Monday, December 1, 2008

MEM 02

Do you have $80,000 - $120,000 laying around? I know you do. According to and Auction Central News Profiles In History is holding a "Hollywood Prop" auction that includes an original set of the three books written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The books are all first editions, originally printed in 1954 and even come signed by Tolkien.

In an article on WalesOnline, which shows that the country of Wales is in dire need of new news, a major new work by Dimitra Fimi of Cardiff University describes how the Welsh language fired the imagination behind The Lord of the Rings saga. Unfortunately this doesn't jive with an article on Wikipedia.

Filed under local: reports of a showing of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on the Big Screen on 12/26 through 12/30 in Nashville, TN. at the Belcourt Theater.

From - Guillermo del Toro provides some minor updates on The Hobbit, and says that filming will begin in 2010.

Don't go drinking with Hobbits by Marc Gunn taken from the Podsafe Music Network.

Now you can follow Middle-earth Minutes on Twitter at


1 comment:

Sandi said...

Podcast #2: Comment

Thank you for producing these podcasts. As things start speeding up towards the production of The Hobbit it is good to have an easy way to keep up-to-date on the Tolkien news.

Re the section on Dimitra Fimi within the podcast #2. Her book, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, was actually published on 24 November 2008, and was the subject of some articles in the Welsh Media, including the item from In 2006, she published an article "'Mad' Elves and 'Elusive Beauty': Some Celtic Strands of Tolkien's Mythology" which looks at Tolkien's complex attitude towards 'things Celtic" and was used in the Wikipedia article that you cite in the podcast.

Dr Fimi's position is supported in the Wikipedia article by other eminent Tolkien scholars, including Douglas Anderson and John Garth. A close reading of what Tolkien's main objection to having "The Silmarillion" likened to Celtic art and stories shows that much of it is because of the "fundamental unreason" of those Celtic tales. Tolkien asserted, quite rightly, that his mythology was coherent, with every story being linked to the central theme of the Silmarils, rather than being "reassembled without design". There are too many instances where Tolkien acknowledges his indebtedness to Celtic languages and mythology in his own legendarium for his statement to his publisher ("Needless to say they are not Celtic! Neither are the tales"), to substantiate a claim that he rejected all things Celtic within his writings.