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Tolkien on Sub-Creation

J.R.R. Tolkien was a man who worked to create a mythology for his own nation of England. That was the driving thought behind his entire work, and the reason why his world-building was so extensive and stretched across three ages in his world, including his own version of the creation story. 1,055 more words


The Princess and the Hound

Once upon a time on a shelf in the library stood a book waiting to be read.  Between its covers waited a love-sick prince, feuding kingdoms, a revengeful old man and an enchanted princess, all necessary elements of a fairy tale.   590 more words

Book Review

On reading, books, and First Hills (Part I)

THIS IMAGE IS THE COVER to The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett’s final work and one that still lies far Hubwards of our current position in this project. 1,420 more words

Reader Response

Week 6: "On Fairy-Stories" and "The Letter to Milton Waldman"

  • How does Tolkien define and explain:
    • fantasy?
    • recovery, escape, consolation?
  • Why is “joy” an important part of defining “fairy-story”?
  • What does Tolkien mean when he says “The Gospels contain a fairy-story” (p.
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Trickster: At the Boundary Between Creator and Sub-Creator

I am not going to tell you a story of this world. And I am going to tell you a story of this world. It is for you to find out where the story came from. 2,441 more words

J.R.R. Tolkien

Goodbye, October

With only one day left, I thought it would be a good opportunity to send off October with a proper goodbye. It’s been a hot one for sure – no wool coats or scarves yet although Californians had a good tease once or twice with a much-exaggerated thunderstorm and a handful of crisp, gusty mornings. 517 more words

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