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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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Post by azriel on Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:37 pm

Id watch that, could be a good film if handled sensitively. Has Tolkien ever been out of favour ? Not really. If not about books there's films, radio plays, The Stage, even music with Rock bands naming themselves after anything Tolkienish Smile He also inspired so much creativity in Art & often Ive noticed people have named him & been responsible for whatever those people are doing. Without realising its full potential Tolkien really has created a world so real one could almost swear it existed.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:47 am

Hum.

I don't know about that. I don't much care for the title, for one. If that is the title. Seems to me that middle-aged or old-Tolkien must be a more interesting person than young-Tolkien, so choosing to make a movie about young-Tolkien will necessarily highlight the young-person romance of the story at the expense of... I don't know, a look into his creative process? Hmm... Hum... I feel like Fangorn here: my thoughts are slow to form.

Why are the British putting out biopics about their national heroes that cast attractive young actors and emphasize romance? I'm thinking of The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, I suppose, but perhaps that isn't fair.

Churchill, for example, has not been treated to a young version of himself in a movie yet, or rather, not since 1972.

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Post by azriel on Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:29 pm

Didn't take long for them to start bickering Smile if you read the comments after the story. I haven't made up my mind about sainthood ? I believe in different things but, I don't criticize other faiths or religions. If you want to make a saint of someone then what harm can it do ? It keeps their memory alive & helps make them more noticeable. For me, how can you ignore &, once read, forget Tolkien ? I cant so, that's enough of a blessing on him for me Very Happy

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:32 pm

{{Never really got the whole Saint thing- I mean if Tolkien is now existing in the presence of God then he is already one whether the Church say so or not. And if they declare him one and he is not there, it wont change anything. So not sure what the point of it all is really. But then I think that about religion in general- whats the point supposed to be? (I dont mind criticizing Azriel! Nod ) }}}

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Post by azriel on Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:41 pm

Very Happy
I think people are allowed to believe in what they feel comfortable with, just because I don't believe & in all honesty think most of it is a bucket of cold porridge is not up to me. I believe in good old common sense & try to put yourself in the other persons shoes, if they are suffering or, if they are not, what are you gripping about ? Smile turn your ideas & physical actions into good use. If you go around hurting people, when you are caught you deserve what you get & no God is going to help you now. I feel freer for not being held to anything. I don't want the pressure of a religion telling me what or how. Some people need that tho. And if it helps them & they find peace then ok. Does it make you a weak person because you need a prop ? A prop from the one thing that CANNOT be beaten on elusiveness, a God ?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Does it make you a weak person because you need a prop ?- Azriel

{{{ Maybe, maybe not, but either way it shouldn't merit things like seats in the House of Lords to affect actual real laws in the modern world, or charitable tax breaks when they hording and raking in the cash off the poor, or the exemptions they get on Church land they own ect ect- I dont think modern law should be based in or give any special treatment to what under any other circumstances would be classed as a mental delusion! (claiming to live your life according to a book written thousands of years ago by primitive desert tribes transmitted into their minds by unprovable, invisible universe creating super-being no one else has ever seen or heard from. If religion had not already been invented long ago, it would never be invented now.)}}}


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Post by azriel on Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:34 pm

I personally agree with you. But, I don't mind saying that as we both seem to have the same views. And NO, religion or faith should not affect privileges, gain you extras or provide you a certain standard over & above anyone else. It should not be used as a veil to cover goings on that may not be entirely legit either !!


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Post by Eldorion on Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:15 am

Not sure if the person who wrote that summary really understands how sainthood works since Tolkien has never, to my knowledge, been credited with any miracles. Canonization in the Catholic Church requires two "verified" posthumous miracles, which usually entails healing somebody. I guess maybe he could qualify for some of the lower levels of distinction? I don't really know enough to say for sure.

EDIT: Also, there's a pretty major inconsistency between the title and the actual "article":

Title wrote:An English Catholic priest, with the approval of the Church, has officially begun the early process of declaring Tolkien a Saint!

Body wrote:On Saturday 2 September, a Traditional Low Mass was held at the Oxford Oratory to mark the anniversary of the death of world-renowned Catholic writer & philologist JRR Tolkien (+ 1973). The Mass was offered, however, not for the repose of Tolkien's soul – but rather praying for his Cause for Beatification to be opened.

So, has the Church officially begun the cause, or is this just a group of randos praying for God to, I guess, convince the Church to open an investigation? Somehow I find the second possibility to be a lot more plausible.
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Post by halfwise on Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:09 pm

I was thinking the same thing, where's the miracles?

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