August 29, 2015

Tolkien on the Beginning of The Hobbit

The Hobbit is one of the most popular books ever written with 140.6 million copies sold worldwide, a total that puts it in third place on the all-time record charts under A Tale of Two Cities and The Lord of the Rings.  As many Tolkien fans already know, the classic children's novel first began when Tolkien randomly scribbled, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."  This is all common knowledge.  But, thanks to a BBC documentary from the 1960s, we have the chance to hear Tolkien tell the story of how it all started in his own words...

August 25, 2015

BoFA Extended Edition Coming November 17 - Press Release

Warner Bros. has finally published a press release detailing the distribution for the Extended Edition of The Battle of the Five Armies.

August 13, 2015

The Real Amon Rudh: Pilot Mountain

Detail from Turin and His Band  are Led to Amon Rudh by Ted Nasmith and the peak of Pilot Mountain, NC

Amon Rudh, one of the most striking geological features in Tolkien's works, is, like nearly everything else in his legendarium, strongly influenced by reality (the "primary world").  Such solitary peaks like this one featured in chapters seven and eight of the tragic tale, The Children of Hurin, are rarely found, but one mountain in particular bears striking resemblance to the Bald Hill, Pilot Mountain...

August 7, 2015

The Evenstar - Separating Book From Film

Peter Jackson's film adaptations of Tolkien's works are known throughout the fan-community to be full of invented material.  In many instances this was required to successfully tell the story in another medium while the benefits of other additions are left up to debate.  One of the more interesting and arguably successful changes (from a film standpoint) was the use of the Evenstar stone.  Given to Aragorn by Arwen in The Fellowship of the Ring film, it was later used throughout the trilogy as a visual reminder of Arwen and her relationship to the future King when the two characters were hundreds of miles apart.  But, how much of this is actually in the book?

August 4, 2015

The Hobbit Extended Editions Coming to Cinemas This October - Plus Runtime and Rating!

Reports are coming in that Extended Editions of all three Hobbit movies (including The Battle of the Five Armies) will be shown in select cinemas this October...

August 1, 2015

Review: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

Last month, two of my loving, thoughtful and generous grandparents surprised me with a newly published book by Philip and Carol Zaleski titled, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings.  I quickly devoured it (while still savoring every chapter) and now I have finally gotten around to tying up some of my thoughts about the volume to post something new on Musings of a Tolkienist, a book review.