LOTRO Poems #18

LOTRO Poems #18

May 18, 2017

Hail Friends! Hope you are all doing well! The sun is shinning bright, spring has said goodbye but weather-man says the unexpected winds of winter are about to make a come back here in northern Italy. Casual Raiders had a slow week, with some players taking a break from gaming to tend to real life, we have decided to take this time to go back to the basis and...

LOTRO Poems #17

LOTRO Poems #17

May 2, 2017

  Hail Friends! Guess who is back! Did you guys miss me?  Life has been busy, with work and my Kinship and 3 million other hobbies, it was very hard to keep up with the weekly Tolkien inspired poetry. So many times I wanted to publish what little poetry I wrote but I just didnt want to publish something which wouldn’t have done justice to the...

Exploring the Lord of the Rings: What to do with the Ring.

Exploring the Lord of the Rings: What to do with the Ring.

Feb 24, 2017

Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past (Part 4&5) A dreaded pestilance attacked Casa Buggins last week which is why in this article I highlight two episodes of Exploring Lord of the Rings. We look in these two episodes at the further revlations made to Frodo Baggins informing him that his magic ring is a little more potent than first believed… We also...

Exploring Lord of the Rings : The History of the Ring

Exploring Lord of the Rings : The History of the Ring

Feb 11, 2017

Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past (Part 3) Continuing from our discussion last week, which focused on Gandalf and his knowledge of Rings, including the great ring. This week we look into the History of the one Ring. With a fun field-trip down down down to Goblin Town. Our hosts on Brandywine were the Casual Raiders kinship. Here is the full class from Signum...

Exploring Lord of the Rings: Gandalf and the Great Ring

Exploring Lord of the Rings: Gandalf and the Great Ring

Feb 4, 2017

Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past (Part 2) Yet another week and more thought provoking chat with Prof. Corey Olsen. This time we look at the text in the second chapter to discuss what exactly did Gandalf know about Bilbo’s ring. Why did he decide to leave it and Frodo in the Shire for seventeen years? I watched this episode on YouTube and you can also....

Exploring Lord of the Rings: Beating The Bounds

Exploring Lord of the Rings: Beating The Bounds

Jan 26, 2017

Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past (Part 1) Professor Corey began our indepth look at chapter 2… (FotR). Lilirose from the Kinship Rangers of The West led a wonderful introduction on Gladden. We open The Shadow of The Past with a visit to The Green Dragon and a conversation between Samwise Gamgee and Ted Sandyman. As usual I like to go grab a screen shot...

Exploring Lord of the Rings: The Mantle

Exploring Lord of the Rings: The Mantle

Jan 23, 2017

Chapter 1: A Long Expected Party (Part 3) Greetings fellow scholars, Sorry I missed posting this article in time for LPN. The community of Arkenstone were our hosts for this talk, the last look at Chapter 1. The Professor (Corey not JRR) led a detailed discussion looking at the conversation between Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. (After the Party). What does Gandalf...

Exploring Lord of the Rings: The G.L.O.B.E.

Exploring Lord of the Rings: The G.L.O.B.E.

Jan 14, 2017

Chapter 1: A Long Expected Party (Part 2) A fine gathering assembled on Crickhollow for this installment of “LOTRO meets LotR”. We explored the character differences in Bilbo Baggins when we first meet him in Ch 1. of The Hobbit and again in Ch 1. Of The Fellowship of the Ring. Looking at how Bilbo has developed and how Bilbo has caused other folk...

Exploring Lord of the Rings: A New Tolkien Learning Experience

Exploring Lord of the Rings: A New Tolkien Learning Experience

Jan 5, 2017

Return to The Shire And we begin at the beginning: Chapter 1: A Long Expected Party (Part 1) A great deal of interest was shown by the LOTRO community when it was announced that an interactive lecture series was going to commence on the 3rd Jan 2017. I have been in awe of Professor Corey Olsen’s “gift-of-the-gab” since I first heard him talk a...

