Smithsonian Magazine: Rarely Seen Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien Portray a Lush ‘Lord of the Rings’ Landscape

Smithsonian Magazine: Rarely Seen Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien Portray a Lush ‘Lord of the Rings’ Landscape. “The Lord of the Rings author was also a skilled artist who sketched, painted and mapped the worlds that he was imagining as he wrote about them. Many of the original illustrations in the Hobbit were created by Tolkien himself. Audiences can now view a selection of Tolkien’s rarely seen Lord of the Rings artworks for free via the Tolkien Estate’s newly updated website, reports Sarah Cascone for Artnet. The portal, which debuted last month, also allows viewers to explore documents, images and audio clips related to Tolkien’s personal life and his lesser-known pursuits as a mapmaker, calligrapher and artist.”

The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings

The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings.. “Forbidden Planet have made available for the first time a treasure trove of images from their instore events – including photos of some of their most famous guests. You can now find full details, including photographs, flyers and posters, from all of our events from 1978 to 1989, including signings with Mark Hamill and Dave Prowse, James Doohan, Nick Rhodes, Jon Pertwee, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey and many, many more.” More content will be available in the fall.

LGBTQ Characters in Fantasy Fiction: A Google Sheet

Spotted by Esther S. on a Reddit Thread: a database of LGBTQ characters in Fantasy fiction. From the Reddit thread: “For the Mark I, I am only accepting purchasable novels. No web serials, no short stories, no poetry, no songs, no anthologies (unless it is all one world/series. Think Side Jobs by Jim Butcher or Spirit Caller by moi). For the Mark I, do not enter subgenres. If you aren’t 100% sure about the overall genre, feel free to ask below or enter the question into your form (more on that below). My hope is to have the Mark I database ready for linking into the Find Books list by the end of the month. The form will still exist for future entries, and I’ll do another update thread in a few months time if there is a need (and maybe do things like anthologies, subgenres, etc).” At this writing, […]