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Cardiff Metropolitan University presents online Tolkien course

Cardiff Metropolitan University is offering  another great online course: J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context.  Online registration is available now for the course that begins September 19 and runs for twelve weeks. The course is available to anyone who can access the internet – you don’t need to live in the U.K. However, only a limited number of students may enroll, so all enrollments will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. While this is an accredited course at Masters level, students can take it for credit or just for pleasure. Students will have access to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Electronic Library (which includes a wealth of e-books, databases such as JSTOR and Literature Online), as well as relevant journals such as Tolkien Studies and Mythlore in electronic format. According to our friends at Cardiff, this unique course will not be offered again for at least a year or two, so be sure to register soon!

For more information, follow these links: course description / unit-by-unit video introduction / enrollment / FAQ, or visit Cardiff’s Tolkien and Fantasy Online Coursesfacebook page.

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Peter Jackson kicks off Tolkien Week with video: new trailer release date of Sep. 19!

With the publication of “The Hobbit,” in its 75th Anniversary year and Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthday party events coming up on September 22, declared “Hobbit Day” by the American Tolkien Society in 1978, filmmaker Peter Jackson posted a video on Facebook today explaining the the film community will also join in the celebration with “Tolkien Week.”

Jackson verbally teased a new trailer for the first of his trio of Hobbit films based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. His announced release date for the trailer of the 19thmeans that it will likely be online before it hits theaters on the 21st, attached to movies rolling out that day. Start saving your bandwidth now. You can see Jackson’s video on his facebook page and on TheOneRing’s. And, if you are near the L.A. area, or can arrange to be, TORn is celebrating its 10th annual Hobbit Baggins Birthday Bash.

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Six new photos from The Hobbit via USA Today!

USA Today has just debuted six new photos from The Hobbit. There’s a great one of The Unexpected Party, another of Thorin Oakenshield looking very “questy”, and one beautiful image of Gollum, but the real eye-opener is Sylevester McCoy’s Radagast the Brown. There’s just something about his eyes that’s extraordinary. You know what I mean when you go have a look! Thanks to Ringer Owain for the heads-up! Oh, and SPOILERS!

From the very brief accompanying article: “I’m not a huge fan of fantasy for fantasy’s sake,” Jackson says. “I like Tolkien’s work because of the language, the cultures he wrote about… they’re anchored in a very real historical mythology that he created.”

Middle-earth day at the Higgins Armory

The Higgins Armory in Worcester Massachusetts is hosting a Middle-Earth Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to stories and games, activities include making a Gondorian shield (or designing one of your own), watching Arwen teach Aragorn the proper way to slay an orc and seeing if you can out run a dwarf! The program is free with museum admission.  The Higgins Armory boasts the largest collection of medieval/ancient armor and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere, so be sure to leave time to see the museum. For information on museum hours and admission prices, go here. For more information on Middle-earth Day at the museum, go here.

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