Legendarium News will now be the sole and #1 source for all fantasy and sci-fi news. All J.R.R. Tolkien, Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings articles carried on the Middle-earth Network will be found here.
“True education is a kind of never ending story — a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
And so goes the journey of the Middle-earth Network. Our adventure began a little more than two years ago with a small band of pioneers. While many have joined our quest along the way, some have parted ways to seek different levels of adventure. It is with that sentiment that we bid good tidings and safe travels to the Middle-earth News team. May we all wish them inspiring and exciting travels as they venture out, on their own quest.
To follow in our pattern of persistent newness, in the place where Middle-earth News was hosted on the Network, we now present to you; Middle-earth Network News. Middle-earth Network News will be your source for press releases and special announcements from the Middle-earth Network as a whole. We encourage you to become familiar with this new space, and watch for exciting new developments and product releases in the coming months. What would you like to see? How can we make this space a dynamic and interactive place for all? Well, we are working from many appreciated suggestions and feedback, compiled from across the Network. It is our hope that this new part of the quest will be a great catalyst for us all. Please share in this; let us know what works, what doesn’t, and what you would like to see and or do. We are listening and want to collaborate with our Network Fellowship.
Legendarium News will now be the sole and #1 source for all fantasy and sci-fi news. All J.R.R. Tolkien, Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings articles carried on the Middle-earth Network will be found here. We understand this collective is a global treasure, and we plan to enhance the depth of our commitment to supporting this legacy. We will be sure to make this transition as seamless as possible and more informative than ever.
Adventures take all sorts of unexpected turns and new paths; but the road goes ever on and on.
We look ever forward as we all, as a combined force, continue navigating and engaging in these worlds of fantasy and science fiction. Let us all celebrate the journey we have taken together. Now comes the time to push ever forward, to forge ever stronger Middle-earth Network and Legendarium communities, shaping it into what we dream it can be.
If you’re not familiar with Deviant Art, it is a site that allows artists, writers and such an outlet to post their work for the world to see. Some of the art on there is great, but every once in a while something amazing catches your eye.
Enter The House of Fëanor – The Book. Made by hand by Deviant Art user Hemhet. This amazing work of art was created from scratch, and each page features a member of the House of Fëanor. When it is folded out, the book ends up in the shape of the Star of the House of Fëanor. I was able to contact Hemhet and have her answer a few questions regarding her artwork. Her art gallery on Deviant Art is featured in many Tolkien-themed art galleries, and some has even been featured on the Hungarian Tolkien Society official website!
Middle-earth News: Your art shows a very heavy Tolkien influence. How did you get into the works of JRR Tolkien?
Hemhet: My roommate in the dormitory was a great fan, and so she told me about him, and I read the books.
MeNews: The House of Feanor book is by far one of my favorite posts on your Deviant Art gallery. What was the inspiration behind it, and how did that piece come to be?
Hemhet: When I was a child, I had some 3D books with move-able pictures: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Tale of the Little Chicken… I don’t remember the name of the illustrator, but I liked these books much. I made the book for the art contest of the Hungarian Tolkien Society in 2010. First I wanted to make The Hobbit, but it would’ve been too many pages and I wouldn’t have been able to finish it before the deadline.
MeNews: Besides art inspired by Tolkien, what are some of your other passions that find their way into your art?
Hemhet: I find antique photographs inspirational. The people in the photos are already dead, usually lost their name; they have only a face and an untold story.
MeNews: Looking at your gallery, it also looks like you do more than paint. You have some very lovely photographs as well as some beautiful glass paintings. What is your favorite style to use, and why?
Hemhet: My favourite style is graphics. Painting is faster, but with a pencil I can make more detailed works.
MeNews: Alot of your LotR based art is on the content of The Silmarillion, what is your favorite part of the Mythology?
Hemhet: I like the part where Fingon is searching for Meadhros, the duel between Finrod and Sauron, the story of Beren and Lúthien, and I like…I like the whole book.
MeNews: Were there any artists that have influenced you over the years?
Hemhet: I had an art teacher in High School. I learned a lot about techniques and styles from him.
MeNews: And finally, is there a gallery/store where anyone can purchase your amazing artwork?
Hemhet: I haven’t set anything up to do so, but if someone is interested in it, they can me write a note in my Deviant Art site.
So go check out the beautiful works done by Hemhet!Read More
On the latest episode of The Founder’s Inklings, the minds behind Middle-earth Network unveiled the itinerary for the Middle-earth Network’s Trip to New Zealand! At the end of the show they released their exclusive video, hosted by Ian Brodie, showing the many locations which you will get the chance to visit in this ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP!
Make sure you head over to the official site for the New Zealand trip – Long Expected Journey and submit your deposit to lock in your space for this incredible trip! Stay tuned to Middle-earth Network News for more updates on this amazing trip!
Note: Pricing subject to change due to exchange rates. Dates for trip tentative and can be changed to accommodate The Hobbit premiere, so we suggest waiting to buy your airfare till the official dates of the premiere are released to avoid costly flight change fees.Read More
It’s been a busy few months. I haven’t managed to get a lot of blogging done lately, only a few facebook and twitter updates. We’ve had a few birthdays here at home, and we’ve had other family staying with us, which always take precedence.
At work, our busy cruiseship touring season has begun again. By the time I come home from a full day tour, I’m usually pretty bushed, and my online activities are generally restricted to be read-only.
In all honesty though, there hasn’t been that much to report. The Hobbit production is in full swing but none of it seems to be here in Wellington at the moment – Peter Jackson’s various film teams have left Wellywood, and have headed further north and further south. I’ve seen the occasional celebrity in town but generally they were already reported by other sources.
I don’t mean to imply that I’ve been sitting still – far from it! I’ve been working on a myriad of LOTR related projects, some for my own pleasure, some for work, and some for the online community. I’ll try to get some of the projects online, as soon as I can (or in some cases, as soon as the cloak of secrecy comes off them).
I’ve also formed a very exciting alliance with fairly new forum – Middle-earth Network. I joined them a few months ago, and it looks like I’m in great company – people like the wellknown artists Ted Nasmith and Jef Murray, and the Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen. Frankly I feel like a hobbit at an Elven dinner party! Still, any excuse for a banquet…
The Middle-earth News/NZ Noldor alliance means I’ll have some better resources behind me to get on with some very exciting LOTR related projects – some of which are already underway. I hope to have some announcements about some of them soon – patience!
What I will also report a bit more often, is reports from the field that are not necessarily Hobbit related, but more general stuff. Earlier this year another tree blew over in Isengard (Upper Hutt’s Harcourt Park), unfortunately it was a “reference” tree (ie, it appeared in FOTR).
It’s been replaced by two new young ones. If there’s call for more reports like that, let me know – I’ll pop some photos on a bit more often.
Also, is it time for another Welly-moot? I’m keen! Anyone else? Drop me a comment, here or on Facebook!
- Jack M. The Noldor BlogRead More