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New Zealand Adventure: From Rivendell to Mirkwood

New Zealand Adventure: From Rivendell to Mirkwood by Rachael Ashdown Legendarium reporter, Rachael Ashdown, continues her adventure across New Zealand visiting all things “Middle-Earth”! Day 4: Evil Things Did Not Come Into That Valley The fourth day was full of adventure to stimulate that Took side of me. Morning involved a trip to Zealandia, the nature preserve in the heart ...

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Hobbiton Adventure: Over Rock and Under Tree

Day 3: Over Rock and Under Tree by Rachael Ashdown Continue the “Middle-Earth” adventure with Legendarium reporter, Rachael Ashdown, as she tours New Zealand! Some days I feel like a Hobbit, some like a Dwarf.  But on this day, I felt like an elf.  Most of the day was just taken up driving south to reach the heart of Tolkien-fandom ...

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Hobbiton Adventure: One Does Not Simply…

Hobbiton Adventure: One Does Not Simply… by Rachael Ashdown Continuing on her Hobbiton Adventure: Day 2: One Does Not Simply… Drive into Mordor? In reality, it is that simple. Our day started with eggs and po-ta-toes (a meal certainly fit for a Hobbit), and then began questing once more. Shadowfax flew through the countryside, but had to stop when we ...

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Hobbiton Adventure: A Journal from New Zealand

Hobbiton Adventure: A Journal from New Zealand by Rachael Ashdown Day1: I’m going on an adventure! Smaug greeted me upon landing in Auckland (you know, the Air New Zealand plane). It hit me like one of Sam’s frying pans: I am in Middle Earth! And so my two weeks of questing began. Hopping on Shadowfax (our magnificent white rental van), ...

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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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Exploring Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili

Exploring Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili by John Evans What is the significance of their romantic entanglements? How important is their story to the great epic that is Middle earth? Love is a very enigmatic and mysterious topic for Tolkien readers. Love of kin and country are featured heavily throughout his prose and poetry. Love between High-born Elves is referred to ...

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Greisinger Opening Ceremony (Part 4)

Don’t adventures ever have an end?  Well I could easily go well beyond four parts for the reports of my visit to the Greisinger Museum in Jenins, Switzerland.  Yet I think this tale is now best told in picture, music and video.  And what better day to wrap up my tales than on Hobbit Day itself?!  September 22, 2013 – ...

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Greisinger Opening Ceremony (Part 3)

There is nothing like having second or even first breakfast in Switzerland, especially when the morning headlines feature a merrier world. The long awaited day had come; the opening ceremony of the Greisinger Museum.  After my journey with the wolfish dog, and a fine breakfast, it was time to don my viking tunic and get to Bag-end.  Another exceptionally hot ...

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Greisinger Museum Opening Ceremony (Part 2)

As the sun was throwing fewer beams of warm light through the panes of Bilbo’s windows, now settling behind the tall mountains of the west, I began to hear guests congregating outside.  Party business interrupted what would have surely been a nap at Bilbo’s desk. There is a certain fellowship one feels even among seeming strangers at events like these, ...

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