Tolkien Collector's Guide


January 9, 2011 — FANGORN (Views: 3079)

Kasteel 'From Hobbits to Dragons: 30 years of strolling through Tolkien's world with Unquendor'

Date: 20 May - 22 May

Location: Castle "De Berckt" Baarlo, The Netherlands

In a hole...No, once upon a time in a remote corner of Europe there was a Tolkien Society. Quite an old one too... We are of course talking about the Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor. It was founded in 1981, which means that next year we'll be celebrating our sixth lustrum. Needless to say this must be done in style, as we did with the previous lustra. Yes, it's partytime again in the Lowlands! So:

May 2011 Unquendor invites all its foreign friends to its Lustrumfeest.

The most important things for you to know at this moment:

The date : We start the activities late on Friday May 20th, so there’s lots of time for everybody to check in, install themselves, take a stroll through the beautiful surroundings and of course talk for the first time with acquaintances both old and new. The central part of the Lustrumfeest is Saturday 21st, with many items of the programme and the festive banquet. After lunch on Sunday 22nd we regretfully have break up again. Maybe it’s a good idea to mark these dates in your agenda.

The location

The celebrations take place at the castle-like estate ‘De Berckt’. This is situated in a beautiful area in the north of the province of Limburg, which is in the southern part of the Netherlands. Our previous Lustrum in 2006 also took place there. We will reside in a newly-built yet ancient-looking part of the complex, that we have all for our own. The place is easy to reach, with a busstop nearby, and has more than enough parking-space.

The working language

It will be no surprise that the lingua Franca of the event will be English. We expect a lot of foreign guests and under those circumstances it is only civil – and handy – to use a common language. Former events have proven that this is no problem at all, as nearly everyone speaks or at least understands English. Tolkien spans the world.

The registration fee :  The registration rate is a mere € 150.00 and comprises 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. And that, of course, is not counting all the magnificent events we’re planning. Details will follow soon, as will the on-line booking form.

For more information and the booking form, please send a message to or look at To be kept informed about the event as things progress, you can subscribe to our free Lustrumfeest newsletter by sending a message with your name and e-mail address to the same

We hope to meet you in 2011!

The Lustrumfeest committee

Web site:

Contact details: lustrum AT unquendor DOT nl

Postal Address: Lustrumfeest Committee Unquendor, p/a Marion kippers, Dr.W.Dreesstraat 39, 4207NS Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Doug Adams book signing - Chicago, Dec 15 - "The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films"

November 9, 2010 — Urulöké (Views: 7798)

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films Book

Doug sends this information along:

Ah, it does my heart good to post this. We finally have our first-ever Midwestern book event scheduled ... and in the Chicago area no less!

On Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. I'll be speaking and signing copies of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films at the Borders Books in Lincoln Park, Illinois. Perfect timing for holiday shipping!

Help spread the word on this, if you would. I'm very excited to have an event so close to home, and hope to see many of you there!

Additional details as the event nears.

Oxonmoot 2010 Announced

July 13, 2010 — Urulöké (Views: 5149)

Oxonmoot 2010

or, "Let's meet in Oxford in September"

24th- 26th September, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

A weekend of Talking Tolkien, friendship and Fellowship, academic talks and papers, a fiendish quiz, an Art Show, Merry & Pippin's Dance Workshop, a Dealers' Room, and Enyalië (act of remembrance at Tolkien's grave).

Oxonmoot is the special event of the Tolkien Society year held on a weekend close to Bilbo & Frodo's birthdays in an Oxford college. There is a range of activities such as academic talks & papers, workshops (see the Call for Papers below if you wish to offer something), new/second-hand and rare book dealers, an art show (with professional and amateur works), plus a quiet area where you can drink tea, fill up the corners and chat with old or new friends. Of course there is also a party including a masquerade (costume is optional) and entertainments. It is a great time for making new friends in the Society. On Sunday there is a wreath laying and short act of remembrance, Enyalië, at Tolkien's grave.

Registration Rates:

£28(members) or £33 (non-members), reduced rates for under-16s

up to 31st July
(add £7.50 to each rate thereafter)

Accommodation and meals available within Lady Margaret Hall College separately (see booking form for details). Last date for advance bookings (registration, accommodation, and meals): 3rd September '10. As noted above rates rise after 31st July, day rates may be available later. E-mail enquiries: bookings AT tolkiensociety DOT org

Call for papers

If you wish to present a paper, chair a discussion, run a workshop, or otherwise educate and entertain your fellow Tolkien fans during the day, please contact dte AT Oxonmoot DOT org. Closing date for papers etc is 14th August '10.

Middle-earth Weekend :: The Mariner: Sailing Around Middle-earth

April 29, 2010 — Urulöké (Views: 16604)

Another event coming up soon in the UK, this one sent along by the Tolkien Society. Please let me know how it goes if you attend all or part of this. Sounds like fun!

