The Fall of Gondolin to be released in August 2018

Originally posted on A Tolkienist's Perspective:
Well, it is now official. In a statement made this morning on the J.R.R. Tolkien Official Facebook page, it was announced that The Fall of Gondolin, written by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien, will be published on August 30, 2018. The statement added that this release…

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Hobbiton, a Diversion

While New Zealand’s South Island typically gets all the praise and glory, there is a lot to explore up in the north as well. We spent beautiful time discovering the city of Auckland, sampling wine on Waiheke Island, and hiking through the rain forest of Waitakere Range. Although, one place we were particularly anxious to […] […]

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Happy Hobbit Day

It’s officially 80 years since The Hobbit was published!

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Tolkien Reads from The Hobbit

Originally posted on Aethereal Engineer:
Back in April I shared audio of J.R.R. Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings. This rare treat was thanks to the Professor’s enjoyment of recording personal readings of his work on some of the first home-use tape recorders after being introduced to them by a friend in 1952.…

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Nerdery Weekend

I went, 2 weekends ago, to the MoPOP (formerly EMP) in Seattle & enjoyed a weekend full of nerdy goodness and all sorts of geekery. I’ll admit that I generally do this kind of thing when I’m stressed & need some relaxation and a good time. See, immersing myself in my own nerdy/geeky interests makes […]

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Smaug and Dragons

Dragons are fearsome, terrifying creatures. They’re the stuff of legend and of nightmare. Just like how you always hear about knights going off to fight them & save poor, captured maidens from the evil dragon (keep on with the western understanding, here). They’re serpentine or reptilian; lizard-like really. With giant wings and they breathe fire. […]

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In Lacking Inspiration, I Read…

Tolkien. Seriously – the man wrote mountains of works across his lifetime. And I’ve read nearly all of it, starting with The Hobbit when I was 6 or 7 years old, up until more recently picking up background information such as the “Letters” or other side works. Suffice to say, the huge breadth to all […]

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I See Fire

This is a song I loved from when it came out with the movie, which is how I first heard it. I’m not normally a fan of Ed Sheeran, but this is glorious. But it’s just a kind of song that speak to me, on several levels. It’s got all sorts of imagery (obviously, sorry) […]

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