Archive for the ‘Tolkien’ Category

Happy New Year!

December 22, 2012

Hullo Tolkien scholars, fans, and friends,

Happy New Year!

According to the Shire Calendar, today is Yule 2, the first day of the new year.

May the best of the past be the worst of the future!

Now is a great Time to get your membership in The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2, if you aren’t already a member. A fine way to begin the new Shire year. Drop by www.3rdcome.org .

Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2
thain@3rdcome.org
www.3rdcome.org

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

A fine Tolkien Day!

December 15, 2012

Hullo Tolkien fans & Scholars and other fine folk,

The 13th was a busy day, a Tolkien Day.

Up at 0600 to get some coffee before chatting for an hour with a HS class on The Hobbit at 0725.  I had a good time & so, apparently, did the students.

I then tracked down the article on The Hobbit in the Albany Times Union, for which I had submitted questions,  http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/the-times-union-hobbit-quiz/25724  .  I was pleased to see that I was the focal point of the article.  WOW!

After taking a nap Lin & I headed over to the cinema for The Hobbit.  We arrived at 1800 to meet up with folk arriving for the Line Party.  Yes, there were some there who had arrived before us.  Just after midnight on the 14th The Hobbit began.  Minor quibbles aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.  Unlike some, I don’t feel it got off to a slow start.  Moreover, most viewers know nothing of the back story.  Including this to give the Dwarves their motive for revenge and reclaiming their home works to  give the newcomer some idea of what is at stake.  I also felt having Bilbo begin to “grow” earlier than in the book was a smart move.  I did not compare it to the book, but how it scanned as a film.  It worked very well.  The major scenes were there.  I will see it again, tho maybe not in 3D.  🙂

The first 2 films of The Hobbit will be discussed at The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2, either by panel or by presentation or by both.

Now is a grand time to join, if you haven’t done so already: http://www.3rdcome.org/registration.html

Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2
www.3rdcome.org

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

Hobbits!

December 3, 2012

Hullo,

A short update.

As some know, I was approached by the Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Albany Times Union [a Hearst Paper] to write up 20 questions on The Hobbit. Being a typical hobbit, I gave him 77 questions. 🙂

The editor seemed to be quite happy with the questions I turned in. While it was great fun to do, I will be getting a few dollars for the work. No complaint here. He plans to include a reference to the 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2 in the article. This is really neat as it is possible, being a Hearst Paper, the article and questions could go out to all or many of the Hearst papers.

I believe, the article will see light of day on Thursday, 13 December, the day before The Hobbit Premiers. Once I get definite information, I’ll pass it on.

I’ll also be posting the questions on the web site once the article is published. None are hard. Have some fun with them.

Have you joined 3rd COME, Part 2, yet? If not, why not? Now is the time to make yourself a present of a membership in the conference.

Cheers!

Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2
+1-518-456-5242
thain@3rdcome.org
www.3rdcome.org

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

Tolkien – The Hobbit

November 25, 2012

Hullo,

I just finished up the “20” questions for the Times Union Editor. Actually, it turned out to be 55 multiple choice & 22 single answer, except for the one about the Dwarves.

I’ll be meeting the editor for a natter over coffee tomorrow. I hope, he likes my questions. It was great fun to do.

Great preparation for my Skype call with an HS English class doing The Hobbit. I might be able to answer their questions.

Hobbits!

November 20, 2012

I have just been asked to come up with 20 multiple choice questions on The Hobbit for a quiz in the local newspaper.  This will loads of fun to do.  I shall begin work on this on the morrow!

Room Rates, Movie tickets, & Line Party, Oh My!

November 7, 2012
Hullo,

A couple items today.

Hotel:

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center
219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886
+1-800-543-7801 – Group Name: Conference On Middle earth
+1-978-692-8200 – Group Name: Conference On Middle earth
www.westfordregency.com

Room Rates!   We have Room Rates!

Room rates have been set. To get the fabulous, same as 2011 room rates of $119/night, you have to call the Westford Regency. As a stand-alone hotel, the online registration is thru a service that charges a fee, which would raise our rate. Tell them you’re with the Conference On Middle earth to get this rate.
> > If you are international and don’t want to make potentially expensive long distance calls (“Can you hold please?” *click* [music…music…music…]), contact hotel@3rdcome.org to work something out.
Operation Early Catbird Seat!
I have secured my ticket for the Midnight showing of The Hobbit at the Regal Cinema in Crossgates Mall.  I’ll be watching the 3D IMAX version.  I’ll check out the other versions later.
We will be holding a Line Party for the premier.  Come join us.
It is still up in the air as regards TLOTR Marathon on Saturday, 8 DEC.  It would be nice to see all 3 extended versions on the BIG screen.
Cheers!
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2
+1-518-456-5242
thain@3rdcome.org
www.3rdcome.org

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

Line Party

October 23, 2012

Looking for folk in the Albany area who wish to join the Line Party for “The Hobbit, Part 1” on the evening of 13 December at the Crossgates Mall cinema.

Please contact me at thain@3rdcome.org on this.

Namárië

Boston Book Festival

October 10, 2012

Hullo Tolkien Scholars & fans,

 

                Courtesy of theonering.net:

Our good friends at publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wanted to be sure that fans in the Boston area know about a Hobbit panel, which will be part of the Boston Book Festival.  The panel features folks such as Wayne Hammond, Christina Scull, Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor) and another friend of TORn, writer and lifelong geek Ethan Gilsdorf.  The fun happens at 11am on Saturday 27th October – all details here.  (NB We have it on good authority that the ‘sneak preview’ of the film will not include anything not already seen in trailers – so whilst it may be new to some in attendance, we know that everyone here will have seen it already!)  What better way to spend a Saturday morning than in the company of fellow Tolkien fans?

From the Boston Book Festival’s site:

 

11:00am Boston Common Hotel: Hancock Room 40 Trinity Place

It’s the 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, so let’s celebrate!

Eru Ilúvatar willing and the crick don’t rise I expect to be there for the program. 

 

Yes, spending some hours with Tolkien fans IS a good way to spend a Saturday morning. 

 

I hope, you are planning on spending some time with us at the conference.

 

Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2
+1-518-456-5242
thain@3rdcome.org
www.3rdcome.org

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

 

Hobbits and swords and armor, oh my!

September 26, 2012
Hullo,
Courtesy of TheOneRing.net:
“The Higgins Armory, 100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA; 1-508-853-6015, is hosting a Middle-Earth Day on Saturday, 29 September from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In addition to stories and games, activities include making a Gondorian shield (or designing one of your own), watching Arwen teach Aragorn the proper way to slay an orc and seeing if you can out run a dwarf! The program is free with museum admission. 
The Higgins Armory boasts the largest collection of medieval/ancient armor and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere, so be sure to leave time to see the museum. For information on museum hours and admission prices, go to http://www.higgins.org/hours-prices-and-directions.”
My friend Lin and I plan to be there.  Belike some of you might wish to make the trek there as well.
Cheers
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2
+1-518-456-5242
thain@3rdcome.org
www.3rdcome.org

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

Hobbits, and swords, and Armor, oh my!

September 25, 2012

The call of the wild hobbit!  Off to Worcester, MA, on Saturday.  Lin and I will be heading off for the Higgins Armory in Worcester Massachusetts, which is hosting a Middle-Earth Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It will be interesting as I’ll be in the hospital on Thursday for stent replacement.  I should be recovered enough to make the drive and try and corral some memberships in my 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2, among the folk attending.   Being among hobbits will give me a big lift to my spirits.