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Mon
Apr 7 2014 10:45am

We’re sorry to report that Blanco, the horse who played Shadowfax in The Lord of Rings, has passed away after a sudden illness. Tolkien fansite The One Ring shared the news from Cynthia Royal, Blanco’s trainer and caretaker.

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Tue
Apr 1 2014 10:00am

Superman is Clark Kent Batman illustration by Sergio Aragones

Look at you! There’s no time to read. You have decisions to make! Like “what do I become if not an astronaut?” and “how is internet formed?”

But you are so popular! Like George McFly after “Earth Angel” is done playing! And everyone else reads. And it’s all they ever want to talk about. (So boring!)

Don’t worry! We relate. Here is a list of book spoilers for science fiction and fantasy books (and others) so you can feel like king of the party. Always know what everyone is talking about!

[Shhh! Spoilers for all the books ahead!]

Wed
Mar 26 2014 7:30am

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week in the business, the Tolkien estate has reached a deal with HarperCollins to publish the grandfather of fantasy’s take on Beowulf, whilst Hodder & Stoughton has set about rescuing Quercus. What does it cost to buy a publisher this close to going under, one wonders?

Later on, Abercrombie readers rejoice, for Half a King is nearly here! And even without the fancy foils and finishes the author promises, the recently released cover art looks lovely.

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Thu
Mar 20 2014 11:30am

JRR Tolkien Beowulf translation

Tolkien’s 1926 translation of Beowulf will be published after a nearly 90-year wait! The book, which is being edited by Christopher Tolkien and published in May, will include transcripts of lectures that Tolkien gave on the poem, as well as The Sellic Spell, a previously unpublished story that retells The Saga of Hrolf Kraki.

Tolkien spent years studying Beowulf, calling it “laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination… the whole thing is somber, tragic, sinister, curiously real.”

Will Tolkien’s Beowulf supplant Seamus Heaney’s? Will his translation and lectures offer insights into his creation of Smaug? How will he tackle the opening salutation, “Hwæt,” which has been translated in so many different ways? We can’t wait to find out!

Thu
Mar 20 2014 8:00am

Many of the Transformers change into things that aren’t terribly useful, but what if they could transform into other classic vehicles? Darren Rawlings of ThinkMore Studios didn’t just ask that question, he also provided some hilarious answers in this series, including a transformed KITT, General Lee, and our obvious favorite, Ecto-1.

Morning Roundup has so much to tell you! Ghostbusters III has lost its director, Stan Lee is unsure of this Ultron fellow, and Martin Freeman is from Minneapolis now!

[Plus, a magical Majik Cup ad!]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 10:00am

JRR TolkienIt’s January 3, which means that on this day, in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Undoubtedly one of the most influential authors of modern mythic literature, Tolkien spent his childhood as an avid reader and a lover of language. As a boy, he often preferred to invent new tongues himself or with friends. His youthful fancies informed his academic career, and Tolkien eventually became a professor of English Literature. In the 1930s, he wrote an article about the criticism of Beowulf that forever changed how the literary world academically viewed the poem.

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Thu
Jan 2 2014 12:00pm

poster for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Welcome back to the chapter-by-chapter reread of The Hobbit, which I’ve reopened so we can talk about the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. As you may recall, I liked the first movie more than I expected, and was surprised at some of the ways it adapted events from the larger Middle-earth canon. After the jump, I’ll discuss how I felt about this movie and run through some comparisons with the books. As always, spoilers for the movies and everything Tolkien (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and various posthumous tidbits). You can catch up with the past reread posts at the Hobbit reread index and the LotR reread index.

This post turned out to be epically long, but it’s broken up into sections for ease of reference, so click the jump link and let’s talk!

