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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 Elves. Gone is the fair persona of Annatar – back...

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...

Who is Sauron? – Part One –

Suaron, the Black Lord, the Necromancer, the Eye – who or what is Sauron? Any readers of the Lord of the Rings will know generally what Sauron is. He’s the ruler...

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...

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

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...

The Five Wizards

Origins Wizards, pointy hat and all, originated in some form long before Tolkien. Tolkien himself probably drew on old descriptions of the Norse god Odin, who unlike the modern Marvel rendition appeared...

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 line uttered by Sean Bean as Boromir has provided...

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...

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