Tolkien Estate Website Revised
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.