I'm doing the start-of-semester shuffle as my classes get underway.
I thought this might be of interest to some of you. It's a 2003 documentary narrated by Sir Ian Holm called The Real Middle-earth, and it investigates how actual locations that featured in J.R.R. Tolkien's life helped to inspire his created world. There are some lovely insights and visuals here, and since I was sharing it with some of my students, I thought I'd share it here, too.
And speaking of all things Tolkien, just in case anyone missed this...
* from Le Monde: "My Father's 'Eviscerated' Work - Son Of Hobbit Scribe J.R.R. Tolkien Finally Speaks Out"
* from TheOneRing.net: "Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work"
* from The Tolkienist: "A Commentary on 'Concerning Christopher'" (Thanks to jan_u_wine!)
“I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama..."
- J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldeman, about his Middle-earth works