30-Day Character Study
During this challenge, you will choose one character whom you want to study deeply and complete prompts and activities designed around developing a deeper understanding of that character. Find the full challenge guidelines and prompts on our Challenges page.
Read the 30-Day Character Study challenge entries and please consider letting the author know if you enjoy their work!
November 2017 Newsletter
Our November newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Ancalagon by Oshun, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Ancalagon by Oshun. Oshun calls Ancalagon the "darkest and most powerful weapon of Morgoth" and, in this month's bio, explores what we know of this greatest of dragons, Tolkien's fascination with dragons, and the story's role in providing rare eucatastrophe in The Silmarillion. Read the biography of Ancalagon.
Dorlas by Himring
Anárion by Oshun
Haldad by Oshun
Brodda by Himring
Erellont by Oshun
All Character of the Month Biographies
Around the World and Web
Please R&R! … or the Practices and Perils of Leaving Feedback on Tolkien Fanfic
A key tenet of Dawn Felagund's Tolkien survey - covered in several meta posts on the Heretic Loremaster - has been feedback in the Tolkien fandom. She has now published her findings about the Tolkien fandom's practices of reading and reviewing - in conclusion, while it is valued and considered important, it is rare. Many respondents admitted that they find reviewing difficult, or believe their comments will not be valued by the writer. As a remedy and to encourage future reviewers, Dawn suggests a list of comment starters. Read the whole article at Heretic Loremaster.
How do you review, and what are your thoughts on Dawn's findings? There's a lively discussion going on in the comments - leave your own!
More on the Tolkien Biopic
After the casting announcements of Lily Collins as Edith Bratt and Nicholas Hoult as young J.R.R. Tolkien, filming has started for the Tolkien biopic: Liverpool's Ellesmere Port stands in for Birminham, first images of Hoult as Tolkien have emerged, and actor Colm Meaney has been cast as Father Francis Morgan, J.R.R and Hilary Tolkien's legal guardian after their mother's death.
Reality Check: J.R.R Tolkien's Astronomy
Tolkien's love of detail in many aspects of the Legendarium is familiar to fans, and with the importance of stars and all things celestial in Middle-earth, from Varda to the Elves to moon phases in The Hobbit, it is perhaps not surprising that they are covered in detail, and allow a comparison to real world celestial phenomena. J.D. Voyek at Adventures in Poor Taste does just that, devoting two posts to the realism of Middle-earth's astronomy and its relation to our primary world: Part I and Part II. He comes to several interesting conclusions, including a thorough consideration of the in-world belief in a flat Arda before the Third Age, elvish night vision and the stars it might enable them to see, and Eärendil as the planet Venus and its dragon-slaying capacity, and (of course) the sun and moon.
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