Tolkien Reading Event at Pages Unbound

I mentioned recently that the blog Pages Unbound was hosting two weeks of guest posts on Tolkien-related topics. My own post, entitled “Two Moments in ‘Of the Ruin of Doriath’ that Don’t Have Much to do with the Ruin of Doriath,” has just gone up, and I thought it’d be good to provide you all with a tidy list of all the posts in one place.

March 25 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – by Andrea of The Overstuffed Bookcase
March 26 – From Books to Movies and Back Again: A Fangirl’s Tale by Meghan of coffeeandwizards
March 27 – “On Fairy-Stories” by J.R.R. Tolkien by Zita of Pages Unbound
March 28 – Not Around But Through: The Place of The Children of Húrin in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth Story by David Mitchel of While We’re Paused
March 29 – Smith of Wotton Major by J.R.R. Tolkien by Briana of Pages Unbound
March 30 – If You Like J.R.R. Tolkien, Then Read… by Krysta of Pages Unbound
March 31 – The Philosophy of Tolkien by Peter Kreeft by Krysta of Pages Unbound

April 1 – Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien by Thalia of The Egotist’s Club
April 2 – “Leaf by Niggle” by J.R.R. Tolkien by Baggins of Baggins’s Book Blabber
April 3 – Eucatastrophe: Hope Beyond the Wall of the World by Urania of The Egotist’s Club
April 4 – 3 Things Tolkien Taught Me by Renae of Respiring Thoughts
April 5 – “She who Weeps”: the Value of Sorrow in Tolkien by Melpomene of The Egotist’s Club
April 6 – Two Moments in “Of the Ruin of Doriath” that Don’t Have Much to Do with the Ruin of Doriath by Yours Truly of the blog you are currently reading

Thirteen posts! An excellent output, my friends. Tolkien, I think, would be flattered that so long after his books were published, we are still enjoying them and taking them seriously. Don’t forget to read and add your comments to all of the posts that interest you!

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The post I contributed to Tolkien Week, hosted by Pages Unbound.

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Tolkien 2012

David writes irregularly for his blog The Warden’s Walk, where he reviews stories of a fantastical and science-fictional nature. An unashamed student of Tolkien, Lewis, and George MacDonald, he tries to balance academic analysis with more passionate responses, each having their place. At a very basic level, he’s just extremely grateful that there are people who have stories they are willing to tell.


“Of the Ruin of Doriath” is a complicated story, deeply entangled in the mythical web of The Silmarillion, the elaborate history Tolkien wrote for his invented world. Before this story comes the great romance of Beren and Lúthien, and the tragic tale of Túrin Turambar. After it comes the Fall of Gondolin, the Voyage of Eärendel, and the Fall of Númenor. Every major event in the tale is tied to something that happened before; a common trait of Tolkien’s stories that strengthens the emotional pull and internal…

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Tolkien Week!

Sunday, March 25th, was Tolkien Reading Day, as declared by The Tolkien Society, being as it is the calendar day that the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom at the end of The Lord of the Rings. To honor this, Pages Unbound is hosting a two-week long Middle-Earthan extravaganza, featuring a new guest post each day on some Tolkien-related topic. (Actually I don’t know if it’s an extravaganza, but I just really wanted to use that word) It’s gotten off to a great start so far, so I recommend you all hurry over there to read and comment.

You may want to skip the end of the extravaganza next week, though, as that’s when my guest post will be appearing. No point in wasting your time; it’ll be a horrible essay, I’m sure. Morgoth’s been taunting me about it.

As a teaser for what my topic will be, I give you this picture by Ted Nasmith.

(as a potentially amusing sidenote, I initially misspelled this post’s title as “Tolkien Weed”)

Guest Post on The Egotist’s Club

I have contributed a guest post to The Egotist’s Club. It was actually written a few years ago, but when dusted off seemed to fit well into their spirit of enjoying the magic of life viewed through the lens of Christ. Hop over and have some fun exploring the rest of their excellent blog!

King David Was a Harper