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Dec 302017

A Banner Year for Middle-earth!

In a regular year, any one one of these items would top our list, but 2017 turned out to be a major year for news in the world of Tolkien.

A countdown and ranking of the top 20 Middle-earth news stories of 2017!

Lets take a look back at the major news stories seen here in Mordor and around the globe in the world of Middle-earth!

This was an incredible year for Middle-earth! In books, TV, Film, Collectibles, Toys and Gaming, the world of Tolkien was alive with news! The 80th Anniversary of The Hobbit, 40th Anniversary for The Silmarillion and the 40th Anniversary Rankin/Bass The Hobbit. A movie in production! New publications! New Toys! A bevy of new collectibles from Weta Workshop and Asmus Toys! New Games that became instant classics! And finally… the biggest news of all…

Having to sit back and watch both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises get a kick-start and a reboot in the last few years, with little or no hope that Middle-earth would see the same was hard to take for many Tolkien Fans, but all that changed this year! Incredibly we saw at long last a new collaboration between the Tolkien Estate and Warner Bros. to make a new Middle-earth TV series on Amazon!

What a year of incredible news!

So, as 2017 comes to an end, lets take stock and look back at all the exciting news stories that came rocketing out of the blue, like flaming dragon fireworks bursting out of the Party Field over the course of this year. Here is our ranking of the hottest Tolkien news of 2017!

Lets count down the top 20 news stories of 2017!

20 ~ Simon Tolkien’s No Man’s Land Published.

A new work by Tolkien’s Grandson…

Author Simon Tolkien’s famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien, inspires a new work that explores his relationship with his acclaimed grandfather.

“Let’s just be brutally honest, I think it’s been a mixed bag of emotions that I carried with me through my life,”  Simon Tolkien

Go HERE for more…

19 ~ Newsweek Special Edition: The Mind of a Genius!

The Mind of a Genius!

Newsweek has created this exceptional special edition featuring Professor Tolkien with over a hundred pages devoted to his creation of Middle-earth and in this excerpt they discuss the writing of The Silmarillion!

“100 Years of Middle-earth.”

Go HERE for more…

18 ~ A Long Expected Journey for Royd Tolkien.

Royd Tolkien embarks on an epic adventure

In celebration of the life of his brother Mike, who passed away in 2015 from ALS, Royd Tolkien is honoring his wishes and embarking on a quest to fulfill a secret bucket list!

This journey of a lifetime began at the end of January! 

Go HERE and HERE for more…

17 ~ Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien’s Legendarium by Walter and Graham Judd.

Explores Tolkien’s love of the natural world

A new book titled Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien’s Legendarium by Walter and Graham Judd takes a scientific look at the over 160 plants Tolkien describes in this written world.

“A new book sets out to apply analytical rigor to this element of Tolkien’s work by analyzing all the plants of Middle-earth.” ~ EW

Go HERE for more…

16 ~ Bodleian Tolkien Exhibition Opens in 2018

All Things Tolkien

The creative genius of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion author will be the focus of a major new exhibition at the Bodleian’s Weston Library.

“Summer 2018 may seem a long way off but we wanted to give visitors an opportunity to mark their diaries and make plans to attend this unprecedented exhibition.” ~ Richard Ovenden

Go HERE and HERE for more…

15 ~ Weta Workshop ~ Grond Environment Unleashed

Weta Workshops Grond Environment premieres at last!

This was a big year for Weta Workshop! Tons of new figures and environments, but who can forget Grond the great battering ram of Mordor used in the siege of Minas Tirith in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings was made by Weta Workshop as a 1/92 scale collectible environment.

“Bring up the Wolf’s head!” ~ Gothmog

Go HERE for more…

14 ~ DC’s Legends of Tomorrow features J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien at the Battle of Somme airs tonight!

The Legends of Tomorrow episode featuring a fictionalized version of Professor Tolkien will appear in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow TV Series on the CW channel tonight!

The episode will feature a young Tolkien during WWI.

Go HERE for more…

13 ~ Asmus Toys Completes the Full Fellowship

More Comic-Con Collectibles

Asmus Toys has the entire Fellowship of the Ring on display together at San Diego Comic-Con, with Gimli the Dwarf right smack in the middle!

“Hammer and tongs! I am so torn between rage and joy, that if I do not burst, it will be a marvel!” ~ Gimli

Go HERE for more…

12 ~ Dragon Con Axes Tolkien Track at the 2017 Convention!

