The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 1969 Paperback

My flatmate recently read The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, and his copy of the book features an exceedingly interesting cover of the novel, largely because it has nothing to do with the story. I find it quite compelling and beautiful, but nevertheless, I find it hard to believe Tolkien would have … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 1969 Paperback

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Beren and Lúthien 2017 GB Hardcover Signed by Alan Lee

I have already written about Beren and Lúthien several times: I posted concerning the copy I pre-ordered, and once I finished reading it, a discussion of the book. My pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree comes to an end this year, and I cannot be happier with the academic experience my professors and mentors have provided … Continue reading Beren and Lúthien 2017 GB Hardcover Signed by Alan Lee

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien Official Announcement

Fans rejoice! HarperCollins has confirmed what many fans (including yours truly) have suspected the unannounced Tolkien title to be: The Fall of Gondolin will be released August 30, 2018 edited by Christopher Tolkien and illustrated by Alan Lee. The title will be available as a hardcover, deluxe edition, e-book, and in large print. The news comes as no … Continue reading The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien Official Announcement

“The Fall of Gondolin” To Be Released?

There are three stories in The Silmarillion that J.R.R. Tolkien indicated were great enough to deserve their own tellings. One of these stories, Beren and Lúthien, saw its single book publication this past summer. The Children of Húrin, was published originally in 2007. The last great stand-alone story within The Silmarillion is "The Fall of … Continue reading “The Fall of Gondolin” To Be Released?

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary 2014 Paperback

  It's been quite a while since my last post. A combination of the holidays, school, and work have unfortunately kept me from posting regularly, but Tolkien-Fiend has always been in my thoughts, and I could not think of a better addition to the library to herald in the return of regular postings than Beowulf. J.R..R. … Continue reading Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary 2014 Paperback

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2001 Movie Tie-In

  On a serendipitous venture to a nearby Goodwill the other day, I stalked through the book shelves, passing copies of David McCullough's 1776 and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and many other bargain books that I might have bought on any other day. I had an imminent feeling that I was soon … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2001 Movie Tie-In

Beren and Lúthien Discussion

Two months after the release of J.R.R. Tolkien's Beren and Lúthien, masterfully edited by Christopher Tolkien I finally had the time to read it (although you are reading my thoughts on it even later thanks to the magic of scheduled publishing). In an earlier post I surmised that despite the tale never being fully completed, Christopher Tolkien's publishing … Continue reading Beren and Lúthien Discussion

The (Inherent?) Problem With Book Collecting

    My blog is mostly about and inspired by Tolkien, i.e. the name, Tolkien Fiend. At the moment, it's a humble collection, with about half of the books sitting on the shelf being copies intended for reading. Collecting anything is largely only interesting to the collection, and collectors that are also interested in whatever … Continue reading The (Inherent?) Problem With Book Collecting

The Hobbit: The Prelude to the Lord of the Rings Video Game (PC)

    Let's finish going through my humble collection with what started it: "The Hobbit" video game from Sierra Entertainment released in 2003, was my first introduction to Middle-Earth and it's officially endorsed by the Tolkien estate. If you're looking to explore the story in a different way from the book, this would be my … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Prelude to the Lord of the Rings Video Game (PC)