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Tolkien’s house on the market

Got a £1,250,000 to spare?

Beautiful home, check out the photos:



An imposing five bedroom detached family residence. Once home to the famous J.R.R Tolkien (1953 – 1968). Situated on the western side of one of the city’s most sought after locations. Extended and well proportioned character accommodation arranged over two floors and further attic room currently used as a gymnasium. The property is exceptionally well placed for access to the Headington hospitals and Oxford Brookes University.

Key Features
  • Two Principal Reception Rooms
  • Five Bedrooms (Four Doubles)
  • Bathroom & Two Shower Room
  • Light & Spacious Attic Room
  • Mature West Facing Rear Garden
  • J.R.R Tolkien Inscription in Stone
  • Gas Central Heating & Solar Panels
  • Double Glazed Windows
  • Driveway Parking
  • End of Chain Sale

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UNKNOWN CHRISTMAS COMPANION. ScreenRant says who is a mystery: Doctor Who 2016 Christmas Special Features ‘Different Guest Companion’”.


David Tennant and Steven Moffat each received honorary degrees from different schools in Scotland.


EXEC COMMENTS ON TREK FAN FILM GUIDELINES. Axamonitor has a thorough article covering what a CBS representative has said about interpreting the new guidelines.

COSTUMERS AHOY! Costume-Con 36 (2018) in San Diego has picked its hotel and set a date. The con will take place May 11-14, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley. The hotel is adjacent to the Hazard Center Mall (which offers several restaurant options) and it is across the street from the San Diego Trolley.

TOLKIEN AT WAR. On the anniversary of the first day of the Somme, Joseph Loconte muses about “How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front”. Loconte’s book A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 was released a year ago.

Netflix is rebooting Lost in Space

The science fiction drama is coming in 2018 http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/30/12064988/lost-in-space-tv-reboot-netflix-announced

St. Edward’s Church, Stow on the Wold

Some believe this church may have inspired JRR Tolkien’ s door to the mines of Moria.

Stow-on-The-Wold,_St_Edward's_Parish_Church_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1115282This is the North Door, flanked by Yew trees.


The Doors of Durin, also known as West-gate of Moria, West-gate and the West-door of Moria, were built in the dark cliffs of Silvertine mountain and protected the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm.



An interesting side note:

The funeral of the Who‘s bass player, John Entwistle took place at the church in 2002.[13] Entwistle lived at Quarwood, a country estate in the civil (and ecclesiastical) parishes of Stow. Many mourners attended the private church service conducted by family friend Rev. Colin Wilson. The service was broadcast through a PA system to fans who had gathered outside.[14]

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  • Canada Post releases Star Trek stamps
  • Axanar/Paramount law suit takes on the Klingons
  • Can costumes be copyrighted?
  • Tolkien annotated map of Middle-earth acquired by Bodleian library

*Canada Post releases Star Trek stamps:  And they look really cool! But where are the women? Not to mention Sulu and Chekov. Granted, there is a limit to number of stamps, but maybe instead of ships they could have honoured more people on one or two stamps?

*Axanar/Paramount law suit takes on the Klingons: Is Klingon a real lanuage, or a created one? This has serious implications for fandom.

*Can costumes be copyrighted?  On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that is nominally about cheerleader uniforms, but could have some impact on Hollywood merchandising as well… And might also impact on masquerades, costumers, Cosplayers. OR maybe not.  It might be OK to wear a Klingon costume at a con, but you might not be allowed to sell a replica to a fan who wants to wear one at a con.  May or may not mater to Canadians. It’s messy.

*Tolkien annotated map of Middle-earth acquired by Bodleian library : [Pauline] Baynes died in 2008, but the map was only rediscovered last year, tucked into a book she had owned. The Oxford bookshop Blackwells put it on display and valued it at £60,000. The Bodleian managed to buy it with grants from the V&A Purchase Fund and the friends of the library.  An excellent article with pictures here.


Tolkien, a must-watch video

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A Documentary About “Tolkien’s Great War”

Today marks the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916. The Wade Center at Wheaton College took the occasion to post a link to a half-hour documentary released last year about J.R.R. Tolkien’s experiences in World War I.

The video was created by Elliander Pictures for a centenary exhibition at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where Tolkien attended. The film makers are also former pupils of the school.

For the centenary the school assembled a vast museum-quality display of WWI artifacts and they have kept online a fully informative website and an extensive photo gallery of the exhibit.