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Your Boston Arts Weekend: Middle-Earth Comes Close06:16

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It's a big weekend for fans of the writer JRR Tolkien. With just four novels — “The Hobbit’’ and “The Lord of the Rings’’ trilogy — the Englishman, who died in 1973, was one of the most influential writers of all time.

Filmmaker Peter Jackson made the series relevant to a new generation through his blockbuster films, winning 17 Oscars and grossing $2.8 billion in sales along the way. But Tolkien's books stand on their own — the trilogy has sold more than 150 million copies.

Whether you're a fan of Tolkien or not, you may be surprised that a conference in nearby Westford this weekend is trying to bring people back to "Middle-earth."

Geoff Edgers, Radio Boston arts contributor and reporter for the Boston Globe, joins us to discuss "Middle-earth" and give some other top arts picks for the weekend.


  • Geoff Edgers, arts reporter, Boston Globe

Geoff's Top Picks:

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This segment aired on March 24, 2011.

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