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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.

The Loss of a Member of the CoE Staff

It is my sad duty to report that our own BerethEdhellen, Diane Doyle, lost her battle with cancer and was taken from our reach on Feb 11th.

“PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.”

News Update: The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey wins an ‘ANNIE’

The ASIFA-Hollywood Awards ceremony took place on Saturday and the ANNIE for ‘Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production] was awarded to WETA Digital for the animation of Gollum.
The complete list of winners 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.

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ Nominated for Three Oscars

Details of the 3 nominations can be found here, and a list of all of today’s nominations can be found here.

News Update; Gandalf at Wellington Airport, All of PJ’s Cameos on One Page

Click here to view Wellington Airport’s new Hobbit Movie themed overhead display.

Peter Jackson has made a cameo appearance in each of his Middle-Earth based movies. In case you missed them you can see them all compiled right here.

Producer Saul Zaentz Passes Away

Saul Zaentz, known by us here at CoE for his ownership of the movie rights to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, has passed away at age 92. Details of his life can be found here.

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.

Hobbit 2 stays on top at Box Office

According to Box Office Mojo, `The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug`, has continued to hold off all comers. After beating out `Anchorman 2` on its opening last weekend, the second Hobbit movie then beat out the attendance numbers for `The Wolf of Wall Street` on that movie`s Christmas Day Opening. More information can be found here.

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Production Video 14′ now available

Click this link to be taken to Peter Jackson’s Facebook page to view the new production video, focusing on the movie’s soundtrack.