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!
December 2017 Newsletter
Our December newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Tilion by Silver Trails, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Tilion by Silver Trails. The "Tale of the Sun and the Moon" is one of Tolkien's oldest and most fanciful stories. In this month's biography, Silver Trails looks at the lengthy textual history of Tilion, Tilion's inextricable linkage to the story of Arien, and the story's meaning as a chapter in Tolkien's broader theme of the cyclical loss and rekindling of light. Read the biography of Tilion.
Ancalagon by Oshun
Dorlas by Himring
Anárion by Oshun
Haldad by Oshun
Brodda by Himring
All Character of the Month Biographies
Around the World and Web
Christopher Tolkien Resigns as Head of the Tolkien Estate
Christopher Tolkien resigned from his position as director of the Tolkien Estate on August 31, 2017. The 93-year-old son and literary heir of J.R.R. Tolkien already hinted at the end of his involvement in the preface of the Beren and L˙thien publication, announcing it to (presumably) have been his final volume of his father's posthumous publications, although he has since been confirmed to remain J.R.R Tolkien's literary executor. Priscilla Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien's daughter, remains as one of the Estate's directors, along with other members of the Tolkien family.
The Lord of the Rings Amazon TV Series
As the production of the Tolkien biopic continues, a new announcement rattled the Tolkien fandom in early November: Variety revealed that talks between the Tolkien Estate, Warner Bros., Netflix, HBO and Amazon for a The Lord of the Rings adaptation as a multi-season TV series were underway, a bid that finally went to Amazon as per their press release from November 13. HBO passed on the offer in favour of their own intellectual property. The show allegedly is supposed to fill the High Fantasy void left by the impending end of HBO's Game of Thrones, and will not focus on presenting an alternate version to the existing Rankin-Bass and Jackson movies. Rather it is intended to explore the backstory of The Lord of the Rings, with potential for a later spinoff.
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