Tag Archives: The Hobbit

A Brace of Tolkien Posts (125th Birthday Week)

It is the week of Tolkien’s 125th birthday. In honour of the Professor’s twelfthty-fifth year, I thought I would catalogue the Tolkien posts featured here on A Pilgrim in Narnia. I hope you enjoy the great selection of guest bloggers … Continue reading

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Toasting Tolkien’s 125th Birthday #TolkienBirthdayToast

News release from the Tolkien Society. To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfthty-fifth (125th) birthday on 3 January 2017, the Tolkien Society invites all Tolkien fans to raise a toast to the Professor. After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The … Continue reading

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Battling a Mountain of Neglects with J.R.R. Tolkien

In my morning reading of J.R.R. Tolkien, I came across this note to his publisher, Stanley Unwin: “I have treated you very badly. I think you would be disposed to forgive me, if you knew the true tale of my … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Road: A Film (Friday Feature)

A reader tipped me off to this little piece. While documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien abound, and there are adaptations of his fiction, there have been few who have attempted to capture the story of the Mythmaker himself on film. Here … Continue reading

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The Shocking Reason Tolkien Finished The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien was a notoriously difficult writer to get to print. That The Hobbit found its way to store shelves was something of a publishing miracle, and it took Tolkien 15 years to write part two, “the new Hobbit,” which we … Continue reading

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12 Reasons not to Write Lord of the Rings, or an Ode Against the Muses

I’ve never understood images of the Muses as seducers. Perhaps I am not truly inspired, but I get the same cold, clammy response from the Muses as I did from girls when I was in Junior High School. Fortunately, I … Continue reading

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The Stories before the Hobbit: Tolkien Intertextuality, or the Sources behind his Diamond Waistcoat

If  Tolkien lovers are nerds, it is only because they are walking in the pathway of the Master Nerd himself. The more I study Tolkien, the more I get the sense that no one was more amazed by the entire … Continue reading

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