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Millions of ‘non words’ discovered in secret vault

Did you know Professor Tolkien worked on the staff of the Oxford University Press (makers of the OED – Oxfrod English Dictionary) from 1919 to 1920? He worked in the ‘W’ range, discovering the meaning of words from ‘waggle’ to ‘warlock.’ (See a wonderful article on Tolkien’s involvement with the OED here)

We bring this up because millions of ‘non words’ have been discovered in a secret vault owned by the Oxford University Press. A graphic design student, Luke Ngakane, discovered hundreds of these words in his research and used them in one of his design projects. It makes for an interesting article that we thought we’d share with you! Enjoy!  [Read More]

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

JRR Tolkien’s descendant is lord of his own film

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..

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Simon Tolkien Podcast

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..

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Simon Tolkien on NPR

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..

Pre-Order ‘The Inheritance (Hardcover)’ by Simon Tolkien on

Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, Tolkien Family

Tolkien Trust funds inner city clinic in Winnipeg

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 trained as British spy

J.R.R. TolkienJRR Tolkien was secretly trained as a Government spy during the Second World War…

“Tolkien, one of his generation’s most respected linguists, was ”earmarked” to crack Nazi codes in the event that Germany declared war. Intelligence chiefs singled him and a ‘cadre’ of other intellectuals to work at Bletchley Park, the codebreaking centre in Buckinghamshire. Its staff – which included Alan Turing, the gay codebreaker – would later decipher the ‘impenetrable’ Enigma machines. This saved Britain from German conquest by allowing the Navy to intercept and destroy Hitler’s U-Boats.”

Thanks to Ringer David for sending in the link to this article. [Read More]

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Reuters: The Tolkien Trust, New Line Cinema and HarperCollins Settle ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lawsuit

Guillermo del ToroAs 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 Tolkien Trust (a UK registered charity), New Line Cinema, and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. have resolved the lawsuit relating to the “Lord of the Rings” films.

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.


Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Rumors Spy News, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

Tolkien trustees start lawsuit over lack of film cash

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

‘Black & White Ogre Country’ News

Black & White Ogre Country Front CoverMalcolm 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…)

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Deadline Issued to Produce Documents for LOTR Lawsuit

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 Lawsuit

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More Info About ‘Black & White Ogre Country’

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.

Sign up to learn when ‘Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien (Hardcover)’ becomes available for Pre-Order!


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The untold story of Hilary Tolkien

Ronald (left) and Hilary Tolkien in 1905From 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.

Sign up to learn when ‘Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien (Hardcover)’ becomes available for Pre-Order!

Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family