Return to Middle Earth

To celebrate J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit’s 75th anniversary and in anticipation of the forthcoming The Hobbit film in local cinemas, Euro Media Forum, Science is Culture in conjunction with Eden Cinemas are organising Return to Middle earth– How the Lord of the Rings began event taking place on Monday 10th December at 6 p.m. at the Workers Memorial Building, South Street Valletta. Entrance is free.

From that famous opening sentence: In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit… and the rest, as they say is history. 75 years later The Hobbit still holds a treasured position in the canon of children’s literature. With that single line alone, readers were instantly hooked as they became immersed in a new world namely Middle Earth. A land which became famous the world over for The Shire, happy go-lucky Hobbits, the wise wizard Gandalf, trolls, dwarfs, orcs, Gollum’s “precious” and of course the most famous Hobbit of them all, Bilbo Baggins.

Thus, from Tolkien’s ten words on a blank page, the high-end bestselling Fantasy novel epic was born. The Return to Middle Earth discussion event celebrates J.R.R Tolkien’s enduring legacy. Tolkien enthusiast Andrew Ciarlo, Tolkien researcher Mark Anthony Fenech and film researcher Justin Camilleri will take the audience on a fascinating journey as to what inspired the professor to create Middle Earth and how it was brought to life by Peter Jackson with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now The Hobbit.

The speakers will seek to answer intriguing questions that will undoubtedly lead to an interactive discussion with the audience on whether The Hobbit and LOTR are an allegory of J.R.R Tolkien’s life or events in the 20th century such as World War I and II. Speakers will also give an insight into how Peter Jackson adapted the book into a film script and if The Hobbit/LOTR is part of popular culture on the same league as Star Wars.

The audience is invited to participate and put forward to the panel their questions regarding their favourite character or scene from the book or film. The speakers promise an interesting debate and fantastic entertainment, seeking to answer the questions about Tolkien’s world.

To spice up the evening there will also be on display a Hobbit, LOTR memorabilia exhibition and a Tolkien quiz, where the first winner will win an all inclusive package – two cinema tickets, a bowling game for two persons and free parking. The second winner will win two cinema tickets and free parking. The third winner will win two cinema tickets. So quiz participants must keep their eyes open on the Hobbit LOTR clues!

For more information regarding the Return to Middle Earth event and LOTR exhibition please call 99454066, email or log in


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