Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Art of M. W. Kaluta

In 1994 M. W. Kaluta created artworks for the Tolkien stories of the Lord of the Rings. Published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd the illustrations cover famous as well as quiet bits of the story. For example we have Merry and Pippen at the Entmoot and Éowyn and the Witch-King of Angmar. Then there are the quiet moments that normally are not covered in Tolkien inspired art like Legolas drawing his gifted bow from Galadrial or one of my personal favorites Meriadoc the Magnificent and the Children of Samwise Hamfast. I really enjoy his artwork and especially this calendar. To see the calendar images in their entirety visit his website at...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Barrows-Down

The Barrow-Down was born in 1998 before the craze of New Line Cinema's Lord of the Rings movies. It has since grown into a huge site with many pages. There are many games, references and wonderful article links, as well as an active message forum too. So take some time and browse through their vast site of knowledge.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Middle-earth Enterprises

Middle-earth Enterprises (formerly Tolkien Enterprises) is a licensing company who holds the rights to many of Tolkien's work including The Lord of the Rings to The Hobbit. This is the place to get permission to use the names of these works and their site clearly defines the procedures and contacts to getting the job done. You can also see who holds rights to the uses they provide from Warner Bros.  to EA.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Marquette University

Located in the Raynor Memorial Library at Marquette University is the amazing J.R.R. Tolkien Collection . Within the library you'll find three manuscripts and working drafts of The Hobbit, Farmer Giles of Ham and the Lord of the Rings to name of the few gems kept there.

Are you sitting down?

"The original manuscripts represent the heart of the collection. They include holograph renderings (manuscripts in the hand of the author), various sets of typescripts with corrections by Tolkien, and page proofs or galley sheets, also with corrections in the hand of the author. The manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings, 1938-1955, consist of 7,125 leaves (9,250 pages). Included are an advance proof copy of The Return of the King, printed maps of Middle-earth, dust jackets from the original Houghton Mifflin edition, several drafts of a rejected " Epilogue," and manuscript fragments from The Silmarillion (1977). Drawings and sketches, often in preliminary form in the margin of the text, can be found throughout the handwritten manuscripts. Linguistic and philological notes relating to Tolkien's invented languages also appear in the manuscripts, often on the verso of the main text. The documents reflect an extraordinary creative process; as many as 18 drafts exist for a single chapter. Christopher Tolkien, the author's son and literary heir, has presented the history of the composition of The Lord of the Rings in The History of Middle-earth series (Volumes VI, VII, VIII, and IX, 1988-1992).

The Hobbit manuscripts, 1930-1937, which consist of 1,048 leaves (1,586 pages), include a holograph version, corrected typescripts, three sets of page proofs with the author's corrections, a water-color rendering by Tolkien of the dust jacket used by Allen and Unwin, printed maps with corrections, a watercolor of trolls and Gollum by German artist Horus Engels, and the original copy of " Thror's Map." Most of the early holograph is a continuous text with no chapter divisions. The manuscripts for Farmer Giles of Ham, ca. 1930-1938, 1948-1949, comprising 173 leaves (201 pages), include a holograph, typescripts with corrections, and galley sheets with corrections. Mr. Bliss, ca. 1928-1932, includes 39 leaves (61 pages). In addition to the finished booklet which is 50 pages in length, separate " preliminary" drawings and jottings exist. The manuscript is in Tolkien's calligraphic hand, illustrated throughout with ink and colored pencil drawings. Galley sheets and an advance proof copy of the 1982 facsimile edition complete the primary holdings."

And there's more...

"The collection includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien's life and fantasy writings."

I was so speechless I had to use quotes directly from Marquette's webpage. It's unbelievable isn't it?

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Elven is the brainchild of David J Finnamore. His pages includes an exploration of theology, music and cosmology. There is an interesting page entitled Christian Truth and Middle-earth Myth as well as another for the development of music of Middle-earth. Other pages includes quotes from the Lord of the Rings series and a fan fiction piece entitled The Elven Bard. The website is a nice journey into some interesting ideas fostered by Tolkien's work.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Beyond Bree

Beyond Bree is a Tolkien special interest group of American Mensa. This online site is the leaping off site for their monthly newsletter for Mensan members as well as non-members. Most all links to Beyond Bree's flyer, author guidelines and more information is available to download as attachments. I've not seen the newsletter so really don't have an opinion of it. But curious folk can download all the information and decide for themselves.