Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MEM 03

After an unplanned month off due to slim news in Middle-earth, we're back with highlights of Tolkien related news since the last episode.

December 19 was the red letter date when the Yahoo News UK and Ireland site reported a two year delay for the Hobbit movie. The good folks at as well as multiple other sites posted the news as reported, and then Guillermo Del Toro himself squashed the erroneous article on the all on the same day! No wonder nobody wants to buy Yahoo.

Also making Dec. 19 a monumental news day - the makers of the beautiful looking independent fan film "The Hunt For Gollum" released the first full trailer on the Hunt4Gollum blog. The makers have graciously allowed use of part of the score on Middle-earth Minutes since the get-go.

January 3rd was, and is, the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. If you haven't done so already, read some fascinating information about him on Wikipedia.

Tolkien Gateway provided a link to the Milton Keys Citizen which contains an interesting article on the release of the memoirs the Tolkien's brother Hilary. The collection is said to contain early tales crafted by both brothers that occupied at least a part of the more famous of the brothers' epic stories.

The reports on Tolkien's version of Norse legends that are soon to be published.

Pack your bags and have them ready... we're going to Spain to visit the Middle-earth theme park! That is, if it does get built.

"Randy Newman's Theme from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" by Paul & Storm. Taken from the Podsafe Music Network.

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Scott Malthouse said...

Fantastic podcast Michael! Thanks for following Middle-earth Blog :)

Clive said...

The Gollum fan film is getting a ton of coverage all over the net, and I'm not surprised as I've been writing about them on my daily fan film blog, for months. For what it's worth, if you want to find out more about fan films in general, I wrote the first book about the history and future of 'em, Homemade Hollywood, which just came out.