The third and final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has been nominated for just one category in the 87th Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing. This falls short of Jackson’s previous films, including The Return of the King which received 11 Oscars.
A team of researchers – led by Martin Barker at Aberystwyth University – are conducting a worldwide project to survey people’s views on The Hobbit films. They are particularly keen to hear from “those who know Tolkien well”.
John D. Rateliff’s A Brief History of The Hobbit has been published. The tome is a reduced version of Rateliff’s The History of The Hobbit, first published in two volumes in 2007.
The British Library is set to preserve a recording of Tolkien’s voice from 1929 as part of its “Save our Sounds” project.
An English teacher at the University of New Mexico is offering a class to students comparing Mediaevalism and Middle-earth.
The actor and writer Robert Hardy will be the Tolkien Society’s guest speaker at its Annual Dinner during the 2015 AGM and Springmoot. Hardy was taught by both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis while a student at Oxford in the 1940s.