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Aragorn’s kingly proof…

aragorn on horseback Here’s the third of our four semi-final contestants in our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness contest — Aragorn, descendent of the line of Isildur and Elendil, heir to the throne of Gondor and Arnor. In this piece, our own Quickbeam examines just what makes this character tick, and the traits that truly make him … king.


Kingly proof…

by Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway

Strider, Aragorn, Longshanks, Telcontar, Elessar, and several other names come to mind for this particular character. But the first impression a non-Tolkien outsider would get from a man who has a dozen aliases is that he was probably a criminal. Maybe they’d think he was constantly moving from place to place, switching names because he was the equivalent of a modern-day “identity thief” who was on the lam! Funny how things in our modern world don’t always reflect clearly on mythology.

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

Beorn the Shapeshifter: Sneak Peek at ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Blu-ray/DVD bonus features

Beorn_Blu-rayIn addition to the featurette posted earlier – showing Orlando Bloom practicing a Laketown fight scene – Warner Brothers UK has posted another sneak peek at the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

This clip examines the design of Beorn, with interviews from actor Mikael Persbrandt and Hair/Make-up Designer Peter King.

The Blu-ray/DVD of The Desolation of Smaug will be released this coming Tuesday, April 8. (more…)

Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, MGM, Mikael Persbrandt, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

In defense of Thorin Oakenshield

DoSThorin02 We’re into the semi-final match-ups in our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness contest. As part of it, I thought it apt to examine each of our four finalists in turn, starting with our questing Dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield.

In this piece, published a while back over on the site of our friends Heirs of Durin, DarkJackal asserts that Thorin unjustly gets a bad rap from readers of The Hobbit for events following the death of Smaug, and that there’s more to his motivations than meet the eye.

Don’t forget to click the link at the bottom to continue to the full essay.


In Defense of Thorin Oakenshield

A Journey from Hero to Villain, and Back Again

by DarkJackal

Thorin is often criticized for the choices he makes after the death of Smaug, and the average reader is rarely sympathetic with his refusal to share the treasure with the people of Lake-town. But when I read the story, I find it hard not to side with him. This essay is an attempt to justify my reaction. [Note: This is based on my reactions to the original Hobbit story only, without factoring in the material from the Appendices, Unfinished Tales, or the film.]

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Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien

In praise of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit

Hobbit Smaug Poster This piece by Simon J. Cook does happen to mirror some of my own thoughts on the place and benefit of any re-imagining of Tolkien’s vision of Middle-earth within the world.

Still, as much as Tolkien’s letter to Waldman (Letter #131) opens Middle-earth to new perspectives, and vivid reinterpretations, I believe it’s equally important to acknowledge the flipside: missives sent to Allen & Unwin (Letter #188) and Forest J Ackerman (Letter #210) show Tolkien also cared deeply about what others did with his works.

I think it’s a balancing act that will never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Announcing the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards

Tolkien Society Each year The Tolkien Society hosts an AGM for its members. This year, the organisation will institute annual awards in several categories to:

‘recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom as well as highlighting our long-standing charitable objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE”.’

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Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Tolkien

Richard Armitage talks The Hobbit: There And Back Again

Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage

This interview with Richard Armitage was conducted at the Empire Awards the other day. (Thanks to those who corrected my mistake!).

In it Richard Armitage speaks about the conclusion of the Hobbit adventure for Jackson and his crew, that he thinks There And Back Again will be shorter and his thoughts on why Tolkien’s stories continue to endure.

I think Tolkien was, obviously, the first writer that really explored fantasy in a way that has stood the test of time because he writes … legend, I believe. He doesn’t write something that doesn’t feel like it’s not rooted in this world. and that’s what brings people back to it time and again. Because it just feels real.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

The theme of love in The Lord of the Rings

Arwen and Elessar In our latest TORn library piece, Ringer Tedoras muses on the theme of love within Lord of the Rings, and how it’s more intricately– and subtly — woven into the text than we generally realise.

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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, Tolkien

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – March 30, 2014

Drudain Woses Pukel-menWelcome 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 the fun!

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Posted in Fans, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Michael Drout talks about J.R.R Tolkien’s soon-to-be-published Beowulf translation

Beowulf Apparently there is some confusion floating around about Michael Drout’s involvement in the forthcoming publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf translation by Chris Tolkien.

(Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be published on May 22. You can pre-order your hardcover copy now from Amazon by going here.) (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate

Getting to know Royd Tolkien

RoydTolkien02Welcome to this months “Getting to know you” Q&A, this month we’re talking to the wonderful Royd Tolkien.

I received a lot of questions for Royd, which I have divided into three sections, reflecting peoples main areas of interest.  I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did conducting it.  Cheers Kel x

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Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

A photo-essay examining Tolkien’s inspirations and influences for Lord Of The Rings

J  R  R Tolkien This is a nice little photo-essay that provides some insights into Tolkien’s inspirations and influences for Lord Of The Rings — and his other writings. It’s based on the National Geographic series Beylond the Movie and includes a number of quotes from Tolkien scholar John Garth, who is probably the leading authority on Tolkien’s war service.

Click through the read more link to read see the full photo-essay.

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Posted in Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

Today is Tolkien Reading Day. Which Tolkien book did you pull open?

Ringer Nelson's favourite Tolkien book -- a 75th anniversary limited edition copy of The Hobbit.

Ringer Nelson’s favourite Tolkien book — a 75th anniversary limited edition copy of The Hobbit.

Today is Tolkien Reading Day.

As part of our celebration, we asked Ringers to post a photo of the favourite Tolkien book that they own on our Facebook page, and the results were precious! (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Headlines, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien, Tolkien Reading Day