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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 most...

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 countless...

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....

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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...

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,...

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...

The Five Wizards, Part Two

The Five Wizards, Part One - in case you missed it 🙂 Gandalf the Grey appeared in print for the...

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,...
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