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Tolkien Exhibition still at the Bodleian, Oxford – until Oct 28

Just a reminder that the incredible Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition is still on at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. You have until October 28th to see this astonishing collection of manuscripts and artefacts from Tolkien’s work and life. American fans will then have the opportunity to see most of the exhibition, together with some new additions, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, from January 2019; and from October 2019 to February 2020, an even bigger collection (which will include some of this current display) will be on show at the Bibliotheque nationale de France. (This will be the first time that the French national library has ever curated an exhibition about a non-French author, and will include items from their own collection, setting Tolkien’s works in the wider context of fantasy literature.)

Earlier this summer, TORn staffer greendragon had the opportunity to sit down with the Bodleian’s Tolkien archivist, Catherine McIlwaine, to find out some more about the behind-the-scenes work which went into creating this exhibition. McIlwaine was already a big fan of Middle-earth herself, so it has been the perfect job for her; as she put it herself, she was in the right place at the right time! Originally hired to create a detailed catalogue of the library’s Tolkien collection – a job which she thought would last for a couple of years – McIlwaine never expected to find herself, fifteen years later, curating such an extensive exposition of the Professor’s life and work.

The Bodleian owns a very large collection of material relating to J.R.R. Tolkien, totaling approximately 500 boxes of manuscript items! Much was donated by the Tolkien family in 1979; though manuscripts for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Farmer Giles of Ham had been sold to Marquette University by Tolkien himself in the late 1950s, the rest of his manuscripts, academic and personal papers reside with the Bodleian. The current display features over 200 items, roughly half of which have never been seen by the public before; fascinating doodles on the back of completed crossword puzzles, and scribblings such as the opening lines of Beowulf written in tengwar, are amongst the treasures.

Staffer greendragon with exhibition curator Catherine McIlwaine (left)

Marquette University have been very supportive of the exposition, and have allowed many items from their collection to be included; McIlwaine said that the highlight of planning the exhibition, for her, was the opportunity to travel to Milwaukee twice, and to get to know the staff at Marquette. The ‘Maker of Middle-earth’ show sees some of Tolkien’s manuscripts and original art works being reunited for the first time since the 1950s!

Also featured in the current display are Tolkien’s own writing desk, chair, and some of his pipes, exclusively loaned by the Tolkien family, who have been very supportive of the endeavour. Christopher, Tolkien’s son and the editor of many of his works, was unfortunately not able to travel to visit the show, but his wife attended, and was delighted by it.

This enormous exposition (which still only reveals about three-quarters of the Bodleian’s current Tolkien archive – which is still growing!) was five years in the planning, with 18 months of full-time work in the run up to opening. The release of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies was the chief impetus, prompting the Bodleian to think that the time was ripe for such a showing; and the Tolkien Trust were eager to support it, to give something back to the fans. (Tickets to the exhibition are free!) Much of the content on display is usually only available to researchers – and access is closely restricted. Here, fans have the opportunity (in many cases, for the first time) to peer closely at Tolkien’s tengwar scrawl on an academic paper; and to gain an insight, through personal letters, into his family relationships.

For me (greendragon), highlights of the exhibition included Tolkien’s letters from his mother. I had no idea that she had taught him his beautiful calligraphy – I always assumed it was something he dreamed up himself. When you see the letters from his mother, however, it is very clear whence that unique script originated.  Another family touch I loved were the sketches Tolkien created for his son Michael, to help him deal with nightmares. There was a recurring ‘monster’ which tormented Michael, and following his description, his father drew the beast – now named ‘Owlamoo’ – to help Michael confront and defeat his fears. I love the rather cross-looking owl-creature; and this display of fatherly affection is very touching.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, there have been various lectures and events in Oxford. A self-guided walking tour of ‘Tolkien’s Oxford‘ has been very popular, and many of the evening lectures have been sold out. Some exhibition tickets, however, have deliberately been held back for each day, so that there are always some available.

For anyone who can’t make it over to Oxford, I heartily recommend the exhibition catalogue. It is the biggest catalogue the Bodleian has ever produced, and it even includes archival items not seen in the display! As the exhibition website states, the book ‘brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Drawing on the archives of the Tolkien collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this exquisitely produced catalogue draws together the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien – scholarly, literary, creative and domestic – offering a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.’  Worth every penny; visit the exhibition shop to see some of the other goodies on offer.

Posted in Books Publications, Christopher Tolkien, Collectibles, Events, Exhibits, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Posters Prints, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

DragonCon is upon us! And TheOneRing.net is there!

