a warm welcome to this, the second Roving Ranger newsletter!
MMORPG Lord of the Rings: Online is celebrating the ‘Great Wedding‘ right now, that is, the wedding of Arwen and Aragorn.
Middle-earth is gathering in Minas Tirith to celebrate the wedding of Arwen and Aragorn! Epic Volume V, Book 1: ‘A Time of Celebration’ begins with King Elessar in the Throne Room of Minas Tirith (Midsummer). Additionally, from now through July 20th, players can take part in celebratory Midsummer quests and instances to celebrate the wedding.
The Tolkien Seminar of the Tolkien Society (UK) has come and gone quite successfully and if you couldn’t listen in the videos habe been uploaded to the Society’s Youtube channel. You can find a full list of them with the Tolkien Collector’s Guide.
Please always refer to the International Tolkien Fellowship Facebook group for Tolkien-inspired events the world over.
Reviews and Book News
There is a most interesting hint at previously unpublished material to finally become available next year, edited by eminent Tolkien scholar Carl F. Hostetter: The Nature of Middle-earth. ‘Tolkien Collector’s Guide’ has the scoop.
When Andy Serkis recently did a live reading of The Hobbit for a good cause there were a few rumours here and there but nothing substantial. Now we know: Serkis has, in fact, done a reading for HarperCollins, to be published on Sept 17th.
For those of you who have not heard of it there is the Marquette University J.R.R. Tolkien Fandom Oral History Collection.
In our effort to document Tolkien Fandom, the Department of Special Collections at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library is building a collection of brief testimonials from Tolkien fans.
I have always wondered why the International Congress on Medieval Studies is hosted at Kalamazoo in Michigan (which has a very impressive Tolkien section every year, by the way!) and was recently reminded that there is a pizza joint named Bilbo’s. [Nota bene: This is a rather crusty joke. ;)]
I am not quite sure if I wanted to dine with them but they seem to know how to cook: Dunharrow Concepts.
Film franchise, merchandise and Amazon series
If you have not seen them yet, comedian Josh Gad has produced a number of online “reunions” of cast members of beloved films such as Ghostbusters, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Back to the Future, titled Reunited Apart. With every episode different registered charities were supported by sponsors for the show and online donations by the viewers. The most successful of these episodes was, unsurprisingly, the Lord of the Rings edition.
The Amazon series Lord of the Rings on Prime is one of the few productions in New Zealand which has been upgraded to a status where the production teams can fly in people, taking certain precautions, of course.
International workers for seven overseas productions have now been given permission to get past New Zealand’s almost-closed borders.
They are forecast to bring 3000 jobs, and $400 million into New Zealand and mean famous faces including Robert Downey Junior, Viggo Mortensen, and Oscar-winning director Peter Farrelly could soon be joining the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jane Campion here.
In other news
Terry Pratchett who is known to have been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien met Roald Dahl early during his career as a journalist. The Telegraph has the story. [Paywall.]
Tinyletter, the provider behind the newsletter you are reading right now, seems to have had a downtime of more than a day which even prompted the company’s Twitter account to come back to life again after a two years sleep. Also, many subscribers (at least you should be!) had their fun on Twitter.
The Blog Roll
These are blogs you really should be following if you’re interested in Tolkien …
Some of these, you may find, are not as active as one would hope; but even if they have not posted anything new for a long time they are repositories of great essays and research on all things Tolkienian and always worth your time. The blog roll – and this very newsletter! – has been inspired by Troels Forchammer’s Parma-kenta and his excellent Tolkien Transactions he did for seven years – they are still sorely missed!
Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough’
Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi’
Jason Fisher, ‘Lingwë — Musings of a Fish’
Douglas A. Anderson, ‘Tolkien and Fantasy’
John D. Rateliff — ‘Sacnoth’s Scriptorium’
John Garth, ‘John Garth’
David Bratman, ‘Kalimac’s Journal’
Jenny Dolfen, ‘Jenny’s Sketchbook’
Andrew Higgens, ‘Wotan’s Musings’
Anna Smol, ‘A Single Leaf’
Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog’
Robin Anne Reid, her blog
Annalisa Palmer, her blog
Various, The Mythopoeic Society
Various (Bradford Eden, ed.) Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Various, The Tolkien Society (TS)
Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux’
Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn’
Tom Hilman, ‘Alas, not me’
Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth’
Bruce Charlton, ‘Tolkien’s The Notion Club Papers’
Various, ‘Middle-earth News’
Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, ‘Expressions of Substance’
Ryszard Viajante Derdzinski, ‘Tolknięty’
Stephen C. Winter, ‘Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings’
Troels Forchhammer, ‘Parma-kenta‘
Marcel Aubron-Bülles, ‘The Tolkienist‘
Jeremy Edmonds, ‘Tolkien Collector’s Guide‘
Art reproduced by kind permission.
Jenna Kass’ InPrnt. Námo/Mandos (top); Irmo/Lórien (bottom.)