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.

Download ‘The Annals of the Dwarves’ Now, for FREE!

Download ‘The Annals of the Dwarves’ Now, for FREE!

If you read our recent interview with The Dwarrow Scholar, then you already know that June 1 marks an important day for all those who have a passion for Tolkien’s dwarves. The Dwarrow Scholar has […]

EXCLUSIVE Interview: The Dwarrow Scholar

EXCLUSIVE Interview: The Dwarrow Scholar

Fans of Tolkien’s Dwarves may have already discovered the impressive work of The Dwarrow Scholar. You may remember that The Dwarrow Scholar served as one of our honored judges in our first Tolkien Language Haiku […]

Dean O’Gorman EXCLUSIVE Interview at Dragon Con 2015!

Dean O’Gorman EXCLUSIVE Interview at Dragon Con 2015!

Middle-earth News Assistant Director and Staff Reporter Valdís had the great, good fortune to spend a few nimutes chatting with actor Dean O’Gorman recently at Dragon Con 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Valdis: So, this is […]

Dragon Con 2015 Breaks Records!

Dragon Con 2015 Breaks Records!

An almost eerie quiet has descended on downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Dragon Con 2015 is now history, and it was one for the books! Dragon Con today released its attendance total: just over 70,000! That number […]

Dragon Con 2015 Recap

Dragon Con 2015 Recap

Labor Day is now officially one of my favorite holidays, because Labor Day means Dragon Con! Held in Atlanta, Georgia, Dragon Con brings you together with about 65,000 of your closest fandom friends for great […]

Happy Birthday, Richard Armitage!

Happy Birthday, Richard Armitage!

Richard Crispin Armitage, our very own Thorin Oakenshield of The Hobbit film trilogy, was born on August 22, 1971. Help us wish him a happy 44th birthday! Guess what day it is today? pic.twitter.com/GpzqGyOZTM — […]

Happy Birthday to Our Executive Director Arwen Kester!

Happy Birthday to Our Executive Director Arwen Kester!

Help us wish a happy birthday to our esteemed leader, Middle-earth News Executive Director Arwen Kester! It was Arwen’s vision and drive that created Middle-earth News, assembled the staff that is a second family, and […]

Sean Astin at South Texas Comic Con

Sean Astin at South Texas Comic Con

South Texas Comic Con (STXCC) took place in McAllen, Texas, on May 9-10, 2015. STXCC is a young con – 2015 is only its second year – but it’s spending its youth well, bringing in […]

Happy Birthday, Cate Blanchett!

Happy Birthday, Cate Blanchett!

Happy birthday to the incomparable and magical Cate Blanchett! The multi-award-winning Australian actress turns 46 today. Cate was born in 1969 in Melbourne, Australia, the middle of three children of June and Robert DeWitt Blanchett. […]

Happy Birthday to Our Own Myla Malinalda!

Happy Birthday to Our Own Myla Malinalda!

Our very own Myla Malinalda is celebrating a birthday today! Myla is an indispensable part of the Middle-earth News team. She writes many news stories, covers special events such as New York Comic Con and […]