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Category Archive: Book News

Book Club restarting, We will be discussing ; The Silmarillion

Even though the book club Title will still mention The Hobbit we are about to start discussions on;’The Silmarillion’. Feel free to grab your copy and join in.

Story written by Tolkien in 1914 about to be released.

The Story of Kullervo. writtten back when Tolkien was a 22 year old student at Oxford, tells the dark tale of a young man, sold into slavery and seeking revenge.
Click here for more information on the tale, to be released on Aug 27th.

First edition of The Hobbit fetches £137,000 at auction

A copy of The Hobbit, originally given by Tolkien to one of his students, has just been sold by Sotheby’s. Details can be found here .

BBC launches online guide on Tolkien and the Great War

AS part of their coverage of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 the BBC has released an online ‘iGuide’ discussing the impact that his involvement in The Great War may have had on Tolkien’s writings. The guide can be found here .

Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf Released

Details about the book, which is being released by both Harper Collins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, depending on your location, can be found here, here and 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

Tolkien’s ‘Ainulindalë’ visualized in watercolor

Artist Evan Palmer has taken on the task of interpreting the ‘Ainulindalë’, Tolkien’s Middle-earth creation story, in a comic with 54 pages of watercolors. Click here for a look at the results.

How to Pronounce the Dragon’s Name

Most English speakers want to pronounce it to rhyme with ‘fog’, but in this article in Arrant Pedantry we are given the proper pronunciation of ‘Smaug’ and an explanation of the reasons for so many people having difficulty with the pronunciation.

New Class on ‘Unfinished Tales’ starts today

For anyone interested, the Mythgard Institute is offering online a free ten-week study of Tolkien’s ‘Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth’ Details of the class, which has its first session tonight at 9:30 PM EST, can be found here.