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?

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

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

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 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

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

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

LotRO and Lore: Where Now the Horse and the Rider?

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today we’ll ride across the plains of Rohan and pay special attention to the banners of its people. In Rohan, we are exposed to a variety of towns and villages of the Rohirrim,...

LotRO and Lore: The White Hand of Isengard

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. This week’s article will be fairly short, but I thought it was a rather interesting bit of trivia. When travelling in Nan Curunir, the Wizard’s Vale, an adventurer in...

LotRO and Lore: Statues of the Hobbits

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. This week we survey the statues of the hobbits, a curious race of halfling inhabiting the Shire.   Hobbits have no want for intricate masonry or tall towers; their architects build...

LotRO and Lore: The Real Bird and Baby

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today we diverge from the novels and look at some of the real-world inspirations for the places and people we see in the game. Anyone who stops by the Shire is sure to have heard of...

LotRO and Lore: Statues of the Elves

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. This week we survey the statues of the elves. When I first wandered into the glades of Duillond and Celondim on the banks of the river Lune, I was taken aback by the beauty of the place...

The Kings of Gondor – Part Seven – Death to the Corsairs

Hail and Well Met Friends! When we left off on our last episode, we had just seen the Kin Strife come to a boiling point and watched civil war break out amongst the people of Gondor.  We also saw the crowning of Aldamir and the beginning of the Corsairs of Umbar.   The New Kings Constant Battle Aldamir was the second son of King Eldacar and succeeded his...

The Kings of Gondor – Part Six – The Kin Strife

Hail and Well Met Friends! I know it’s been a while since our lest episode in the Kings of Gondor series and I do apologize for the long wait.  My schedule has been insanely busy lately, but I’m back on schedule with everything and you can expect regular episodes again. When we left off last episode, we had just concluded the reign of Valacar and...

LOTRO Poems #15

Hello Friends! Welcome to the 15th edition of LOTRO Poems! Woohoo! These last few weeks have been awesome..If you guys didn’t know already, I was guest on LOTRO Players News #92. It was an awesome experience and the first one of its kind for me. Casual Raiders had some amazing weeks as well. We as a kin were able to finish Ost Dunhoth Tier 2 as well as...

The Kings of Gondor – Part Five – The Breaking of Lines

Hail Readers! It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and that’s due to some PC and Blog issues, but I’m back up and running. When we last left off I had just wrapped up things with the Ship Kings and the prosperous age of Gondor.  We kick things off this week with what I would call the breaking in the lines of Kings. We start off with Narmacil which was the...

LOTRO Poems #14

Hello Friends! Welcome to the 14th edition of LOTRO Poems! Woohoo!  Last week my short hiatus from LOTRO ended and I am back full time. Yay! The Casual Raiders have been raiding everyday ever since. Guess I still love raiding, han? We did Tower of Orthanc one night and Draigoch another. The most amazing part was that we took along some folks who had never done...

The Kings of Gondor – Part Four – The Great Ship Kings

Hey everyone! Last week we left off with the history and bloodline of the House of Anarion, and ended with the line of the Ship Kings which is where we pick up today.   The Line of Ship Kings Tarannon, and his younger brother Tarciryan succeeded their father Siriondil after his death in 830 of the Third Age.  Tarciryan took his place as the High King of...

The Kings of Gondor – Part Three – The House of Anarion

Hail and Well Met Everyone! Last week we left off with Isildur, the high king of both the kingdom of Arnor and Gondor. Since the death of Isildur we see a direct split in the lines and the title of High King did not fall to the House of Anarion. A Kings Line Divided Meneldil was born in Numenor a year before its fall.  He was the fourth child of Anarion, and...