Your Jedi Hobbit Reporter checking in with three scoops of Tolkien Event Ice Cream! I have recently read about two upcoming events on the Tolkien Society website:

1. More than 120 works of art by illustrators of The Lord of the Rings from round the world, including Ted Nasmith, Alan Lee, Angus McBride, The Hildebrandts and Roger Garland among others, in the Italian city of Riccione (Rimini). Castello degli Agolanti 27 July to 20 August. Evenings 7pm-midnight


2. 11th Aug 5pm Talking about Tolkien Humphrey Carpenter, Phillip Pullman Jenny Turner & Francis Spufford.

Four Tolkien experts talk of the great man himself, what he would have made of the latest wave of hobbit-mania and the hold of his work on the public imagination. [Should be interesting – I heard Pullman interviewed on NZ’s National Radio and he didn’t think much of Tolkien then! – Tehanu]

11th Aug 7.30pm The Great Tolkien Quiz

Think you know your way around a map of Middle Earth?

Come and test your hobbit lore against our experts, including Humphrey Carpenter and Jenny Turner. Settle down with a drink for plenty of fun, and dress up if you dare. (Prizes!)

If you you would like more info please visit TolkienSociety

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