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A commentary on “Concerning Christopher”

On January 7th, 2013, TheOneRing.Net author JPB published an essay titled Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work. I was amazed at the assumptions,...

J.R.R. Tolkien. Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Silmarillion, Folio Editions

Join the Tolkien Birthday Toast for 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien was born January, 3rd, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Tolkien fans from all over the world gather today to raise a glass to the man who brought us all together – “The...

Tolkien Reading Day

75 reasons: Thomas Honegger

Well, I would actually recommend to listen to a good recording, such as the unabridged reading by Rob Inglis who takes you through Tolkien’s tale within eleven hours (– the same goes for The...

Bench at Wolvercote Cemetery (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Michael Drout

  The Heroic World and the Bourgeois World Each Have Something to Offer An important structural dynamic in The Hobbit is the interaction of the bourgeois world with the heroic.[1] Bilbo, with his pocket...

The Randolph, Oxford (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Dimitra Fimi

Why should one read The Hobbit before watching the film? Because, judging by the trailers and interviews, the Hobbit film adaptation will be presented as a coherent ‘prequel’ to The Lord of the Rings...

The Bird & Baby, Oxford, at night (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Douglas A. Anderson

In my view, when a work exists in a form that has been popular enough to precipitate a film being made of it, I’ve usually tried to experience the original before the adaptation. This...