Finnish director Dome Karukoski will head the biopic about the Lord of the Rings writer in his formative years at school and during the outbreak of World War I.Read More
Things We Saw Today: Carina Is “A Woman of Science” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
We spotted something cool in the latest Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer: Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), the female protagonist, describes herself: "I'm a woman of science."Read More
British director James Strong will direct a biopic about Toklien's early life, his relationship to Edith Bratt, and his time in the First World War.Read More
Those who've absorbed the entire body of J.R.R. Tolkien's work will remember the tale of Beren and Lúthien, a human man and elf woman who fell in love. Their story appears in The Silmarillion, and it was written back in 1917. One hundred years later, HarperCollins will be republishing the story.Read More
She "span dark spells with spider-craft, / and as she span she softly laughed."
J.R.R. Tolkien's poem "The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun" has been out of print since it was published in The Welsh Review 71 years ago, but HarperCollins is republishing the poem as part of an anthology November 3rd.Read More
If you're a cosplay aficionado who's been looking to create a costume from DC Comics Bombshells, that task just got a lot easier, thanks to this new line-up of sewing patterns from Simplicity.Read More
Hail to the chief.
I recognize that for a lot of people--even those living in large cities or who are otherwise disconnected from the natural world--climate change still feels like a present and pressing problem. But somewhere in my seven years since moving from British Columbia (the Canadian Rivendell) to New York (an actual burning trash-pile), the future of our planet slipped to the bottom of my priorities.Read More
"I'm The Doctor." "Who?" "Exactly."
In what will perhaps be the most adorable announcement-not-announcement video you'll see all day, Peter Jackson mused on directing an episode of Doctor Who in a... skit? Sketch?Read More
An annotated map of Middle-earth was recently found with Tolkien and illustrator Pauline Baynes' notes, revealing influences and inspirations for the land.Read More
Wherein we discuss the only time time Tolkien acknowledges sex in Middle Earth, and everything goes epically wrong for one particular family.Read More
AND it's part of the LOTR canon!
Exciting news, fantasy and J. R. R. Tolkien fans! Soon you'll be able to add The Story of Kullervo to your bookshelf, a work that was previously unknown and unpublished (save for the scholarly 7th volume of Tolkien Studies).Read More
They added in "some violence."
The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is meant for adult eyes only — and not just because it moves too slowly for any kid to remain interested. The extended scenes will include "some violence," enough to earn that edition an R-rating.Read More
An unexpectedly long journey.
If you want to be stuck in a movie theater seat until your 111th birthday, Peter Jackson has your back. The extended edition of the Hobbit trilogy is coming to movie theaters, and you'll never see the light of day again.Read More
Welcome back, fellow Tolkien fans (or just those curious about the extended edition of Middle Earth)! It’s been awhile since my last recap. I had a baby, no big deal! It’s taken some time to eek out brief minutes to write about Tolkien again, but here we are. And this one’s a doozy.Read More
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.Read More
The world is indeed full of peril.
Welcome... to MIDDLE-EARTH!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More