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Concert in Bristol featuring Howard Shore's "Lord of the Rings Suite"

April 6, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 10340)

Bristol Concert Orchestra / Alexandra Wood (violin) - Saturday 30 June

Stefan Hofkes conductor
Alexandra Wood violin

Sibelius En Saga
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2
Shore Lord of the Rings Suite


- wellinghall

Signposts to Middle-earth

March 31, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 9301)

A new exhibition at Sarehole mill explores the connections of JRR Tolkien with the area around Sarehole Mill and the wider Birmingham area. Find out how the local landscape and local people inspired 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.


- wellinghall

Magicians, Golems and a Telepathic President

March 31, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 2954)

- a book review by Tom Shippey


- wellinghall

Robert Giddings obituary

March 30, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 2139)

Robert Giddings, author of Tolkien-related books "This Far Land" and "The Shores of Middle-earth", has died.


- wellinghall

A new chapter for rare book collecting

March 30, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 968)

An article by Rick Gekoski, author of "Tolkien's Gown"


- wellinghall

Tolkien, Wales, and Brittany

February 21, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 8814)

Tolkien, Wales, and Brittany

7 March, 16:30 to 18:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Carl Phelpstead (Cardiff University)

A staff and postgraduate research seminar.

Dr Carl Phelpstead has served on the Council of the Viking Society for Northern Research since 2001 and has been an editor of the Society’s journal Saga-Book since 2004 and co-editor of its Text Series since 2007. He is also currently on the committee of Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland.


- wellinghall

2012 Headingley LitFest set to be bigger and better

February 21, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 8748)

Dr Richard Brown, from the University of Leeds, will preside over a look at experimental languages, including Tolkien’s Elvish, Orwell’s Newspeak and Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, at Headingley’s North Lane library on March 21.


- wellinghall

Chatterton's Forgery, Feigned Manuscripts and Literary Legacy: The Case of J.R.R. Tolkien - Thursday 15 March

February 21, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 3071)

Chatterton's forged manuscripts created an imaginary persona and a pseudo-medieval 'secondary' world. The impact on his career can be compared to that of Macpherson's Ossian poems, and other comtemporary feigned documents, often linked to the pursuit of national identity. J.R.R. Tolkien's 'secondary' world of Middle-earth can be read as part of the same legacy of forged/faked/feigned manuscripts, giving his invented cosmos a sense of historically that goes beyond imagination. This talk will therefore explore the tensions between 'real' and imaginary, feigned and forged, history and fantasy.  With Dr Dimitra Fimi (University of Wales Institue, Cardiff).


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News from the Tolkien Estate's solicitors

January 22, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 9832)

"The former heads of Manches’ IP litigation and publishing and media groups have joined forces to launch a boutique specialising in IP, media and entertainment law and dispute resolution. Ex-Manches IP litigation head Steven Maier and the firm’s former head of publishing and media Cathleen Blackburn formed Maier Blackburn which commenced operation on 1 January 2012. Specialising in publishing, media and entertainment law, the two-partner firm will serve international publishers, authors and rights holders across the UK, Europe and the US.

Clients include the JRR Tolkien Estate for which Blackburn is the retained worldwide legal adviser. The firm will also advise organisations in the arts, museums and heritage sectors. Maier had been a partner at Manches for 20 years while Blackburn joined the firm’s partnership in 1997 after its merger with legacy firm Morrell Peel & Gamlen (29 July 1997). Following the duo’s departure, Manches has consolidated its publishing and digital media capability with the hire of partner Sam De Silva from South East firm Taylor Walton to lead its technology and outsourcing practice."


- wellinghall

Tolkien letters return to rightful home

December 23, 2011 — wellinghall (Views: 13285)

Letters' LONG-lost letters written by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien have been returned to their rightful owner and will get top notch protection.

Former Oxford University student and professor, Tolkien was the guest of honour at the opening of Deddington Library in December 1956.

He wrote one letter accepting librarian Miss Stanley-Smith’s invitation, including lunch, which he said: “was impossible for him to refuse”.

And a second letter following the visit, on December 19, where he thanked the librarian for her kindness, but said he was “depressed by his performance” which was “wretched and inadequate” and he did not deserve a fee.

In the letter, Tolkien also promised to give a volume of his next book to the library.

In 2000, the two letters were loaned to Oxfordshire County Council’s museum service for exhibitions across the county, but were never returned.

The council said that it could not clarify why the letters were not returned at the time.

But it said they had been stored “safely and in appropriate conditions”.

Now returned to the library, the letters will get the ultimate protection after Deddington's police station moved into the building, at the Old Court House, in Horsefair, as part of a cost-saving initiative for both organisations.

Current librarian Stella O’Neill said: “I’m thrilled to have copies of the letters on display in the library.

“I often have tourists here expecting to see some plaque of dedication or some information relating to Tolkien here, so it will be really lovely to have something to point them to in the future.

“The framed letters have started to gather interest and have been much admired by the visitors to the library this week.

“It’s lovely to have such an important link to such an amazing author.” '


- wellinghall

Added Picture of Letters from http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/lifestyle/what-s-on/new_crime_section_opens_at_deddington_library_1_3360483 and added Morgan's link from the comments http://www.deddingtonnews.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/8080/Tolkien.pdf
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