I feel it in the water… I smell it in the air. The beast has emerged from its lair, and DragonCon is here again! Here’s what you can expect from Middle-earth fandom, and from TheOneRing.net, this weekend:

We’ll have our usual ‘fan table’ in our normal spot, in the Hyatt hotel opposite the entrance to the Art Show. There we’ll have buttons and shirts for sale; here’s a glimpse of our merchandise for this year:

 

We’ll also have other goodies for you to look at, maybe a few giveaways, and we’ll be happy as ever to chat with our fellow fans!

The High Fantasy track will be in L401-403 in the Marriott, and there are various panels which will be of interest to Tolkien fans; such as a discussion about The Inklings (Saturday 2.30pm), ‘Valar-ous Women of Middle-earth’ (Sunday 5.30pm), and TORn’s own ‘They’re taking the Hobbits to Amazon!’ panel (Sunday 4pm, in a bigger room – Marriott A601-602).

Then of course Friday night is the EVENING AT BREE! From 8.30pm in the Grand Salon West (Hilton), join us for music and revelry! Bands Toucan Dubh and Landloch’d will play, the Elf Choir will sing, and we’ll have the ever popular costume contest – possibly with a celebrity host or two…

(Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for the costume contest, you need to do it IN ADVANCE of the ‘Evening at Bree’. Go to the High Fantasy Track Room (Marriott L401-403) or visit the TORn fan table before 6pm on Friday to sign up to participate.)

Middle-earth celebrity guests this year are Graham McTavish (Dwalin), John Noble (Denethor), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), and Craig Parker (Haldir). On Sunday morning, 11.30am in the Marriott Imperial Ballroom, TORn staffer greendragon will be hosting these gentlemen in the ‘Heroes of Middle-earth’ session.

In addition to all that, there will be lots of Tolkien characters marching in the Parade on Saturday morning, and there will be all the usual opportunities to spend far too short a time among such excellent and admirable fans! Hope to see you there – let the fun begin!

Posted in Calendar, Clothing, Conventions, Craig Parker, Dean O'Gorman, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Noble, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community

Newsweek’s Special Edition: J.R.R. Tolkien

Newsweek:  J.R.R. Tolkien – Celebrating the Professor’s Greatest Creations [Media Lab Publishing] is on newsstands and store check-out lanes now.

This is a beautiful, high-quality, glossy 100-page issue full of articles, information on both books and films, and many full-page photos.  A wonderful collectible opening with an introduction by Shaun Gunner, Chair of the Tolkien Society.

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Posted in Books Publications, Christopher Tolkien, Collectibles, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Oscha Slings – fabrics of special magnificence!

Earlier this summer, TORn staffer greendragon had the great pleasure of going across to Edinburgh to meet with the good folks at Oscha Slings, a Scottish company who are our fellow licensees with Middle-earth Enterprises. This company, created by a father and daughter who are both big fans of Tolkien, makes beautiful fabrics, primarily for baby wraps, but also for wonderful throws, scarves and bags.

The company started after daughter Zoe fell in love with using a baby sling with her own children. She wanted to support parents who like the ‘baby wrap’ way of carrying (or even ‘wearing’!) an infant, and felt that most fabric designs were based on what the children would like, rather than what parents might like to wear. There was a gap in the market for elegant fabrics, and so Zoe and her graphic designer father began creating celtic, mythical and art nouveau weaves. As big fans for Middle-earth, they were delighted to be able to secure a license from Middle-earth Enterprises, and so begin dreaming up amazing designs, in a variety of art styles to represent the different races of Tolkien’s realm.

All of Oscha Slings fabrics are designed in Scotland and woven in England. They source their materials in the UK as far as is possible, and always make sure that anything they use is cruelty free, as organic as possible, and uses no harmful chemicals. (The company feel strongly that being as ecologically friendly as possible would be approved of by the Professor.) They have an army of fans, and when you see their incredible work, it’s not surprising! Many of the baby wrap fans are also Tolkien fans, and they are very vocal about what they want to see; one fan even designed a Mithril pattern for Oscha Slings! They have very active fans on Facebook, and 35,000 members in their international fan-run community – they’re no strangers to passionate fan bases!

Oscha also have plenty of items for those of us who don’t have babies to transport! Fans have even been known to hang their fabrics on the wall, as beautiful tapestries. Others have ordered smaller pieces of the fabrics to use for their own quilting projects.

We’re hoping to have some goodies from Oscha Slings for fans to look at (and maybe even take home) at DragonCon and New York ComicCon this year. Meanwhile, you can check out all the gorgeous items available at Oscha Slings here.

