Just How Big Is Bag End? Let These Middle-earth Cross Sections Lay It Out

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Bag End, the home of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, is where The Lord of the Rings Saga begins and ends. It’s there the dwarves come to meet about traveling to the Lonely Mountain and where Samwise Gamgee settled after the Baggins leave Middle-earth. There are few more important places in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic saga,…

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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Has Its First Cast Member

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We still know very little about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. It will take place sometime prior to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, director J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and consultant Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) are involved, and the writers’ room is operating under intense security…

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Brandon Sanderson Likens Amazon’s Wheel Of Time Series to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings

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After years of languishing in development hell, a live-action series based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time novels is finally coming to the small screen courtesy of Amazon Studios and showrunner Rafe Judkins (Agents of SHIELD). But according to Brandon Sanderson, who finished the final three books in the series…

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Is J.R.R. Tolkien drunkenly shouting in Elvish in that scene from Tolkien? Yes and no

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In Tolkien, the new biopic of the early life of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, the author (Nicholas Hoult) is attending Exeter College in Oxford when he receives a letter from Edith, his childhood sweetheart, announcing she’s engaged to someone else. Distraught, Tolkien gets drunk and winds up stumbling through the…

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George R.R. Martin Thinks Gandalf Could Kick Dumbledore’s Ass—Do You Agree?

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Did you know that Ian McKellen turned down the opportunity to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise after Richard Harris died because Harris once allegedly called McKellen a “dreadful” actor? George R.R. Martin probably knew that, and then some, this week when he took a moment at the Tolkien premiere to share…

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Tolkien Struggles to Justify Its Existence and Almost Succeeds

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From the moment Tolkien began, I found myself continually asking the same question: Why is this a movie? Of course, we all know who J.R.R. Tolkien is. He’s one of the most beloved fantasy writers of all time, responsible for creating one of the greatest literary worlds ever. Plus many of us, myself included, don’t…

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Dip Your Toes Into Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Delightful Big Book of Classic Fantasy

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Sci-fi and fantasy lit fans are well familiar with the works of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer; among their many accolades, she’s a Hugo winner for her work on Weird Tales, and he’s the bestselling author of Annihilation. But did you know they’ve also spent decades collecting and preserving fantasy stories?

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/dip-your-toes-into-ann-and-jeff-vandermeers-delightful-1833324746