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TOLKIEN Movie Premiere thoughts

Contributor Jim Wert attended the premiere of TOLKIEN in LA at Westwood’s Village Theater on Wednesday evening.
Following the film was a Q&A moderated by George R.R. Martin with the film’s director, Dome Karukoski, and stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. Here’s Jim’s take on the evening.

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TOLKIEN movie discussion and review

This review comes in two parts.

First a video. Zan Campbell and Paul Radford recorded their discussion as they drive to see a screening of TOLKIEN in Asheville, NC. 

Next, enjoy Zan’s written response to seeing the movie. . . .

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TOLKIEN movie review

Best attempts to translate a classic fantasy from page to the big screen can be fraught with fiery danger. But attempting to render the author’s own story is even riskier. Producers’ most ingenious endeavors can “stand on the edge of a knife.”

Across previous months, we have joined the ranks of Tolkien fans and scholars round the globe in great anticipation and trepidation. Fortunately, the TOLKIEN movie does not disappoint . . .

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Roundtable Discussion With Jim Wert

This month, Zan sits down with Tolkien pro and DragonCon leader Jim Wert to discuss their love for Tolkien.

As a subscriber to the May 2019 edition, you’ll have access not to only this discussion but also the rest of the content from May 2019 edition!

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Toklien Live-Tweet!

We will be live-tweeting our screening of the new movie today (May 3rd) at 2:00! Follow @jrrtolkien on Twitter for a SPOILER-FREE stream while we watch the movie for the first time. Members will receive our first review tomorrow in their subscription!

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Tolkien’s Trees and Wonderful Transformation

If I had the privilege of serving as executive producer for an upcoming Tolkien flick—either big screen or television—I know how I would craft the opening scene. Sunbeams would swiftly rise over a mountain peak. This leading camera shot would roll our vision into a shimmering, green-grass field with morning mist . . .

This talk is part of the May 2019 bundle available here.

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Chocolate Raspberry Rapture

Need: 1 10” fluted edge tart pan with removable bottom
1 pre baked pie crust
1 cup flour (4.1 oz)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening (butter flavored)

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As a subscriber to the April 2019 edition, you’ll have access not to only this video but also the rest of the content from April 2019 edition!

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Classical Virtues in The Lord of the Rings

Louis Markos, Ph.D., is a professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University and hold the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. Dr. Markos is a respected and widely requested speaker on C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Christian worldview as well as the arts, education, the new age, apologetics and Ancient Greece and Rom. He is the author of several books and numerous lectures and articles. His most recent book is On the Shoulders of Hobbits: the Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis.

This talk is part of the April 2019 bundle available here.

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Sam, Gandalf, and the Resurrection

Sam Gamgee: “Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue?“

The resurrection is the answer to Sam Gamgee’s question. Yes, everything sad is going to come untrue…

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Adoption and Our Hobbit-like Peril

There is a great scene toward the beginning of the extended movie version of The Fellowship of the Ring. A table of hobbits are sitting together enjoying each others company when one of them says, “There’s been some strange folk crossing the shire I heard. Dwarves and others of a less than savory nature. War is brewing…

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As an author, Tolkien was a creator—or, as he would put it, a “sub-creator.”

Tolkien created a fully-imagined world. Middle-earth has a depth of diverse cultures, histories, geography, peoples, characters, family trees, languages, and calendars unrivaled in 20th- and 21st-century literature. Although Tolkien stated that The Lord of the Rings is not an allegory, he did say there’s always an abundance of applicability available for readers to use in their Present-earth lives and historical context.
Eucatastrophe.com strives to suggest new vistas of potential applicability for Tolkien fans to explore and enjoy, taking you deeper into Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythology.


Middle-earth resources for Present-earth enjoyment.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Do not spoil the wonder with haste!”

~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.”

~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

"The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out."

~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door...”

~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”

~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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