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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.