JRR Tolkien

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The 20-page rule: how much time should you give a devastatingly boring book?
Novelist Mark Billingham advises readers to angrily launch a book across the room after 20 non-gripping pages – but almost 40% of people will keep going right to the end

12, Oct, 2021 @1:36 PM

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Lord of the Rings actors praise Italian man who lives as a hobbit
Elijah Wood among stars to laud project of Nicolas Gentile to transform land into personal ‘shire’

Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

14, Sep, 2021 @1:40 PM

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‘What is this if not magic?’ The Italian man living as a hobbit
After building his own version of Middle-earth, Nicolas Gentile has thrown a ‘ring’ into Mount Vesuvius

Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

06, Sep, 2021 @2:48 PM

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Chris Riddell: ‘Maurice Sendak taught us playfulness could be profound’
The author-illustrator on being read Tolkien at school, the perfect picture book and struggling to crack The Da Vinci Code

Chris Riddell

27, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Gandalf the red: confusing and cheap, but Soviet Lord of the Rings is curiously charming
Could this ramshackle 1991 Russian adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring be the best adaptation of Tolkien’s work?

Stuart Heritage

07, Apr, 2021 @8:50 AM

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Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after 30 years
Russian-language film posted on YouTube delights fans with its rudimentary sets and ludicrous special effects

Andrew Roth in Moscow

05, Apr, 2021 @9:55 AM

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JRR Tolkien's own illustrations appear in Lord of the Rings for the first time
The author’s artwork is published alongside his text in new edition of the classic fantasy novel

Alison Flood

25, Mar, 2021 @12:32 PM

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Campaign to buy JRR Tolkien's Oxford home fails
The appeal, backed by Ian McKellen, to raise £4.5m to convert 20 Northmoor Road into a permanent Tolkien centre fell short of its target

Alison Flood

24, Mar, 2021 @12:36 PM

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Questions raised over charity seeking to buy JRR Tolkien's Oxford house
Project backed by Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman hopes to raise £4.5m for the purchase, but there are concerns about intentions of Christian groups involved

Alison Flood

08, Dec, 2020 @12:14 PM

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Campaign to buy JRR Tolkien's house backed by Lord of the Rings actors
Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman support £4.5m crowdfunding campaign to turn the Oxford home where Tolkien wrote his most famous books into a museum

Alison Flood

03, Dec, 2020 @12:36 PM

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Unseen JRR Tolkien essays on Middle-earth coming in 2021
The Nature of Middle-earth will cover topics including Elvish immortality, the geography of Gondor – and which races could grow beards

Alison Flood

19, Nov, 2020 @9:30 AM

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A guided walk of Tolkien's original Shire, in Birmingham
It’s there and back again for our writer, who takes in Hobbiton, the mill, the Old Forest and the author’s childhood home – all in the suburb of Sarehole

Richard Franks

13, Nov, 2020 @6:30 AM

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