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Tolkien's Ceremonial Heroism


What most distinguishes a warrior from a great killing machine is an instinct for ceremony. Diomedes and Ajax have a gift for slaughter, but only Achilles, as he sends off Patroclus and the Myrmidons to fight, will perform a spontaneous ritual prayer: 2,511 more words

Tolkien's Art of the "Meanwhile"


Historians develop two intellectual qualities that are also essential to novelists: the ability to understand and remember long, complex causal chains, and the ability to hold in mind events and situations going on simultaneously in different places — that is, to see multiple causal chains developing parallel and invisible to one another. 2,243 more words

"An Evil Thing in Spider-Form"

Why must the entrance to Mordor be guarded by an ancient “evil thing in spider-form”? Why do Frodo and Sam have to pass through the dark, spiraling tunnel of Shelob’s lair before they can reach Mount Doom? 3,487 more words

Frodo's Laughter


In life, it is almost impossible to predict what a rescue or victory will look like before it happens: often, an apparent victory is Pyrrhic, and an apparent rescue may be “out of the frying pan, into the fire.” In fiction, victories and rescues can take obvious, stereotypical forms, such as the valiant destruction of the enemy in battle, or the seizing of the doomed hero from the maw of death; without doubt, we find these more predictable climaxes in The Lord of the Rings. 3,014 more words

Review: Rogue One

Warning – a lil spoilery.

Rogue One was everything Star Wars I, II and III should have been: personal, fast paced, emotional and powerful. It addressed a common criticism, that is how come the Death Star was so easily defeated, without being beholden to the familiar characters. 872 more words

Stuff I Like

ciao, Italia - Day 1 in Bologna

Happy 2017, world! It’s the new year and I still haven’t finished posting about our trip to Europe. Slow and steady, huh? Here’s the next part ofour trip! 443 more words

Why Faramir is the best character in Lord of the Rings.

Disclaimer: everything I’m writing is solely based off of the Lord of the Rings MOVIES, not the books.  For a long time Faramir has been my favorite character in the Lord of the Rings franchise, and it’s taken me awhile to be able to analyze why exactly that is and put it into words.   938 more words

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