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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.”

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New Zealand tourists can now take a Dinner Tour of the Hobbiton set

Details of the new dinner tours, which include a stop at the Green Dragon for a complimentary beverage and a dinner feast, can be found here .

How many conventions can Salt Lake City Host ?

Salt lake City just finished hosting the Middle-earth themed FantasyCon, its third fantasy convention in less than a year, and as attendance was down from April’s FanX and last September’s Salt Lake Comic Con there are some concerns that may be too many ‘cons’ for the market.
More information can be found here .

Hobbit-selfie-like statue upsets locals in Khazakstan

Details on the statue can be found here .

Fanfiction of the Month: June

Our June choice is wintery. In fact, so wintery it will make you glad it’s summer. It tells of how during the Fell Winter when Bilbo was but a youth, Gandalf met the hobbits for the first time.
“Gandalf now took the time to look at the sick one. “Hammie” the others had called him. He appeared much slighter and younger than the other two. He was alarmingly still, and for an instant, Gandalf thought his spirit had already departed. But he gravely inspected the small form. “His breathing is laboured; I am no healer, but I very much fear lung sickness…”

The other two nodded sadly. “So do we,” said Flambard. “Poor Hammie! He’s so young…” “

Will the young hobbit make it? Click right here to be taken to dreamflower02′s story Pity.

John Howe Interview Published.

Technology and culture site boingboing has just released the transcript of an Ethan Gilsdorf interview, from Jan 2013, of Tolkien Artist and Illustrator John Howe. The interview can be found here .

Thorin to remain alive?

According to this Ecumenical News article, Thorin is NOT killed in the movie.
Any comments?

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.

Lost Tape of Tolkien Discovered.

Although they are releasing very few details, Middle-earth Network and Legendarium have announced that a lost audio recording of J.R.R. Tolkien has been discovered.
Details of the recording’s upcoming release, and a small audio clip can be found here.

Viggo Unhappy with PJ’s use of CGI

In a recent interview for the Telegraph Viggo Mortensen, who was cast as Aragorn in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy, expressed his unhappiness with the way Peter Jackson’s used of CGI in his films starting with ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.
Details about this can be found here, and the entire interview, which was part of the promotional tour for Mortensen’s role in ‘The Two Faces of January’, can be found here.

Fanfiction of the Month: May

Our May choice is a story from the Silmarillion category: A Brother’s Oath – Finrod and Aegnor by Lalaith_Elerrina. This bittersweet piece is based on the only canon romantic relationship between an Elf and a mortal woman to be found in Tolkien’s works.

“She never wed, Aegnor,” Finrod spoke softly.
Aegnor shuddered softly at this, and his head drooped. “You speak those words as if they would bring me comfort, Finrod,” he muttered. “They do not. I wish that she had wed another. That her heart had moved beyond me, and she had learned to love again.”

Want to learn more? Check it out here. – and if you like, feel free to review! :)