East Middle Earth: A Story Worth Telling?

It is often said that Tolkien had only finished 1/3 of his life's work before he died and looking through all his books and notes shows much truth to that. Virtually nothing was written about what happened in the east of Middle Earth during the events of Tolkien's work, though from what we do know, it indicates… » 3/15/15 5:09pm 3/15/15 5:09pm

Steven Moffat Says 2 Major Characters Could Still Return To Doctor Who

Joss Whedon hints at some hinky stuff in store for Hawkeye and the Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Peter Jackson feels like he could always return to Middle Earth, if given the chance. And Jeremy Irons explains why he took the role of Alfred in Batman v. Superman. Spoilers now! » 12/18/14 6:00am 12/18/14 6:00am

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Sotheby's Is Auctioning These Rare Tolkien Illustrations

British auction house Sotheby's is gearing up for a huge sale of "antiquarian books and manuscripts from an English country house" December 9. The collection includes several items that you'll wish you could have for your library. » 12/03/14 1:40pm 12/03/14 1:40pm

An Insanely Detailed Map of Minas Tirith Covers Every Inch of the City

This is apparently a map made for the Middle Earth role playing games by ICE, and it's just gorgeous. Not only is the detail in this beyond belief (just look at the legend!), it's also been planned for maximum visual impact. You could examine it forever. » 10/02/14 3:15am 10/02/14 3:15am

10 People on Whom Immortality Was Totally Wasted

It's hard for the average person to understand why anyone wouldn't want to be immortal. Immortality has been a fruitful lens for fiction to examine the human condition. But sometimes there are immortals who completely fail to get the horror of immortality across. Instead, you can't help but think you'd do better. Here… » 10/01/14 4:33am 10/01/14 4:33am

Tips For Playing Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

Rangers of Gondor! Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is upon us. The time has come to stand up to Sauron's evil forces. But you know what they say about not simply walking into Mordor and so forth. So here are some useful tips to get your and Talion's quest started. » 9/30/14 4:50pm 9/30/14 4:50pm

Every Backyard Was Sorely Lacking in the Fires of Mount Doom. Until Now.

There was only one and now it's gone. One firepit to rule them all, now in the hands of some lucky etsy customer. I really hope it was Sauron, decorating Mordor with things found on Pinterest. » 9/29/14 2:00am 9/29/14 2:00am

Which J.R.R. Tolkien Movie Will Be The Docudrama To Rule Them All?

Not one but two movies are being made about the true Lord of the Rings, author J.R.R. Tolkien. Fox Searchlight announced one last year, expansively titled Tolkien; now a smaller independent company is making Tolkien & Lewis, about his relationship with his friend and fellow author C.S. Lewis. » 7/16/14 1:40pm 7/16/14 1:40pm

The Third Hobbit Movie Will Now Be Named The Battle Of The Five Armies

As suspected, the third Hobbit movie is officially getting its subtitle changed from "There and Back Again". But instead of the rumored "Into the Fire," New Line has announced the movie shall henceforth be known as The Battle of the Five Armies. Peter Jackson explains... » 4/24/14 7:40am 4/24/14 7:40am

This small Netherlands town has streets named after Tolkien characters

In the little Dutch town of Geldrop there is a neighborhood with streets named after characters from the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. You'll find the names of hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves – but there's at least one name that's conspicuously absent. » 2/16/14 9:30am 2/16/14 9:30am

WH Auden told JRR Tolkien to cut the love story from Lord of the Rings

Well, not all of the love stories, necessarily — just Aragorn and Arwen, which he described as "perfunctory" and "unnecessary." Do you agree? And what other fictional love stories would you have advised their authors to drop? » 2/12/14 7:00am 2/12/14 7:00am

This interactive chart maps out all the storylines in The Hobbit

The highs and lows of The Hobbit are made instantaneously clear here in this nifty interactive chart, which maps out both the evolving character relationships and the emotional ups-and-downs they experience as the story unfolds. » 1/27/14 8:45am 1/27/14 8:45am

This watercolor comic brings Middle Earth's creation story to life

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion opens with the Ainulindalë, the story of how the universe of Middle Earth came into existence. Artist Evan Palmer has painted his own adaptation of tale, imagining the radiant forms of Tolkien's universe taking shape. » 1/23/14 3:20pm 1/23/14 3:20pm

Dresden Codak creator illustrates each chapter of The Silmarillion

While Peter Jackson's vision of Middle Earth may be the dominant one right now, artists have long put their own spin on J.R.R. Tolkien's world. Dresden Codak cartoonist Aaron Diaz shares his own visual interpretation of Tolkien by illustrating each character of The Silmarillion, as well the book's characters and… » 1/07/14 12:00pm 1/07/14 12:00pm

Why Smaug Still Matters

This week, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters, introducing us to Peter Jackson's vision of J.R.R. Tolkien's most famous dragon. But in a media landscape overstuffed with dragons, why do we still care so much about Smaug? » 12/08/13 7:00am 12/08/13 7:00am

J.R.R. Tolkien biopic will explore the origins of Middle Earth

It's no surprise that Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies won't be film's final word on J.R.R. Tolkien, and a new project focuses on the writer himself. The tentatively titled Tolkien will examine how the events in Tolkien's life impacted his writing. » 11/23/13 7:30am 11/23/13 7:30am

Gandalf the Black imagines the wizard corrupted by the One Ring

What if Gandalf carried the One Ring and found himself corrupted by its power? Benjamin Collison's portrait envisions Gandalf the Black as a figure who has become less of himself as he has fallen under the thrall of Sauron. » 10/26/13 7:30am 10/26/13 7:30am

Remarkable Cave Houses, Including the Homes that Inspired Tolkien

Forget putting up four walls and a roof; these homes use the stony walls of natural and human-made caves to shelter their inhabitants from the storm. Check out these incredible rocky homes, from ancient cave dwelling to modern house, to the buildings that may have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbiton. » 5/11/13 4:00pm 5/11/13 4:00pm

Behold the cursed ring that may have inspired Tolkien's One Ring

Is this the ring that helped inspire J.R.R. Tolkien to write about the One Ring of Middle Earth? This Roman ring, which is associated with a divine curse, is part of a new exhibition at the Vyne in Hampshire, England, investigating its links to Tolkien and its possible influence on his work. » 4/06/13 8:00am 4/06/13 8:00am