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.

‘Celebrate Tolkien’ Recap

‘Celebrate Tolkien’ Recap

By Jim Wert, Guest Contributor “Celebrate Tolkien” had its inaugural gathering on November 9 and 10, 2017 at the Old Cigar Warehouse in downtown Greenville, SC.  The celebration drew more than 100 Tolkien fans from […]

Dragon Con 2017: Tolkien Content on the New High Fantasy Track

Dragon Con 2017: Tolkien Content on the New High Fantasy Track

Dragon Con 2017 brought some changes for Tolkien fans. As I reported in earlier articles, the Tolkien content at Dragon Con has been folded into a new High Fantasy Track that includes a wide range […]

Artist David Wenzel Talks ‘The Art of the Hobbit’ at Dragon Con 2017

Artist David Wenzel Talks ‘The Art of the Hobbit’ at Dragon Con 2017

Tolkien enthusiasts and art lovers had a special treat at Dragon Con 2017 with a visit by artist David Wenzel. Mr. Wenzel is best known to Tolkien fans for his illustrations for the graphical novel […]

A Feast Fit for a King, or a Hobbit!

A Feast Fit for a King, or a Hobbit!

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your own Middle-earth themed feasts and parties, you may want to look at some of the amazing work of Emily Wert, fantasy foodie extraordinaire! Emily and her […]

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 […]