Who is Tom Bombadil?

Who is Tom Bombadil?

Within the Tolkien household Tom Bombadil was originally a Dutch doll belonging to one of Tolkien’s children (Carpenter, Tolkien, p. 162; Grotta-Rurska, Tolkien, p. 101). Tolkien later wrote a poem about him called “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,” published in Oxford Magazine in 1934, long before the writing of the Lord of the Rings began. […]

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Tolkien: A Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (pronounced /ˈtɒlkiːn/; in General American also [ˈtoʊlkiːn]) (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor […]

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Meet Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro is the man at the helm of The Hobbit. The Mexican-born director is setting up shop in Wellington to shoot the two movies, watched over by producer Peter Jackson. Del Toro is known for his creatures. From Blade to Hellboy to Pan’s Labyrinth, he’s a master at creating weird stuff. Which is […]

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Reflections of “Real” Languages in Tolkien’s Tongues

Many character and place names in The Lord of the Rings are related to words from old and modern languages. In his book Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards, Michael N. Stanton provides examples of the historical links for some of Tolkien’s characters and settings. A few examples follow: Saruman’s name derives from the Anglo-Saxon, or Old […]

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Humor: “50 Reasons Lord of the Rings Sucks”

1. Crass Marketing. I’ve heard some students are being forced to read some novelization of the movies in their literature classes. Ridiculous. Does Hollywood run our classrooms now? 2. Greed. Hollywood can’t make a movie these days without crapping out a sequel the next year to squeeze more cash out of the proverbial sheep. After […]

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Peter Jackson Dishes on the Status of ‘The Hobbit’

During Peter Jackson’s Comic-Con chat, the conversation quickly turned to the status of Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, which he’s producing and co-writing. Some highlights: On the status of the Hobbit script: “I would say, give or take a little tailwind, we’re about three weeks from turning over the first script for […]

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Paying to Play

What convinces you to pay for an online game? Not long ago I found myself thoroughly addicted to Lord of the Rings Online. It’s a good-looking game with a nice array of character classes, and it offers lengthy, satisfying quests. But the kicker for me was getting to take part in the story. Having read […]

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History Channel Episode on LOTR; J.R.R. Tolkien

As part of its “Clash of the Gods” series, the History Channel is airing an episode on what it calls “The greatest myth of modern times:” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Similar to the other episodes in the series, this episode features an impressive array of experts on Tolkien and mythology, including Michael Drout […]

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Lord of the Rings Music Rockets to Radio City Music Hall

How do you get to Radio City Music Hall? Practicing isn’t enough. You need to write the score to a film trilogy that gobbles up more Academy Awards than a Gollum eats fish. Howard Shore’s music for Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy won three Academy Awards, four Grammy, three Golden Globes […]

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