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Post by malickfan on Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:00 pm

A short and interesting interview with the Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith:

https://www.lotro.com/en/u21-Ted-Nasmith

Surprised he was involved with an illustrated edition of Unfinished Tales as visual as some of the writings included are, I would have thought the fragmentary nature and varied tone of the writing included (not to mention the extensive editorial commentary) would have made illustrations distracting, or hard to harmonize in tone, that said there's some stunning pieces of writing included in that volume (especially the abandoned Fall Of Gondolin rewrite, and The Mariners Wife) and Nasmith remains my favourite Tolkien illustrator, so if Harpercollins ever decide to reconsider that project they'd have my full support and money...

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Post by malickfan on Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:09 am

https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/single-post/2017/08/16/Aragorn-J-R-R-Tolkiens-Undervalued-Hero-Pre-order-now

The original edition of this book was reviewed by Christina Scull on her blog a few years ago:

https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/aragorn-part-one-2/

I've read good things about this book before, will certainly consider buying a copy eventually...

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:30 am

{{Looks interesting. Nod I read a similar book on Aragorn many years ago that was essentially a book length rebuttle of a critics words, claiming Aragorn had 'all the nobility and character of a good horse' (or words to that effect, was a long time ago!) but it covered some of the same topics- especially regards the significance of his decision to use the palantir to confront Sauron. }}}

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:09 pm

https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2017/08/bbc-radio-4-to-broadcast-tolkien-in-love-drama/

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt first met in 1908. They were both orphans living in a boarding house in Birmingham. Despite the difference in their ages and religions – she was 19 and Protestant, he was 16 and Catholic – they fell in love.

When Ronald’s guardian, Father Francis Xavier Morgan, found out, he forbade him to see Edith again until he came of age at 21. Ronald reluctantly obeyed and later left the city after winning an exhibition to Oxford. Edith went to live in Cheltenham. At midnight on the night he turned 21, Ronald wrote to Edith declaring his undying feelings. Unfortunately, in the intervening years, she had got engaged to someone else. He raced to her in Cheltenham, they walked through the countryside and Ronald had one chance to win Edith’s heart.

Their love was the inspiration for the Beren and Luthien story at the heart of Tolkien’s novel The Silmarillion.

Starring Will Merrick (Skins, The Rack Pack) as Ronald and Claudia Jessie (Line Of Duty, Their Finest) as Edith. Tolkien In Love is based on real events and written by Sean Grundy, whose previous work for Radio 4 has been Sony and Tinniswood Award nominated.

Writer: Sean Grundy
Producer: Liz Anstee

A CPL production for BBC Radio 4.

I don't think I've heard of this before, or if I did I'd forgotten about it. Could be interesting I guess? If anyone in the UK tunes in I'd love to hear what you guys think.
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Post by malickfan on Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:03 pm

I don't really listen to the radio, but that sounds...intriguing? Not sure there's much real drama to be told there, and no doubt the script will embellish real events, but I if remember I'll tune in, it will probably be available on the Iplayer shortly afterwards anyway.

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Post by malickfan on Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:03 pm

https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/visiting-tolkiens-publishers/

So it seems there is little chance for an expanded edition of The Letters for now...I live in hope...

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