07 July 2015

2016 Tolkien Calendar to Feature Artwork by Tove Jansson

July 30 will see the release of the official Tolkien calendar for 2016, featuring artwork by Tove Jansson and introduction by Brian Sibley.

The Official Tolkien Calendar 2016 features illustrations from renowned artist, Tove Jansson, creator of The Moomins. Jansson illustrated The Hobbit in 1961 for the Swedish and Finnish editions, creating a dozen enchanting full page drawings plus many smaller vignette pieces. Never before published in an English-language edition, the 2016 calendar contains all twelve of these illustrations, many of the vignettes, and a full-colour centrefold featuring her dramatic cover painting of Smaug attacking the Dwarves. The calendar is introduced by Tolkien expert and author Brian Sibley, who corresponded with the artist and provides insightful commentary regarding the genesis of the illustrations and Jansson's tireless work continuing to build the world of The Moomins. The Official Tolkien Calendar has been an established publishing event for Tolkien fans and Hobbit collectors for the last four decades, and the 2016 edition will continue to delight and surprise.
The calendar will be available for purchase through Amazon for $9.72 and AmazonUK for £10.

25 June 2015

Thrór's Key from Badali Jewelry

I have been a huge fan of Paul Badali's Tolkien products since I bought my first Lord of the Rings replica (the gold-plated One Ring) in 2004; last December, I purchased the silver version of the One Ring and fell in love all over again. Not long after receiving that ring, I made another purchase: Thrór's key – inspired by the book and not Peter Jackson's films. Personally, I love this interpretation so much more.

As you can see, the key fills the length of my palm and is amazingly detailed. The inscription is the same as what appears on Thrór's map: "Five Feet High the Door and Three May Walk Abreast. TH TH". I was completely awestruck when I received my purchase.

Thrór's map and key.
Wearing my favourite necklace!

Once again, I am itching to buy more! Next on my list is the Elfstone necklace – I'll be sure to post lots of pictures as well as a review when the time comes!

Be sure to visit BadaliJewelry.com and MyPrecious.us to view (and purchase) more Hobbit and Lord of the Rings themed products! And if you're attending San Diego Comic Con or GenCon, be sure to visit them at booths #532 and #663, respectively.

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12 June 2015

Tolkien's "The Story of Kullervo" to be Published by HarperCollins This August

In 1914, a 22-year old Tolkien began working on a fantasy tale he called The Story of Kullervo, inspired in part by a character of the same name featured in The Kalevala.
Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates.
The author himself described it as "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own" and "a major matter in the legends of the First Age". The story was deliberately left incomplete after a few thousand words, but later developed into the tragic tale of Túrin Turambar in The Silmarillion.

The manuscript was first published in Tolkien Studies: Volume 7 in 2010, and will now be published "for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, the Kalevala" by HarperCollins on August 27, with an international edition available on October 13. (Amazon US / Amazon UK)

Peter Kenny's 'Dreams of Another Land' Now Available

Tolkien fan Peter Kenny – also known as "Australia's Biggest Tolkien Fan" – has published a book of poems inspired by Middle-earth., featuring illustrations by Sue Bradley. 

Peter Kenny is known worldwide as a passionate fan of JRR Tolkien and the world of fantasy. Using this love and his wide-ranging imagination, Mr. Kenny has produced (in the guise of “selecting” poems and stories by his “uncle,” Fortinbras Proudfoot, Esq.) Dreams of Another Land, a collection that explores the history and happenings of a faraway land that still feels very familiar to us. Small folk, dragons, warriors, ladies, and wizards and their adventures are described in rhythmic language that is enjoyable to read, either aloud or silently.

You can purchase a copy of Peter's book through Amazon (US/UK) or Oloris Publishing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Peter's charity, the Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq. Foundation.

You can read more about Peter Kenny here.