I kill where I wish and none dare resist. [Smaug].

From "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Chapter XII. Inside Information.

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A wealth of art at HobbitCon

A wealth of art at HobbitCon

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 16, 2014

HobbitCon, Ring*Con’s special, is upon us! Easter will see Richard Taylor, dwarves and tons of lecturers, artists and fans converge upon Bonn and it’s Maritim Hotel for some quality fantasy time. Did I say artists? Yes, I did. And this year you will be...

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Would this be the opening to the Silmarillion tv series?

Would this be the opening to the Silmarillion tv series?

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 13, 2014

I have just seen a blog post by James Moffet of the fellow Tolkienist blog, “A Tolkienist’s Perspective”, which has really astounded me. In his blog post he explains how Dante Alighieri, Patrick Cassidy and Terence Malick have inspired him to do a...

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How Rotterdam has its own ideas on ents and dwarves

How Rotterdam has its own ideas on ents and dwarves

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 13, 2014

The Tolkienist’s Tour of the Netherlands which took place on April 12, 2014 brought me to four lovely cities – Maastricht, Rotterdam, Leiden and Geldrop. This was my first visit to Rotterdam and I am now quite convinced all the Dutch friends and colleagues...

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Support the most beautiful bookshop in the world!

Support the most beautiful bookshop in the world!

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 12, 2014

Only a few years ago the Dominican church in Maastricht was turned into a place any booklover in the world would need to visit. Award-winning architecture and a place steeped in history -first consecrated in 1294- made it into a temple of literature voted for by many...

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Don’t know about you but I think Dutch Rail is cool

Don’t know about you but I think Dutch Rail is cool

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 12, 2014

Today’s tour is made possible by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen, vulgo Dutch National Railways. Yes, the Tolkienist is riding the train with Gandalf through this beautiful country on its express trains, 1st class, of course. And I’d like to share with you why...

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The Tolkienist’s Tour of the Netherlands – live coverage

The Tolkienist’s Tour of the Netherlands – live coverage

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 11, 2014

The Tolkienist will be travelling the Netherlands to visit some amazing places full of books and Tolkien – this Saturday! I will be having a look at the most beautiful bookshop in the world, the first Tolkien museum and only brick-and-mortar specialist bookshop...

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Happy Hobbits? Get yourself 11 weird free android apps

Happy Hobbits? Get yourself 11 weird free android apps

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 8, 2014

I am not much of a smartphone buff. My first half-hearted attempt at getting one was the Sony Experia Mini Pro. Main reason for my choice: it was one of the last smartphones to have an actual keyboard. I hate losing my 250-300 characters per minute and no digital...

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Visit England, visit Middle-earth – and holiday like a hobbit

Visit England, visit Middle-earth – and holiday like a hobbit

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 30, 2014

J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration from many sources and one of them certainly is the country he lived in – England. And as modern tourism has discovered in recent years that it is quite possible to make a lot of money by covering tv show and film locations Visit...

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Call for Papers: Overlooked Aspects of Middle-earth

Call for Papers: Overlooked Aspects of Middle-earth

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 27, 2014

The Tolkien Society Unquendor in the Netherlands has recently issued a call for papers for their upcoming publication of Lembas Extra. This magazine is “meant to publish longer articles on Tolkien and his works in their entirety”, giving room to authors to...

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Why Tolkien fans should start saving about £20000 for April 11

Why Tolkien fans should start saving about £20000 for April 11

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 23, 2014

J.R.R. Tolkien fans have some really great options to satisfy all of their needs when it comes to buying books. The amazing Tolkien Shop in Leiden, Netherlands -including an additional museum attached to it- and the Tolkien Library in Belgium will be quite happy to...

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A map and a calendar: Tolkien Reading Day 2014

A map and a calendar: Tolkien Reading Day 2014

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 21, 2014

A list and a map of Tolkien Reading Day 2014 Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on March 25. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works...

