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Volume 116/Issue 1

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From TORn:
The theme of love in The Lord of the Rings
In our latest TORn library piece, Ringer Tedoras muses on the theme of love within Lord of the Rings, and how it’s more intricately– and subtly — woven into the text than we generally realise. [Read more]

The top five moments to expect in The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Daniel Wood writing over on Yahoo! profiles what he think will be the stand-out moments during The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Do you agree? What are yours?
[Read more]

Richard Armitage talks The Hobbit: There And Back Again
This interview with Richard Armitage was conducted at the Empire Awards the other day. (Thanks to those who corrected my mistake!).
In it Richard Armitage speaks about the conclusion of the Hobbit adventure for Jackson and his crew, that he thinks There And Back Again will be shorter and his thoughts on why Tolkien’s stories continue to endure. [Read more]

EXCLUSIVE – Luke Evans talks to TheOneRing.net
With just a week to go until the Home Video release (in the US at least - check our post here for full details of when the Home Video comes out in different countries) of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net has recently had the chance to catch up with some of the film’s lead actors. Last week staffer greendragon spoke to Luke Evans about his role as Bard the Bowman, about using his native accent on-screen, and about stepping in to big shoes (or perhaps a big coffin?) to take on the role of Dracula. [Read more]

Spoiler analysis: examining a few more teasers for The Hobbit: There And Back Again out of CinemaCon
News from CinemaCon about the little new Hobbit material that was screened during the Warner Bros. presentation in Las Vegas last week has been thin on the ground. [Read more]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug claims two wins at the 2014 Empire Awards
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug claimed a double win the other night at the 2014 Empire Awards.
Peter Jackson’s second movie in his Hobbit trilogy not only scored the award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, it also helped Aidan Turner (who you undoubtedly know from the role of Kili) win the Best Male Newcomer prize, edging out the likes of Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) and Will Poulter (“We’re The Millers”). [Read more]

Announcing the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards
Each year The Tolkien Society hosts an AGM for its members. This year, the organisation will institute annual awards in several categories to:
'recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom as well as highlighting our long-standing charitable objective to "seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE".' [Read more]

A new, interactive historical map of Middle-earth from LOTRProject
Over at LOTRProject, Emil Johansson has developed a high-resolution interactive map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth complete with key dates, events and character movements. It’s pretty neat, and a very effective visual representation of where some of the key events of Middle-earth’s history occurred. [Read more]

Watch The Hobbit re-rendered in the style of a classic 16-bit video gameavid Dutton over at Cinefix has created this remarkable 16-bit game-style version of The Hobbit films — at least the two films that we’ve seen to date. If you ever played isometric arcade/adventure games such as the classic Knight Lore, or the hit strategy game Populous, you’ll get a kick out of this. [Read more]

In praise of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit
This piece by Simon J. Cook does happen to mirror some of my own thoughts on the place and benefit of any re-imagining of Tolkien’s vision of Middle-earth within the world.
Still, as much as Tolkien’s letter to Waldman (Letter #131) opens Middle-earth to new perspectives, and vivid reinterpretations, I believe it’s equally important to acknowledge the flipside: missives sent to Allen & Unwin (Letter #188) and Forest J Ackerman (Letter #210) show Tolkien also cared deeply about what others did with his works.
I think it’s a balancing act that will never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. [Read more]
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* Via the TORn forums:
Concerning the Silmarillion (and its movie adaptation) - A QUESTION.
I presume this question has been asked many times before, but is there any change concerning The Silmarillion rights?
Has PJ expressed any interest in adapting the book into more movies? Is that even possible? Do you think it will happen? And how many movies would be enough?
Sorry if this is repetitive, but I could not find a thread like this...


Did Gandalf ride Gwaihir in The Hobbit?
(This subject has probably been broached before, but perhaps a fresh look.) BOOKS ONLY PLEASE

We must start near the end of LOTR, after The Ring’s destruction, where Gandalf says: "Twice you have borne me, Gwaihir my friend. Thrice shall pay for all." (The Field of Cormallen)

The first was the rescue from Orthanc, and the second the rescue from Zirak-zigal. This third would be from the slag hills to Mt. Doom.

Taking Gandalf’s statement as correct then Gwaihir did not carry Gandalf in the rescue from the trees in The Hobbit, as this would constitute a fourth ride. Although Gwaihir
could have been involved in the tree rescue (he just didn’t carry Gandalf) and/or The Battle of Five Armies, (assuming here the descendants of Thorondor had a decent lifespan as it was some 79 years from Bilbo’s finding of The Ring to its destruction).

