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Battle of the Five Armies – Opening Press Reviews

SPOILER ALERT

What follows is a selection of excerpts from some of the major press reviews on the opening day of the final Hobbit film.

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Tolkien on BBC Look North News

Barbed wire at Easington in 2013.  Similar to how it must have looked when Tolkien was stationed there during WW1

Barbed wire at Easington in 2013. Similar to how it must have looked when Tolkien was stationed there during WW1

Yesterday to mark Armistice Day the BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire) regional news programme included a short feature on J.R.R. Tolkien’s convalescence in East Yorkshire during World War One.  I wrote a piece for this blog back on 11th of August, so this acts as a sort of sequel to the more detailed information on there.  As the programme is only available on BBC iPlayer for 24 hours, and not available outside the UK at all, what follows is a transcript of that one-and-a-half minutes of TV time:

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Michael’s Miscellany Links for Amon Hen 249

Amon Hen 249 contains my first compilation of recent articles and media references to Tolkien and his world.  Apparently, some readers would like to be directed to the full online articles, so what follows are links to those mentioned in the current issue.

To view the full Miscellany, join the Society today!

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In Tolkien’s Genuine Footsteps

The Eagle and Child, Oxford. (c) 2013 Lyn Wilshire. A popular meeting place of the Inklings.

The Eagle and Child, Oxford. (c) 2013 Lyn Wilshire. A popular meeting place of the Inklings.

Tourism is an important source of income for any city, region, or country. It was estimated that in 2013 tourism was “worth £106bn to England’s economy”(1). It should therefore come as no surprise that there is such a thing as a Tolkien tourist industry. For several decades Tolkien’s readers have been making private pilgrimages to Oxford; posing for photographs outside one of his residences; visiting the various colleges at which he studied, or where he later became a tutor and lecturer; paying their respects at his graveside, or even dropping in to ‘The Eagle and Child,’ one of his favourite pubs, for a drink. The tourist industry is now galvanising its resources and offering dedicated Tolkien Tours. In April this year Birmingham produced a new Tolkien Trail leaflet, which recommends visits to Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, the houses where Tolkien once lived, and the places he worshipped. This is an invaluable resource for those wishing to visit all the genuine sites associated with Tolkien in the area in which he grew up. However, a more pernicious aspect of tourism is also beginning to rear its head; locations which have only a tangential Tolkien connection, or in extreme cases with absolutely no link to the author are attempting to jump on the tourist bandwagon.

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A Hemlock by any other name…

The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.

[The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘A Knife in the Dark’, p. 191]

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About the Author: Michael Flowers
I am a self-employed wildlife guide. I take people to beautiful places to learn about their local nature.

I've been reading Tolkien from the age of 9, and have recently become interested in Tolkien's time in East Yorkshire during WW1. I completed a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield in the Victorian Ghost Stories of Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood.