Nicholas Tolkien, the great-grandson of JRR Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, is directing his first film. JRR Tolkien’s family took legal action against the makers of The Lord of the Rings blockbusters over their £3 billion royalties, but his great-grandson has not been scared off film making. Nicholas Tolkien, 19, who makes his debut with Anacapa, says: “After dealing with the Byzantine workings of Hollywood, I thought, ‘you know what, I can finance this film and direct it, so let’s just do it’.” More..Posted in Tolkien, Tolkien Family
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From WAMC Radio: ALBANY, NY (WAMC) – Author Simon Tolkien received rave reviews for his first legal thriller, The Final Witness. Now, in The Inheritance, Tolkien sharpens his craft even more, deftly weaving psychological suspense and family drama to create a mystery steeped in memories, betrayal, and the long shadow of the past.
This book is very different than the famed writings of his Grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien. Part courtroom drama and part historical thriller, The Inheritance is a dark thriller that tests the strength of blood ties, loyalty, and revenge. More..Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
Roheryn writes: The Professor’s grandson Simon Tolkien will be interviewed in the second hour of NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” today. Check local public radio listings. An archived audio file of this program will be available after the program airs. More..Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, Tolkien Family
News from the Winnipeg Free Press on the Tolkien Trust’s donation to an inner-city clinic there. It will be able to fund holistic health initiatives over the next five years thanks to a donation from a charitable foundation set up in honour of the late author of the Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Trust will donate £60,000 (about $93,000 Cdn.) to the Winnipeg Interdisciplinary Student-Run Health (WISH) clinic. [Read More]Posted in Miscellaneous, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family
JRR Tolkien was secretly trained as a Government spy during the Second World War…
Thanks to Ringer David for sending in the link to this article. [Read More]Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
As was predicted last week, the legal rumblings between the Tolkien Estate and New Line have come to an end and the path is now clear for ‘The Hobbit’ film(s). Here’s the official press release:
The claim was filed in February of last year. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. and the trustees of the JRR Tolkien Estate were co-plaintiffs in the claim, which concerned plaintiffs’ participation interest in the “Lord of the Rings” films released between 2001 and 2003. The precise terms of the settlement are confidential.
A LEGAL battle is under way between the Oxfordshire family of JRR Tolkien and the Hollywood giant behind the new Hobbit film, it emerged last night. The heirs of the Tolkien estate, including the author’s daughter Priscilla Tolkien, 80, who lives in Wolvercote, claimed they have not been paid “even one cent” of the millions of pounds owed to them from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is believed the three films generated almost $3bn in box office receipts and another $3bn in DVDs and merchandise sales. More..Posted in Studios, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family
Malcolm Lindley from ADC Publications Ltd sends along news about one of their publications ‘Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien’ Edited by Angela Gardner, Illustrated by Jef Murray.
We have recently published the first of two books dealing with the world of Hilary Tolkien, brother to JRR (Ronald) Tolkien who created the world of Middle-earth, Hobbits and The Lord of the Rings. These brothers lost their father at very young age, and later, their mother as teenagers and naturally came to rely on each other a great deal. (more…)Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
LOS ANGELES — Members of “Lord of the Rings” creator J.R.R. Tolkien’s charitable trust won two victories in court Friday in their lawsuit against New Line Cinema claiming it is entitled to profits from the blockbuster trilogy. Trust officials allege the film company cheated them out of at least $150 million from the blockbuster movie trilogy based on the late British author’s books. The London-based Tolkien Trust filed its lawsuit Feb. 11, 2008. The most significant ruling for the Tolkien heirs during Friday’s status conference came when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones set a March 3 deadline for both sides to exchange documents. Deadline Issued to Produce Documents for LOTR LawsuitPosted in Studios, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family
From Ian Collier, Tolkien Society Publicity Officer: Edited by Angela Gardner (a long-standing member of the Tolkien Society) this book describes the childhood adventures of Hilary and JRR Tolkien. Hilary was JRR Tolkien’s younger brother and this book uses Hilary’s own words from recently discovered notebooks and previously unpublished letters between the brothers. Illustrated in colour by Jef Murray. 80 pages, Hardback with dustjacket, available from end January.Posted in Books Publications, Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
From fantasybookreview.co.uk Former book shop owner and huge JRR Tolkien fan Angie Gardner will see her own work hit the shelves at the end of January. She has compiled the memoirs of JRR’s brother Hilary Tolkien and told MK Today why she got involved with the book. “Hilary is not as well known. The lost tales refer to stories he left in an old notebook and some of these go back to the stories he and his brother – who went on to write The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit made up when they were very young.”
Angie is confident Black and White Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien, will be popular. When he was three years old, Ronald (as he was known to his family) and his younger brother, Hilary, were brought back to England by their mother, Mabel Tolkien. Before they could return to South Africa, their father died there of rheumatic fever, so Mrs Tolkien and the boys remained in England. In 1900, Mabel Tolkien experienced a conversion to the Catholic faith; this event had a lasting effect on Ronald and Catholicism became a motivating force in his life and writings.Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
… and Beren joined his beloved Lúthien in a fate unknown to anyone but Eru.
On Sep. 2, 1973, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien left this world and the Great Story behind. I thought I would commemorate this day with a FLASHBACK to the last days of his life, which, I hope, I can show were not altogether unpleasant (his last hours notwithstanding).Posted in Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family