Sad News For Tolkien Fans!

Yesterday Larry Curtis, Tolkien Track Director at Dragon Con announced on the official Facebook site, that the powers that be have folded the Tolkien and Middle-earth program tracks into the over all Fantasy Track at the 2017 Con… say what?

“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.”  J.R.R. Tolkien

Go HERE for more…

11 ~ Weta Workshop ~ Masters Collection: Gollum Unveiled

An Entirely New Level of Collectible!

Andy Serkis was on hand at the reveal of this striking new figure at San Diego Comic-Con, as Richard Taylor unveiled this final Middle-earth Collectible.

“The rock and pool, is nice and cool, so juicy sweet. Our only wish, to catch a fish, “

Go HERE and HERE for more…

10 ~ Warner Bros. vs Tolkien Estate Lawsuit Settled.

Lawsuit Ended at Last!

The legal wrangling that has been going on between Warner Bros. & the Tolkien Estate for nearly 5 years has finally been settled out of court!

“The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future.” Tolkien Estate

Go HERE for more…

9 ~ LOTRO Delivers Mordor to Fans After 10 Years of Waiting!

The Black Gate Opens…

Or should I say they crumble and fall after the Fall of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring of Power in the heart of Mount Doom!

Now a new journey begins…

Go HERE and HERE for more…

8 ~ 40 Anniversary of Rankin/Bass The Hobbit.

The Hobbit ~ November 27, 1977

A day of special magnificent has come at last, as we cerebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass Animated version of The Hobbit!

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Go HERE and HERE for more…

7 ~ Release of the Game Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Let the Fires of Mordor Burn!

Fans of Warner Bros. Interactive and Monolith Productions Shadow of MordorGame will be diving into livestreaming, rushing to stores, and awaiting delivery of the much anticipated sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which has been unleashed today!

“Let the games begin!”

Go HERE and HERE for more…

6 ~ Beren and Lúthien Published by HarperCollins.

Listen to Alan Lee

A new book by author J.R.R. Tolkien on sale today, 100 years after it was first conceived.  It’s been described as a “very personal story” that the Oxford professor thought up after returning from the Battle of the Somme.

Read the article and watch this video featuring Alan Lee!

Go HERE for more…

5 ~ 40th Anniversary of the Publication of The Silmarillion.

Published in 1977!

Today we celebrate 40 years of The Silmarillion, which was published on September 15, 1977 by George Allen & Unwin in it’s first hardback edition in the UK.

“But her beauty was more than their beauty, and her sorrow deeper than their sorrows; and she knelt before Mandos and sang to him.”  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Go HERE and HERE for more…

4 ~ 80th Anniversary of Publication of The Hobbit.

The Hobbit turns 80 today!

On the 21st of September 1937, the publishers George Allen & Unwin released The Hobbit into the world with a print run of 1,500 copies and it was a huge success for Tolkien.

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Go HERE and HERE for more…

3 ~  The J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Begins Production.

Deadline Hollywood Exclusive!

After languishing in development hell for nearly four years, it appears the film biopic on Tolkien’s early life and how it shaped the world of Middle-earth has finally found a director.

Dome Karukoski to helm ‘Tolkien’ film.

Go HERE and HERE for more…

2 ~ Amazon Middle-earth TV Series Announced.

The Deal is Done! WOW!

Speculation on a new Lord of the Rings TV Series on Amazon is no longer rumor! Jeff Bezos has signed a mega million deal with a multi-season commitment!

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien,

Go HERE and HERE for more…

1 ~ Christoper Tolkien Resigns from the Board of the Tolkien Estate.

Now this all begins to make sense…

On August 31 of 2017, Christopher Reuel Tolkien, youngest son of J.R.R. Tolkien resigned his position as director and sole executor for Tolkien Estate LTD!

This may well explain the dramatic changes talking place within the Tolkien Estate.

Go HERE for more…

This concludes out ranking of the Top 20 Tolkien News Stories of 2017!


 December 30, 2017  Posted by at 1:11 pm
  • Ian

    Great list, but there was never any doubt that the Amazon deal was going to be at the top of everyone’s Tolkien lists for this year. In fact, I’d personally make it number 1. I understand that having Christopher Tolkien stepping down signals a new relationship between the Tolkien Estate and Hollywood, and makes more projects (the Silmarillion?) a very real possibility, but having a new series in development takes the cake for me.

  • Random Musings

    I suppose event #1 is more important than event #2 because without #1 then #2 wouldn’t have happened?