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Tolkien and Illustration – An Interview with Ted Nasmith

The Greek Tolkien Society has recently posted an interview with Canadian Tolkien Illustrator (and composer) Ted Naismith. The interview can be found here, on the Society’s website.

The Steward of Middle-earth

Christopher Tolkien, at the age of 94, has now finished his work as the editor of his fathers work. Last year he resigned as Director of The Tolkien Estate and it has been announced the ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ is the last work he will edit.
Hanna Long has written a wonderful article on the life of Christopher Tolkien. The article, published in The weekly Standard as ‘The Steward of Middle-earth’ can be found here

Ian McKellen celebrates his 80th birthday with an 80 date tour.

Raising money for regional theatre and other causes, the tour will have 80 dates from London to the Orkneys. The show starts with Gandalf and might end with members of the audience joining in. Read more here.

Corey Smith worries about new Amazon series.

In an article about the upcoming Amazon Middle Earth TV series, Corey Smith expresses his reservations and hopes. Can and will it remain true to Tolkien’s themes?

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25 Best Movie Action Sequences

As part of the celebration of their 25th anniversary SYFY has made a list of what they consider, in no particular order, to be the 25 best action sequences of the past 25 years. The list can be found here

Toast the Professor’s Birthday

Today, Jan 3rd, is J.R.R.Tolkien’s Birthday, traditionally celebrated with a toast.
Details of the Toast, as explained by the Tolkien Society can be found here . Note that the site also has a link to various places where you can join in the celebration.
Also, to celebrate Tolkien’s Birthday the Christian Science Monitor has posted 10 quotes from the author. They can be found here .

Can they build it? Would you live in Minas Tirith?

Click here to read about a LOTR related indiegogo campaign,. and here to go to the actual campaign page.

Tolkien artist Jef Murray has passed beyond.

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death, yesterday, of well known Tolkien artist and illustrator Jef Murray. His obituary can be found here .

Many of Jef’s Tolkien-inspired sketches and paintings can be found online here .
A brief Wikipedia article on Jef can be found here .

Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee

By now everyone is aware of the passing, Sunday morning, of Sir Christopher Lee.
As a Tribute to his work on The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings Films we present this link to a clip of him preparing for a scene in The Hobbit, and Peter Jackson’s Facebook statement on the loss of a truly incredible actor can be found here .