[“Like butter that has been scraped over too much bread”]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 4:00pm

JRR Tolkien Lord of the Rings FellowshipIn “Advanced Readings in D&D,” Tor.com writers Tim Callahan and Mordicai Knode take a look at Gary Gygax’s favorite authors and reread one per week, in an effort to explore the origins of Dungeons and Dragons and see which of these sometimes-famous, sometimes-obscure authors are worth rereading today. Sometimes the posts will be conversations, while other times they will be solo reflections, but one thing is guaranteed: Appendix N will be written about, along with dungeons, and maybe dragons, and probably wizards, and sometimes robots, and, if you’re up for it, even more.

Finishing up Appendix N, we come to the heavyweight on the list, the one they call “The Professor,” the one, the only, J! R! R! Tolkiennnnnnnnn! Yes, we saved J.R.R. Tolkien for last, so get ready for all the hobbits halflings hobbits you can shake a stick at.

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Wed
Dec 4 2013 11:00am

Each year I host a marathon of Lord of the Rings. We begin at about 9:30 in the morning, watch all the extended editions, and we eat. And eat and eat. We do all seven Hobbit meals (we eat both dinners) which, it turns out, can be scheduled perfectly around each disc of the DVDs. This marathon has turned into a tradition – one friend uses it as an excuse to try a new scone recipe, another always brings Munchkins, and one friend tweaks his vegetarian faux-coney stew each year, always inching closer to perfection. Since we live in Manhattan and have a thematically appropriate hobbit-sized kitchen, we’ve also been more open to ordering one of the meals. (Surely there’s a Middle-earth pizza joint? Maybe in Minas Tirith.)

Since The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is coming to theaters next week, and there are still more holidays coiled in the back of this year's cave, waiting to strike, I wanted to share some of the best Hobbity recipes resources I've found! 

[There and Snack Again]

Tue
Dec 3 2013 11:15am

goodreads choice awards 2013 The winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards are in! Each year Goodreads hosts “the only major book awards decided by readers,” with books chosen from 20 categories including Paranormal Fantasy, Debut Goodreads Author, and Young Adult Fantasy. This year 1,953,770 votes were cast from Goodreads 20 million members. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane won for Best Fantasy, Jim Butcher’s Cold Days was named Best Paranormal Fantasy, Margaret Atwood’s follow up to Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, Maddaddam, took Best Science Fiction, and J.R.R. Tolkien won for Best Poetry with the collection The Fall of Arthur. Click through to see the choices and get some great book recommendations.

Congratulations to all the winners!

[Goodreads Best Books of 2013]

Mon
Dec 2 2013 10:00am

Tolkien, Alignment, Non-Violence, and Why Hobbits are Required for Middle-earth to Survive

At this point, using the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system to categorize popular culture is old hat; it has made its fair share of funny memes and passed into common parlance. There are a lot of things wrong with the alignment system, but I think it remains a useful descriptive tool. In fact, I think using it as a rubric for understanding the ethics at play in J.R.R. Tolkien’s work—from The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings and back again—can actually tease meaningful statements out of the text. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it explains the whole point of the most contentious of all characters: Tom Bombadil.

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Fri
Nov 29 2013 10:00am

CS Lewis Artwork by David A. Johnson

Today would have been C.S. Lewis’ 115th birthday. Last week was the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death, and he was honored with a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

C.S. Lewis had three different lives professionally. He was an academic, a medievalist who taught at both Oxford and Cambridge and published extensively in his field. (His book Allegory of Love still considered a classic). He was also a Christian Apologist and lay-theologian, with works like Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Screwtape Letters exploring faith and doubt. Finally, the career that made him famous and became his lasting legacy was that of a fantasy and science fiction author. His Chronicles of Narnia are classics of children’s literature, and have sparked devotion and serious exploration from authors like Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, and Lev Grossman.

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Fri
Nov 22 2013 6:00pm

JRR Tolkien

A new biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien may be in the works! David Gleeson, who wrote and directed Cowboys and Angels in 2003, has written a script focusing on how Tolkien’s youth and service in World War I impacted his writing.

The script has been picked up by Chernin Entertainment (who also did The Heat and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) They’ve (tentatively!) titled the project Tolkien, but further details are scant. No word on whether or not the Tolkien estate will be involved in the film—they guard Tolkien’s legacy like a certain dragon, so their reaction to the film will be interesting.

