Root and Twig: Convivium a New Literary Journal

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 29 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I feel rather remiss, but I have something to tell you. Not long ago I had an essay appear in a new literary journal called Convivium. The first issue was titled Root and Twig and looked at issues [Read More…]

It Reminds Me of Númenor: Melancholic Reflections on a Rainy Day

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, While we have now had a couple of days of sunshine, the other day was cloudy and rainy. Days like this, especially when I can smell the water in the air, I’m transported somewhere else entirely. I am [Read More…]

My Rolling English Road to Rome: How J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Stratford Caldecott Helped Make Me Catholic

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 14 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two days ago I told you that I am going to be received into the Catholic Church. Today, I want to dig a little deeper by explaining one part of how I found myself on a road I [Read More…]

On the Reader’s Imagination: A Reflection on Reading and Meaning

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 19 January 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Yesterday afternoon I sat down to begin reading C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair. I have the HarperTrophy editions from the early 2000s with the gaudy and shimmery covers and the little seal in the corner reminding us [Read More…]

Can Christians Believe Myths? Looking to Tolkien for Some Answers

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 3 October 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Lately I’ve been encountering something that I find rather odd. Perhaps its oddness is only in that I have never thought this way myself and so being only now introduced to it, I find it strange. I’m talking [Read More…]

The Society of Trees: What the Trees Can Teach Us

David Russell Mosley   Ordinary Time 23 September 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today thanks to Addison Hodges Hart (older brother to David Bentley Hart) and Kevin Johnson (ringleader at The Inner Room), I read the article at Brain Pickings entitled, “The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of [Read More…]

On Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday: A Reflection on Food and Feasting

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Nativity of Bilbo and Frodo The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Autumn is slowly, but surely beginning to arrive here in New England. While it’s true that I’m currently sitting outside in shorts with a temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and that tomorrow is supposed to see [Read More…]

The Atlantis Theory: The Numenorean Connection Between the Works of Lewis and Tolkien

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 September 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today is the anniversary of the death of J. R. R. Tolkien. To commemorate this event, I thought it would be good to revisit a theory I’ve posited before: namely, that the works of C. S. Lewis and [Read More…]

Pope Francis in Elfland: Reflections on Laudato Si’ Part I

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 30 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Several times now have I mentioned an impending letter discussing Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. The idea, as well as the start of the title of this letter, were given to me by Jessica Mesman Griffith over at Sick [Read More…]

Working for Signum University and Tolkien and Tradition

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 13 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Just yesterday I received some exciting news. I had applied a few weeks ago to work as a Preceptor for Signum University. Don’t know what that is? It is an entirely online university currently offering Master’s degrees in [Read More…]