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NEW! Giveaways, Quizzes, and Articles for Patrons!

As we approach Tolkienology's 5th birthday, we launch some long-awaited features on our website! We hope you enjoyed our Christmas giveaway and exciting prizes...

ANNOUNCEMENT: Christmas Giveaways Winners!

Merry Christmas, dear Mellons! Thank you for taking part in our Christmas giveaway! Here's the list of our random lucky winners: TOP PRIZE WINNER (Gandalf's...

Tolkien & Lewis – An Enduring Fellowship

As Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee walk the treacherous path to Mount Doom in their quest to destroy the One Ring in The Two...

One Game To Rule Them All-The Hobbit-1982

This new series will go through chronologically and give a quick overview and review of every computer game in the Tolkien universe. Hopefully you can...

The Redeemer of the Rings

The human heart lives on hope and love. Hope, when the thing loved is not present, love, when the beloved is present. We can...

Popular Board Games Inspired by the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

POPULAR BOARD GAMES INSPIRED BY THE WORKS OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN The works of J.R.R. Tolkien have influenced many people over the years, and the creators...

A Magic Thread That Binds All …

Perception is a magic of its own sort in the natural order of our reality. It is no doubt that individual perceptions of magic...

On Love Between Elves and Men

While both Elves and Men were considered the “children of Ilúvatar,” it is well known that in the world of Middle-Earth, both races encounter...

Dragons in Middle-earth

“Never laugh at live dragons…” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit “The bells were ringing in the dale And men looked up with faces pale; The dragon’s ire more fierce...

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“And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the...

Tolkien’s Cosmology and the Afterlife Part II

In Tolkien’s Cosmology and the Afterlife Part I, we discussed the destinies of the Ainur, Valar, Maiar, and the Children of Illuvatar. In Part...

Biblical Redemptive Themes in Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece of modern literature. While it is well-documented that he was not trying to write a Christian...

In Defense of Gil-Galad

Gil-galad, the Elven King As Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Strider look out from the peaks of Weathertop while being pursued by the Black Riders,...

On Being-Essential: The Flame Imperishable

In the school of classical metaphysics, it is taught that the creator gives being to the creature in a similar way to how a...

The Rise of Angband: The Fell Beasts of Melkor

During the Third Age, many beasts roamed Middle Earth, primarily the Orcs that make up the main armies of Sauron, led by his servant,...

Spiders in Middle-earth

In a ravine she lived, and took shape as a spider of monstrous form, weaving her black webs in a cleft of the mountains....

Tolkien’s Cosmology and the Afterlife: Part I

Astute readers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Arda mythology will have noticed a complex cosmology emerging through Tolkien’s writing: an all-powerful, uncreated and transcendent God known...