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Frodo with Ring over Cracks of Doom

Recently, my colleague Daniel Helen argued that more films set in Middle-earth were highly unlikely. I disagree. And here’s why. (more…)

Tolkien and Quisling

Was Tolkien the first writer in English to use the word ‘quisling’?

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Nice but was it necessary? Review: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition

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The Extended Edition of 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released on Monday 3rd November. Tolkien film-aficionados have got used to the obligatory 11-month wait for the “proper” version of the film, but is the extra half-an-hour of “juicy” book-based shenanigans really worth it? Warning: spoilers ahead. (more…)

Tolkien Transactions LIV

January 2015

All the usual disclaimers apply about newness, completeness and relevance (or
any other implication of responsibility) :-)

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Can You Truly Find the Ent-wives in The Lord of the Rings?

One of the most amusing fan debates (for me) has been the legend of the Ent-wives, launched by an anonymous forum member using the name Teleporno. Teleporno’s thread, “I found the Ent-wives!”, became infuriatingly long and devoid of helpful information for many fans, although it certainly drew a lot of interesting comments and facts. (more…)

A message from Priscilla Tolkien to Brazilian fans

[The original version of this article appeared in Portuguese on the Tolkien Brasil website.]

About eighteen years ago, when I first began reading J.R.R. Tolkien, I could never imagine that I would be one of the many enthusiasts spread around the world with serious objectives of analysing the Professor’s works, not only as entertainment but as a key to our modern culture.

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Will there be more films set in Middle-earth?

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This is such a common question at the moment, I think it deserves its own blog post. The short answer is no – or, at least, not any time soon.
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I received this hoary query …

[in honour of Tolkien’s birthday, a reprint of a classic blog post]

And this was what the letter said:

I read that you were a Tolkien scholar so I was hoping you might be able to answer a question regarding the LOTR story.

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Tolkien Transactions LIII

December 2014

First of all, I hope you have all had a very happy Yule, and I wish you all a prosperous, happy, and Tolkienian New Year!

Next, I will remind you of the 2015 birthday toast on Saturday, January 3rd, when you are supposed to toast to “The Professor” at 21:00 (9 PM) local time. For much more information, see the Tolkien Society’s 2015 birthday toast pages – and don’t forget that you can join the Tolkien Society …

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Who are the armies in the Battle of Five Armies anyway?

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In his review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, David Bratman makes the astute observation that the title of the film goes unexplained. Unless the extended edition changes this when it’s released – presumably in November 2015 – viewers will have to decide for themselves which groups Peter Jackson considered one of the five armies.1

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