Tag Archives: J.R.R. Tolkien

Daily Rome Shot 570, etc. and a special birthday!

Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.  US HERE – UK HERE From a letter I received, a game from 1921. White to win. Meanwhile, there was a development in the Magnus Carlson v. Hans Niemann drama. In the Julius Baer … Read More

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This is fantastic advice! Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Silmarillion’, LotR, BEFORE the new series, read it WITHOUT their images in your head

This is fantastic advice! With first images from Amazon’s RINGS OF POWER series beginning to pop up on all social media and a trailer looming, do yourself a favour and read the SILMARILLION once more without THEIR images in your … Read More

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Meanwhile, back in Middle Earth

I found this tidbit to be a nice change of pace on a day without much good news. Very cool. https://t.co/Vp21Aeq21M — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (@fatherz) October 19, 2021 This is one thing that the Jackson movie got pretty much … Read More

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What Fr. Z is up to.

After several decades, and not of the Rosary in this context, along with other things I had loved to do and that I was good at and I that I had shelved because of seminary and priesthood, I’m getting back … Read More

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The pub that survived the Great Plague is shut down by Covid-1984

Okay… this is getting seriously ridiculous now. It’s time to put a stop to the Wuhan Devil. From the Daily Telegraph I learned that the Lamb and Flag in Oxford is to close. That’s just plain WRONG!

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J.R.R. Tolkien to his son in the 60’s about the Church and bad or stupid priests

I saw – HERE – an excerpt from a letter of J.R.R. Tolkien to his son in the 60’s, about the time of the Council.  He writes about the Church and bad or stupid priests. You speak of ‘sagging faith’, … Read More

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Thoughts on the Synod: Saruman v. Ents, Orcs v. Fangorn

I am receiving one cri de coeur after another. Lots of people are confused and angry and sad about what they are hearing.  Instead of firm foundations from bishops, we got sand.   Yes, can can make cement with sand, but … Read More

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Cool WOTD – “maril” (Tolkien connection!)

From the OED Online’s Word of the Day: Your word for today is: maril, n. Your word for today is: maril, n. maril, n. [‘ An ornamental binding material with a variegated grain, made from scraps of coloured leather mixed … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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