Monday, October 11, 2010

Wasatch Gnostic Society - Tolkien Lectures

The Wasatch Gnostic Society out of Salt Lake City, Utah includes 3 Tolkien lectures in their archives written and let by Dr. Lance Owens. The series entitled J.R.R. Tolkien - An Imaginative Life is in three parts. It also hosts additional reading for those who want to delve deeper into the life of Tolkien. The tree lectures; Discovery of Faerie, Tolkien at the Crossroads & Tolkien and the Imaginative Tradition are available for download. Complete and well constructed I recommend these lectures highly.

J.R.R. Tolkien - An Imaginative Life

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cor Blok

I have been meaning to create an entry for artist Cor Blok for quite some time. His 2011 calendar from Harper Row prompted me to get to it. His style is decidedly different than anything the average Tolkien fan has ever seen however, he is painted his infamous paints. This Dutch retired art history teacher painted over 100 paintings for The Lord of the Rings.

"His idea was a sort of Bayeux tapestry, including artificial aging. Painted on two pieces of rice paper, which were stuck together while wet.  His work is well-known in Holland for three of his paintings were on the first Dutch paperback edition of the Dutch translation of The Lord of the Rings, and were on the covers from 1965 to 1979."
Just recently Cor did an interview while the calendar was in production. You can find it at Tolkien, The Official Online Bookstore in it's entirety. What has made his work last 50 years is the fact that Tolkien himself also loved his work. Now we know how picky Tolkien was and to find out the Dutch artist's abstract interpretations took Tolkien's heart is saying something. Take a look at that interview and you'll find an interesting man.

Riddles in the Dark

Rodney Matthews

Illustrator for 35 years, Rodney Matthews has done everything from books, album covers, video games to Tolkien art. His science fiction / fantasy futuristic style is unique and memorable. Though a different style you can still see Tolkien's influence on Matthews Rivendell or The Nine Set Out found in the Gallery Poster & Calendar page. You can see an amazing Gandalf & Balrog is displayed on his News page.

To see the rest of his art visit his site Rodney

Friday, July 23, 2010

Edge of the Wild

If you'll be in or around Gloucestershire, England on the weekend of August 13th make sure you stop in the Redesdale Hall for a JRR Tolkien and fantasy art inspired exhibition entitled "Edge of the Wild". The artists include Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murray and Peter Procownik.

The event is free to the public, starting Friday 13 of August 2010 till Monday the 16h. The preview party starts at 7 pm and hours for the exhibition are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Redesdale Hall
High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire, GL56 OAW

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gollum Rap

OK so this is not exactly scholarly but hey, it's my blog and it's Tolkien related. Some time back I found this video and it was less ... polished. It appears the creators Ned Evett and Paul Teharr have worked on the appearance and now it rocks.


Gollum Rap (Towers are the players)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Uruviel's Argonath Site

Uruviel's Argonath Site is created by a fan to give us some interesting references such as sound bites, fan and film images, music videos, characters and cast lists and much more from the New Line Cinema's Lord of the Rings movies. It's an eclectic grouping of information and was thoroughly enjoyable to cruise through the many easily laid out pages.

For a stroll down memory lane I recommend Uruviel's Argonath Site.

Elvish Dialog List

The Elvish Dialog List is edited by Ryszard Derdzinski with the help of others. If you've ever wondered what the non-westernese speaking peoples of Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies this page is for you. Ryszard has taken the words spoken and to the best of his and his helps ability translated these words into English.

It's well done and easy to use. The Elvish Dialog List

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

About the Songs and Poems in the Lord of the Rings

This site run and compiled by Gene Hargrove a composer of a wonderful collection of music of, as you've guessed, the songs and poems found in the Tolkien's literature of The Lord of the Rings. Hargrove presents the work in order as they appear in the books and includes MP3s to the songs as well as links to his 2 CD set and songbook as well. This is definitely worth a look especially if you love music inspired by Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth.

About the Songs and Poems in the Lord of the Rings

Friday, February 5, 2010

Festival in the Shire on Facebook

Just recently I found the Festival in the Shire was on Facebook. The link can only be accessed when you are logged in. You can find it here.