Tag Archives: J.R.R. Tolkien

Have you read Tolkien’s books? What can they teach?

Reading The Hobbit was a pivotal moment in my young life.
I saw at the blog The Art of Manliness a great post about this influential book.
Here is are the bullet points.  You can read the rest there.
The Hobbit has been a favorite … Continue reading

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A new book from J.R.R. Tolkien (+ 1973)

For all you fans of The Professor, J.R.R. Tolkien, … he has a new book!
The Fall of Arthur
US link HERE
US Kindle HERE
UK link HERE
UK Kindle HERE 
Here is the blurb from amazon:
The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. … Continue reading

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Did this inspire Tolkien to write about The Precioussssss?

We have had a couple serious weeks around here, and so I am having a little fun with my blog today.
Therefore, please go to read this VERY COOL piece at the History blog.  HERE.
It has to do with ancient pagan … Continue reading

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“In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus.”

Reading The Hobbit was one of the most important things I did in my life.  In another book, Tolkien used the image of the pebble that starts the avalanche.  That is what The Hobbit was for me.  Among the rocks The … Continue reading

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Some reflections on a life changing book

Today is Bilbo Baggins’s Birthday and yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.
I found an image of the edition that I first read.
I first read The Hobbit when I was in 7th grade.  I have a … Continue reading

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Of things canicular and stellar, haedine and sabine

We are in “the dog days of summer”.
This phrase, for what is supposed to be the hottest part of the summer, believed by the ancients to be a time of bad omens, stems from the name of the bright star … Continue reading

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Bishops Conferences and Fangorn Forest

A comment from a reader in my email:

This talk of the bishops, and lots of talking, and going to war somehow calls to my mind the Ents.

If our Entish bishops were to rouse themselves to war, they could be formidable.

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