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Tolkien Estate Website Revised

May 6, 2015

After many years in temporary form, the official Tolkien Estate website has been redesigned and much expanded, with texts in French and Spanish as well as English. It is divided into four sections, Writing, Learning, Painting, and Paths, and each of these in turn has various sub-categories.

Under Writing are ‘Tales of Middle-earth’, ‘Other Tales and Poetry’, ‘Tales for Children’, ‘Translations, Essays’, ‘The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien‘, and a brief interactive timeline of Tolkien’s life and works.

Learning includes ‘Languages and Writing Systems’, ‘Tolkien and Visual Arts’, ‘Thoughts and Studies’, and ‘On Specific Works’. The latter two contain miscellaneous essays on Tolkien studies, reading Tolkien, Tolkien the philologist, and other topics.

Painting contains brief descriptive texts leading to numerous pictures drawn or painted by Tolkien, and to photographs of Tolkien himself, some of which have not been published previously or have not previously appeared in colour. Among these are a few of the maps which will first appear in print in our forthcoming Art of The Lord of the Rings, but here can be enlarged to examine details.

Finally, although Paths at first seems to include only common website elements such as Frequently Asked Questions and site credits, on further exploration these are very interesting and lead to other links to follow.

Some of the leading Tolkien scholars contributed to the site, by invitation of the Estate. We ourselves wrote articles on Farmer Giles of Ham, Mr. Bliss, Roverandom, and Tolkien’s art.

  1. May 8, 2015 3:54 pm

    It is absolutely wonderful to see the Estate’s website has finally been revised – wonderful news!

  2. Bryan Babel permalink
    July 7, 2015 1:01 am

    I know this question is not relevant to this post, but the comments were closed on others to which it might apply. I do not mind if it is not published. But in relation to your new edition of “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,” I wondered if you were aware of the extra illustration Pauline Baynes did for “Errantry” in Jennifer Westwood’s 1970 anthology “The Isle of Gramarye”? It appears on pages 14-15 and frames “Ariel’s Song” by William Shakespeare, but clearly illustrates Tolkien’s poem that follows on the next page, showing the Mariner fighting the bees; the “pretty butterfly” is next to the gondola and “soft pavilions.”

    • August 16, 2015 10:50 am

      Thanks for reminding us of this. We have the Westwood book in our Pauline Baynes collection, and had noticed the illustration, but forgot about it when we did the Bombadil edition. We should have mentioned it, though it’s not part of Tolkien’s own publication history. We’ll note it in our addenda.

  3. August 15, 2015 11:56 pm

    Has anyone ever commented on “half way” being two words in LOTR chapter Flight to the Ford (page 207 of the HMC one volume edition) right after Glorfindel calls “Fly!”

    • August 16, 2015 10:55 am

      No one has commented on it, and it’s a good point to check. A search of our electronic file of the Lord of the Rings text shows that Tolkien nowhere used ‘halfway’ as one word, but always as two, with the exception of one ‘half-way’, hyphenated, and as that’s in dialogue it may have been meant to suggest some kind of dialect pronunciation.

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