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Tolkien Was a Genius

I recently finished Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire, by Marcus Rautman. While reading about military life, I came across this passage:

Leo the Mathematician, a leading court scholar and inventor of the ninth century, established a chain of hilltop signal towards stretching from the palace in Constantinople to the Taurus mountains in southeast Asia Minor.

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Literature

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Late in 2015, having gone on and on about the importance of The Lord of the Rings films to me, I decided to read the books. 250 more words

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How "Northern Courage" and ofermōde help Beowulf stand out

In my wanderings to find something to write about for this week’s news post, I came across this article from A Tolkienist Perspective: Northern Courage, Ofermōde and Thorin Oakenshield’s last stand… 778 more words

Beowulf

The Trick Explained

First, I am very sorry for the two-week delay. I said at the start of this mini series that my grad school deadlines would likely be a serious difficulty to my regular posting, and the past two weeks have proven those words true. 741 more words

Writing

The Classics Club: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Pages: 407
  • Genre: Fantasy

I have the audiobook version of The Lord of the Rings, but since I haven’t read it since I was 12, I decided to borrow the Boyfriend’s copy instead of listening to the audio for… 230 more words

Reviews

Children's books: here be dragons

Beowulf the Warrior
Ian Serraillier
48 p.

A number of authors have distilled Beowulf into a version intended for children, but this is the only one of which I’m aware that does so in verse. 468 more words

Books

King Arthur's Reign -- Blind Guardian, Grave Digger Fall Tour Pays Homage to Legendary Ruler

Editor’s Note: My husband Brian writes his second post for The Stratton Setlist about the Sept. 20 Blind Guardian and Grave Digger show at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Mich. 746 more words

Concerts