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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:13 pm 
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No one seems to have mentioned this book yet, so here it is!

Middle-earth Envisioned

New book reveals previously unprinted artwork and documents the portrayal of Middle-earth across the decades...

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Over the decades, lots and lots of people have tried their hand at envisioning Middle-earth — in artwork, stage plays, musicals, television adaptations, comics, games, fan-art and, of course, animated and live action film.

Middle-earth Envisioned is a new, illustrated book From New York Times bestselling author Brian J. Robb and Paul Simpson, TV guide writer/reporter and the former editor of the Star Trek magazine, that comprehensively documents these portrayals of Middle-earth.


There is also an online excerpt viewable on the TORN page linked above.


I got this for my birthday and just finished it this morning. Not to sound cocky, but I thought I pretty much knew everything there was to know about the Tolkien productions on Radio, Stage and Cinema. I was pleasantly surprised to find some new nuggets in here. Since there's pretty much a chapter on each medium, by book, obviously something like PJ's LotR gets a fairly brief overview that's been covered in much more detail in other books. However, something like the BBC Jackanory Hobbit, or the first Radio Plays of The Hobbit and LotR get more coverage than you would expect. There's also a nice section of Tolkien inspired music, fan films, computer games etc. The book is sprinkled throughout with artwork from the likes of Howe, Lee and Nasmith, but also Jenny Dolfen, Anke Eissman and others.

One minor caveat. The version I have could really have done with a revised edition, since it finishes pretty much after the release of An Unexpected Journey, and still refers to the third movie as "There and Back Again". Still, all in all, well worth having in your collection.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:21 pm 
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I'd forgotten about that book - thanks, Al! :)

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This is scheduled for October:

The Art of The Lord Of The Rings

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-60th ... 008105758/

It will be available in the US too, but it does not appear to be a slipcased edition. This happened with the Art of the Hobbit. So I bought mine through Amazon.uk.


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Thanks for the reminder, as this had slipped out of my mind. But I am quite looking forward to it. I don't care about the slip case, so I will just get it through Amazon.com.

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Got my "Art of the Lord Of The Rings" from Amazon UK yesterday. I haven't had much time to go through it, but it seems substantially larger than Art of the Hobbit. I'm looking forward to going through it this weekend.


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My copy is due to arrive tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

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Got mine also, but no time to look at it!

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Mine arrived today. A quick look confirms that it is very meaty.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:49 am 
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A book called A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18 is on sale for $3.99 (Kindle). It gets points for clever title, if nothing else.

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Who's the author, Frelga?

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This popped into my "recommended" feed on eNYPL:

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Fimi and Higgins gave a nice talk about "A Secret Vice" at Kalamazoo shortly before that book came out.


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I'm very happy for Andrew.

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A search didn't turn this up:

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, 2015

This isn't a recommendation, just an acknowedgement it exists. Its been sitting at the corner of my desk for 2 years as a stand for my wireless headphones.

I made it 2/3 through and stopped. The authors have a religious bent and the former Archbishop of Canterbury wrote a recommendation on the back cover.

I think I dropped it for awkward organization. Lots of detail.

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We found two new bookcases on Craigslist yesterday, and when we got home it occurred to me that my Tolkien books might fit nicely on one of them. Lo and behold, it is a perfect fit, as if I had the bookcase custom made.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:13 pm 
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They look beautiful!

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I agree!

What about a nice Tolkien-related carving or sculpture to put on top?

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I might put Gollum up there. Or I might just leave it for the living, feline statue of Legolas. ;)

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A new book about and by Tolkien "Tolkien's Lost Chaucer" by John M. Bowers. Release date 2019/09/26
I am quoting the description "Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination."
https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0198842678/


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