Some have assumed that either Tolkien or Gandalf simply forgot about the rescue in The Hobbit; but those who have read Letters of JRR Tolkien realize his attention to detail, and his doggedly persistence at accuracy as he went over and over his manuscript attempting to achieve a realistic consistency. Yet, even so he might be forgiven a rare inaccurate date, or some other triviality, but to overlook such a major occurrence as riding a Great Eagle is beyond incredibly unbelievable.
As for Gandalf forgetting this fourth ride (actually would be the first ride) consider his statement during An Unexpected Party:
"And Thrain your father went away on the twenty-first of April, a hundred years ago last Thursday."
Not the words of one who is forgetful,
au contraire. As with Tolkien, it would seem amazingly incredible that Gandalf would forget the rescue from the trees in The Hobbit.

Coming soon to a Post near you: Was Gwaihir The Lord of the Eagles?


How far would people in middle earth go if Nuclear weapons were available?
Let's just focus on the late Third Age, particularly the quest for Erebor and the War of the Ring. How far do you reckon the forces of good and evil go with these wepons?
Considering just how devastating these wepons are, I dont think that the Elves would approve of it. They love the earth, and to see areas completely destroyed by nuclear fallout would be devastating to them. Even Mordor, as barren as it is, would be barren forever if nuclear warfare was used.
Dwarves and Men, I'm not too sure. They both seem to be industrial and ruthless when it comes to warfare. I can see both of them being like us humans in the real world. Wanting to use them badly, but knowing the consequences refuse to.
And then there is the Orcs and Sauron. Now the Orcs, beng as mindless and destructive to all good things, will probably use nuclear wepons without any hesitation, even if the fallout does prove to be deadly to them. But Sauron on the otherhand, I see as being of similar mind to the elves. His evil intentions, were far less then Morgoths intentions, who wanted absolute destruction of Arda. Sauron wants Order and dominion in Arda, not total destruction. He will see the destruction and waste that will be left in the earth, and not see any reason to rule it. Nuclear bombs are destructive weapons more suited to morgoth. Rings of power are more dominating artefacts that suite sauron more. I dont see Sauron using nuclear bombs against Gondor and the rest of Middle-earth.

Thoughts on this? Just some fun speculation...
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Once again, serai1 is selling some of her fan collection. This time, there is a lovely pencil drawing by Aina Baggins, and two ORIGINAL pastels by slash artist The Theban Band. You can see them here. All three are slash pieces, from PG to R rating, depending on your POV. You are welcome to ask questions at the link, and please pass along the info to anyone you know who might be interested. I will be posting more items - clipping packages, LOTR books, and other things - in the next few days as well. :)
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Middle earth herhs: Athelas.
A healing herb from Numenor, it has a sweet and pungent fragrance.
TRIVIA:
Monday's BOOK question: What was the name of the younger son of Elendil and, with his brother, second King of Gondor?
Answer: Anárion.

helenllama, frolijahfan, namarielorien, lindahoyland and a mystery guest who forgot to leave a name answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Which Fellowship actor had to wear a prosthetic fingertip to replace the one he'd lost in a farm machinery mishap?

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From:philstar22
Date:April 2nd, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Don't know if you guys know about it, but there's a new Middle Earth-themed landcom. middleland

The application post is here

Edited at 2014-04-02 04:47 pm (UTC)
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From:caras_galadhon
Date:April 5th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
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We didn't, so thank you so much for letting us know! I'll be putting an announcement in today's issue. Thanks! ^_^
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From:namarielorien
Date:April 2nd, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Which Fellowship actor had to wear a prosthetic fingertip to replace the one he'd lost in a farm machinery mishap?

John Rhys-Davies
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From:frolijahfan
Date:April 2nd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
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John Rhys-Davies
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From:msilverstar
Date:April 3rd, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
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Oh! I've been meaning to mention, there's a fabulous tumblr that deserves a shout-out, http://askmiddlearth.tumblr.com/ A deep fan who discusses the canon very articulately, and is not shy about accepting advice and corrections ;-)
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From:caras_galadhon
Date:April 5th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much! It'll go in today's issue. ^_^
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Date:April 3rd, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
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John Rhys-Davies
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