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.
Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a new 16-foot long (5 metres) ancient crocodile in the Amazon. The creature has been named Anthracosuchus balrogus.
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.
A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien has been published by Wiley Blackwell.