28 October 2016

NEW From Easton Press: Tolkien's "Kullervo"

0831b2a6-50ba-43c7-90eb-0e63bbd3b67a_400_0If you're on Facebook and other forms of social media, you've likely seen the advertisements for The Easton Press' gorgeous leather-bound copies of J.R.R. Tolkien's popular books – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the Lost Tales of Middle-earth.

Joining their ranks and now available to order is Tolkien's most recent posthumous publication, The Story of Kullervo. For three monthly installments of $33, you can add this gorgeous volume to your Tolkien collection!

You can view all of The Easton Press' available Tolkien titles at EastonPress.com!
Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. "Hapless Kullervo," as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.

Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. 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 cruelest of fates. 

Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own," and was "a major matter in the legends of the First Age." Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
-You can buy the standard edition from $11.99-$16.00 via Amazon

23 October 2016

'Tolkien – Soldier and Mythmaker' Exhibition to Visit Lichfield Library

As previously posted, an exhibition titled 'Tolkien – Soldier and Mythmaker' is making the rounds across Staffordshire, an area which had an immense influence on the Professor. It will be on display in the Lichfield Library from 18 November to 8 January; from there, it will move on to the Stafford Library from 10 January to 27 February.

According to a spokesperson: “During the Great War, Second Lieutenant JRR Tolkien of the Lancashire Fusiliers was stationed in Staffordshire, first at Whittington Heath, near Lichfield.

“Lichfield plays a particularly important part in the Tolkien in Staffordshire story. A meeting at The George Hotel in the city was the last occasion that Tolkien met with his three greatest school friends in September 1915.”

Admission to the library is free, but for a £2 entry fee, the exhibition will also feature a talk by local historian David Robbie.

22 October 2016

JRR Tolkien's Story of Beren and Lúthien to be Published in 2017

berenluthien-cb230356First published in the 12-volume series The History of Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien's story of Beren and Lúthien is one of the quintessential love stories of our time: Beren, a mortal Man, falls in love with Lúthien, an immortal Elf of noble lineage and unmatched beauty. Tolkien's famous poem "The Lay of Leithian" tells of their quest to reclaim one of the stolen Silmarils from Morgoth's crown, thereby winning the favour of Lúthien's father, King Thingol. Their love story is echoed in The Lord of the Rings, when the mortal Aragorn falls in love with Arwen, daughter of Lord Elrond of Rivendell.

The tale was so important to JRR Tolkien that the characters' names were engraved on the tombstones of him and his wife Edith, the real-life Beren and Lúthien.

In May 2017, a hundred years after its conception, the story of Beren and Lúthien will be released as its own volume by HarperCollins, edited by Tolkien's son Christopher and featuring illustrations by artist Alan Lee.
In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.
For more information, visit HarperCollins' webpage.

09 October 2016

REVIEW: Smaug the Golden Necklace from Badali Jewelry

I am delighted to have the chance to review another beautiful item from Badali Jewelry! Following the same theme as my last review (the Smaug/Arkenstone set, which you can read here), this new necklace features the mighty dragon Smaug resting atop his bed of gold, the Arkenstone at the centre of his hoard.

The necklace is absolutely gorgeous – Smaug is reminiscent of Tolkien's own design, and the details on the tiny dragon are stunning. The jewel catches and reflects all light that hits it, truly capturing the essence of the Arkenstone and making this an eye-catching piece. I love that this necklace is not just a representation of a character or a theme, but that it actually depicts an important part of the story.

It was hard to get a good quality picture of me wearing the necklace, but this at least shows you the size of the necklace. I love that it's a bit on the smaller side, and I love how well the gold stands out (I wear a lot of black, so I'll be wearing this necklace a lot to make my outfits pop!).

The necklace, I'm told, should be available in a few more weeks; be sure to follow Badali Jewelry on all social media platforms so you can grab yours as soon as they become available! If you're a Tolkien fan who wants to show off your love of Middle-earth, Badali is the way to go! I've been an extremely happy customer since 2004 and I know you will love their products and their customer service as much as I have.

I also want to add a few words about another item I had purchased during the September Hobbit Birthday sale – two Nenya tracer bands, which are stunning. They add even more vintage elegance to the ring, and I can't wait to see how many additional compliments I start getting!

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