Anna Repp's illustration of The Hobbit
as one continuous scroll, with new artwork added almost every week.
Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments
, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here
) WORST Company in America and MORE! [more inside]
Miami Ad School Berlin student Valerio Amaro combines his two passions in life (advertising and The Lord of the Rings
) by asking himself, "What would happen if J.R.R Tolkien worked in advertising?" His answer: One Ad To Rule Them All
. [more inside]
The developers of Outerra (a "3D planetary engine for seamless planet rendering from space down to the surface") have posted some samples of their product to Imgur: stunning renderings of Tolkien's Middle-earth
as seen from the ground, in the air - and from space
! [more inside]
The Dead Authors Podcast
: Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! [more inside]
The Walrus And The Lexicographer
, or How Tolkien's OED Etymology Makes An English "Walrus."
Hey guys, remember that old show "Fraggle Rock?"
And, and you know that recently-released movie The Hobbit?
Well, why not combine the two
Gary Busey explains
the social and biological operations of Hobbits. (SLYT)
"A lifelong fan of The Lord of the Rings,
for the last 50 years [Vince Donovan] has been amassing an enormous collection of all things J.R.R. Tolkien. So much so, he hired an architect
to design a house
Fall, Mortality, and the Machine: Tolkien and Technology From the beginnings of modern fantasy, in the work of Tolkien, technology has always been the enemy of the good life. But does it have to be that way?
The Battle Of Maldon
is an Old English poem (here in the original Old English
, here in a modern translation
) retelling the events of a battle that took place in England in 991, in which a small army of Saxons attempted to halt an invading Viking force only to suffer a crushing defeat.
This battle, and the disastrous rout suffered by the Saxons, led to the introduction of the Danegeld
, the payment of silver in tribute to the Vikings to buy off their invading forces. [more inside]
a twelve-minute animated film by Gene Deitch
from 1966 [more inside]
is blog dedicated to "map-illustrated analyses of current events and geographical issues", run by Martin W. Lewis, a Stanford senior lecturer. For the past week, they've been posting a series of articles on imaginary geography
. See below for a list of the posts so far: [more inside]
A 'Mirky' legal battle for J.R.R. Tolkien Estate.
Texas case will contest the right of Tolkien's literary estate to block fictional use of the Lord of the Rings author's name. The estate of JRR Tolkien is embroiled in a fierce legal battle over an American novel that uses the author of The Lord of the Rings as a central character. The J.R.R. Tolkien's Estate has been involved with other legal battles in the past
An interactive map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth
. You can zoom and pan, search for or center a location, and link to a particular area. Place names are labeled in both English and Elvish. [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.
Although it's commonplace nowadays to assume that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was the primary source of inspiration for Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax when they created the world's first tabletop roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons, a careful examination of the game suggests otherwise... James Maliszewski
on The Books That Founded D&D
. Some disagreement
It’s only natural that if you wish to present yourself as a well-read person, a certain degree of complete bullshit is required. There’s no shame in lying about what you’ve read. There’s only shame in getting caught. Then you look like a doofus, and an illiterate one at that... How to lie about books
The Encyclopedia of Arda
A reference guide to Tolkien-can't tell an orc from a Uruk-hai? Stumped at what the three kinds of hobbits are? This website has the answers. Nicely laid out site, too.
Just how well do you know The Lord of the Rings
? Test your knowledge here
, courtesy of the Tolkien Sarcasm Page
. Also of interest: the LOTR board game
, and a brief synopsis of LOTR
for you students who have to write a quick book report but just don't have the time to read the actual books.
Today would've been JRR Tolkien's 111th birthday. According to the Tolkien Society
, the proper thing to do is to raise a glass at 9 pm and say "The Professor." Mary-Ann was not available for comment.
Sure, Peter Jackson's
might be the most famous, and you've probably all heard of Ralph Bakshi's animated version
and the Rankin-Bass one
, but did you know that there have been other cinematic adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien's works? Take a look at this 1960s musical adaptation of The Hobbit
, for instance, or a 1940s Warner Bros. version of the complete trilogy
. (Movie downloads require Quicktime.)
So who saw LOTR?
What did you think of it? Were you thrilled like Harry Knowles
? Or did you feel closer to Roger Ebert's 3 stars out of 4
review? I just saw it and was more disappointed than I thought I'd be...
If you were expecting the Lord of the Rings movie to receive as much if not more scrutiny from Conservative Christians as Harry Potter did
you’re in for a surprise. Despite LOTR being filled with violence and intense fantasy imagery few churches or religious watch-god groups will be condemning the fantasy epic like they did
the occult heavy, yet kid-friendly Harry Potter flick.
The reason is simple: Tolkien was a devout Christian
In fact, Tolkien persuaded C.S. Lewis, who himself later wrote several Christian classics, to become a Christian. The two are credited with paving the way for a new genre of devotional literature, influencing authors like Charles Williams, T.S. Eliot, G.K. Chesteron and Dorothy Sayers.
Fortunately for most Tolkien doesn’t let Christian imagery dribble into his stories the way C.S. Lewis did
. So expect religous LOTR friendly reviews from all with the possible exception of the ChildCare Action Project
. One has to wonder though - if Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, was more publicly religious would her books be as controversial?