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Shop, The Hobbit

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Lot18 Announce “The Lord of The Rings” Wine Collection

Hobbits, Elves and Humans can toast together this Holiday Season!

Lot18 and Warner Bros. Consumer Products unveil the new Lord of the Rings inspired wine collection.

Just in time for holiday merrymaking, Winemaker Lot18 has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to produce a limited-edition collection of wine inspired by New Line Cinema’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy.

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Posted in Events, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Shop, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Warner Bros.

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Father Christmas illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien

Still haven’t found the perfect gift for the Tolkien fan in your life? Let us help! We’ve assembled a list of our favorite items and where to find them. Happy Holidays from all of us at TheOneRing.net!

*Prices listed are in US dollars ($); prices may vary from what is listed.

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Posted in Books, Books Publications, Clothing, Collectibles, Collectibles, Daniel Falconer, Jewelry, Jewelry, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, Stamps & Coins, Tolkien Gift Guide, Toys, Toys, Weta Collectibles

Weta Workshop’s Hobbit Day Party Business Bundle

Next Friday, September 22, is both Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday, and has been proclaimed by the Tolkien Society as Hobbit Day. Many fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, including TORn, are planning parties of special magnificence for the auspicious day, and Weta Workshop is front-and-center, ready to help put on the best party ever with their Hobbit Day Party Business Bundle. As they so aptly put it at Weta: “There ain’t no party like a Hobbit Day party because a Hobbit Day party DON’T STOP!”

The Party Business Bundle contains the following items every Hobbit-loving collector will drool over (but not on the birthday cake, please!):

  • Bilbo’s Pipe
  • The One Ring (film-accurate size 11)
  • Bilbo’s Portrait
  • Bilbo’s Button
  • Hobbit Scarf by Stansborough
  • One Ring Keyring
  • No Admittance Sign
  • The Unexpected Journey Art Print
  • Hobbit Feet magnet

 

The package is priced at $229 USD, but contains $368 USD worth of everything you need to enjoy Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday long after September 22 has come and gone. Speaking of September 22 coming and going, the package is available through September 29 at midnight New Zealand time, a full week after the big birthday event.  You can place your order here.

 

Posted in Characters, Clothing, Collectibles, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Other Events, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, The Hobbit, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Collecting The Precious – My Middle-earth Collection Update

Almost four years ago I showed off my collection as it looked upon putting it in its own room. A lot has happened since then and I thought it was time to show how things look right now. As you will see I’ve added a lot of pieces, cabinet, and bookshelf since the last time I showed off my collection. This is for me, as I said, my way of showing off how much I love Middle-earth. My collection encompasses pieces from Weta Workshop, Sideshow Collectibles, Badali Jewelry, Noble Collection, United Cutlery, and even custom pieces. So I hope you enjoy taking a tour of my collection.
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Posted in Artwork, Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Gentle Giant, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Merchandise, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

TOR.n’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Father Christmas illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien

Father Christmas illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Still wondering what to get the Tolkien fan in your life for the holidays?  Let TheOneRing.net help!  Staffers deej, Earl, Elessar, Kelvarhin, and Sarumann have compiled a list of some of our favorites.

 

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Books Publications, Calendars, Collectibles, DVDs, Jewelry, Merchandise, Music, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, Stamps & Coins, Weta Collectibles

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Jackson not “involved in this release”

image Greetings — Quickbeam here.

The forthcoming “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” 6-film Blu-ray set of both LOTR and HOBBIT has caused much consternation among Ringers, eliciting strong reactions across the board.  Several of our Staff have published their excellent viewpoints (my op-ed is here) and our community feels energized like it was 15 years ago. (more…)

Posted in Blu-Ray, Director news, DVDs, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Studios, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, Warner Bros.

Merch: new heat-transforming One Ring mug!

The Hobbit Shop people tell us of a neat new product they have up for pre-order: a One Ring heat mug. (more…)

Posted in Merchandise, Other Merchandise

TORn’s Tolkien Christmas Gift Guide for 2015

BilboChristmasListHave you finished all of your Christmas shopping yet? Or are you yet to start? If you’re like us, you’ll definitely have a few more things on your list and what better way to complete the task than buying some Tolkienesque presents. TORn’s staffers deej, Elessar, Earl, Altaira and Kelvarhin scoured the internet to find the perfect presents to celebrate the holidays  and we were astounded by how many wonderful choices there are. So, without further ado, here are some lovely gift suggestions for your favourite Tolkien fan (even if that happens to be you). All prices are in U.S. dollars.

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Books Publications, Calendars, Collectibles, DVDs, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Music, Other Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Shop, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Gift Guide, WETA Workshop