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There is no cake like a Middle-earth cake for your wedding

There is no cake like a Middle-earth cake for your wedding

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 21, 2014

I am a happily married man and I know that this is partly due to the wonderful wedding we had. A large part of the success of our wedding day happiness was thanks to our wedding cake from our favourite confiserie in Berlin. We decided to have a very simple design,...

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Finally: Tolkien’s translation of “Beowulf” to be published on May 22

Finally: Tolkien’s translation of “Beowulf” to be published on May 22

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 19, 2014

Today’s news of an upcoming publication came as a surprise to the Tolkien community at large and has been met with great joy: J.R.R. Tolkien’s own translation of Beowulf, the epic he worked on as a leading academic in his field and a major source of...

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How Gandalf returned to England in a Hobbit film promo poster

How Gandalf returned to England in a Hobbit film promo poster

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 8, 2014

A wizard’s backdrop: Corby’s Crags, Edlingham castle and a disused railway viaduct This year will see the end of (another) Tolkien-inspired film trilogy and I thought it might be nice to look back on an overlooked little tidbit which I find very charming....

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Tolkien, Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking exhibition at the British Museum

Tolkien, Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking exhibition at the British Museum

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 7, 2014

Much has been made of a civilization lost in the mists of time – the Vikings. When they first made their appearance in 793 AD, plundering Lindisfarne Priory where the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels are said to have been made, they started on a conquering...

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Tolkien Reading 2014 – Event calendar, worldwide

Tolkien Reading 2014 – Event calendar, worldwide

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 6, 2014

Let’s get ready to read Tolkien Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on March 25. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works in...

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Middle-earth Marketing: How to brand your product the Tolkien way

Middle-earth Marketing: How to brand your product the Tolkien way

Posted by TheTolkienist on Mar 1, 2014

About three months ago Valerio Amaro published a new tumblr by the name of “One Ad to Rule Them All“. The short introduction to this tumblr stated: “I am a student at Miami Ad School Berlin. I have two passions in life: advertising and The Lord of...

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Update your blogroll to include some great Tolkienists

Update your blogroll to include some great Tolkienists

Posted by TheTolkienist on Feb 25, 2014

When I recently worked on a few articles and browsed the web I realised that one of the best Tolkienist blogs out there had added me to their blogroll (not giving away who but still very happy about it!) Now you may think “what’s in a simple link list?...

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On my own behalf: The Tolkienist has now become a Content Gem

On my own behalf: The Tolkienist has now become a Content Gem

Posted by TheTolkienist on Feb 22, 2014

For those of you taking an interest in the wider range of topics I am curating via my Twitter handle @Macrobee (@The_Tolkienist is putting an emphasis on all things Tolkienian) you may have seen quite a few funny and entertaining tweets which come from a particular...

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Introducing the art of John Cockshaw: A different path to Middle-earth

Introducing the art of John Cockshaw: A different path to Middle-earth

Posted by TheTolkienist on Feb 18, 2014

When I first saw John’s art I was amazed at seeing a new approach in representing the creative worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien. His unique mixture of photography and digital retouching seemed to me another convincing proof that art is certainly the one medium best able...

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Meet Richard Taylor and many dwarves at HobbitCon in Germany

Meet Richard Taylor and many dwarves at HobbitCon in Germany

Posted by TheTolkienist on Feb 16, 2014

Update: Unfortunately, Manu Bennett (Azog) has had to cancel his visit due to work commitments. Please check the website for more information. HobbitCon, a Ring*Con special, took place for the first time in 2013 and was a blast for fans and guests alike. With the film...

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Not a Tolkien quote: It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons

Not a Tolkien quote: It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons

Posted by TheTolkienist on Jan 14, 2014

Another installment in my never-ending series of Things J.R.R. Tolkien has never said, done, written or had anything to do with and this time I will be able to link the Professor with Oprah Winfrey (see here for for the other articles.). Yup, one of the most...

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Middle-earth Travel Guide Infographic [updated and corrected version]

Middle-earth Travel Guide Infographic [updated and corrected version]

Posted by TheTolkienist on Nov 30, 2013

I published a short piece on a very beautiful and enticing infographic on what places you should visit in New Zealand inspired by the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” film trilogies. Unfortunately, in the first version available there were...

