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J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. Rewatch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Honest Trailer Form Before Battle of the Five Armies

    Mostly just the desolation of audiences.

    Strange how easy it is to get all the important points of the movie in under 3 minutes. It's almost like it was needlessly stretched out.

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  2. Eye of Sauron Installation in Russia Halted Because the World Is Joyless and/or Orthodox Church Criticism

    ♪ We could've had it aaaaaaaaaaaaaall ♪

    I may be only a moderate Lord of the Rings/Tolkien fan, but I am a massive "Eye of Sauron hovering ominously over Moscow" fan. The Orthodox Church of Russia doesn't quite see... eye to eye with me on that one, and they're ruining it for everyone.

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  3. Don’t Let Ian McKellen Make You Overly Optimistic About More Lord of the Rings Films

    Those were the stories that stayed with you.

    Ian McKellen isn't ruling out the possibility of more films set in Middle-Earth, but you probably shouldn't get your hopes up.

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  4. Everything That Happens In The Tolkien Universe After The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    First things first: Yes, even before Peter Jackson sat down to make the film, we knew what would happen after The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings, all 480,000-plus words of it, was already a fairly excessive sequel to one children’s book. But if you know anything at all about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, it won’t surprise you that it doesn’t end there.

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  5. According to Game Developers, There Are No Pumpkins in Middle-Earth

    Halloween is ruined! *sobs*

    Some good news for that small subsection of people who wish hobbits were real, but who also get real sick of the annual invasion of gourd-based decoration every autumn: if you lived in Middle-Earth, you would be safe from the all seeing eye of the pumpkin spice, because pumpkins don't exist there. Okay, but they must have them in Valinor, right? Otherwise what's the point of even going?

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  6. There Are Two Competing Tolkien Documentaries Currently in the Works

    What's the Elvish word for "market oversaturation?"

    Two different companies are creating documentaries about author J.R.R. Tolkien's life. One focuses on his early years and the other on his relationship with fellow author C.S. Lewis.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: The Villains of Guardians of the Galaxy Are Lookin’ Good

    Hey there, Nebula.

    Collider has two Guardians of the Galaxy Empire magazine covers, one of the villains (above) and one of the good guys. Nice.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Teenage Mullet Peter Dinklage

    Things We Saw Today

    Redditor cameroncrazy85 found this bemullet'ed picture of Peter Dinklage from the actor's 1987 high school yearbook. Now I'm imagining Tywin—no, not Tyrion, Tywin—Lannister with that haircut. Someone stop me. Or Photoshop it. Either way. (The Wrap)

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  9. Royal Caribbean May Offer Hobbit Cruises

    Hopefully Norovirus won't interfere with elevensies.

    If you're a hobbit fan with an un-Bagginsey love for adventure, new company Trilo3y Voyages claims to be making bookings for Royal Caribbean Tolkien cruises, with stops in Bermuda, Belize and probably Validor.

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  10. After 90 Years, JRR Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf Will Finally Get Published

    Hwæt now?

    Before he was a fantasy author, JRR Tolkien was an incredibly gifted linguist (how else do you think he kept track of so many different Elvish dialects?) with a focus on early Old English and Norse. Now, we'll get to see more of his translation work first hand, because his version of the 10th century epic poem Beowulf will soon be available.

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