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A History of Invented Languages — Sans Tolkien?

06.03.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

On Salon today, a review by Andrew O’Hehir of Arika Okrent’s book In the Land of Invented Languages. The book seems very entertaining, but O’Hehir points out a bizarre flaw — it barely mentions Tolkien.

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Tolkien 101: Gandalf

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | 4 Comments

Although Tolkien’s fantasy novels are tales told by Hobbits, and tell the adventures of Hobbits, a case can be made that the real protagonist of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is the wizard Gandalf. Except for Elrond Half-elven, Gandalf is the only character who plays a key part in the events of both those novels and The Silmarillion.

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Finalists announced for Inklings Studies award

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

The Mythopoeic Society has announced its 2009 finalists for the The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. The award is given to books on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, or Charles Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. The Inklings was an informal literary discussion group at the University of Oxford in the 1930s and 40s.

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Tolkien 101: Bilbo Baggins

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | 2 Comments

Bilbo Baggins is the title character of 1937’s The Hobbit, Tolkien’s first published novel that takes place in Middle Earth. The story is told from Bilbo’s perspective; in fact, although this is not indicated in the novel itself, it was Tolkien’s intention that Bilbo himself was the author of The Hobbit and the story’s narrator, with Tolkien himself only acting as the “translator” of an ancient document.

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Harvard prof to teach Tolkien course this summer

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Harvard University, America’s Best College if you believe US News & World Report, will host a Tolkien-based course this Summer. The class, entitled “Tolkien as Translator: Language, Culture & Society in Middle Earth,” will be taught by Anthropology Lecturer Dr. Marc Zender of the University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

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Happy 87th birthday, Christopher Lee

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Trivia question: Who is the only member of the Lord of the Rings movie cast who actually met author JRR Tolkien? The answer is Christopher Lee, who portrayed Saruman. And today, May 27th, is Lee’s 87th birthday.

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Warner Bros announces LOTR: Aragorn’s Quest video game

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

At next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will debut Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, its new youth- and family-oriented Lord of the Rings video game. Aragorn’s Quest is the first Tolkien game to be announced since Electronic Arts lost its franchise license in 2008.

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I Am Now The Official Tolkien Expert on Examiner.com

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | 1 Comment

I have been hired on as the official Tolkien expert on Examiner.com, a news site based in Denver, Colorado that allows local citizen journalists to share their knowledge on a blog-like platform, in over 60 cities in the United States. I will post my articles from Examiner.com here on Periannath.com as well; and anything I write that is not acceptable for them (i.e., too “bloggy”) I will publish here.

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Sauron’s Blog #45: Why Does Everyone Care So Much About These Idiotic Rocks?

05.14.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

This Fëanor guy, who sounds like he might have been pretty cool if he’d been on our side, created these three glowing crystals out of the Light of the Idiotic Trees. Indeed, it seems that the Stinking Valar Traitors might have been able to use the Silmarils to heal the trees, if Fëanor hadn’t refused to give them up. Good for him. But why Melkor chose to steal the Shiny Rocks of Stupidity is beyond me. In fact, if he had just left them for the Valar, they could have resuscitated the trees, and we wouldn’t have to hide from a Sun or a Moon. Good work, Melkor!

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Sauron’s Blog #43: Ow, The Light! My Eyes! Again!!!

04.22.09 | Kunochan | Permalink | 1 Comment

Well, Morgoth and I were still debating which of us would kill Tilion and which would consume The Moon, denying the world its light forever, when the unthinkable happened. From the East, a terrible bright burning started to rise from the horizon, which resolved into a bright, white light shifted toward the yellow. The firmament turned blue as this terrible light extinguished The Moon and the stars.

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