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Michele Mariani: The Dragon SmaugHis masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings (LOTR), I've read about 15 times since it was first translated to Norwegian in 1973-75. Every time I read, I notice new details I don't remember too well and that fascinates me.

After I've seen the adaption directed by Peter Jackson, I like to try to spot events that have got another set of characters, are moved to another place or to another time. And of course, all the events there were no room for in the adaption. Tolkien wrote more than LOTR, I've read them too.

It's not a problem to find a webpage about Tolkien, the problem is to find one that stays "there" and is not all about selling stuff. I like Wikipedia best.

Tolkien has, among other works, written the two very different books The Silmarillion and Smith of Wootton Major. The Silmarillion was published after Tolkien's death and is an description of the universe of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is heavy stuff and sort of hard to read, but also very interesting. Smith of Wootton Major is almost so short it could be said to be a short story and is a lovely story about a fairy king.

Picture: By Michele Mariani indicating the dragon Smaug from the Hobbit.

Last changed September 24. 2009