The Mariner: Sailing Around Middle-earth

Sarehole Mill

15th & 16th May 2010

Sarehole Mill and Recreation Ground, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, BIRMINGHAM

This year's Middle-earth Weekend has the theme of the Mariner to tie in with the International Maritime Organization’s Year of the Seafarer. Although Sarehole itself is landlocked and hobbits had a fear of boats Tolkien's 'Shire' for which Sarehole was an inspiration was bordered by the elven towers at the outskirts of the Grey Havens from where the elves would sail West to Valinor. A story that links the earliest ages of Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings is the tale of Eärendil the Mariner.

Since the first "Fun At Mill!" Tolkien Weekend in 2000 events at Sarehole Mill have focused on Tolkien's life and local connections, the local environment and ecology, and the history of the area around the Mill, Moseley Bog, and the River Cole Valley which are all now part of the Shire Country Park. The weekend's programme runs from 11am to 5pm each day and information on how to get there can be found on the event's own dedicated website:

Around 10,000 visitors come to see this historic working mill and the fair on the green behind it; all sorts of people, not just Tolkien fans, rub shoulders enjoying the stalls and displays. The Tolkien Society will have a display in the Mill, which should be running, and there will also be displays from local and national groups, a range of sideshows, various dramatic presentations, a telling of the Voyage of Eärendil, demonstrations, readings, poetry, costume displays, songs, Vikings, birds of prey, displays from a food historian, Morris Dancing, and fine things to buy.

Inspiring Middle-earth exhibition :: 24th April - 19th June 2010

April 29, 2010 — Urulöké (Views: 14470)

Malcolm sends along this press release as well.

A prelude exhibition by Ted Nasmith and other leading artists of J.R.R.Tolkien
24th April – 19th June 2010

Discover more about some of the real places behind the scenes described in Tolkien's books. The exhibition is a prelude to a 2011/2 exhibition, coinciding with the predicted release of the first of The Hobbit films.

The first of two exhibitions featuring artwork inspired by JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth including a selection of original paintings from internationally acclaimed Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith, illustrator of the official 2010 Tolkien calendar. Further paintings and sketches by Ruth Lacon, Peter Pracownik and Jef Murray. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were inspired by Tolkien's experiences in the shires of Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Discover more about some of the real places behind the scenes described in Tolkien's books. The exhibition is a prelude to a 2011/2 exhibition, coinciding with the predicted release of the first of The Hobbit films.

Produced in conjunction with ADC Publications Ltd.

Location: Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, banbury, Oxon, OX16 2PQ

This free entry Exhibition is on the for next 8 weeks in Banbury Museum, and is the first of two such exhibitions. Pop along and enjoy the paintings and the video presentations. All four of our Tolkien artists are represented, and younger people can even try dressing up in Hobbit costumes! Also why not go for a Second Breakfast in their Canal side Cafe - a must for hungry Hobbits!

"Edge of the Wild" Tolkien Art Exhibition, 13th - 16th August 2010

April 29, 2010 — Urulöké (Views: 13224)

Malcolm sends along this announcement. I really wish I lived close enough to attend. Please send trip reports if you make it!

Now into its seventh year, our annual Art Exhibition is held at The Redesdale Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, a wonderful Victorian building on the outside and just as delightful with beamed ceiling inside, making it an ideal location, with free parking too. This year’s theme is "The Edge of the Wild" with Ted Nasmith’s wonderful painting "Bilbo and the Eagles" being displayed for the first time leading the way, and consisting of Original Artwork and Limited edition Prints from Tolkien artists: Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murray and Peter Pracownik. The artwork is displayed upstairs (there is a chair lift for disabled access) and completely fills the delightful space, reminiscent of Beorn’s hall in The Hobbit, decorated with flags and banners, and also has a showcase of historical Tolkien artifacts too.

It is a free-entry event, with nibbles, wine and hot and cold drinks. During the event you can meet the artists and listen to talks about their work. There is music, often live, a Tolkien Quiz and a Masquerade on the Sunday, and large get-togethers after the Exhibition shuts each day in one of the many local hostelry’s, followed inevitably by more songs! Downstairs there is a range of dealers offering books, memorabilia, music, swords and clothing, candles, waistcoats, other talented Tolkien artists, bow-making, and at lunchtimes we are lucky to have the Eagles attend from the local Falconry.

The Exhibition is open to the public from 9-5 Sat 14th – Mon 16th August, with an Invite only Preview Party on the eve of Fri 13th. Whether you visit for the day, or stay locally and attend it all, it is great fun, with many friends, and a chance to gaze for as long as you wish at the detailed work of our four Tolkien artists, meet and talk with them, and to try your knowledge with a team in the quiz. Local Hotels and B&B's fill up quickly but there are also two nearby camp sites.

Often the event coincides with a new Tolkien book. Previously we have had Alan Lee signing his illustrated Children of Hurin; in 2009 we had the launch of our own publication: Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien; and in 2010 it will coincide with the publication of our follow up biography of Hilary Tolkien: Wheelbarrows at Dawn: Memories of Hilary Tolkien, with the authors, Angela Gardner & Neil Holford signing copies alongside Chris Tolkien, whose fond memories of his grandfather that led to the desire to publish these writings.

