16 November 2016

2016 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

The holidays are fast approaching! Not sure what to get the Tolkien fan in your life? (Or maybe you're looking to treat yourself to something special this year?) Here are some ideas for every budget!

Under $15

Barnes & Noble

MillionaireFabric on Etsy





  • The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion from Easton Press ($370)
  • The Return of the Shadow, The Treason of Isengard, The War of the Ring, and The End of the Third Age from Easton Press ($396)
  • Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Blu-ray + DVD, available at Amazon/Target/Walmart ($499.96)

Still feeling stumped? Some online places worth checking out are AbeBooks, HobbitShop, Etsy, and ebay! Other retailers which usually offer some sort of Tolkien-related merchandise include Barnes & Noble, FYE, Books-A-Million, Bullmoose, Borders, Hot Topic, and Newbury Comics!

07 November 2016

Now Available from HarperCollins: 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun'

First published in 1945 in The Welsh Review, Tolkien's 506-verse poem 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun' is now available in its own volume for just £16.99.

From HarperCollins:
Unavailable for more than 70 years, this early but important work is published for the first time with Tolkien’s ‘Corrigan’ poems and other supporting material, including a prefatory note by Christopher Tolkien.

Set In Britain’s land beyond the seas’ during the Age of Chivalry, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady (the Aotrou’ and Itroun’ of the title) and the tragedy that befalls them when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy. When the potion succeeds and Itroun bears twins, the corrigan returns seeking her fee, and Aotrou is forced to choose between betraying his marriage and losing his life.

Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, together with the two shorter Corrigan’ poems that lead up to it and which are also included, was the outcome of a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien's life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic, and particularly Breton, myth and legend.

Originally written in 1930 and long out of print, this early but seminal work is an important addition to the non-Middle-earth portion of his canon and should be set alongside Tolkien’s other retellings of myth and legend, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrn, The Fall of Arthur and The Story of Kullervo. Like these works, it belongs to a small but important corpus of his ventures into real-world’ mythologies, each of which in its own way would be a formative influence on his own legendarium.