David of The Warden’s Walk’s Experience – Tolkien Experience (112)

David of The Warden’s Walk’s Experience – Tolkien Experience (112) David of The Warden’s Walk’s Experience – Tolkien Experience (112) — Read on luke-shelton.com/2020/06/30/david-of-the-wardens-walks-experience-tolkien-experience-112/ It was a delight to participate in The Tolkien Experience!

In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)

The son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien’s estate, Christopher Tolkien, has passed away at the age of 95. I and millions of other readers owe him an inestimable debt for his life work. Without him, nothing of The Silmarillion or the other posthumous works of Tolkien would have been published, stories which have madeContinue reading “In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)”

Review: “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien Goodreads link Pages: 110 Published: first in 1976, this edition 2004 Spoiler-free Synopsis: From 1920 to 1943, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write letters to Father Christmas. Every year, Father Christmas answered them, often with accompanying pictures. These are those letters and pictures. Re-readability: I do believeContinue reading “Review: “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkien”

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 aContinue 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 aContinue 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. ItContinue 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 theContinue 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 anythingContinue reading “Once more into the breach, for fandom’s sake!”