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

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

How legally binding is Bilbo's contract in The Hobbit?

If you've seen the first Hobbit movie — or perchance read the book, I've heard it's been out for a while — you'll remember the scene where the dwarves hand Bilbo a contract to sign before going off on their adventure. In the grand tradition of taking non-serious, nerdy things waaaay too seriously, Wired had lawyer… » 1/18/13 9:00am 1/18/13 9:00am

Universal appears to be thinking about Middle-Earth: The Theme Park

Rumors around the Infotainment Supernetway indicate that Universal is looking into adding a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit-inspired section to their Universal Studios theme parks, which would instantly be the new nerdiest place on Earth. Supposedly talks are far enough along that the Tolkien Estate people have already… » 1/04/13 3:00pm 1/04/13 3:00pm

Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien read his poem Namárië in Elvish

J.R.R. Tolkien's constructed Elvish languages have such elegant characters — and have been the subject of so much Tolkien-influence art — that it's easy to forget that they was meant to be spoken. Tolkien was, after all, a linguist, and he wanted his Elvish languages to sound a certain way as they rolled from a… » 9/08/12 9:00am 9/08/12 9:00am