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien to be published in 2017

  The mortal man and immortal elf are important figures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth mythology . Now, HarperCollins has announced plans to release Beren and Lúthien in 2017, 100 years after Tolkien first wrote it.     The Middle-earth tale tells of the love between the mortal man and the immortal elf. Lúthien’s father, an Elvish lord, is...

Listen to MadeOfLions chat with The Tolkien Professor

Update: You can listen to the full discussion in the following video. Dr. Corey Olsen, ‘The Tolkien Professor’, will be having a chat with LOTRO’s writer of the Epic Story, MadeOfLions, on Thursday. “We’ve got a special treat planned for you as part of Signum‘s 2016 Fall Fundraising Campaign. On Thursday, October 13, at 4...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: Hobbit Drinking Medley

Middle-earth Video Highlights: Hobbit Drinking Medley

Aug 21, 2016

This week’s video highlight brings us a series of great hobbit drinking songs.  “Hobbit Drinking Medley – Peter Hollens feat. Hank Green!!” was released in 2016 on Peter Hollen’s YouTube channel. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email to contact@lotroplayers.com with...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Silmarillion Final Trailer

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Silmarillion Final Trailer

Jun 23, 2016

This week’s video highlight gives a hypothetical trailer for a Silmarillion film saga.  “The Silmarillion – Final Trailer” was released in 2016 on Game Ovais’ YouTube channel. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email to contact@lotroplayers.com with a link to the video...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Lay of Nimrodel

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Lay of Nimrodel

Jun 16, 2016

This week’s video highlight brings a poem from The Lord of the Rings to life.  “The Lay of Nimrodel” was released in 2012 on Adele McAllister’s YouTube channel. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email to contact@lotroplayers.com with a link to the video and it might end up...

Coursera Online Games Course Begins June 13

Coursera Online Games Course Begins June 13

Jun 11, 2016

Coursera’s free “Online Games” course will be starting up again on Monday, June 13. This course explores what happens to stories, paintings, and films when they become the basis of massively multiplayer online games. The course focuses on how The Lord of the Rings trilogy is transformed as it is presented in the different media forms: Tolkien’s novels, the...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Hunt for Gollum

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Hunt for Gollum

Jun 2, 2016

This week’s video highlight tells the story of how Gollum is found.  “The Hunt for Gollum – Full Movie Redux” was released in 2012 on LOTR Prequels’ YouTube channel and originally released in 2009. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Dragon is Withered

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The Dragon is Withered

May 26, 2016

This week’s video highlight brings a poem from The Hobbit to life.  “The Dragon is Withered” was released in 2013 on Adele McAllister’s YouTube channel. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email to contact@lotroplayers.com with a link to the video and it might end up in a...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The World Was Young

Middle-earth Video Highlights: The World Was Young

Apr 21, 2016

This week’s video highlight brings one of Tolkien’s poems to life.  “The world was young, the mountains green” was released in 2012 on Adele McAllister’s YouTube channel. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email to contact@lotroplayers.com with a link to the video and...

Bingo Boffin in The Lord of the Rings

Bingo Boffin in The Lord of the Rings

Feb 17, 2016

Introduction Having played the Bingo Boffin quests on Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online game, I wanted to look at and to see how the character, Bingo Boffin, created by MadeOfLions, fits into the published book, which for this article is the 50th Anniversary edition of The Lord of the Rings. ‘Bingo Boffin’ does not appear at all in the published version. The...

Two Previously Unknown J.R.R. Tolkien Poems Have Been Found

Two Previously Unknown J.R.R. Tolkien Poems Have Been Found

Feb 16, 2016

It seems that J.R.R. Tolkien contributed two poems to a school magazine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, back when he was an professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. The First is an early version of a poem that later appeared in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,  while the other is a Christmas poem, set in a landscape not unlike Middle Earth. The discovery was made when the...