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Is 'Enchantment' Anti-Intellectualist? 

Ho, this is a difficult one, and something I have been mulling over for several weeks. In one of my first posts on this blog… 530 more words


When nature strikes back.

In all my works I take the part of trees as against all their enemies.

(J. R. R. Tolkien, Letter 339)

I love nature. For me nothing can beat a walk in a forest or a park as far from the noise of the big city as possible and preferably in the closet proximity of any body of water. 1,092 more words

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Loving a Fictional Character

King Theoden, from the Lord of the Rings movie (which I didn’t see, but never mind)

There are hundreds of characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings… 248 more words

Book Reviews

The Pleasures of Reading Tolkien Criticism

Every year, when I embark on my ritual re-reading of The Lord of the Rings (and occasionally The Hobbit), I also take it upon myself to read some Tolkien criticism. 837 more words


A Definitive Ranking of the Wizened Old Folks of Bookland

Why is it that the young heroes of tales always get the attention? (Coming from YA loving ME, of all people.) I think it’s time to give these older folks the credit they deserve. 245 more words

Books & Nerdiness

The Siege of Gondor: A Word to Those For Whom Hope Has Gone

“So now at last the City was besieged, enclosed in a ring of foes.” And in the next few pages Tolkien relentlessly builds a picture of hopelessness as the hosts of Mordor begin the assault upon Minas Tirith until he reaches the appalling climax of the winged ride of the Nazgûl. 365 more words

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'Tis the Seasonal Mayhem

I could breathe through both nostrils today, from which I must conclude that the end of this horribly stubborn cold is in sight. I’ve been sick for eleven days now, and it’s been terrible, because I haven’t been able to sing a single Christmas song without sounding like a frog. 638 more words