There is so much information coming in about The Hobbit, it’s hard to keep up with the pace!!! One of my favorite places to go to for a Hobbit fix is the Tolkien Library, based in Belgium and headed up by Mr. Pieter Collier. The site is not so much about the upcoming movie, The Hobbit, but does a stellar job of laying out All Things Tolkien. Covered are subjects like the art of bookbinding. Yeah, you heard it right…bookbinding is an art! And what spectacular art it is! Check out this article at Tolkien Library and be ready to be AMAZED! Once you get to the Tolkien Library, you’ll find yourself immersed in tons of Tolkienish news. It’s one of those sites that once you find it, three hours later, you’re still there, clicking away like a crazed person!!
Today’s featured article at Tolkien Library is an interview with the author of Hobbit to Hero:The Making of Tolkien’s King, by Elizabeth M. Stephen. Ms. Stephen examines Tolkien’s path in creating the king of Middle-Earth, Aragon. Mr. Collier writes:
On the 1st of August a new book was released, called Hobbit to Hero: The Making of Tolkien’s King, written by Elizabeth M. Stephen, this is a book that places Aragon in his rightful place as one of the greatest heroes of any mythology.
‘Aragorn’, the hero-king from The Lord of the Rings, is one of the pivotal figures of Tolkien’s mythology, but a detailed study of this popular character has been a notable omission from the spectrum of existing study.
If this piece takes you down a path strewn with roses because you’re a down-to-the-bone Tolkien geek, then this is your cup of tea. And mine! Elizabeth M. Stephen has a unique understanding of Tolkien, The Hobbit, Aragon and The Lord of the Rings and that makes it a “Must Read”!
Then, check out this site, The I.B. Tauris Blog, for Mark Atherton’s article, “Hobbitry and Babbittry: Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit”. You’ll enjoy this in-depth analysis of how Tolkien and Sinclair Lewis crossed paths:
J.R.R. Tolkien often regarded his moments of creative inspiration as epiphanies that came to him unexpectedly during moments of concentration, when his mind was elsewhere, engaged in the intricacies of philological scholarship or carrying out his duties as a university teacher. The making of The Hobbit is no exception.
Wrap up your Tolkien Frenzy by listening to the man himself, Mr. Tolkien, read a poem in Elivish. Intrigued? So was I. Being a Catherine Marshall fan, I decided to go on a treasure hunt years ago, via the internet for a recording of her voice. It took a while, but I finally claimed success! The thrill of hearing this wonderful author’s voice was beyond description. Finding Mr. Tolkien’s voice recreated that same excitement.