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Fan event, Ed Sheeran and production diary #12

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Fan event, Ed Sheeran and production diary #12

Posted by TheTolkienist on Nov 10, 2013

The Hobbit is coming. Again. Last week saw the world-wide fan event on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with fans from all over the world gathering to see a 20 mins sneak peek at new footage of the upcoming movie, ehibitions and all-round festivities. The marketing...

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Not safe for work: Fandom epic rap battles in history

Not safe for work: Fandom epic rap battles in history

Posted by TheTolkienist on Nov 2, 2013

Yes, we’re being served: Random fandoms from all over the world are becoming part of one of the most successful series on YouTube, Epic Rap Battles of History. With more than seven million followers and almost 750 million views the series started by Peter...

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Ring*Con: Hobbit, Game of Thrones and more

Ring*Con: Hobbit, Game of Thrones and more

Posted by TheTolkienist on Oct 18, 2013

The Tolkienist is at Ring*Con right now, one of the best fantasy film and literature conventions out there. First talk of today was “33 best fantasy novels of all times”, tomorrow there will be the “Olwe Show” and a surprise special/ talk/...

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Support an outstanding Tolkien fan project: 50,000 Orcs – The Muster of Rohan

Support an outstanding Tolkien fan project: 50,000 Orcs – The Muster of Rohan

Posted by TheTolkienist on Oct 6, 2013

To some out there it may sound like hyperbole but to me who has seen this live this statement simply has to be true: the team of 50,000 Orcs are the creators of the largest fantasy dioramas in the world. And no, they didn’t stop at putting 50,000 figurines on...

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Tolkien Mailing Competition goes international

Tolkien Mailing Competition goes international

Posted by TheTolkienist on Sep 10, 2013

For seven years in a row the Hungarian Tolkien Society (MTT) has organised Tolkien Levelező Verseny, the Tolkien Mailing Competition. School groups from the ages of 10 to 18 were asked questions, divided into three different difficulty levels, Hobbits, Dúnedain and...

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“A Journey through Mirkwood” or rather … Lithuania

“A Journey through Mirkwood” or rather … Lithuania

Posted by TheTolkienist on Jul 20, 2013

When the German Tolkien Society thought about applying for EU funding for one of its projects not many of us knew how much work it would be. The hobbitish heroes at the regulars’ table at the Lower Rhine, in cooperation with our friends at the Tolkien...

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Not a Tolkien quote: “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” TThnsdwohatdw, Part 3.

Not a Tolkien quote: “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” TThnsdwohatdw, Part 3.

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 24, 2013

In my on-going series Things J.R.R. Tolkien has never said, done, written or had anything to do with (TThnsdwohatdw) I present you with another misattributed quote: “”A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” No, it is not by J.R.R....

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Calls for Papers: Baptism of Fire: The Birth of Modern British Fantasy in World War I/ Women in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Calls for Papers: Baptism of Fire: The Birth of Modern British Fantasy in World War I/ Women in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted by TheTolkienist on Apr 9, 2013

Despite an ever growing number of book titles published in relation to J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and works the number of truly interesting and original pieces of research is limited. Everybody taking an interest in Middle-earthian ventures knows that the number of...

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Middle-earth Tea & Coffee Mug Special: Fond memories in ceramics

Middle-earth Tea & Coffee Mug Special: Fond memories in ceramics

Posted by TheTolkienist on Jan 24, 2013

This one has been on my mind for quite some time but particularly since participating in the Return of the Ring in Loughborough, England, last summer. Whenever you participate in a great event, meet fellow Tolkienists and basically just have the time of your life, you...

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75 reasons why you should read “The Hobbit” before watching the films

75 reasons why you should read “The Hobbit” before watching the films

Posted by TheTolkienist on Sep 22, 2012

Starting September 22nd, 2012 thetolkienist.com will host a series of articles from experts, artists and fans why you should read J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s book classic, The Hobbit, before watching the upcoming film trilogy by Peter Jackson with a first...

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