TV Show Review: BBC’s Robin Hood Episode 1.1 “Will You Tolerate This?”

Series Title: Robin Hood (IMDb) Episode: 1.1 “Will You Tolerate This?” Original Air Date: October 7, 2006 Length: 45 minutes Director: John McKay Writer: Dominic Minghella Lead Actors: Jonas Armstrong (Robin), Sam Troughton (Much), Richard Armitage (Guy of Gisborne), Keith Allen (Sheriff of Nottingham), Lucy Griffiths (Marian) Content Advisory: Very light PG-13 stuff; goofy action,Continue reading “TV Show Review: BBC’s Robin Hood Episode 1.1 “Will You Tolerate This?””

Webcomic Review: The Phoenix Requiem

Title: The Phoenix Requiem (read here) Author: Sarah Ellerton Artist: Sarah Ellerton Published: 2007 – 2011 Pages: 800 Genre: Victorian-style fantasy romance, with mild horror elements Spoiler-free Synopsis: “On a cold December night, a gentleman stumbles into the town of Esk, gunshot wounds leaving a trail of blood in the snow behind him. Despite makingContinue reading “Webcomic Review: The Phoenix Requiem”

Book Review: “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” by Madeleine L’Engle

“Wind, unicorn, and boy merged into a single swiftness.”

Treasure Our Young Folks and Nurture Their Minds

At some point last year, on the shelf at my library where they sell unwanted books cheaply, I spent $1.50 for a green leather-bound Volume One of The Young Folks Treasury published in 1919 by The University Society. It is in wonderfully good condition, with a cover as smooth as the day it was printedContinue reading “Treasure Our Young Folks and Nurture Their Minds”

“The Last Voyage of Eärendel” by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is the first poem written by Tolkien about the character of Eärendil, the famous voyager who in Middle-Earth mythology carried the morning star on his brow across the sky. Interestingly enough, the character’s name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Éarendel, a name associated with the star Rigel in Orion, which is a wandering starContinue reading ““The Last Voyage of Eärendel” by J.R.R. Tolkien”

Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar

[N.B. A review copy of this book was sent to me by its author. In no way has this influenced the opinions I express here. You can find Tyler Tichelaar’s blog at CHILDREN OF ARTHUR.] Title: King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition Author: Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. Pages: 179 Publisher: Modern HistoryContinue reading “Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar”

“Modern Elfland” by G.K. Chesterton

Our dear friend Gilbert Keith is back again! Finding various poems of his online was a treat, and this particular one spoke to me the most. In it, the narrator, a native of fairyland, returns to his home to find it overtaken by industry and modernity. It’s a horrible, heartbreaking sight. The trees, I gather,Continue reading ““Modern Elfland” by G.K. Chesterton”

“The Fairies” by William Allingham (1824-1889)

William Allingham was a man of letters, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, who was known for beautiful descriptive lyric poetry. This poem, however, reminds us that the fair folk can be quite dangerous and capricious in nature. Sixteen of his poems may be read online here. The Fairies William Allingham Up the airy mountain, DownContinue reading ““The Fairies” by William Allingham (1824-1889)”

Book Review: “A Wind in the Door” by Madeleine L’Engle

Title: A Wind in the Door Series: 2nd in L’Engle’s loose Time Quintet Author: Madeleine L’Engle Pages: 240 Published: 1973 Spoiler-free Synopsis: A year after the events of A Wrinkle in Time. When Charles Wallace falls deathly ill, Meg and Calvin are informed by an alien Teacher that his health may affect the health ofContinue reading “Book Review: “A Wind in the Door” by Madeleine L’Engle”