Tag Archives: The Lord of the Rings

The Words C.S. Lewis Made Up: Grailologist

We all know C.S. Lewis as the Narnian, but behind the children’s work was his experience as a teacher of English literature, a writer about the history of literary movements, and a tinker in other forms of fiction. In that tinkering, … Continue reading

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Drawing the Hobbit (Update)

The purists among my colleagues, blogmates, and digital friends are horrified at Jackson’s adaptation, for the most part. Many of them are still angry about The Lord of the Rings, which they felt betrayed Tolkien’s artistry, majesty, and, ultimately, his … Continue reading

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“What Have We Done?” A Review of The Desolation of Smaug (Hobbit Part 2)

These words are breathed in the dying moments of the second installation of The Hobbit adaptation, The Desolation of Smaug. Inevitably, this is the question that true Tolkien fans expect Peter Jackson’s adaptation team to be asking of themselves right … Continue reading

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Let Folly Be Our Cloak: Tolkien on Power in Lord of the Rings

While J.R.R. Tolkien did not write moralistic fantasies or allegorical tales, still the force of his worldview emerges in his writing. He wrote the Lord of the Rings over the fifteen year period through World War II and into the … Continue reading

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A Read-Aloud Post for World Read Aloud Day: Reading the Hobbit

March 6th is World Read Aloud Day! I wrote a read-aloud post last fall for the Hobbit Read-Along, a merry fellowship of nine writers.  When I began the blog project, I didn’t account for the fact that I would be reading … Continue reading

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Not All Adventures Begin Well: My Review of Peter Jackson’s Adaptation of The Hobbit

Not all adventures begin well. Certainly, as we have it in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a hapless Bilbo Baggins all but stumbles into his first adventure, racing off toward the Lonely Mountain without his handkerchief or his pocketbook. Practically naked without … Continue reading

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Drawing the Hobbit

I am ashamed to admit I have yet to see Peter Jackson’s first installment of The Hobbit, and it has been out for four days. The purists among my colleagues, blogmates, and digital friends are horrified at Jackson’s adaptation. Many … Continue reading

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