Lord of the Rings by George Lucas

Ouch. [Read more...]

Goody! Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf

…will be published in May.  His essay “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” has been called the greatest work on Beowulf ever written, so we lit crit types are awaiting his translation with bated breath. [Read more...]

Another Take Down of that Dumb Hatchet Piece on Tolkien

Fr. Angelo Mary Geiger defends Tolkien from Rorate Coeli‘s silly charge that he is gnostic and, what is more, has the courage to put his name on it. [Read more...]

Reactionary Catholics Warn of the Evils of J.R.R. Tolkien

You knew it had to happen.  In the ever purging and purifying world of uber-super-pure Reactionary Catholicism, the Lidless Eye has finally turned its gaze upon Tolkien and found him to be Not Really Catholic.  Rorate Coeli run the demented analysis and then passive-aggressively takes it’s hand off the piece with one of those lame [Read More...]

There is a Lord of the Rings Broadway Musical

For the sake of the cast and crew, who undoubtedly poured heart and soul into this, I want to like it–but, well, it’s a Lord of the Rings Broadway Musical. I… just can’t go there. On the bright side, it’s not a Lord of the Ringos Beatles movie–with the Fab Four as the four hobbits–one [Read More...]

The Fellowship of the Fisherman’s Ring

Fr. Dwight has fun with some extreme inside baseball stuff for people who know and care about Vatican curial politics.  Most of this goes over my head.  But I’m a sucker for a Tolkien ref. [Read more...]

Tolkienian Astrophysics

How cool is that? [Read more...]

Insane Ideology vs. Tolkien

Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky try to grasp The Lord of the Rings.  Train wreck results: Zinn: I’m much more suspicious of Frodo than you are. I’ve always viewed him as one of the most malevolent actors in this drama, precisely because of how he abets people like Gandalf. He uses a fake name, Mr. [Read More...]

Beautiful Minds…

is a fun radio show.  I recorded something with them a couple of weeks back and it will run on July 13.  Meantime, if you go to http://karenjhornsby.com and hit the Beautiful Minds tab you can listen to Joseph Pearce on JRR Tolkien. [Read more...]

Tolkien vs. Lewis on Marriage

This piece is fascinating for a couple of reasons. First, it shows Tolkien in fine fettle taking apart a real lapse in Lewis’ normally clear thinking (and, I suspect, a lapse due to the fundamental DNA coding error in Anglicanism traceable back to Henry VIII). But second, and just as importantly, it is written by [Read More...]