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The Battle Before the Black Gate. Do the Best Stories have Happy Endings?

I had intended to return to Frodo and Sam at the Tower of Cirith Ungol this week but I felt that I needed to offer one last meditation on the “hopeless” battle before the Black Gate of Mordor before I leave it for a while. 666 more words

J.R.R Tolkien

Great tales never end.

Don’t the great tales never end?

(Two Towers, p.400)

Readers of Tolkien are very well aware of how many songs and poems the Professor included into his books. 1,525 more words

J. R. R. Tolkien

2016: A Year of Reading

This time last year I had a sense of the kind of season that 2016 would be, but I did not know the how deeply the experiences of… 3,812 more words

C.S. Lewis

Dreams of Christmas Cheer: The Nutcracker as Fairy Drama

It’s Christmas Eve, and my sisters are in bed, trying to fall asleep so that Santa will come sooner and they can open their presents while my mom, stepdad, and myself are too tired to remember what it was like to wake up Christmas morning at 9 and 12. 1,766 more words

On fairy stories

The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.

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"New Every Morning" by Jessica Shaver Renshaw, a Review

I am at the point in my PhD on C.S. Lewis where everything is narrowing to a point. I have a number of canonical lists… 845 more words