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The unavoidable questions all Tolkien fans face

Telling friends, family and work colleagues that you’re “really into Tolkien” can provoke both amusement and bemusement. We’re used to this; we’re also used to being asked the same familiar questions again and again. I’ve pooled together a selection of the most-asked questions with a handy cheat-sheet of suggested answers. (more…)

Tolkien Transactions LV

February 2015

First, heartfelt congratulations to Dr Andrew Higgins upon receiving his Ph.D. for his thesis, The Genesis of Tolkien’s Mythology. Eglerio! A laita se!

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Middle-earth will return to our screens again

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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