Wednesday, February 25, 2009

J.R.R. Tolkien reads 'Elbereth Gilthoniel'

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films



Right here on blogger you can find Doug Adam's web site regarding Howard Shore. If you were impressed with New Line's LoTR series and it's music you can understand why someone would want to keep track of live performances by various orchestras performing this music. Doug's site lists international dates and ticket information to up and coming events. He also keeps tabs on Shore's other endeavors too.

Doug is writing a book entitled The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films and has a terrific FAQ page which explains everything.

This site is up to date and easy to navigate.

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quote

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.


J.R.R. Tolkien

The Tolkien Trail



The Tolkien Trail is a unique site in that it's pages uses original artwork. There are games to play, a message board, fan writings and they have a Cafe Press marketplace to buy Entmoot t-shirts. There are MP3's of spoken word poetry, parodies of songs and more. One of my favorite pages is Lothlorien. Here you will find original art by fans. My favorite by far is Juan Albuerne of Spain sculptures.

For a different feel of Tolkien visit The Tolkien Trail.

Tolkien Movies.com


TolkienMovies.com founded in August of 1998 is primarily a news site for the New Line series of LoTR. They also now include news of the Hobbit and Prequel movies soon to be made. There is a message board, images and people (actors) pages as well as a store. No doubt the advertisements on this site pay for the up keep however, their news is up to date and the pages are not to messy with adds.

To find news quickly visit TolkienMovies.com.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mordor: The Land of the Shadow


Feeling Orcish? Well Mordor is the place to be. In these pages you will feel right at home. This encyclopedic version of Mordor and it's dark places tells the stories and gives maps of the land. You can also join the black speech message forum. Not all are hobbits, elves and dwarfs. A must see if you like being a slave to Sauron.

Mordor: The Land of the Shadow

Internet Sacred Text Archives

The Internet Sacred Text Archives is a source of sources per say. You will find sacred texts for any topic including a listing for Tolkien. The listing is made up of books which inspired the Professor to write his Middle-earth sagas. The Volsung Saga and The Mabinogion are but a few of the sources Tolkien used.

A truly interesting site on it's own and helpful for those doing research on the Professor.

The Internet Sacred Text Archives

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ambar Eldaron

Ambar Eldaron is a French Tolkien Site. There are many pages to explore at Ambar Eldaron. The easiest way to get around is the site map. There you can navigate through transcribed elvish texts, links to Elvish/French dictionaries, game pages, merchandise for sale, some art work, a message forum and more. This site primarily delves into the Elvish languages and includes interviews of some who have written books on the subject.

There is an English section (you'll find it easily on the bottom of the site map) with lot's of goodies. It's worth the exploration.

Ambar Eldaron

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ted Nasmith

Ted Nasmith is quite well know as an illustrator of Tolkien novels such as The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. His medium is primarily watercolors and gouache on illustration board. The results are full bodied paintings rich in color and emotion.

His site also presents other work (one can not be content with only Tolkien inspired works) including architectural renderings, automotive illustrations and other subjects.

If you enjoy Tolkien inspired artwork take a look at Ted Nasmith.

The Fall of Gil-galad

The Fall of Gil-galad

Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.


J.R.R. Tolkien

A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien

A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam is another wonderful resource. Easily laid out and perfect for researchers this very long page is loaded with information. Though when I looked at this page it seemed to end in 2004 (no doubt when the Tolkien craze was in full swing) it still is valuable to some.

A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam.

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam is exactly as the name implies.

This list not only includes Tolkien's own books but also contributions to other books, as well as contributions to periodicals too. The dating starts as early as 1910 and beyond. It's quite a list and easy to follow links for more information.

It's very well done.

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam.

Cambridge Tolkien Society

The Cambridge Tolkien Society was founded in 1984 and has a journal entitled the Anor published approximately three times a year. The events includes game nights, pub nights, reading and discussion nights and more. There are plenty of contact information but nothing about memberships. It certainly looks like their an active bunch.

The Cambridge Tolkien Society

Born of Hope



Born of Hope is an independent film produced by Actors at Work Productions. On this website you will learn of it's beginning, the storyline, stills, trailers and much more. This web site is well laid out and interactive as well. You can leave a question on their Q&A page and it will be answered. There is also a Diary page too.

The film looks promising.

Born of Hope

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Burrow-Downs


The Burrow-Downs is a discussion forum. The forum discussions are primarily about the books, games and role playing. There is however, one forum for the movies and another for fan fiction too. It's not to big and looks active. To post you'll need to register. Looks quite friendly.

The Burrow-Downs

Quote

'Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.'


J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien recites 'The Hoard'

Fellowship of the Word-smiths

Fellowship of the Word-smiths or Gwaith I-Phethdain is an interesting site. Created by Ryszard Igor Jerzy Derdzinski for his love of the Elvish languages, he has collected many pages of reference of the major Elvish languages, dialog from all three New Line LoTR productions, essays, compositions, links to downloads to learn these languages, message forum and more.

It's a very interesting site.

Fellowship of the Word-smiths

Italian Tolkien Society


The Italian Tolkien Society has a website that is large but easy to navigate. There is reference material available, their own publications, large community and links pages. This site is only available in Italian.

Italian Tolkien Society

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts


Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts for Windows is a wonderful site if you are interested in the fonts used in Tolkien's work. Dan explains much including the history of the fonts in Middle-earth and who used them.

The topics are the historic runes used in The Hobbit, Tengwar andCirth Elvish languages. You not only can download Window versions of the fonts but he also includes amazing links to books regarding the subject and other sites for information.

It's easy, interesting and free.

Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts

A Tolkien Dictionary

A Tolkien Dictionary created by John Ireland may be useful for those interested in Middle-earth etymology. Ireland's sources are the indexes of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

Also included on the bottom of the page is a link to a Tolkien Language List though it appears you may have to be a member of something (not quite clear as to what) in order to access the information. If anyone has information on what the List has to offer and to what you must join to access it please feel free to contact me at lasgalenarts@gmail.com. I will pass any information along in this blog.

A Tolkien Dictionary

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Council-of-Elrond

The Council-of-Elrond.com (not to be mixed up with The Council of Elrond) is a massive site. Their welcome letter says it all.

Greetings friends, from the Council-of-Elrond, the last homely house. The Council-of-Elrond was created by fans and admirers of JRR Tolkien to continue the community that had developed over the years at imladris.net when it closed.

Here you can find transcripts of all the LotR films, Middle Earth Fonts, Middle Earth Genealogy charts, Middle Earth Fan Fiction, a LotR Gallery, a large selection of Middle Earth Online Java Games, a friendly forum where you can find discussions and fun on a wealth of subjects, and a whole lot more.

All are welcome here who come in peace.


You can view the message forums and all of the other reference materials, their fan fictions sections as well as sending an e-card using their massive New Line movie stills collection (currently unavailable). All in all it's quite easy to get around and worth a look.

Council of Elrond.com