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Mar 2 2017, 8:58pm

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Focus on Tolkien's Middle-earth

This is a relatively slim magazine, coming in at 100 pages (including covers and ads). It is broken down into three parts:

- Creating Middle-earth. The story of how J.R.R. Tolkien transformed a love of languages into a fantastic world.
- Exploring MIddle-earth. Breaking down Tolkien's universe to reveal its most compelling mysteries.
- Celebrating Middle-earth. A century later, Tolkien's writing continues to define how we imagine.

The first part includes a brief biography of Tolkien and looks at the experiences and influences that shaped him and Middle-earth. It also takes a look at the friendship between Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

The second section starts with a timeline of Middle-earth. "The Peoples of Middle-earth" includes short descriptions of the races of Arda, from the Ainur to the Orcs (though Trolls and Giants get left out). Another article examines the Hobbits in more detail. A map traces the journeys of the members of the Fellowship (though not those of Thorin and Company). Alan Lee discusses his experiences illustrating Middle-earth; some of his book covers are showcased, including the cover for the upcoming Beren and Lúthien. There is also a look at Tolkien's use of names and a table that traces the history of the Rings of Power.

"Celebrating Middle-earth" examines Tolkien's impact on literature and pop culture, discusses the insights to be gained from The Silmarillion, and looks at some of the adaptations of Tolkien's works for radio, television and film (the Rankin/Bass specials don't rate a mention while the 1981 BBC adaptation of LotR is conflated with the Mind's Eye adaptation for radio that aired on NPR), with an emphasis on the Peter Jackson films. Dungeons & Dragons gets a single name-check, but there is no coverage of actual Middle-earth games, video or otherwise.

"He who lies artistically, treads closer to the truth than ever he knows." -- Favorite proverb of the wizard Ningauble of the Seven Eyes

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Mar 2 2017, 8:59pm)

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