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 two cats.

Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” Tops Spotify’s Most Popular List

Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” Tops Spotify’s Most Popular List

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug garnered Oscar nominations in three categories (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony Johnson for Best Sound Mixing, Brent Burge for Best Sound Editing, and Joe Letteri, Eric […]

Tolkien Archives Field Trip

Tolkien Archives Field Trip

Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the home of the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection, a treasure trove of Tolkien manuscripts and related materials. Norse mythologist Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried recently led a group of his […]

MORE Mathoms! NEW Hobbit Funko Pop for 2014

MORE Mathoms! NEW Hobbit Funko Pop for 2014

Last week, PopVinyls.com shared some great information from Toy Fair 2014. Funko will be releasing three new Hobbit figures in 2014! Tauriel, Bard the Bowman, and – yes! – Smaug himself will join the Hobbit […]

First Casting Announcement for Jack and Tollers film

First Casting Announcement for Jack and Tollers film

Third Dart Studios has posted the first casting announcement for the film Jack and Tollers: The True Story of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Here is the announcement from the film’s Facebook […]

Tolkien’s War Experiences Explored in Upcoming BBC Radio Documentary

Tolkien’s War Experiences Explored in Upcoming BBC Radio Documentary

J. R. R. Tolkien mined his own experience on the front lines during World War I when he created the scenes of terrible battles and heartbreaking loss in The Lord of the Rings. The Birmingham […]

The Riddles of the Hobbit: An Enchanting Exploration

The Riddles of the Hobbit: An Enchanting Exploration

The Riddles of the Hobbit, by Adam Roberts, Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of more than a dozen science fiction novels, is a critical examination of the notion […]

Jed Brophy: Favorite LOTR/Hobbit Moments and More

Jed Brophy: Favorite LOTR/Hobbit Moments and More

Critics Associated recently featured an interview with Jed Brophy. Interviewer Elisa Scubla discussed a breadth of topics with Jed, ranging from his many appearances in Peter Jackson’s films to the actor’s favorite things to read. […]

Marvelous Mathoms: A Beginner’s Guide

Marvelous Mathoms: A Beginner’s Guide

Mathoms: those totally useless objects that we somehow can’t let go of. We all have them. When those mathoms relate to a particular passion — Tolkien, for example — some of us fervently seek out […]

Go Medieval with Tolkien Scholars

Go Medieval with Tolkien Scholars

Medieval studies scholars from all over the world will gather in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, in May 2014, when the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University hosts the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 8-11, […]

Must-have Gifts for Your Tolkien-loving Valentine

Must-have Gifts for Your Tolkien-loving Valentine

If the way to your prospective Valentine’s heart lies straight through Middle-earth, we’d like to offer a few suggestions to help you show your devotion. Whether your Valentine is lad or lass, elf, dwarf, hobbit, […]