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03 January 2008 @ 12:03 am
Happy Birthday JRR!

So I suppose we've heard all about the Hobbit film in two parts, hm?
29 March 2007 @ 03:33 pm
"We boggies are a hairy folk
Who like to eat until we choke.
Loving all like friend and brother,
And hardly ever eat each other.

Ever hungry, ever thirsting,
Never stop till belly's bursting,
Chewing chop and pork and  muttons,
A merry race of boring gluttons.

Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble
Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble

Boggies gather round the table,
Eat as much as you are able.
Gorge yourselves from moon till noon
(Don't forget your plate and spoon).

Anything edible, we've got dibs on,
And hope we all die with our bibs on.
Ever gay, we'll never grow up,
Come!  And sing and play and throw-up!

Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble
Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble!"
26 March 2007 @ 03:29 pm

    When Mr. Dildo Bugger of Bug End grudgingly announced his intention of throwing a free feed for all the boggies in his part of the Sty, the reaction in Boggietown was immediate - all through the messy little slum could be heard squeals of "Swell!" and "Hot puppies, grub!"  Slavering with anticipation, several recipients of the invitations devoured their little engraved scrolls, temporarily deranged by transports of gluttony.  After the initital hysteria, however, the boggies returned to their daily routines and, as is their wont, lasped back into a coma.
25 March 2007 @ 10:27 am
To celebrate, I have a fan mix and some commentary over here:

Feeling: busybusy
22 October 2006 @ 02:36 pm

III International plastic fine art competition:
Tragic characters in Tolkien's literature

Organised by: ST WIEŻA Municipality Centre of Culture and Art in Bielawa, Poland in co-operation with the Strategy and Town Development Department. www.TolkFolk.pl

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Good luck in competition! :D
28 September 2006 @ 02:36 pm
A Guide to Middle-earth

Náin I

The son of King Durin VI of Khazad-dûm, who became King after his father was slain by the Balrog known as Durin's Bane. Náin's kingship lasted only a year, before he too was slain - his son Thráin I led the remnant of Durin's Folk away into the north.

Today in Middle-earth

It is 7 Winterfilth in the Shire-reckoning.
It is 58 Yavië in the reckoning of Rivendell.

The next day Gandalf and the hobbits took leave of Bilbo in his room, for it was cold out of doors; and then they said farewell to Elrond and all his household.

As Frodo stood upon the threshold, Elrond wished him a fair journey, and blessed him, and he said:

'I think, Frodo, that maybe you will not need to come back, unless you come very soon. For about this time of the year, when the leaves are gold before they fall, look for Bilbo in the woods of the Shire. I shall be with him.'

These words no one else heard, and Frodo kept them to himself.

~The Return of the King: Many Partings
26 September 2006 @ 08:56 am
I obtained a copy of Brian Sibley's official guide to the making of FotR a few days ago. I'm sure many of you have already seen it, but if you haven't, it's full of lush photographs of scenery, actors, costumes, bigatures of Rivendell, and so forth.

There are two photos that I absolutely love. One is a scene that appears nowhere in Tolkien's books (probalby not even in the appendices, though I suppose it could be in the history books that Christopher Tolkien has compiled). In it, Arwen sits near Galadriel's Mirror, looking despondent. Galadriel stands at her side, her hand on Arwen's shoulder, as though comforting her granddaughter. It is notable that Arwen is not wearing the Evenstar pendant. This photograph really strikes a chord with me -- I'd love a framed copy.

The other photo I really like shows the four hobbits sitting against the headboard of the bed at the Prancing Pony. Stretched out across the foot of the bed, looking extremely hobbit-like despite his modern clothing, is Peter Jackson, propping his head up on his elbow (very cheesecake pose). It's a really cute picture, and I can imagine a framed copy gracing a side-table in his house (well, in all their houses, really).
24 September 2006 @ 07:56 am
Houghton Mifflin has acquired U.S. rights to publish the first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien since the posthumous Silmarillion
in 1977. HarperCollins UK acquired the project from The Tolkien Estate in a world-rights deal. Presented for the first time as a fully continuous and stand-alone story, the epic tale of
The Children of Húrin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
with elves and men, dragons and dwarves, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
The Children of Húrin
, begun in 1918, was one of three "Great Tales" J.R.R. Tolkien worked on throughout his life, though he never realized his ambition to see it published. Though familiar to many fans from extracts and references within other Tolkien books, it has long been assumed that the story would forever remain an "unfinished tale." Now reconstructed by Christopher Tolkien, painstakingly editing together the complete work from his father’s many drafts, this book is the culmination of a tireless thirty-year endeavor by him to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s vast body of unpublished work to a wide audience.
Christopher Tolkien
said: "It has seemed to me for a long time that there was a good case for presenting my father’s long version of the legend of The Children of Húrin
as an independent work, between its own covers, with a minimum of editorial presence, and above all in continuous narrative without gaps or interruptions, if this could be done without distortion or invention, despite the unfinished state in which he left some parts of it."
Having drawn the distinctive maps for the original The Lord of the Rings
more than fifty years ago, Christopher has also created a detailed new map for this book. In addition, it will include a jacket and color paintings by
Alan Lee, illustrator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Centenary Edition and Oscar®-winning designer of the film trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings
was already acclaimed worldwide as the most popular book of the twentieth century before the blockbuster films in 2001 through 2003 broke new ground and inspired millions more to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s books — an additional 50 million copies were sold, leaving new fans wanting more.
The Children of Húrin
will be published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin in April 2007, on the same day as HarperCollins' international editions.
Victoria Barnsley
, CEO and Publisher of HarperCollins Publishers UK, said: "This epic story of adventure, tragedy, fellowship, and heroism stands as one of the finest expressions of J.R.R. Tolkien's skills as a storyteller. With a narrative as dramatic and powerful as anything contained within
The Lord of the Rings
, it can now be read and enjoyed as Tolkien originally intended, and will doubtless be a revelation for millions of fans around the world."
Janet Silver
, Vice President and Publisher of Houghton Mifflin, said, "As J.R.R. Tolkien's original American publisher, dating back to The Hobbit
, we are extremely proud to be bringing this project to Tolkien's devoted readership in the United States. Christopher Tolkien has done a great service in realizing his father's vision for
The Children of Húrin."
22 September 2006 @ 01:59 am

This is great. Make sure you read in order :-)
20 September 2006 @ 01:37 pm
A Guide to Middle-earth

Mad Baggins

After his escapades with Wizards, Dwarves and Elves - not to mention a particularly ferocious Dragon - Bilbo Baggins returned to the Shire with a share of the gold recovered from Erebor. Such an adventurous lifestyle was not approved of in the quiet Shire, and he came to be looked on as eccentric and unpredictable by his fellow Hobbits. They were proved amply correct at his 111th Birthday Party, where he used his Magic Ring to disappear into thin air, leaving his inheritance to Frodo Baggins. Even at that time, he was known to some as 'mad Baggins', but the name grew in significance over the years as the story of his life was slowly jumbled and rearranged, so that Mad Baggins eventually became a fantastical fairytale figure.


So what is this I hear about a previously unreleased Tolkien work to be published soon?