Contributor: Daniel Helen

We would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. – Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit Artwork: “Arrival at Bag End by Anke Eißmann.

BBC iWonder have launched a new online guide exploring the influence of Welsh and Wales on the Elvish language Sindarin and Middle-earth. It is presented by Dr Dimitra Fimi, author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, and features the voice of John Rhys-Davies.

The BBC Two programme War of Words: Soldier-Poets on the Somme, which tells the story of the poets and writers of the First World War, including J.R.R. Tolkien, is set to be broadcast on Saturday 15 November at 21.45 pm.

Professor Tom Shippey and Nelson Goering will be teaching an online course with the Mythgard Institute on Tolkien and Beowulf. Classes for “Beowulf Through Tolkien, And Vice Versa” will run from 13 January to 3 April 2015.

The eleventh issue of Tolkien Studies, the first scholarly peer-reviewed journal devoted to Tolkien studies, has been published by West Virginia University Press.

The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released by Warner Bros.

We would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. – Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit Artwork: “Arrival at Bag End by Anke Eißmann.

Professor Tom Shippey and Nelson Goering will be teaching an online course with the Mythgard Institute on Tolkien and Beowulf. Classes for “Beowulf Through Tolkien, And Vice Versa” will run from 13 January to 3 April 2015.

BBC iWonder have launched a new online guide exploring the influence of Welsh and Wales on the Elvish language Sindarin and Middle-earth. It is presented by Dr Dimitra Fimi, author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, and features the voice of John Rhys-Davies.

The eleventh issue of Tolkien Studies, the first scholarly peer-reviewed journal devoted to Tolkien studies, has been published by West Virginia University Press.

The BBC Two programme War of Words: Soldier-Poets on the Somme, which tells the story of the poets and writers of the First World War, including J.R.R. Tolkien, is set to be broadcast on Saturday 15 November at 21.45 pm.

The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released by Warner Bros.

About the Author: Daniel Helen
Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society's digital operations, including this website.