Michael Drout has published a previously unknown Tolkien book, Beowulf and the Critics, which he discovered in the Bodleian Library while researching a 1936 lecture by Tolkien on the subject. [via blogdex]
Lord of the Riots Rocks Seattle Campus
The cleanup in chess clubs and computer labs are just beginning after a wave of riots broke out this morning at the University of Washington following the defeat of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by A Beautiful Mind in the Academy Awards. The Lord of the Rings won four Oscars mainly for technical achievement while A Beautiful Mind won the "big" awards of Best Director, Picture, Screenplay, and Supporting Actress.
Read all about the relationship between Tolkien and Calculus, Sauron's missing finger, and Arwen, the Warbabe on the Tolkien Crackpot Theories Page. [via CamWorld]
Alternative authors' versions of Lord of the Rings. [via Voidstar]
One Ring To Rule Them All: on the history and meaning of the One Ring. The Fruitlog]
His noblest fantasy had little to do with elves and wizards : Was Tolkien a Libertarian? [via End the War on Freedom]
BBC Radio 4 is rebroadcasting the Lord of the Rings radioplay over thirteen weeks, starting January 5th. [thanks Matt]
Never ever mess with a hobbit: Mark Larson on the heated response he got for airing negative comments about Fellowship of the Ring.
'Two Towers' title concerns movie maker, but he won't change it.
The Finnish Epic Behind Tolkien's Lord of the Rings [via wood s lot]
One Ring to Rule the Dome: a MIT hack. [via Fozbaca]
I think I've linked to this before, but the NY Times Tolkien Archives is growing, with lots more book reviews having been added. [via Researchbuzz]
I don't remember where I found this, it was in my browser when I got home from work: Tolkien on Homeland Defense. Chris Mooney parallels the The Lord of the Rings with today's situations.
Notes on seeing the first LOTR movie from Gandalf himself (Ian McKellen). [via linkfilter]
Saruman's Diary [via Plep]
The Sunday Times has a feature section on Lord of the Rings in this week's Magazine.