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

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

Oct 19, 2016

  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

Listen to MadeOfLions chat with The Tolkien Professor

Oct 12, 2016

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...

Middle-earth Video Highlights: CSI The Hobbit

Middle-earth Video Highlights: CSI The Hobbit

Feb 4, 2016

This week’s video highlight suggests what an episode of CSI would be like in Middle-earth.  “Hobbits Bust Outlaws in CSI: EP 203: Tvoovies” was released in 2014 on Union Pool’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...

Is Peter Jackson Going To Direct A Doctor Who Episode?

Is Peter Jackson Going To Direct A Doctor Who Episode?

Nov 30, 2015

Today Peter Jackson posted a video that suggests he might be directing an episode of Doctor Who. While it is not confirmed Jackson will be directing an episode of Doctor Who, it would be surprising if they went to all this trouble for nothing. As a side note, you may not have noticed but there is a copy of The Silmarillion with several sticky notes in it.  It...

40 Minute Tolkien Interview – 1965

40 Minute Tolkien Interview – 1965

Nov 11, 2015

In 1965, Tolkien was interviewed by Denis Gueroult about the sub-creation of The Lord of the Rings. John Rateliff, the author of The History of the Hobbit, wrote the following on the interview: “I think this is by far the best interview Tolkien ever gave. It’s one of only two that extends to a good length . . . and the only one in which the interviewer...

The Kings of Gondor – Part Eight – Battle of the Plains

The Kings of Gondor – Part Eight – Battle of the Plains

Nov 3, 2015

Greetings Middle Earth Wanderers, It has literally been months since I wrote episode seven and that is mainly due to a needing a break from writing.  During this series I have also been in the middle of writing my own novel along with a couple of other projects.  Needless to say I was burning out and had to trim some of the projects.  Unfortunately this was one...

The Story of Kullervo – Tolkien’s Latest Book

The Story of Kullervo – Tolkien’s Latest Book

Sep 5, 2015

The Story of Kullervo is the latest Tolkien book published posthumously. While he did not complete it, Verlyn Flieger was able to finish the story based on manuscripts and other materials. The official book shop for Tolkien lists the following description of the book: “Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s...

LOTRO Poems #16

LOTRO Poems #16

Sep 4, 2015

Hello Friends! Welcome to the long awaited 16th edition of LOTRO Poems! Woohoo! Exams and work kept me from doing justice to Tolkien inspired poetry so I waited till I could do it justice before publishing more. Also I am involved in writing this amazing new video lore series , so check it out if you haven’t done so already, Middle-earth Lore chapter 1:...

Adapting Tolkien

Adapting Tolkien

Aug 22, 2015

Earlier this week I got together with fellow Tolkien fans to discuss how we are each adapting Tolkien in very different ways.