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Review of John Howe’s Lost Worlds

If you’re a fan of John Howe’s work, then you will want to check out the review of his latest book, Lost Worlds, as reviewed by staff member Merides. Although the book is not explicitly Tolkien-related, it appears to be a lushly illustrated book that any Howe or fantasy fan would enjoy.

Don’t forget to enter our contest!

You still have a chance to win a copy of John Howe’s latest book, Lost Worlds. We’ll be giving away several copies of the book on October 1st, so make sure you are entered before then. To enter the contest, click here.

Ian McKellen on Gandalf

In this article at rottentomatoes.com Ian McKellen talks about reprising the role of Gandalf in the forthcoming movies of The Hobbit.

Happy Hobbit Day

Happy birthday to two of our favorite hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo. At the start of Lord of the Rings Bilbo celebrated his 111th birthday while Frodo celebrated his 33th birthday and came of age.

Click here for some great CoE Hobbit Day eCards to send to your friends.

Happy birthday Ian Holm

Ian Holm was born in Goodmayes, UK on 12th September 1931 and is 78 years old this year. You can read his cast bio here. In the CoE gallery you can view pictures of Ian here and pictures of Ian in the role of Bilbo here.

Happy birthday Ian.

Happy birthday David Wenham

Today, September 21st, is David Wenham’s birthday. He was born in Australia in 1965 and is 44 years old today. You can read his cast bio here. In the CoE gallery there are pictures of David here and of David in the role of Faramir here.

Happy birthday David!

Win a copy of John Howe’s newest book!

CoE is pleased to announce a contest that will allow 10 lucky people to win a copy of John Howe’s newest book, Lost Worlds. This new book draws together John Howe’s incredible artwork with a wealth of historical facts and mythological texts to create a visually stunning, classic title. To enter the contest, please click here.

CoE Store Item of the Month

For the month of September the CoE Store will be featuring a new piece by United Cutlery. The Sword of Samwise is now available for pre-order. This sword measures 23 1/2-inches, with the blade measuring 15 1/2-inches long and made of stainless steel. A must have for any collector of Lord of the Rings weapons.

Tolkien estate, New Line settle suit over films

The heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien and a movie studio that produced the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy have settled a lawsuit over the films’ profits, MSNBC.com reports. The out-of-court resolution clears the way for a two-film prequel based on Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit” and will benefit charities around the world, according to a joint press release announcing the settlement.

Author Brian Sibley’s upcoming London appearance

British writer Brian Sibley, co-author of the script of the1981 BBC broadcast of LOTR, writer of numerous other BBC adaptations, author of The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy, Peter Jackson: A Film-maker’s Journey, and many other adaptations, film companions and documentaries, is about to make an appearance in London.

Brian Sibley will be interviewed at an event entitled Brian Sibley’s Worlds of Fantasy to be held in The Library at The Naval & Military Club, 4 St James’s Square, SW1, on Thursday 24 September at 7:00 pm by director, actor and broadcaster, James Norris, and will talk about his associations with (among others) J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis, Lewis Carroll, A A Milne and Walt Disney.Further details are available here.