“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”

“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”

Tolkien’s “Habbanan beneath the Stars”

[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””

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”