Reports on previous Exhibitions can be found on our website. Send Malcx your email address to be added to the Event List and Preview Party:

Just to whet your appetite you can also look at our latest online catalogue of artwork by our artists at

For those with Facebook access, we have several pages, but the event one is here, where you can find pictures of previous exhibitions, examples of the Tolkien artwork on display, and many informative links about Tolkien, local places to area worth a visit and eateries.

"Edge of the Wild" Tolkien Art Exhibition, 13th – 16th August 2010 at The Redesdale Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos

Fellowship of the Ring Score performed live at Radio City Music Hall - October 2009

April 14, 2009 — Urulöké (Views: 2729)

Fellowship of the Ring - Radio City Music Hall PerformanceTHE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
OCTOBER 9 & 10, 2009

Tickets On-Sale NOW for This Two-Night Only Can’t-Miss Event!

New York, NY — Devoted fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings have read the books, they’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Academy® Award-winning films, and now they will have a chance to experience composer Howard Shore’s Academy® and Grammy®-winning score to The Fellowship of the Ring live at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, October 9th and Saturday October 10th. For this extraordinary event, 300 musicians—a 75-piece orchestra and a 225-member choir—have been gathered to perform the complete score to 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring live with the motion picture on a massive screen towering above the stage.

Switzerland’s 21st Century Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Ludwig Wicki and featuring The Collegiate Chorale, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and vocal soloist Kaitlyn Lusk, will perform Shore’s epic score synchronized to picture. Shore will introduce each evening’s performances, which take place at 7:30 p.m., in a pre-concert lecture with Doug Adams, author of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films, and will be available to greet fans at additional events scheduled throughout the weekend.

This once-in-a-lifetime, family-friendly event, held at the most prestigious concert venue in the world, is a milestone affair not to be missed by fans of The Lord of the Rings and classical music lovers everywhere! Tickets are on sale now! Don’t miss it!

Tickets available online at: ( and (

Tickets to The Fellowship of the Ring at Radio City Music Hall are available beginning on the first day of sale through Ticketmaster Charge By Phone and all Ticketmaster Outlets, and beginning on the second day of sale at the Garden and Music Hall Box Office. All tickets purchased for Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall events contain a Facility Charge. TicketMaster purchases are also subject to their service charge. The telephone number for Madison Square Garden Event and Ticket Information is (212) 465-MSG1. The Group Sales number is (212) 465-6080. The telephone number for the Madison Square Garden Disabled Services department is (212) 465-6034; for the Radio City Music Hall Disabled Services department, (212) 465-6115 for tickets and information. The TicketMaster information and TicketMaster Charge by Phone number is (212) 307-4111.

"Lands of Enchantment" Art Show

February 18, 2009 — Urulöké (Views: 3174)
From April 3rd to April 6th, 2009, the "Lands of Enchantment" art show will be running in Moreton in Marsh, England. Attending will be Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon and Peter Pracownik with all their artwork on display, and Jef Murray, Chris Tolkien and Angie Gardner will be in attendance signing copies of “Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien”. At the show you will be able to browse through displays of exceptional original artwork and limited edition prints, browse and shop for books, costumes, jewelry, furniture, weapons, birds of prey(!), and games. Also there will be quizzes, a masquerade, prizes to be given away, and more. Attendance is free.

April 3-6, 2009
The Redesdale Hall, High Street, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire
Free admission
For more information:

Alan Lee October Promotional Tour in USA

September 24, 2008 — Urulöké (Views: 2107)

Houghton Mifflin sent me this note:

Alan Lee will be visiting a few U.S. cities next month to promote the publication of The Children of Hurin paperback (national release date: October 14) and the brand-new Tales From the Perilous Realm.

As you know, The Children of Hurin is the first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien since the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller in hardcover last year, and the Associated Press called it "the book for which [Tolkien] readers have been longing." The paperback edition of The Children of Hurin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a two-color fold-out map.

Tales From the Perilous Realm is the definitive collection of Tolkien's classic "fairie" tales. Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien's four novellas (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil), are collected together for the first time, in a fully illustrated volume. This new, definitive collection of works--which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998--comes with a brand-new foreword and endmatter, and with a series of detailed pencil illustrations by Alan Lee, in the style of his other award-winning Tolkien work.

Here's Alan's appearance schedule:

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway @ 82nd St.
New York, NY 10024

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 PM
Tattered Cover
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Thursday, October 16, 6:00 PM
Book Passage
in the San Francisco Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building #42
San Francisco, CA 94111

John D. Rateliff Radio Interview - April 16th

April 13, 2008 — Urulöké (Views: 2322)

An hour long chat with the author of The History of 'The Hobbit' will take place Wednesday April 16th on WBSD - that's in Burlington, Wisconsin, so for the rest of us it is also streamed online at Tolkien will not be the only subject of the discussion, as the announcement also goes into quite a bit of detail about Mr. Rateliff's prior work with Dungeons & Dragons and related RPGs. The host of the show, Stephen D. Sullivan, has written multiple crossover novels from various RPG universes.

John Rateliff's blog can be found at

The Podcast for the show (after April 16th) should be available at

Stephen D. Sullivan's website:

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