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Kelly Orazi

Kelly Orazi is currently a graduate student of medieval and fantasy literature at the newly founded Mythgard Institute. Her interests range from children’s fantasy literature (especially Harry Potter) and modern fantasy to medieval and classical literature. Her scholarly work on fantasy has been presented at Mythcon 43 and at 2013’s largest Harry Potter conference, LeakyCon Portland. She has also contributed to the popular Harry Potter site, thehogshead.org and writes regularly on J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy works on her own blog, http://themiddlepage-orazi.blogspot.com

Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of legendary Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy had been hospitalized earlier this week for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a disease he had been battling for at least over a year. Nimoy was a father, a husband, a musician, a poet, a writer, an artist, and best known for his role of Spock ...

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Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes Book Review:”Where Strange and Dangerous Monsters Lurk”

From Father & sons author team, Henry, Josh, and Harrison Herz, comes Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, a delightfully dark set of nursery rhymes about ogres, witches, hippogriffs, and zombies. Playing off traditional nursey rhymes like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Little Miss Muffet”, these poems take us out of our comfortable and ordinary world and place us instead in a world of ...

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Read George R.R. Martin’s 1993 Original Outline for ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

HarperCollins UK recently posted a letter from George R. R. Martin in which he outlines the original plot for his new fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. The letter reveals his initial ideas on his epic A Song of Ice and Fire, including different character deaths, a revengeful Daenerys, an odd Arya love triangle, and more.  Click the images below (from ...

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ABC’s ‘The Quest’ Will Remain on ABC.com For All of 2015!

If you have yet to watch ABC’s reality/fantasy television show, The Quest, you’re in luck! The show, in which contestants face fantasy-themed challenges in the fictional kingdom of “Everealm,” originally aired this past summer and ABC has decided to keep the show available on its website ABC.com for all of 2015.  Produce Jane fleming passed this news on to The ...

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John D. Rateliffe’s “A Brief History of the Hobbit” is Published

Tolkien Scholar John D. Rateliffe‘s “A Brief History of the Hobbit” is now available in the UK! From the publisher: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a tale that “grew in the telling”, and many character and story threads present in the published book were completely different when Tolkien first read the story to his young sons as part of their ...

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The Illustrated Harry Potter: First Look at the New Art!

In 2013 Bloomsbury announced plans for an illustrated Harry Potter series with brand new art from award winning illustrator, Jim Kay. Earlier today, the publishers gave us an official release date of October 6th, 2015 as well as a first look into the artwork of the series: The past two years have seen the publication of new editions of the Harry Potter series in both ...

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The Battle of the Five Armies Review: “More Does Not Always Mean Better”

The Desolation of Smaug ended with Bilbo’s horrifying realization that he has just played a part in releasing an angry dragon on the town of Esgaroth: “what have we done?” he asks in horror before the screen turns black. The Battle of the Five Armies opens with the terrifying answer. Smaug’s attack on Lake-town is a visually superb experience: we ...

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Teaser for BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

BBC has released the first clip of its adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. If you’re a fan of fantasy and haven’t read this beautiful book yet, you should definitely do so before the seven part BBC mini-series hits television screens in 2015. In the meantime, watch the clip below and let us know what you ...

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Pottermore Announces New Content for 12 Days of Christmas

J.K. Rowling is giving Potter fans a new gift this Christmas. Well, twelve gifts, to be exact. The interactive site Pottermore announced that they will release a new “Christmas surprise” on each of the twelve days leading up to Christmas: We’re feeling extra generous this year, so we’re bringing you early gifts this Christmas. Starting Friday, December 12, we’ll be releasing ...

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Music Video of Billy Boyd performing “The Last Goodbye”

If you got emotional just listening to the full version of Billy Boyd’s song, “The Last Goodbye”  (released a few days ago), the new music video for the song is now here to tug on those heartstrings a little more. Combining scenes from the Hobbit movies as well as the Lord of the Rings films, the video really drives home ...

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