Tolkien Resigns

Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien, has announced his resignation as director of the Tolkien Estate. His resignation paves the road for a change in management which may have been responsible for the sale of rights to Amazon announced earlier this week.
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Tolkien Home on the Market

The house where J.R.R. Tolkien lived from 1953 until 1968 is currently on the market for £1.25 million, a bargain compared to the asking price for A.A. Milne’s home. Located in Headington, the home features five bedrooms, two reception rooms, a rear-facing garden, and an inscription attesting to Tolkien’s residency.
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Tolkien Receives Bodley Medal

Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, has received the Bodley Medal in recognition of his contribution to the world of literature for editing and publishing the previously unpublished works of his father. Tolkien’s papers have been housed at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford since the authors death in 1973.

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Middle-earth Map Found

A map of Middle-earth discovered in a used copy of The Lord of the Rings that belonged to illustrator Pauline Baynes. The map includes hand-written annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien, which indicates that Hobbiton was at the same location as Oxford, where Tolkien was a don, and Minas Tirith may have been based on Ravenna, Italy. The map is only one of the items from Baynes’ personal collection now on sale (asking price £60,000). Other items include original art from The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Of Dwarves and Hobbit

New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson have announced preliminary casting for their two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The title role of Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman and the leader of the Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield will be portrayed by Richard Armitage. The rest of the announced company of Dwarves include Aidan Turner (Kili), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), and Mark Hadlow (Dori). Ian McKellan is expected to reprise his role as Gandalf and Andy Serkis is planning to do the motion capture for Gollum again.

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Prometheus Award Winners

The winners for the Premoetheus Award, which recognizes libertarian science fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Anticipation, this year’s Worldcon, in Montreal.

  • Novel: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
  • Hall of Fame: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

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