First trailer for the Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies

If you’re like me, you’re going to see this … one way or another. The Lord of the Rings was brilliant, all the way through. I’m even looking forward to seeing the ‘extended cut’. The Hobbit so far has been completely meh but having seen the first two parts, might as well see it through,…

First animated version of the Hobbit (1966)

As a child, long before Peter Jackson got ahold of the franchise, I loved the Rankin & Bass versions of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. What I did not know until today, was that there was a version of the Hobbit 11 years older than Rankin & Bass – at least, sort…

JRR Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf to be published in May

In May, HarperCollins will publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf for the first time. Tolkien, best known for the Lord of the Rings, was not principally an author. His books about Middle Earth did not enjoy great success until late in his life. The bulk of the author’s working life was spent as a scholar…

The Truth Behind the Legends: The One Ring and the Gate of Hell

All stories start somewhere. In fiction a writer will sometimes pluck something from their own imagination and at other times will embellish a real world story. For example, it appears that J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘one ring’ may have come from the legend of this Roman ring. According to Blastr: “The ring is made of about 12…

The Truth Behind the Legends: The One Ring and the Gate of Hell

All stories start somewhere. In fiction a writer will sometimes pluck something from their own imagination and at other times will embellish a real world story. For example, it appears that J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘one ring’ may have come from the legend of this Roman ring. According to Blastr: “The ring is made of about 12…