Tolkien and Lewis and Disney

Or, more precisely, Tolkien and Lewis vs. Disney. In a 1939 letter to his friend A.K. Hamilton, Lewis wrote of Snow White (and Disney himself): Dwarfs ought to be ugly of course, but not in that way. And the dwarfs’ jazz party was pretty bad. I suppose it never occurred to the poor boob that [Read More…]

On this day in history…

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Happy birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien! To one who said that myths were lies and therefore worthless, even though “breathed through silver” PHILOMYTHUS TO MISOMYTHUS You look at trees and label them just so, (for trees are `trees’, and growing is `to grow’); you walk the earth and tread with solemn pace one of the many minor [Read More…]

“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…]

There’s a Hobbit Musical

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

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…]

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…]

BBC to Broadcast Lost Tolkien recordings

Goody! [Read more…]

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…]

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…]