“I am a Christian and indeed a Roman Catholic

…so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains (and in legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory.” – J.R.R. Tolkien [Read more…]

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There’s a Hobbit Musical

I believe Larry D speaks for all mankind when he says, “STAHP!” [Read more…]

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker on the Healing Sadness…

…of the Lord of the Rings. I re-read it this past summer on long walks around my neighborhood.  It’s a pity so many folks overlook the Appendices, because the account of Arwen and Aragorn and the bitterness of their parting is one of the most tragic and beautiful things ever written.  Tolkien was a man [Read More…]

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Tolkien: More Prophetic than Ever

From a letter to Amy Ronald 16 November 1969 I meant to write to let you know how much I am perturbed by and sorry for your afflictions: poor dear. I pray for you – because I have a feeling (more near a certainty) that God, for some ineffable reason which to us may seem [Read More…]

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BBC to Broadcast Lost Tolkien recordings

Goody! [Read more…]

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Lewis, Tolkien, and the Found Generation

An interesting piece in Forbes on how the Inklings managed to transform the trauma they suffered in WWI into something redemptive, healing, and sustaining for the generations following them: The lost generation dragged high culture down into nihilism and low culture into decadence, but the Found Generation founded a counter-counter-culture. The novels of Tolkien, and [Read More…]

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Snow White is a Lord of the Rings Sequel

…according to Cracked. Their ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to their newsletter. [Read more…]

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This is Awesome

Stephen Colbert does what he was born to do: [Read more…]

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The Centenary of the Silmarillion is being celebrated…

…by Brad Birzer over at The Imaginative Conservative. The Silmarillion is well worth reading. For those wondering about its relationship to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this graphic explains it all for you: Suffice it to say that all the action of the latter books occurs on the last page and a [Read More…]

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Brad Birzer Reviews Tolkien’s Fall of Arthur

…and it sounds like it’s worth a read. [Read more…]

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