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[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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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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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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I won’t defile this space with my review of Hobbit III. But I will link to it.

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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November 2014

Well, I’m back …
After a hiatus of three months, I return with the Tolkien Transactions for the month of November 2014. This means that I have skipped the transactions for August through October, except for the few bits that I had prepared before I got too busy, and the few bits that are too good to miss out on 🙂

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