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Welcome to the Council of Elrond!

“…You have come and are here met, in this very nick of time, by chance as it may seem. Yet it is not so. Believe rather that it is so ordered that we, who sit here, and none others, must now find counsel for the peril of the world.”

Welcome to the Council of Elrond! You have stumbled upon one of the largest resource sites on the web offering a variety of unique features based on the creative works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including The Lord of the Rings. Come on in and register, then jump in and get involved. If you are looking for tons of quality images, feel free to visit our Gallery. We also have a forum if you’re interested in serious discussion, drooling over your favorite characters, or roleplaying with other site members. Other sections of the site, such as the Languages section, Elrond’s Library, and the Encyclopedia offer opportunities to learn more about the worlds and cultures that Tolkien created. Of course, there is more on this site than we can mention here, so feel free to jump right in, and experience one of the best Tolkien sites on the net.

RIP Shadowfax

Blanco, the horse that played Shadowfax in the LOTR trilogy, has died at the age of 25. More information about this sad occurrence can be found here.

Orlando Bloom receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

On April 2, 2014), Orlando Bloom, our Legolas, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cheers, Orlando! Click here for more information

Fanfiction of the Month

Each month, we are going to present one selected poem or story from our fanfiction archive. We’d love to encourage our members to not only write fanfic, but also to read and review fellow fans’ work.
The selected fic for April is a hilarious parody called ‘Tattoo artists’ by Lillianpost, inspired by the Hobbit movies.
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It is almost never spoken of, but Thorin Oakenshield, supremely majestic King Under the Mountain, and his good friend, Dwalin, a fearsome dwarf lord in his own right, have identical tattoos of the Lonely Mountain inked between their shoulder blades. Very few know of their existence, even fewer know of the reason why they have them, and only two know the whole story—but they’ll never tell.

Want to learn the full funny story? Check it out here in our Fanfiction section!

Food in the Hobbit

Curious as to the meal, from his pantry, that Bilbo served to Gandalf and the Dwarves at The Unexpected party? Click here to be taken to an interesting article, ‘Food in The Hobbit,’ from Recipewise

News on Tolkien Reading Day

25 Inspirational Quotes from J.R.R Tolkien’s books: In celebration of Tolkien Reading Day International Business Times has printed 25 quotes from The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings trilogy. The Quotes can be found here.

Lost footage found from Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings: To read about, and see, the extra footage, from the 1978 animated film, click here.

Philippa Boyens ‘Hobbit’ interview: In a recent interview Boyens, who is co-writer and producer of the Hobbit film trilogy, discussed some facts about the last two films in the trilogy. The interview can be found here.

Tolkien Reading day; March 25th, Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf is coming soon

This Tuesday, March 25th, is celebrated by Tolkien fans as Tolkien Reading Day. You can click here for some suggested ways to participate and here for a video, posted by Middle-earth Network, in which Tolkien Scholar Professor Michael Drout explains how to read Tolkien.
For information on the release of Tolkien’s Beowulf translation you can click here.

Rare copy of ‘The Hobbit’ heading for Auction

A rare first edition of The Hobbit will be auctioned off in London England on April 11th. Details of the auction can be found here

News Update; Trailer for Lego The Hobbit Game, and How the Desolation of Smaug Barrel scene was put together.

Click here to see the new trailer for the upcoming ‘LEGO The Hobbit’ game.

You can click here to see a behind the scenes look at how the ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Barrel sequence was compiled.

News; Saturn Award Nominations announced, Empire Award nominations announced, Building Smaug,and See Cumberbatch perform as Smaug,

Although ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ was only nominated for three technical Oscars, the movie was more successful in regards to some other Awards. The details of the film’s eight Saturn Award nominations can be found here, and you can go here to read about ‘The Desolation of Smaug’s seven Empire Award nominations.
You can click here to learn more about how Smaug was brought to life in the films and here to see a motion-capture performance of Smaug by Benedict Cumberbatch.

News Update: Joe Letteri on his 8th Oscar Nomination, ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ wins a VES award, and the Announcement of ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ Collector’s Edition DVD

Weta Digital’s Senior Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri, was recently interviewed concerning his eighth Oscar nomination, this one for the special effects used in the second Hobbit movie. The interview, carried by Studio Daily, can be found here.

`The Hobbit; The Desoltion of Smaug`has just one the VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for “Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture thanks to the work done in animating Smaug. The complete list of winners can be found here.

Details of the extra contents found in the Collector`s Edition DVD box set of `The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug`, which will be released in the US on April 8th, can be found here.