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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.

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! :)

You could win a trip to New Zealand in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Sweepstakes

Redbox is teaming up with Warner Bros., Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand to send one lucky fan and guest on a dream trip to New Zealand. The trip for two also includes exclusive set tours of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

From today until May 19, fans can enter for their chance to win the ultimate trip for two by simply texting HOBBIT to 727272 (one text per user). For more details, go to redbox.com/hobbitrules..

Fans Petition to change the Ending of The Hobbit; The Cost of Desolation of Smaug Insurance Claims ,

A number of fans, apparently unhappy with the deaths of certain characters in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, have started petitions to attempt to get PJ to change the results in the Movie.
Details of the various petitions can be found here.

Insurance Company Allianz has once again estimated the costs if claims were submitted for repairing damaged caused during the Desolation of Smaug. Details can be found here.

There’s a New Title for Third ‘Hobbit’ Movie.

Peter Jackson has just revealed the new name for the third Movie, which was originally planed as; ‘The Hobbit; There and Back Again’. On his Facebook page the Director has explained why the title had been changed to; ‘The Hobbit; The Battle of Five Armies’.
For those of us that can’t get enough of the films he also revealed that; ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Extended Cut’, will have more than 25 minutes of extra scenes.
More details can be found by clicking here and going to Peter Jackson’s latest Facebook post.