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A Map of Middle-earth

We know we've said this a lot, but please let us repeat: if you want to follow the action of The Fellowship of the Ring and its subsequent novels, it is really helpful to check a map. This is an expandable version of the map Tolkien hand-drew for the publication of Lord of the Rings in 1954.

The Encyclopedia of Arda

A truly extensive fan site dedicated to Tolkien’s works; if you have any questions about the Silmarillion or The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, you can definitely find details here.

The Tolkien Wiki

One of the useful aspects of this site (which is like Wikipedia for Tolkien enthusiasts) is that it includes separate pages on Tolkien-based video games and on the weird and wonderful world of Tolkien fandom.

The Tolkien Society

The Tolkien Society is an English charity dedicated to spreading the word about J.R.R. Tolkien and his many works.

"Figwit": The Entry on Wikipedia

Figwit was a fan phenomenon when The Fellowship of the Ring came out in theaters in 2001. He is an Elf who appears for about two elapsed seconds onscreen at the Council of Elrond. But somehow, a small but ardent group of viewers fell in love at first sight (even though this character doesn’t even have an official name or a line). Here is an account of Figwit’s origins and spread into popular culture.

Movie or TV Productions

The Lord of the Rings, 1978

Peter Jackson may be the most famous, but Ralph Bakshi got there first.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

This still stands as one of the best fantasy movies of all time, a fitting tribute to such a marvelous novel.

Documents

Autographed Copy

Where can we get our hands on one of these?

Map it, Tolkien

This isn't Tolkien's handy-work, but it's based on his vision of Middle-earth.

Cool signature, J.R.R.!

An apology letter written to a friend for forgetting to return a book he had borrowed.

Videos

The Fellowship of the Ring Trailer

That ominous voice-over really gets us in the right mood.

Hilarious Animated Trailer for the Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings

You’ve never seen Frodo look quite so idiotic.

Fellowship in LEGOs

No, we are not kidding. It's as awesome as it sounds."

Fellowship the Musical

Who would have ever thought? We guess there is a lot of singing in the novel... just not this kind.

Audios

"The Tolkien Professor"

The Department of English at Washington University on iTunes provides a series of really great, enthusiastic, academic podcasts on all things Tolkien. See, school <em>is</em> cool.

Awesome Interview with Tolkien

A rare glimpse into the mind of the man himself.

Images

A Jolly Author

We wonder where he got the pipe-weed ideas from...

Boromir, Legolas, and Aragorn, Peter Jackson style

Who knew Legolas was so darn cute?

Attack of the Ringwraiths

Is this how you imagined it? Do you think the film captures the imagery of the novel?

Lord of the Rings Stamps

One day, Shmoop will have its own stamps, too. Just wait.

Sam and Frodo: Bromance Comes to Life

In the movie, Frodo always looks so surprised... guess we would be, too, looking at some of the stuff in Middle-earth.

Aragorn Looking Angry and Kind of Beat Up

If Tolkien had met this actor, maybe he would have just kept his name for the character: Viggo Mortensen sounds pretty Middle-earth-ish to us.

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