Topic: Which is the best story setting? Arda. In layman’s terms, Middle-earth. [Middle-earth technically refers just to one half of a continent in which most of Tolkien’s stories take place, but the term for his entire invented world is Arda.] I am tempted to leave it at that. It’s obvious, sure. It’s unsurprising. But it’sContinue reading “Book Meme 2012: Week 8 – Best Fictional Story Setting”
Usually we think of the other men in Middle Earth — the Haradrim, the Easterlings, the Southrons, the Wild Men — as being decidedly evil to their core. But in this passage from The Two Towers, Sam’s empathy gives us a different look into who they are.
The recent dearth of posts is not what I had planned for this month, but is caused by intensive training for my new job. The review for Series 3 of Doctor Who is in the works (as it should have been long ago), and I am happily taking notes on Series 4 now. I amContinue reading ““A Song of Aryador” 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”
[Excerpted from The Book of Lost Tales 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, pages 96 and 97. This is a very early poem of the Professor’s that clearly connects his mythology of Middle-Earth with some Christian and Catholic ideas. Christopher thinks the land of Habbanan might be Arda’s version of Purgatory, where theContinue reading “Tolkien’s “Habbanan beneath the Stars””