Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fili the Artist and more

Michael Martinez interviews John Garth

Tolkien researcher John Garth is the author of Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. Michael Martinez, who describes it as “a great biographical portrait of a young man who sees his world divided between life and death” chats with the author over on about how Tolkien’s experiences of war might have influenced his fiction.
An excerpt:

From almost as early as [Tolkien] could remember he had lived in and around Birmingham, one of the biggest industrial cities of the era, and as a lover both of nature and of rural life he was acutely aware of the encroachment of the town. He was also well aware of the Arts & Crafts Movement spearheaded by William Morris, one of his favourite authors (The House of the Wolfings, The Roots of the Mountains, etc.), and I’m sure his own views on the alienating effects of ‘mechanical’ labour were considerably shaped by those of Morris and his followers.


Tolkien Society adds Peter Gilliver to Return of the Ring

Dean O’Gorman: Middle-earth dwarf, artist and photographer

You surely know of Kiwi actor Dean O’Gorman as the dwarf Fili from Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Hobbit. But it’s good odds that you’re unaware (I’ll raise my hand for starters) of his work as a photographer and an artist — occupations he’s pursued for years.

O’Gorman’s first exhibition opens in Wellington this week.
O’Gorman says for the past five years he’s spent almost as much time on photography and painting as acting. He’s aware that, for some, “Dean O’Gorman – artist” will raise eyebrows. “You can be a musician and become an actor or you can be a painter and become an actor. But actor to something else is always greeted with a fair amount of scepticism.”


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