“A Song of Aryador” by J.R.R. Tolkien

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”

Chesterton’s “Chord of Colour”

Ah, Chesterton, witty Christian sage! Here he expounds again on his favorite subject: how the unspiritual man blinds himself to the magnificent glories of God’s creation. In this poem, we appear to have a narrator utterly besotted with his Lady fair; and yet not so besotted as to worship her at the exclusion of theContinue reading “Chesterton’s “Chord of Colour””

“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”

“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)”

“The Vampyre” by Rudyard Kipling

I should say right up front that I don’t understand this poem. Because I can make so little sense of it, I don’t like it. I have read it and reread it, and broken it down logically and grammatically, and still have reached no satisfying conclusion on the natures of the narrator (a “fool” heContinue reading ““The Vampyre” by Rudyard Kipling”

Feature: “The Dragon’s Visit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Dragon’s Visit” By J.R.R. Tolkien, published in the Oxford Magazine, 4 February 1937 The dragon lay on the cherry trees a-simmering and a-dreaming: Green was he, and the blossom white, and the yellow sun gleaming. He came from the land of Finis-Terre, where dragons live, and the moon shines on high white fountains. “Please,Continue reading “Feature: “The Dragon’s Visit” by J.R.R. Tolkien”