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J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. They Are No Men: Tolkien’s 6 Most Bad-Ass Forgotten Ladies

    J.R.R. Tolkien isn’t exactly known for his “strong female characters.” Despite Éowyn’s memorable moment of triumph, the fact remains that The Hobbit doesn’t have a single female character (other than a brief mention of Belladonna Took), and The Lord of the Rings fares little better – I can think of five named women who appear in the entire series.

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  2. Spain Is Working on an Unauthorized Middle-Earth Theme Park

    The world is indeed full of peril.

    Welcome... to MIDDLE-EARTH!

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  3. “I am No Man” Doesn’t Cut It: The Story of Eowyn

    And when you're done reading this, go Google Haleth, daughter of Haldad.

    There are many things I love about the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings film adaptations. The attention to detail, the shout outs to uber nerds with Silmarillion refs, the way Legolas jumps up on that horse in The Two Towers.

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  4. The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Jerk Elves and Really Shiny Jewels

    Part 1

    I’m going to admit it up front: I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. I’m particularly fond of Middle Earth but my favorite book is not The Lord of The Rings. It’s The Silmarillion. I know, I know, that dry historical tome that reads like a bible? YES. That one. I love it. It is epic and dark and lyrical and poetic. It’s also kind of banana pants.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. A Biopic On Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien Is Officially In The Works

    There And Back Again

    While we anxiously await the second installment to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, a new report says Fox Searchlight is putting a film into production which will focus on the famous author who started us down this path long ago - J.R.R. Tolkien.

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  16. George R.R. Martin Would Prefer It If No One Else Wrote About Game Of Thrones. Ever.

    It is known

    A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin may have no problem with your Game of Thrones fan fiction but if you thought you might be able to get on the legal license train sometime in the future, think again. When asked if he would let anyone else write in the universe he replied, "No, not while I'm alive."

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  17. Introducing Thorin Puppetshield, King Under The Muppet Mountain

    There And Back Again

    Who knew that a fearless dwarf leader would make such a cute puppet? Apparently, Artist Rosemary Travale did. See him talk under the jump!

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  18. Astronomer Reconstructs Middle-Earth Solar System, Earns Place In Geek Hall Of Fame

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    Dr. Kristine Larsen is an astrophysicist from Central Connecticut State University, and she has decided to use her obviously giant brain for geek good and apply her knowledge to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. She has written over thirty papers and articles on the relationship between Tolkien and astronomy and has, over the years, given numerous talks on the subject at conventions and conferences.

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  19. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees Include Tolkien and Bowie

    Five more to join the ranks of Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke.

    It's a good time for geek culture -- if the popularity of this site is any kind of indicator. Movie releases are dominated by superheroes, fairy tales, and science fiction. And we definitely should honor the amazing people who helped bring these genres into the mainstream, and become familiar with their work, if you weren't already. The EMP Museum, or the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, annually selects icons to honor by inducting them into its hall of fame, and the five chosen this year have certainly earned it.

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  20. Get Your First Glimpse of Benedragon Cumbersmaug in New Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Trailer

    Plus lady elves, dwarves stuffed in barrels, and everything else you've been waiting to see!

    Feel like you're missing out on all the trailer excitement because you don't play video games or care about E3? Let's hope you like dwarves, then, because director Peter Jackson's got thirteen of them to throw your way, along with a whole forest worth of other mythical Tolkien creatures. The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the upcoming sequel to last year's An Unexpected Journey, just dropped and look pretty dang neat. You know, if you like dwarves. If not, you'll be pleased to know that there's also a dragon this time who sounds like Sherlock Holmes, and he really enjoys killing dwarves. Either way, there's something for everybody.

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