Tag Archives: Lord of the Rings

“The Once and Forgotten T.H. White: Lessons from Obscurity” by G. Connor Salter

Terence Hanbury White was one of the founding fathers of fantasy in the twentieth century, producing nearly twenty-five novels, including the beloved modern Arthurian retelling, The Once and Future King. Still, much of T.H. White’s life remains a mystery and … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughtful Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Affirming Creation in the Lord of the Rings #earthday

Perhaps it isn’t that surprising that J.R.R. Tolkien’s books are so environmentally sensitive. Like Sam Gamgee, Tolkien loved things that grow and good tilled earth. He loved walks–long walks beyond his garden through English towns and villages and vast, untouched … Continue reading

Posted in Fictional Worlds, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Why is Tolkien Scholarship Stronger than Lewis Scholarship? Part 3: Other Factors

As I have been chest-deep in academic works about C.S. Lewis and at least knee-deep in the same kinds of J.R.R. Tolkien books and articles, I conceived of a thought experiment. Without even glancing at my bookshelf, I can name … Continue reading

Posted in Original Research, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Texmoot 2021 Call for Papers and Conversations (Feb 13th, 2021)

One advantage of our online environment is that we now have some options for attending conferences that we would otherwise miss. On Feb 6th, for example, is the free Urbana Theological Seminary online Tolkien conference, with guest speakers Carlie W. … Continue reading

Posted in News & Links | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Brace of Tolkien Posts for his 129th Birthday

To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfthty-ninth (or eleventy-nineteenth–a joke that expires this year) birthday on 3 January 2021, the Tolkien Society is once again raising a toast to the Professor (see here). After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in … Continue reading

Posted in News & Links, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Tolkien’s “I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size)” in Context: A Note on Books and Their Authors (#hobbitday)

I don’t know that there is any more famous J.R.R. Tolkien quote than his claim to, in fact, be a hobbit. It’s really quite a delightful statement and worth quoting more fully: I am in fact a Hobbit (in all … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

George Macdonald’s “The Princess and the Goblin”: The Animated Movie with a Note by ChrisC

C.S. Lewis once observed that with “every tick of the clock, in every inhabited part of the world, an unimaginable richness and variety of ‘history’ falls off the world into total oblivion.” It’s a somewhat cruel fate that’s familiar to … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blogs, News & Links | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Readings from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Tale Of Beren and Lúthien, with The Center from the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends

Hi folks. This event is past, but The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University are having a digital Inklings “tea” on Friday’s at 4pm. They are an archive, a host of strong Inklings-informed study … Continue reading

Posted in Fictional Worlds, News & Links | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Corey Olsen’s Exploring The Hobbit: A 10 Minute Book Talk

From my point of view, there are three (linked) things that make Corey Olsen’s Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit an effective companion to one of the most important pieces of literature in the 20th century: 1. A focussed close-reading of the text, … Continue reading

Posted in 10 Minute Book Talk, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

A Brace of Tolkien Posts for his 128th Birthday #TolkienBirthdayToast

To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfthty-eighth (or eleventy-eighteenth) birthday on 3 January 2020, the Tolkien Society is once again raising a toast to the Professor (see here). After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo … Continue reading

Posted in News & Links, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments