Whether you were introduced to Tolkien by Orlando Bloom’s shield-surfing antics, or if you have read The Lord of the Rings every summer since the 3rd grade (guilty), there is always more you can do to become the Tolkien superfan you have always aspired to be.
Here are ten suggestions…
Type “pronounce tolkien” into Google, and you’ll find a lively debate on how to pronounce the surname of the beloved author of The Lord of the Rings. There are two main camps. One insists on “tol-kenn.” The other will argue that “Tolkien” is a German name, properly pronounced “Tolk-een.”
They’re both wrong.
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.
Unfortunately, the War of Wrath is so wrathful that the Beleriandian (is that a word?) sub-continent is almost completely destroyed, and sinks below the sea. The Valar invite all the Elves to Valinor, but lots of them refuse… The Edain follow Elros to Númenor, but lots of Men are left behind in Beleriand. So.. how did all the surviving Elves and Men get to Eriador?
…The Children of Húrin Paperback Release Party is an online event to celebrate the publication of The Children of Húrin Paperback Edition by Houghton Mifflin, the new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, first released on Tuesday 17th April 2007 in hardback edition….