Running again this year from the 14th July; this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) hosted by Vanderbilt University provides a most enlightening experience of Tolkien, romance and myth. It takes these narratives and presents them as experienced in contemporary media. It also includes on-line activities utilising ‘Lord of the Rings Online‘ (LOTRO).
A couple from Bolton, England have built a hobbit-hole in their garden for their children to play in. The den featured on the Channel 4 programme George Clark’s Amazing Spaces on Thursday 5th June.
Warner Bros. has released deluxe editions of the Rankin/Bass animated films of The Hobbit (1977) and The Return of the King (1980).
A series of previously unpublished letters by Tolkien has been published in the August 2014 issue of Writing Magazine.
In a survey by YouGov, commissioned by John Lewis and Barnado’s, The Hobbit has been ranked fourth in the list of Britain’s best-loved children’s books.