The long and tangled history
of video game adaptations of the worlds of JRR Tolkien.
Vitamin D has been proposed to have beneficial effects in a wide range of contexts. We investigate the hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency, caused by both aversion to sunlight and unwholesome diet, could also be a significant contributor to the triumph of good over evil in fantasy literature.
So, you want to eat like a hobbit do you? The big old dragon of Middle-Earth recipes is the charmingly retro 'Middle-Earth Recipes
' (now with a more modern and photo-friendly blog version
) from which NPR's Beth Accomando has complied an all-day feasting menu suitable for marathon watching
(or reading) assorted Lord Of The Rings media while Recipewise sticks to foods served by Bilbo in The Hobbit itself
and explains the Victorian convention of high vs. low tea. (Author Diane Duane's own Hobbit-inspired recipe, Took Family Seed Cake
can be made with poppy rather than caraway seed if that's your thing) Need something to do while digesting? Why not read about the history and meaning of the rural comfort food in Tolkien at Strange Horizons " Well Stocked Larders: Food And Diet Of Hobbits
" by Stephanie Green.
Not only is today, September 22, the Autumnal Equinox
it also happens to be Hobbit Day
, the date Tolkien fans celebrate the shared birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins as well as Hobbit culture in general
. So go around barefoot
, or smoke some pipe-weed
, but watch out for eating seven meals each day
, because you know. . . [more inside]
Radagast's racing rhosgobel rabbits:
A recreational musher looks at the realities of bunny sledding.
Hey guys, remember that old show "Fraggle Rock?"
And, and you know that recently-released movie The Hobbit?
Well, why not combine the two
Explaining the languages of Middle-Earth.
Ever wonder how Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings writers developed lines of dialogue for the elves or dwarves when they weren't quoting directly from Tolkien? They asked David Salo
, a linguist who specializes in Sindarin and the other languages of Middle Earth. [more inside]
Denny's will soon be launching a Hobbit inspired menu.
Featuring such delights as Bilbo's Berry Smoothie and Radagast's Red Velvet Pancake Puppies, second breakfast and elevenses will never be the same! (via boingboing
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
, by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, went on sale 75 years ago today. The first printing, by Allen & Unwin, was for 1,500 copies (which now fetch a premium at auction
); the first reviewer, the son of the publisher, was paid a shilling
. Through a contorted publishing history, exact or even approximate sales figures are unknown; "over a hundred million" is often quoted
. [more inside]
As the trailer
for Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit
premieres online, it's worth remembering that this isn't the first take on the journey of one Bilbo Baggins. There was the 1977 animated version as well
. Here's some screencaps
and a trailer
. Of course, if that's not enough for you, you could just watch it on Youtube (1
). And before it was a film, it was something called... a book
? Here's pictures of the cover of this 'book' thing from all over the world
Many ages ago, before some had yet to hear of The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings or the collectible LOTR glasses sold at Burger King, critics did their initial reviews. Here's the original review
by the New York Times of The Hobbit in 1938. Then came The Fellowship of the Ring
, followed by The Two Towers
, and of course The Return of the King
a 1967 interview with Tolkien after the influence of his work was starting to be felt. One interesting detail noted is that Tolkien typed the entire 1200+ page manuscript of TLOTR with two fingers. Of course, not everyone viewed the books so favorably. The BBC
has detailed some initial criticism against the books, but this seems to have been the minority response within a generally broad and warm literary reception.
is a site that collects the various cover and interior paintings and illustrations of The Hobbit
from versions around the world. [more inside]
Director Guillermo Del Toro has announced
that he will no longer be directing The Hobbit, and has made a follow up statement
today. Speculation is rife
as to what he might work on next, having given up that massive commitment. Some
, based on this AICN interview promoting the movie Splice, that going forwards with his adaptation
of HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness
may be on his mind again.
My name is Maddie Chambers and this all began when I was a young child and read the Hobbit for the first time.
And so, a year later I have a nearly finished replica of Bag End. I still have quite a bit of work to do on it, but I think it can be classed as an ongoing project that I can improve over the years (yes I am a perfectionist when it comes to things that I make!)
, Del Torro is on board for the new Hobbit move and it's...um..sequel.
Anyway, he seems to be adamant in keeping the as much as the original creative team
on board which is a encouraging sign, roll on 2010?