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.
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
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
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....
“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 gifs, memes, and endless
hilarity on the...
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 often in the ancient Nordic tales...
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),...