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Meniscus Lord of the Rings Leather Accessories Review

Hail friends – we’d like to announce our new video series!  LEGENDARIUM REVIEWS! For our very first review, we’re happy to bring you some fine Lord of the Rings leather products from Meniscus Leather of New Zealand. Feel free to send us a suggestion or your very own wares for review!

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High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth

Just in time to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day, Oloris Publishing has announced the pre-sale of High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth by Dr. Timothy R. Furnish, PH.D. From Oloris Publishing: “Dr. Timothy R. Furnish applies Primary World analysis—political, cultural, social, and economic— to Middle-earth’s 7,000 years of recorded history in this richly illustrated volume, High Towers and ...

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Tolkien Reading Day

Every March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day! As described on the Tolkien Society Website: “It has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums, and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events.” Some fans gather ...

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Conan: New Video Game Announced

“Know, o prince, that between the years of the failed Conan movie re-boot, and the endless rumors of Arnold’s aged return as king, there was yet another Conan video game announced.” – The Cynical Scrolls of the Jaded Masses Many dedicated fans of Conan and Robert E. Howard feel like we have been sold haga under the serpent towers of ...

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“Farewell Blue Wizard”: Artist Jef Murray Passes Away

Out of the cold of December, 2013 I walked into the lobby of the Maritime Institute of the Baltimore Conference Center and saw a smiling fellow in a trench-coat and leather ‘outback’ style hat. I was wearing the same kind of hat and instantly knew I shared an unspoken affinity with this traveler. At first meeting I did not know ...

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Minstrel to Minstrel: Interview with Steve Hackett

Explore the world behind the wardrobe with Steve Hackett “This is Steve Hackett and I’ve read many books by CS Lewis… and I’ve often wondered about the man behind the work and the world around the man. I wrote my song Narnia because of the impact he had on me, whilst his books helped Jo through a particularly dark time at ...

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Ales & Tales 5th Anniversary in LOTRO

Five years ago today I had an inkling to start a weekly gathering similar to the now famous meetings that C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien & their friends used to hold in the “Bird & Baby” in Oxford many years ago.  What was different about my concept is that we would actually be meeting in Middle-earth itself through the technological wizardry of Lord ...

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The Quest – Exclusive Producers Interview

Hail friends! I had the amazing privilege of chatting with Mark Ordesky & Jane Fleming of Court Five Entertainment last night via Skype video for a feature here on Legendarium News about their new reality show “The Quest”.  If you have been following Legendarium Media’s social pages for the past few months you know that the founders here are really excited ...

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MYTHMOOT III Open for Registration & a Free Song!

Hail friends!  If you missed Mythmoot I or Mythmoot II, you definitely DO NOT want to miss Mythmoot III, “Ever On…”, January 10 & 11, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. “It’s an academic conference!”“No, it’s a Tolkien party!” Stop! You’re both right! While many details are still being worked out, there surely lie many treasures and surprises in store for expert ...

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Tolkien's Beowulf: The Real Story by Michael Drout

Tolkien’s Beowulf: The Real Story by Michael Drout The Tolkien Estate recently announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf will be released in May. Since there seems to be a little bit of incorrect information floating around the web (thanks in part to some careless work by more than one reporter for British newspapers), I figured I should clarify things. ...

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