Articles written by: Valdis

Valdís is a classic nerd, with many geeky interests, but her life-long love of Tolkien rules them all. She was completely hooked the first time that she read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at age 8. Since then, she has read the books at least once a year, and delves into Middle-earth at every opportunity with a fervor that would make any dwarf proud. She also deeply loves Peter Jackson’s films, and defends them staunchly when need arises. When reality forces her out of Middle-earth, Valdís is a university professor, a wife, mother of two daughters, and servant to three cats.

Our Favorite Editions of ‘The Hobbit’

Our Favorite Editions of ‘The Hobbit’

Everyone has particular copies of books that we cherish above others. Many of us here at Middle-earth News are pretty keen collectors of various volumes of works by and about J. R. R. Tolkien. We […]

It’s Tolkien Week!

It’s Tolkien Week!

The celebration is upon us! Today is the start of Tolkien Week, the annual festival that honors the work of J. R. R. Tolkien and his son and editor, Christopher Tolkien. First celebrated in 1978 […]

Dragon Con Wraps Ups Record-Breaking Year

Dragon Con Wraps Ups Record-Breaking Year

The panels are over, the photo ops are done, the vendors are all gone, and the fans are drifting back to real life. Dragon Con 2017 is a wrap, and it was one for the […]

Countdown to Dragon Con 2017

Countdown to Dragon Con 2017

It’s just past the middle of July, but that means that Dragon Con 2017 is fast approaching, with under 45 days to go! I will be covering the con for Middle-earth News once again this […]

6 Week Middle-earth Movie Marathon Continues with ‘The Lord of the Rings’

6 Week Middle-earth Movie Marathon Continues with ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Now that we’ve seen Bilbo safely there and back again, our 6 Week Middle-earth Movie Marathon (#6wkMMM) continues with the Quest to destroy the One Ring. Here is our schedule for our weekly live tweet […]

Be Prepared for an Unexpected Party with ‘Cooking for Halflings and Monsters’ by Astrid Winegar

Be Prepared for an Unexpected Party with ‘Cooking for Halflings and Monsters’ by Astrid Winegar

Note from Middle-earth News: As announced on Tolkien Reading Day, Oloris Publishing is giving Middle-earth News Readers a SPECIAL DISCOUNT of 20% on anything in the shop, until April 15, 2017! Enter the code FELLOWSHIP17 […]

6 Week Middle-earth Movie Marathon Continues!

6 Week Middle-earth Movie Marathon Continues!

We had a GREAT first weekend of our 6 Week Middle-earth Movie Marathon last week! Did you start the adventure with us? If you couldn’t join us for our live tweet sessions of The Hobbit: […]

Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day With Us! [GIVEAWAY]

Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day With Us! [GIVEAWAY]

Tolkien Reading Day is HERE! We’re celebrating the works of J. R. R. Tolkien today, along with Tolkien fans the world over. Since the Tolkien Society established Tolkien Reading Day in 2003, Tolkien fans everywhere join […]

Tolkien Reading Day GIVEAWAYS!

Tolkien Reading Day GIVEAWAYS!

Middle-earth News is very excited to share that we are partnering with our good friends at Oloris Publishing to bring you some very special giveaways to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day 2017 on March 25! We’ll […]

Tolkien Reading Day 2017 Fun!

Tolkien Reading Day 2017 Fun!

Tolkien Reading Day is almost upon us! March 25th each year is set aside to honor the work of J. R. R. Tolkien (and celebrate the Gondorian New Year and the downfall of Sauron as […]