The project currently has no director or actors attached—so let the dream casting begin! Who do you want to see playing Tolkien in Tolkien? Perhaps Ian McKellen, for full meta-effect? And who could play Tolkien’s fellow Inkling C.S. Lewis, or a young Christopher Lee? Screw it, since we want him in everything anyway, we can attest that Benedict Cumberbatch looks great in WWI regalia.

Wed
Aug 14 2013 10:00am

SFF Musicals, Matilda

It’s hard to separate out the fantasy from the sci-fi in the case of musicals because you already have the added fantastical element of characters breaking into the song with practically zero provocation. But there are some clear winners in the fantasy category, not counting their fairy tale counterparts.

This time around we’ve got a boy who’s gotta crow, a girl who can move things with her mind, and hobbits! Hobbits who sing!

[“If growing up means it’s to be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up—not me!”]

Mon
Jun 24 2013 1:45pm

David Bowie, Joanna Russ, Tolkien, and more inducted into Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

EMP (formerly the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame) have announced the 2013 inductees into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame! Multi-award-winning author Joanna Russ will join noted practicing alien David Bowie along with artist H.R. Giger, writer and editor Judith Merril, and renowned fantasist J.R.R. Tolkien.

[He came, he met us, he blew our minds]

Tue
Apr 16 2013 8:00am

The College Humor Badman series has done not only a great job of making fun of the Bale Bat-Voice, but has also cast some of the baddies of the Bat-verse in the way we might imagine them if Nolan was still doing these films. The latest video features Patton Oswalt as a very stabby Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. the Penguin! Perfect!

Your daily offsite links weren’t born with flippers, but wish they were. They include the complete Penguin video, breaking down that starship crash, and more!

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Thu
Apr 4 2013 12:00pm

The Hobbit reread on Tor.com Welcome back to the chapter-by-chapter reread of The Hobbit. You can find past posts at the reread index, or you can catch up with our previous reread of The Lord of the Rings. As always, the discussion will contain spoilers for everything Tolkien wrote about Middle-earth (that is: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and various posthumous tidbits); if you haven’t read the book before and would like to remain unspoiled, I recommend reading along with Mark Reads first.

This week, we conclude the reread with the book’s final chapter, “The Last Stage.”

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Thu
Mar 28 2013 12:00pm

The Hobbit reread on Tor.com Welcome back to the chapter-by-chapter reread of The Hobbit. You can find past posts at the reread index, or you can catch up with our previous reread of The Lord of the Rings. As always, the discussion will contain spoilers for everything Tolkien wrote about Middle-earth (that is: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and various posthumous tidbits); if you haven’t read the book before and would like to remain unspoiled, I recommend reading along with Mark Reads first.

This week, we consider the penultimate chapter, “The Return Journey,” which covers more than that title suggests.

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Thu
Mar 21 2013 12:00pm

The Hobbit reread on Tor.com Welcome back to the chapter-by-chapter reread of The Hobbit. You can find past posts at the reread index, or you can catch up with our previous reread of The Lord of the Rings. As always, the discussion will contain spoilers for everything Tolkien wrote about Middle-earth (that is: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and various posthumous tidbits); if you haven’t read the book before and would like to remain unspoiled, I recommend reading along with Mark Reads first.

This week, we consider Chapter 17, “The Clouds Burst,” which contains many things indeed (though not, as far as I can tell, any rain).

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Wed
Mar 20 2013 8:00am

Where's Christopher Lambert to officiate a smack-down when you need him? (Hey, hey, hey I don't think so!) This image comes to us from Ash Edwards on Flickr, and we recommend looking at more awesome work there!

Your daily offsite links are like a beautiful battle between monsters that ends in a hug. Highlights include the real books you would have to read at Hogwarts, Tom Cruise takes over another spy organization, NASA's big comet, and Wil Wheaton being adorable with his space mom.

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