The Twenty-Eighth Roving Ranger


a warm welcome to this, the twenty-eighth Roving Ranger newsletter.


This weekend the sixth Urbana Theological Seminar’s Tolkien Conference is happening, this year online, and you can register for free.

I would highly suggest to you to look up the International Tolkien Fellowship Facebook group for Tolkien-inspired events the world over.

Essays & Scholarship

An article on magic houses in times of COVID, mentioning Bag End, among others.

Reviews and Book News

Locus has made its Recommended Reading List 2020 available and there are some excellent titles on this list.

Hammond & Scull have their book notes out.

Franchise, merchandise and Amazon series

In case you had not seen this video it is an hour long explanation on how the sound effects were done for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

If you desperately need a smile: Lord of the Rings with light sabers.

A very lovely interview with Viggo Mortensen by Stephen Colbert.

Shadows of Mordor may not have had anything to do with Tolkien but its Nemesis system is to be lauded – it made for a lot of gaming fun. Turns out, WB has a patent application pending and it may have kept other developers from implementing similar ideas.

Other stuff

The New York Times has an obituary on the man who made J. K. Rowling a billionare.

Italian band Ainur have an upcoming album featuring the multi-talented Ted Nasmith, one of the best artists inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s works.

It has become next to impossible to fully grasp the size of media production put into place right now but here is another bit: WarnerMedia Gives ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Harry Potter’ the Disney Treatment.

With the news of the Lamb & Flag closing the Oxford Mail asked: Now the Lamb & Flag has closed when will The Eagle and Child reopen?

In other news

Daedalic Entertainment and their new partner in publishing Lord of the Rings: Gollum, NACON, have informed fans that the game will be delayed until 2022.

These are the droid stamps you are looking for.

HBO is in talks about having a Harry Potter tv series.

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)
Southfarthing Mathom
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
Aubrey, ‘Diverse Tolkien
Elyanna, ‘itariilles

Picture credits:

According to German law I have to infom you all links to enterprises/ artists are [unpaid advertisements.]

If you are interested in my other Tolkien-related work please have a look:
Facebook : Twitter : Instagram : Patreon

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.