Tolkien Library News
Tolkien Calendar 2016: Illustrated by Tove Jansson
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Tove Jansson illustrated The Hobbit for the Swedish and Finnish editions, creating a dozen enchanting full page drawings plus many smaller vignette pieces. The artwork is now going to be featured in the official Tolkien Calendar for 2016. How exciting is that?
The Amateur Lord of the Rings
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
One has to ask why The Lord of the Rings is so popular. What are its peculiar qualities? Time and again it tops, or is a runner up with honours, in various best book reader-voted contests. What is in it that it reaches out to so many. What is it about the book and its writer that pierces and reaches so many?
J.R.R. Tolkien a writer of note
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Research has shown that students' reading book choices are highly dependent on trending movies or even series. This means that a little known book can become an overnight success due to a great movie adaptation.
Why Tolkien's books are so popular Among the Students
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
It is an indisputable fact that despite the today's increase in the children's books with urban fantasies, the Tolkien's fantasy books still hold the number one position in children's reading lists.
The world first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien,The Story of Kullervo
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
HarperCollins have officially announced the world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father.
Rare The History of Middle Earth, all 3 Limited Deluxe Editions in Publishers Slipcase
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Most History of Middle-earth limited editions come each in an individual slipcase, but this set is one of the very few sets that was released with all three volumes together in one slipcase. This rare set is now available in the TolkienLibrary store.
Signed copy of the Hobbit sells for record at auction
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
A first edition copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was sold at Sotheby's auction house in London for 137,000 Sterling Pounds. This more than doubled the world record and makes this copy of The Hobbit the most expensive in the world.
On the shores of the shoreless sea
Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Building on his recent investigations into the relationship of Middle-earth to Tolkien's scholarly search for the lost traditions of the ancient English tribes, Simon J. Cook now looks to Tolkien's famous essay 'On Fairy Stories'. The result is a journey into the very heart of Tolkien's creative imagination.
New Collector Profile added - Giulio Torlai
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
I'm very happy to announce the collector profile of Giulio Torlai, a medical doctor and Tolkien collector, who collects unique and rare Tolkien books. He considers himself an uncommon Tolkien collector, since he never focused on particular editions. Especially rare special Italian rebindings of Tolkien books are at the hearth of his collection.
Back to the past - Simon J. Cook on Tolkien and History
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Sue Bridgwater reviews Simon Cook's essay J.R.R. Tolkien's Lost English Mythology and urges anyone truly interested in Tolkien's work to be sure to read it.
Will we ever see The Silmarillion on the big screen?
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
In December, with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson finishes his The Hobbit trilogy. For some time now fans wonder if there isn't one more work of Tolkien that Peter Jackson could adapt to big screen. The Silmarillion, preceding both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is the project many desire to see adapted to film. But will it happen?
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Revised and Expanded Edition
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Great news for all. This week we see the publication of the revised and expanded edition of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. This book brings us Tolkien's own Hobbit-inspired poetry and includes previously unpublished poems and notes, and is beautifully illustrated by Narnia artist Pauline Baynes.
The Many Faces of Thranduil
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
While much recent hype about Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been focused on the captain of the Wood-elf guard, Tauriel, little has been said of her boss, King Thranduil of the Woodland Realm. Tedoras brings us the full history of Thranduil, and a rather different image of the King of Greenwood the Great emerges.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The four-volume, deluxe pocket boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). Each book features a leatherette cover with stamped title and all four books.
Beyond Birthdays: an exploration and analysis of Letter 214
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
If any book so illuminates the man, his deepest thoughts and truest character, it is The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tedoras explores Tolkien's letter 214 that centers, most intriguingly, on the notion of birthdays; specifically, the notion of who gives whom a present in hobbit culture.
Darkness Tangible
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
In the following thought provoking essay Alex Lewis and Ruth Lacon bring an answer to the question: Is the fact that Tolkien is an artist and paints pictures some part of what makes him create in the way that he does?
Beware of Pirated PDF Copies of The Tolkienaeum
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Tolkienaeum is the fourth volume in a series on J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium by Tolkien researcher Mark T. Hooker. The author wrote us that only the Llyfrawr paperback edition of The Tolkienaeum is published with his consent and cooperation. Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it and not download the PDF. Beware!
Announcing the 2015 Beyond Bree Calendar!
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Beyond Bree is producing a new Calendar for 2015! This Calendar will be a very special one because it marks the 30th year since the publication of the first Beyond Bree Calendar. The theme is Mortal heroes and heroines of Middle-earth and we're celebrating the anniversary with extra art!
Tolkien's Triumph: The Strange History of 'The Lord of the Rings'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Simon Cook reviews John Lennard's Tolkien's Triumph, an ebook that consists of four solid chapters, which include much interesting background relating to the astonishing popular success of The Lord of the Rings.
The Educational Value of Esperanto: The word of Tolkien in The British Esperantist
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Oronzo Cilli is an Italian scholar who made a careful study of British and international Esperanto magazines of the first half of the twentieth century, containing still unpublished interesting details that reveal Tolkien's active role to promote Esperanto in the thirties.