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Tolkien2019 videos

Aug 16 - By Trotter

Decided to move the videos to a separate post, to make it easier for people to see them all. Please add any more videos to this thread.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook live interview at Tolkien 2019 - A chat with Jeremy & Andrew from Tolkien Collector's Guide. Left to right Alan Sisto from the Prancing Pony Podcast, Jeremy Edmonds (Urulókë) from and Andrew Ferguson (Trotter) from

Tolkien scholar Christina Scull presents "'I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me': Natural Growth in Writing The Lord of the Rings" at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Writer Brian Sibley presents "The Hobbits and I: My Travels in Middle-earth" at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Alan Lee shares some of his illustrations at Tolkien 2019. Some new illustrations from The Hobbit are shown at the end of the video.

Panel discussion on The Lord of the Rings on Prime held during Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham. I think one of the people may be loosely involved with the site

Dimitra Fimi presents her paper "Tolkien, Folklore, and Foxes: a thoroughly vulpine talk in which there may be singing!" at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham during August 2019.

Jay Johnstone presents his paper "Pauline Diana Baynes: an artist's inspiration" at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham during August 2019.

The Illustrating Tolkien Panel at Tolkien 2019 - held in Birmingham during August 2019 - featured Shaun Gunner, Alan Lee, Anke Eißmann, Jenny Dolfen, Ted Nasmith and Jay Johnstone.

The Tolkien Society's take on the BBC radio show "Just a Minute" featuring Lyn Wilshire, Maggie Bailey, Shaun Gunner, Neil Anderson, Marcel Aubron-Bülles, and Tom Shippey.

The rules of Just a Minute

Ted Nasmith shares some of his illustrations at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Tom Shippey presents his paper "Heirs of Tolkien? The Major Contenders" at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham during August 2019.

Wayne G. Hammond presents his paper "Tolkien and His Publishers" at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Tolkieniano The full video of the speech Tom Shippey gave in Birmingham for the presentation of my work, "Tolkien's Library".

Michael Flowers did a talk on Tolkien in East Yorkshire, which was not recorded at Tolkien2019, but the content was 85% the same as this previous talk, Michael has informed me

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook live interviews from Tolkien2019 - A day 1 visit with Marcel Aubron-Bülles ( and Luke Shelton ( about the talks they'd be giving at Tolkien 2019.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook from Tolkien2019 - chat with Ted Nasmith We visit with Ted Nasmith (, gifted Tolkien artist, perhaps most well-known for his work on The Silmarillion.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook from Tolkien2019 - sitting down with Andrew Higgins! We sit down with Dr. Andrew Higgins -- who was part of the very first interview episode we did back in episode 20. ... -fimi-and-andrew-higgins/

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Tolkien2019 event

Aug 6 - By Urulókë

Day zero: August 6th - Urulókë’s report

Arrived in Heathrow around 7AM with little sleep, took the 9:30 express bus to Birmingham (with an hour of sleep), then helped unpack art for the show and move some things around for the venue for a few hours. A very nice reception at the art show, then a great Innmoot at Bacchus for a few hours with many friends old and new. More notes after I finally get sone sleep! The main kickoff is tomorrow at noon. I’ve already scoped out a few hundred pounds of materials from the dealers room I want to nab first thing.

It should be a great week. If you are here, post your own thoughts as well.



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The Hobbit Sketchbook by Alan Lee

Jul 26 - By Trotter

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Hardcover released on the 14th November 2019

This richly illustrated book celebrates in words and pictures the beautiful work that award-winning artist Alan Lee produced for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and includes dozens of brand-new paintings and pencil drawings exploring the world of Bilbo Baggins.

Since The Hobbit was first published in 1937, generations of readers have fallen under its spell. That magic was reignited sixty years later, when Alan Lee was commissioned to produce a special illustrated edition, and his delicate pencil drawings and beautiful watercolour paintings have become for many the definitive vision of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

In this sumptuous, large-format hardback Alan Lee reveals in pictures and in words how he created these images, which would prove so powerful, matching perfectly with Tolkien’s own vision, that they would eventually define the look of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations and earn Alan a coveted Academy Award.

The Hobbit Sketchbook is filled with more than 100 of his sketches and early conceptual pieces that reveal how the project progressed from idea to finished art. It also contains a wealth of brand-new full-colour paintings and sketches drawn specially for this book, which unlock the secrets of how Alan creates his own magic and provide a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who breathed new life into Tolkien’s vision.

Amazon UK -


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HarperCollins have also announced the following


Presenting two richly illustrated books in one elegant slipcase, this deluxe, limited edition boxed set celebrates in words and pictures the beautiful work that award-winning artist Alan Lee has created for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Sumptuously bound in full cloth, with a miniature colour image embossed into the front board, each large-format volume overflows with hundreds of delicate pencil drawings and conceptual sketches, and dozens of haunting watercolour paintings, including many brand-new Hobbit paintings and drawings that take us deeper into the magical world of Bilbo Baggins.

This very special set unlocks the secret of how Alan creates his own Middle-earth magic and provides a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who breathed new life into Tolkien’s vision. It is limited to a worldwide printing of just 3,000 numbered copies and each copy of The Hobbit Sketchbook has been personally signed by the artist.

Looks like only The Hobbit Sketchbook is signed and 3000 copies is a big print run.

Amazon UK - ... =8-2&tag=tolkcollsguid-21
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Newsweek - 3rd Special Tolkien Edition

May 27 - By Urulókë

The third such issue from Newsweek's Special Editions run, this issue features

* Creating Middle-earth: The story of the man who crafted one of fiction's most influential worlds.
* Tracing Their Journey: A detailed map illustrating the Fellowship's trek.
* Searching for Tolkien: A sneak peek at the new biopic from Fox Searchlight

It also includes some information on the forthcoming Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings series including reproducing the 2nd age map made by Amazon.

It can be found in some stores (typically Barnes & Noble and specialty stores that carry a lot of magazines) or ordered online for $12.99 plus shipping.

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Tolkien2019 Presenters announced

May 21 - By Urulókë


The Tolkien Society today released additional information for Tolkien2019, including the Guest Speakers, the full slate of presenters, and the evening activities for the August gathering in Birmingham.

* Dimitra Fimi
* John Garth
* Wayne G. Hammond
* Alan Lee
* Ted Nasmith
* Christina Scull
* Tom Shippey
* Brian Sibley

Evening Activities:
* Tuesday: Bacchus Bar (unofficial social gathering at the Hotel bar)
* Wednesday: Leaf By Niggle by the Puppet State Theatre Company
* Thursday: Tolkien Inspired Music by the People's Orchestra
* Friday: Banquet, followed by Ceilidh dance
* Saturday: Masquerade and party

Over 90 additional presentations will be made over the five days by a great list of people (too long to reproduce here, the TS has the full list available including paper titles.)
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