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When and where was J.R.R. Tolkien born?

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein. Bloemfontein was then part of the Orange Free State, an independent Boer sovereign republic under British suzerainty in Southern Africa during the second half of the...

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Tolkien and Diversity: A Seminar Report

No Tolkien Society Seminar has ever attracted as much attention as the one held digitally on the weekend of July 3rd/4th. The announcement of “Tolkien and Diversity” was met with enthusiastic expressions of...

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The fortieth Roving Ranger

Folks, a warm welcome to this, the fortieth Roving Ranger newsletter. Nota bene: This week it is a very short newsletter but enjoy nonetheless! Events Another Tolkien Lecture has been delivered, this time...

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The Thirty-Eighth Roving Ranger

Folks, a warm welcome to this, the thirty-eighth Roving Ranger newsletter. Events Bookings are now open with the J.R. Tolkien, one of two sailing ships now in the north of Germany as they cannot...

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The Thirty-Seventh Roving Ranger

Folks, a warm welcome to this, the thirty-seventh Roving Ranger newsletter. Events Last Saturday a lovely event came together via Twitter and organiser Laura Mabingi (Laura McNamee) using the hashtag #DrawSwordsTogether. A fun...

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The Thirty-Sixth Roving Ranger

Folks, a warm welcome to this, the thirty-sixth Roving Ranger newsletter. Events MythCon 51 will be all online, news on this and next year’s MythCon. Essays & Scholarship John D. Rateliff tackles the...

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The thirty-fifth Roving Ranger

Folks, a warm welcome to this, the thirty-fifth Roving Ranger newsletter. Events The Tolkien Lecture Series, based at Pembroke College, Oxford, has announced this year’s speaker (May 11): Guy Gavriel Kay. The fantasy...

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The Thirty-Fourth Roving Ranger

Folks, a warm welcome to this, the thirty-fourth Roving Ranger newsletter. Events On a personal note: Tolkien Reading Day 2021 has come and gone and this year’s topic, hope & courage, certainly resonated...