“Tolkien”: The Monsters and the Critics

"Tolkien" is sincere, good-hearted, and often beautiful, though it sometimes stumbles and loses sight of the real man at its heart.

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My Books of 2018: Carpenter on Tolkien

Humphrey Carpenter met with J.R.R. Tolkien once before the Professor’s death. He made an appointment, showed up promptly, and was ushered into the man’s cluttered study, which was in a converted garage separate from the main house. It is some time before he is able to state his business, as Tolkien seemed to treat a … Continue reading My Books of 2018: Carpenter on Tolkien

Podcasts – The Tolkien Professor

Following from the post on some of my favorite history podcasts, I want to let you know about some of my favorite literary podcasts. Today, it’s The Tolkien Professor!   The Tolkien Professor by Dr. Corey Olsen http://tolkienprofessor.com/ iTunes listing Episode length: expect 1 – 2 hours, depending on the series Look, if you’re a … Continue reading Podcasts – The Tolkien Professor

Classic Remarks: What to read after “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”

What Tolkien book would you recommend to a reader after they’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings? There are a few possibilities for this one, depending on your tastes. But my first answer would be The Silmarillion. This is the book with all the tales of how Middle-Earth came to be. It … Continue reading Classic Remarks: What to read after “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”

Exploring Middle-Earth every week with the Tolkien Professor

Hail and well-met! Forgive me for not mentioning this a few months ago, but Dr. Corey Olsen -- a.k.a. The Tolkien Professor of so many incredible podcast episodes -- has been running a free weekly online seminar going through The Lord of the Rings chapter-by-chapter. Every Tuesday at 9:30PM EDT. He broadcasts live on Twitch, … Continue reading Exploring Middle-Earth every week with the Tolkien Professor

Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication — John Garth

In a wood filled with a cloud of white flowers, a soldier walked in the spring of 1917 with his wife, and she sang and danced for him. To that battle-worn lieutenant, J R R Tolkien, Edith’s dance was an unforgettable glimpse of unearthly joy in the midst of sorrow and horror. It inspired the … Continue reading Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication — John Garth

Once more into the breach, for fandom’s sake!

The morning of truth arrives. I'm off to see The Desolation of Smaug. I'm not quite sure what to do with my expectations. On the one hand, An Unexpected Journey set them very, very low. And reviews from some friends and others confirm this. On the other hand, I now know not to expect anything … Continue reading Once more into the breach, for fandom’s sake!

A Birthday Toast for Tolkien!

It seems fitting that I finally posted my post of the first Hobbit movie on the Professor's birthday. According to my calculations, this is his one hundred and twenty-fourth birthday. And still timeless in our minds and hearts. If you catch this post tonight, pop on over to the Live Birthday Toast Celebration hosted by … Continue reading A Birthday Toast for Tolkien!

Movie Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)

N.B. – This is the review that nearly killed The Warden’s Walk. Thinking about the movie, even over a year after I saw it, depresses me. It’s torn me up, trying to evaluate it. Are a few flecks of brilliance enough to make a dull rock valuable? I hope so, but I wonder. Yet The … Continue reading Movie Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)

Song of the Entwives, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Since finishing The Hobbit, I've been re-reading The Lord of the Rings. I finished Fellowship a month or so ago, and am now well into The Two Towers. It's a lovely, enlightening read. It's been at least a decade since I've read this book -- most of my Tolkien-reading being spent among The Silmarillion and its spinoff … Continue reading Song of the Entwives, by J.R.R. Tolkien