Tag Archives: J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Secret Vice” and My Secret Love: Thoughts on Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins’ Critical Edition of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Language

A Secret Vice by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was the fall of 2001. I was rereading The Lord of the Rings in anticipation of the film, which I was sure would be screened even in … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: C. S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium, Taylor University, June 4-7, 2020

I want to share the Call for Papers for one of my favourite conferences (which I describe here and here). The topic is intriguing, calling upon Dorothy L. Sayers’ 1938 essay, “Are Women Human?” I’ll also note that there is one … Continue reading

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A University of Prince Edward Island-L.M. Montgomery Institute Timeline (Feature Friday) #LMMI @UPEI @LMMI_PEI

In preparing my paper proposal for The L.M. Montgomery Institute’s Fourteenth Biennial Conference at the University of Prince Edward Island (25-28 June 2020; see my paper abstract here), I made a timeline of Montgomery as a WWI-era figure. In my … Continue reading

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Harold Bloom and “The Western Canon”: A Note on His Death

I received news this week that Harold Bloom has died. Bloom (1930-2019) was an avid reader, a rapid writer, and a penetrating critic whose essays and books on literature are breathtaking in scope and exemplary in their attention to the … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Sexology, and the OED

I came across the word “sexology” in my recent teaching of The Four Loves. I was curious about the history of the word as it seems like the kind of word that Lewis might make up, like Aristocratophobia, Lowerarchy, Disredemption, Grailologist, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Fantastic Maps, A Story Map by Johnny Eaton (Friday Feature)

For today’s Friday Feature I wanted to share this gorgeous website, “A Brief History of Fantastic Maps, from Paleolithic Cave Drawings to the Futuristic Possibility of Immersive Geographies.” I have been curious about GIS utilities for reading fantasy literature, and … Continue reading

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“What the dwarves started to sing…,” a Word Study by Sparrow

Originally posted on words that you were saying:
This morning, I celebrate reaching the goal of even one poem thoroughly concordanced: [01.064] Chip the glasses and crack the plates! Blunt the knives and bend the forks! That’s what Bilbo Baggins…

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