Catherine Innes-Parker of the Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) had this to say about the latest Tolkien offering:
“Yet because these are retellings rather than translations of any one particular source, Tolkien is free to exploit the force and energy of alliterative verse, recreating not only the content and style, but the very “feel” of the Old Norse poetry upon which he draws. …The lays exhibit that same economy and restraint, eschewing linguistic and narrative extravagance in favour of vigour, displaying the power of language wielded with skill and care. “
See full article here.
The entries are in, and it’s time for you to vote! Click here to see the entries and vote for your favorite! Voting ends June 6th, so hurry!
Christopher Lee was born in London, UK on 27th May 1922 and today is his 87th birthday. In the CoE gallery there are pictures of Christopher here and of Christopher in the role of Saruman here.
Happy birthday Christopher!
Ian McKellen was born on 25th May 1939 in Burnley, UK and today is his 70th birthday. You can read about Ian in the cast list. In the CoE gallery there are pictures of Ian here and pictures of Ian in the role of Gandalf here.
Happy birthday Ian!
The Pippin’s Picture Parodies Contest is now closed for submissions.
Keep your eye on the front page for details on when to vote for the winner!
The Council of Elrond Book Club is considering ending its sabbatical and restarting for this summer, but we’re looking for guidance from members as to which book we should read, and discuss, next.
If you are interested in joining us, please come to the Book Club Forum and vote in our poll.
May 14th is Cate Blanchett’s birthday. She was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969 and is 40 years old today. You can read Cate’s CoE bio here. There are pictures of Cate here and of Cate in the role of Galadriel here.
Many happy returns Cate.
The deadline for the Picture Parodies of The Hobbit contest has been extended to Friday 22nd May.
For details, and how to submit an entry, please see this link.
Stuff.co.nz report that Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit “…will be one continuous movie in two parts and not two self-contained films.”
The original plans for The Hobbit movies were for the first movie to be based on The Hobbit with the second movie providing a link to the Lord of the Rings.
On Saturday 27th June 2009 at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London The Tolkien Society will present a seminar, “Journeys & Destinations”
The seminar provides academics, students and independent scholars with a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue. This year the theme is “Journeys and Destinations” in Tolkien’s works. Participants are free to draw on any part of Tolkien’s oeuvre, or to follow a thematic line within one text, or one text in its variant forms.