The works of J.R.R. Tolkien have given us a lush, vast fantasy realm in Middle-Earth, one that’s extraordinarily archived and detailed in his many writings. But a new book wants to go even further on one particularly famous aspect: Tolkien’s use of botany to tell us about the flora of Middle-Earth... and how its…
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the newly unveiled video gaming sequel to Shadow of Mordor looks like it’s ramping up things up in every possible way. The last game already played fast and loose with Lord of the Rings lore, but now you’re a human leading armies of orcs into an invasion of Mordor. With your own ring of…
The two people who greenlit Peter Jackson’s ambitious, risky Lord of the Rings trilogy are returning to the roots of Middle Earth. Former New Line executives Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing a biopic of Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, and they’ve just hired a director.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, or so the idiom goes. But sometimes absolute power just makes you kind of an idiot. There are entities out there who practically omnipotent but somehow haven’t managed to find a way to use their powers for anything worthwhile. Here are 10 beings who are utterly wasting their godlike…
In 2017, you will finally be able to buy a copy of Beren and Lúthien, a story of old Middle-earth, written by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Or, you could go buy one of a half-dozen already published books that the story appears in later today. Your call!
Just because J.R.R. Tolkien has been dead since 1973 doesn’t mean he can’t still continue to publish work. So of course, after two of his poems were found earlier this year, we’re set to get another poem.
Google has some good news! Earlier this week, Ukranian media noticed a slight glitch wherein Google Translate was giving “Mordor” as a translation for “Russian Federation.” The good news is that they’ve fixed the problem.
There’s a new fantasy story from J.R.R. Tolkien set to be published later this fall: the author’s estate will be releasing The Story of Kullervo in October, one of his earliest prose works that would eventually lead him to Middle Earth.
Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls."
Joss Whedon hints at some hinky stuff in store for Hawkeye and the Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Peter Jackson feels like he could always return to Middle Earth, if given the chance. And Jeremy Irons explains why he took the role of Alfred in Batman v. Superman. Spoilers now!
If you haven't dived into the pages of The Silmarillion, there's a whole cosmology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth that you may not know. This short video outlines the basics, explaining as much about the universe's divine and angelic beings as you can learn in four minutes.
This is apparently a map made for the Middle Earth role playing games by ICE, and it's just gorgeous. Not only is the detail in this beyond belief (just look at the legend!), it's also been planned for maximum visual impact. You could examine it forever.
After learning about the Tolkien estate's downright unseasonable ban on pumpkins appearing anywhere on Middle Earth, a second, and very important question arose: What about potatoes, precious?
J.R.R. Tolkien's hand-drawn maps of Middle Earth have long fueled readers' imaginations about the land of Hobbits, wizards, and Elves, and a group of fantasy cartographers are imagining what the world's terrain might look like in 3D.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion opens with the Ainulindalë, the story of how the universe of Middle Earth came into existence. Artist Evan Palmer has painted his own adaptation of tale, imagining the radiant forms of Tolkien's universe taking shape.
Why is it that the plucky Hobbit Bilbo Baggins triumph again and again over the likes of Gollum, the goblins, spiders, and Smaug? A cheeky medical paper suggests that good characters have an advantage over evil ones in Tolkien's world because good characters spend more time in the sun and absorb more Vitamin D.
University of Bristol climate scientist Dan Lunt, writing under the name Radagast the Brown, released a paper today where he used powerful supercomputers to model the climate of Middle Earth. So of course he had to release it in Dwarvish, Elvish and English. He made some fascinating scientific observations, too.
It's terribly easy to get lost in Emil Johansson's Lord of the Rings Project, an extensive series of charts, maps, and genealogies analyzing J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. His latest update to the project is a real treat: a statistical analysis of the appearance of words and characters in The Lord of the Rings, …
Polish photographer and artist Michal Karcz uses digital tools to create fantastical landscapes out of photographs he's taken. Here he's created a seemingly-impossible bridge between our world and Sauron's. Karcz writes, "Most of my work is like a journey to the places which don't exist." You can see a lot more where…