A Song Of Samwise

Column by Meredith Borders
In praise of fiction’s least likely hero.
‘Lord of the Rings’ Parody — From Sesame Street!

‘Lord of the Rings’ Parody — From Sesame Street!

News by Dean Fetzer
Just in time for the launch of the new Hobbit movie, the kids program releases a version of Tolkien’s story, involving the Cookie Monster and Mount Crumb, rated "DG" for "delayed gratification".
Biopic of ‘Lord of the Rings’ Author J.R.R. Tolkien in the Pipeline

Biopic of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Author J.R.R. Tolkien in the Pipeline

News by Dean Fetzer
The Oxford and Cambridge Professor who wrote some of the worlds best-loved books and spawned a movie empire looks set to be the subject of his own film.

Father Figures: Father-Child Relationships in Fantasy Fiction

Column by Rajan Khanna June 14, 2013
With Father's Day coming up we look at the various father-child relationships in fantasy.

Lord of the Strings: The Influence of Tolkien on Heavy Metal Music

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky January 7, 2013
Why do metalheads love 'The Lord of the Rings' so much? We explore the influence of J double-R on metal music and culture.

The Blagger's Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien

Column by Cath Murphy December 21, 2012
Want to sound like a Tolkien expert without dressing up in a cloak and joining the local Middle-earth society? The Blagger's Guide gives you the trivia with none of the pain.

Scandalous! Five Ways in Which The Hobbit is Superior to The Lord of the Rings

Column by Rajan Khanna December 18, 2012
A look at some of the elements of J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' that are superior to 'The Lord of the Rings.'
Lord of The Rings gambling machines

Hobbit Producers Sued by Tolkien’s Estate for $80m Over Slot Machines

News by Dean Fetzer
Alleging a breach of the contracts for Hobbit merchandise, J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate is suing the makers of the upcoming Hobbit movies.
Professor banned from using ‘hobbit’ as title of lecture

Professor Banned From Using The Word ‘Hobbit’ In Title Of Lecture

News by Dean Fetzer October 31, 2012
Lecturer told he can’t use the word ‘hobbit’ to refer to a short race of early humans by Middle Earth Enterprises, who manage rights for Tolkien’s estate.

The Weird Side Of Literary Tourism: Five Bizarre Book-Inspired Experiences

Column by Kimberly Turner September 13, 2012
Ride through the diseased sewage of Charles Dickens's England, watch a MacBeth-inspired rave/orgy, survive a 'Hunger Games' simulation, and other bizarre ways to live out your favorite books.

Five of the Best Books I Ever Reread

Column by Ed Sikov September 7, 2012
Tired of the attacks, the sniping, the bitter accusations? There's more to Ed Sikov than you've been led to think. Here he talks about books he loves so much he can't get enough of them.

A Game of Literary F, Marry, Kill

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky August 31, 2012
Which of these literary characters would make the better lay, the better spouse, the better murder victim?
'The Hobbit' Trailer

First Trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Is Here!

News by Rob Hart December 21, 2011
Peter Jackson has returned to Middle Earth, and it is good. Here's your first look at the cinematic adaptation of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'.