleton
Jed Brophy
William Kircher
Ken Stott
Graham McTavish
Sylvester McCoy

Other Tolkien-related content:
TheOneRing.net
Doug Adams
Artist Donato Giancola
Artist Justin Gerard

You can read the full article, including the announcement of Simon Pegg, right here.

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Conventions, Events, Exhibits, Fans, FantasyCon, Film Screenings, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, John Callen, Ken Stott, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Hambleton, Sean Astin, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Happy Hobbit: Field Dressing a Turkey – Episode 41

 

IMG_3184 Wild Turkeys

Ever wondered how dwarves, Rangers and hobbits on the road were able to turn a kill into food? Join Kili and her brother Sam to learn how to do just that with a wild turkey! WARNING: This episode contains footage of a hunted turkey being dressed (cut up, eviscerated, etc.) so please do not watch if that at all offends you.

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Collecting The Precious – Sideshow/Weta The Balrog of Moria Statue Video Review

IMG_8749One of the best statues from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy statue line is The Balrog of Moria statue. This amazing piece came out in 2001/02 with a retail price of $300 and an edition size of a 1000 pieces worldwide. It is one of the most amazing statues to represent any character in Middle-earth and if you have the cash on the secondary market I would strongly recommend getting it. So I thought for the first video review I’d do this statue, since I have just succeeded in getting it back into my own collection. Let me know in the comments below what you think of the video review as I do these in conjunction with some of my written reviews.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

TORn Exclusive: Interview With Sheila Chandra

Sheila ChandraAmong some of the most profound pieces of Tolkien’s writings are those concerning the concepts of death and immortality, and the ultimate fates of Elves and Men. And a little more than a decade ago, as the tale of Aragorn and Arwen unfolded in The Two Towers, it was the evocative voice of Sheila Chandra that spoke to the hope and heartache of their destinies.

A vocalist of Indian descent hailing from the UK, Sheila Chandra performed “The Breath Of Life” (also titled “The Grace Of The Valar“) as Aragorn’s unconscious form floats downriver while Arwen holds him in thought and sends him a blessing from afar – “May the grace of the Valar protect you“.

The song’s lyrics (adapted from Tolkien’s writings) were written by Fran Walsh:

Shadow lies between us, as you came, so you shall leave from us.
Time and storm shall scatter all things. 

Sorrowing you must go, and yet you are not without hope,
For you are not bound to the circles of this world, you are not bound to loss and to silence.

As our exclusive series of interviews with vocalists from The Lord of the Rings continues, join us today as we talk to Sheila Chandra about how the song, its mood, and her delivery of it were all carefully crafted with the aim of conveying the understanding and mature love that is shared between Arwen and Aragorn.

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Posted in Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie The Two Towers, Music, Return of the King, soundtrack, The Two Towers

Viggo Mortensen interview in The Telegraph

viggomortenson.jpgRinger Emma has sent us this interview by The Telegraph newspaper with Viggo Mortensen, where he talks about his latest movie The Two Faces of January. He also talks about filming The Lord of the Rings films saying that he felt that Fellowship of the Rings script was the “better organised” of the three films and discusses the use of CGI in the Middle-earth blockbusters.

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Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Director news, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Peter Jackson, Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen on Classic FM, Sunday 18th May

viggo-mortensen-charlotte-greenAragorn is an elusive man, who can avoid being seen if he wishes… For those of you who can’t get enough of actor Viggo Mortensen, you can at least hear him this weekend! This coming Sunday, Mortensen will be a guest on the show ‘Culture Club’ on Classic FM radio. According to Classic FM’s website, you can hear him talking about ‘his varied film roles – from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to his acclaimed new crime movie The Two Faces of January.’

The show airs 3-5pm BST (British Summer Time), and Mortensen joins fellow guest, composer Karl Jenkins. You can also listen to the show on the internet, with past shows available as podcasts.

Thanks to Ringer Huan for letting us know! [Check out Classic FM's website here]

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Radio, Viggo Mortensen

15 Day Journey Through Middle-earth with Bruce Hopkins (Gamling)

gbhFeel like taking a 15 day journey through Middle-earth with the former commander of the armies of Rohan?  Well now you can :)  Bruce is leading tours of Middle-earth for a local tour company, you can check out all the details on his Facebook page.

 

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Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Tours

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop New Hobbit Art Book and Art of Film Books

hobbit-chroniclesDoSCloaksDaggersa2Our friends at Weta Workshop have a couple of new books for fans to add to their collections. The first book is the next in the Chronicles series, which gives you a great inside look at the task of bringing the many costumes, armour, and weapons that were needed to bring The Hobbit Trilogy to life. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Cloaks and Daggers does just that, but it doesn’t just cover the second film, it also covers the many designs needed in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. If you pre-order the book right now you can get it signed by some of the folks who helped bring these films to the big screen!

The second release Weta has for fans is an amazing looking two book set covering the 20 years they have been helping to bring films to life. This inside look is brimming with never-before-seen content covering films such as; The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, Avatar, King Kong, District 9, and much more. You can get The Hobbit Art Book for $39 and Weta: The Art of Film Magic – 20 Years of of Weta for $99.

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop