My new piece on the Huffington Post: The Hidden Hobbit: 10 Secrets from Tolkien’s Classic
Check out my interview with the artist who created 150 pictures for the new edition of The Hobbit.
I can’t believe that the people who bought The Cuckoo’s Calling didn’t recognize the author in the dust jacket photo.
My Dungeons & Dragons nostalgia trip continues. My mom found this box of figurines today. I bought this 35 years ago when I first got into D&D—before I had even read The Lord of the Rings. I had no idea what Halflings were! (The company Grenadier could not legally use the word “Hobbit.” The word Halfling, however, is of Scots origin and was not invented by Tolkien. It basically meant a geeky teenager! Like all D&D players!)
I found these lead Dungeons and Dragons figurines in a box at my parents’ house. I painted them over thirty years ago when I was a boy. I used a lighted jeweler’s magnifying glass that I bought at the Goodwill, and I made my own paintbrushes so that I could put dots in the pupils of their eyes. Each one took hours to complete. The tallest figurine is only 1 and a quarter inches.