J.R.R. Tolkien – A Short Biography, Part One

How does one even start a biography of one of the greatest English authors of all time? This is a brief biography,...

Tolkien’s Characters

by G. Russell Gaynor(a.k.a. Reiter)             My editor will tell you, my openings are most often a troublesome thing. But...

Middle Earth Dating Rules to Rule Them All

Middle Earth is full of war, bloodshed, and history, but what about love? Can you find love hiding somewhere between The...

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Tolkien’s Myth: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ideas of Fantasy and Fairy

On Fantasy Mention in a crowd of book-lovers that you think J.R.R. Tolkien is the greatest fantasy author to ever live, and you’ll likely be surprised at how little argument you receive. To be sure, there will be some...

A Different Approach to Reading The Silmarillion

By Rob Bauer If you’re enough of a Tolkien fan to read The Silmarillion and visit a blog about Tolkienology, there’s probably not much I can write you haven’t read before when it comes to The Silmarillion. The sweep...

J.R.R. Tolkien – A Short Biography, Part One

How does one even start a biography of one of the greatest English authors of all time? This is a brief biography, so we can’t start with his birth and move slowly forward, at least not in any detail....

Tolkien’s Characters

by G. Russell Gaynor(a.k.a. Reiter)             My editor will tell you, my openings are most often a troublesome thing. But this one is pretty easy.             Tolkien.             Did you...

Middle Earth Dating Rules to Rule Them All

Middle Earth is full of war, bloodshed, and history, but what about love? Can you find love hiding somewhere between The Shire and Sauron’s Mordor? Or are you going to find yourself on a hopeless quest for...

Critical Reviews of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Books, Part One: The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring

A somewhat random thought occurred to me today – “I wonder what the critics thought of Tolkien’s books when they were first published?” A lengthy research dive later, and I’m happy to say, I’ve discovered some interesting answers to that question. Without further...

The Workings of the Inner World

by Ivana Zaharija The inner world is an individual's own personal view of the world. It is most often different than that of any other individual, which in turn makes them unique. My own context is...

The Five Wizards, Part Two

The Five Wizards, Part One - in case you missed it 🙂 Gandalf the Grey appeared in print for the first time on September 21, 1937. The Hobbit received high praise from critics (internal link to blog 4),...

The Workings of the Inner World

by Ivana Zaharija The inner world is an individual's own personal view of the world. It is most often different than...

A Different Approach to Reading The Silmarillion

By Rob Bauer If you’re enough of a Tolkien fan to read The Silmarillion and visit a blog about Tolkienology, there’s probably...

Time and Distance in Lord of the Rings: Part One – The Hobbits

“One does not simply walk into Mordor.” Sean Bean as Boromir, in Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring (film) The famous...

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A Different Approach to Reading The Silmarillion

By Rob Bauer If you’re enough of a Tolkien fan to read The Silmarillion and visit a blog about Tolkienology,...

Middle Earth Dating Rules to Rule Them All

Middle Earth is full of war, bloodshed, and history, but what about love? Can you find love hiding somewhere between The...

Critical Reviews of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Books, Part One: The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring

A somewhat random thought occurred to me today – “I wonder what the critics thought of Tolkien’s books when they were first published?” A...

Tolkien’s Myth: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ideas of Fantasy and Fairy

On Fantasy Mention in a crowd of book-lovers that you think J.R.R. Tolkien is the greatest fantasy author to ever...

Who is Sauron? Part Two

We left things off with the completion of the One Ring (year 1600 of the Second Age), and Sauron’s betrayal of the...
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