SD comic-con-logo2If it’s July it must be San Diego Comic Con, and with that biggest of popular culture events you can bet is right in the middle of it all. No, there are no new Tolkien films on the horizon, but there are new collectibles, in a variety of styles, coming to fans bookshelves soon. There are also fan gatherings, at SDCC and beyond, and plenty of other tidbits of Tolkien news just waiting to be shared with one and all. And there will be a few Middle-earth alums attending the con this year, chiefly Elijah Wood and Graham McTavish. So keep a wary eye on for any and all Middle-earth news, rumors and cosplay. Oh, and don’t forget our panel, which is listed after the cut. 

Tolkien Fandom: The Road Goes Ever On
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 25ABC
There have been fans of Professor Tolkien’s work since 1937, and there will continue to be fans far into the distant future. The staff of are continuing to host online discussions, streaming video and live events throughout this year and for years to come. They know you want to discuss the details of the books, make and wear beautiful costumes and party like Hobbits whenever you can. This year they will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Fellowship of the Ring. Join staffers Clifford Broadway (TORn Tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn bookclub), Kellie Rice (Happy Hobbit), Alex Rice (Happy Hobbit), and Josh Long (Collecting the Precious). Expect some fun audience participation during this in-depth discussion with the website forged by and for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.


New projects, merchandise and collectibles will be discussed, as well as some long awaited news regarding our Baggins Birthday Bash this year. As per tradition, at least for the past 5 or 6 years, there will be a Tolkien themed cosplay photo taken just after the panel. For those of you not attending the con on Friday, but hanging out in the area, please feel free to meet up with those cosplay attendees coming from the panel . Give them until about 6:30pm to meet up on the steps between the Ballroom 20 side and the Sails Pavillion side, seen in the photo below. This will allow non-attendees to participate. If you plan to be at our panel or join us for the cosplay meet up, rsvp at our Facebook event page.