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J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Is This Lord of the Rings Periodic Table The Geekiest Thing Ever Done?

    As you might imagine, we get sent a lot of geeky things here at the site, but since I started writing for Geekosystem, I don't think I've seen anything as geeky as this. It's The Periodic Table of Middle-Earth, which breaks down the characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit into classification by race. It even lists dates of birth and death. This is next-level geekdom at its finest.

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  10. Here’s Everything Wrong With The Hobbit in Under Four Minutes [Video]

    I'm a serious Middle-earth apologist, but I'm not even close to being a purist. Big difference. I could list off a bunch of things that Peter Jackson's movies "get wrong" about the world and stories of J.R.R. Tolkien except that they're a movie, and the changes are deliberate. I'm generally okay with that, and I love the movies. Which is why I, too, enjoy CinemaSin's latest video, "Everything Wrong With The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey In 4 Minutes Or Less."

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