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Murdoch's News Corp to buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s book-publishing division for $349 million
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Murdoch's News Corp to buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s book-publishing division for $349 million

News Corp. owns HarperCollins, one of the industry’s largest book publishers, which will operate the division, called HMH Books & Media, the company said on 29 March.

Upcoming edition of The Lord of the Rings to include drawings by JRR Tolkien for first time since publication
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Upcoming edition of The Lord of the Rings to include drawings by JRR Tolkien for first time since publication

Tolkien was "modest, dismissive of the obvious and rare artistic talent he possessed despite having had no formal training" said the publisher of the upcoming book.

Coronavirus outbreak: A guide to films, shows, podcasts to indulge in during this period of self-quarantine
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Coronavirus outbreak: A guide to films, shows, podcasts to indulge in during this period of self-quarantine

In times of social distancing and isolation during the coronavirus outbreak, the best one could do to entertain oneself through various shows, films, and podcasts.

Errors of curation: On collections edited by Otto Penzler, and how even respected anthologists can get things wrong
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Errors of curation: On collections edited by Otto Penzler, and how even respected anthologists can get things wrong

When we trust someone as an expert in a field, we want them to be informed as well as scrupulous. Otto Penzler's errors are a caution not just to editors but also to critics and teachers who are tempted to sound more knowledgeable than they are about a book or film.

From Star Trek's Klingon to Tolkien's Tengwar and GoT's Dothraki: How to build a ‘perfect’ language
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From Star Trek's Klingon to Tolkien's Tengwar and GoT's Dothraki: How to build a ‘perfect’ language

A conlang is an artificial or fictional language, which have recently been gaining attention with the popularity of television shows like Game of Thrones and Start Trek. When constructing an artificial language, how can it be made perfect?

The Lord of the Rings: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom director JA Bayona to helm two episodes of Amazon series
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The Lord of the Rings: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom director JA Bayona to helm two episodes of Amazon series

JA Bayona will also serve as an executive producer on the upcoming Lord of the Rings series for Amazon.

Tolkien: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Colins defend author's biopic, say his life story has been treated 'respectfully'
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Tolkien: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Colins defend author's biopic, say his life story has been treated 'respectfully'

Tolkien has been directed by Dome Karukoski and also stars Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Mimi Keene and Pam Ferris.

Fantasy fiction and feminism: Why writers must shun old tropes, aim for stronger female representation
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Fantasy fiction and feminism: Why writers must shun old tropes, aim for stronger female representation

For many young readers of fantasy fiction, a female protagonist means romance and a male one signals everything else — fantasy, adventure and intelligence

JRR Tolkien's letters to children as Father Christmas to get exhibited in Oxford from 1 June, 2018
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JRR Tolkien's letters to children as Father Christmas to get exhibited in Oxford from 1 June, 2018

JRR Tolkien wrote a series of letters to his four children, signed as Father Christmas, and dedicated to the 'creator of middle-Earth'.

Ian McKellen keen to reprise role as Gandalf in Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series
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Ian McKellen keen to reprise role as Gandalf in Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series

"I haven't said yes because I haven't been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I'm not too old," said McKellen.

Amazon acquires television rights to The Lord of the Rings with multi-season commitment
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Amazon acquires television rights to The Lord of the Rings with multi-season commitment

Amazon says it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 5: All the reasons why Eastwatch's final scene feels significant
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Game of Thrones season 7 episode 5: All the reasons why Eastwatch's final scene feels significant

From the grouping — 'seven' — to the Tolkenian-ian nod, and its final message, Game of Thrones season 7 episode 5's concluding scene was full of significant details

JRR Tolkien's life to be made into film; X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult to play lead role?
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JRR Tolkien's life to be made into film; X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult to play lead role?

This film will focus on JRR Tolkien's college days and his time in the British Army.

Warner Bros settles $80 million Hobbit, Lord of the Rings lawsuit with JRR Tolkien's estate
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Warner Bros settles $80 million Hobbit, Lord of the Rings lawsuit with JRR Tolkien's estate

The five-year pending $80 million lawsuit over digital exploitation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings between author JRR Tolkien's estate and Warner Bros finally settles.

The Mummy was a misstep; can the Dark Universe franchise make an impact?
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The Mummy was a misstep; can the Dark Universe franchise make an impact?

The Dark Universe franchise seems like an appetiser nobody asked for before a main course that diners weren’t all that excited about to begin with

JRR Tolkien's Beren and Lúthien to be published 100 years after conception
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JRR Tolkien's Beren and Lúthien to be published 100 years after conception

JRR Tolkien's latest book is about the romance between a mortal man and immortal elf.

J.R.R. Tolkien's new book published 100 years after it was written
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J.R.R. Tolkien's new book published 100 years after it was written

J.R.R. Tolkien's newest book Beren and Lúthien has been published today, 100 years after it was written.

First edition of 'The Hobbit', with handwritten note by Tolkien, sold for £137,000
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First edition of 'The Hobbit', with handwritten note by Tolkien, sold for £137,000

A first edition of 'The Hobbit' accompanied by a handwritten note in Elvish by British author JRR Tolkien was sold by Sotheby's at auction today for USD 2,11,000.

Weinstein brothers sue Time Warner over 'Hobbit' films
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Weinstein brothers sue Time Warner over 'Hobbit' films

Movie producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein have sued Time Warner Inc for at least $75 million over its decision to divide the screen adaptation of JRR Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" into three parts, and refusing to pay them for the second and third films.