Tolkien Articles & Reviews
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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Monday 27 July 2015The Amateur Lord of the RingsOne has to ask why The Lord of the Rings is so popular. What are its peculiar qualities? Time and again it tops, or is a runner up with honours, in various best book reader-voted contests. What is in it that it reaches out to so many. What is it about the book and its writer that pierces and reaches so many? Read article Friday 17 July 2015J.R.R. Tolkien a writer of noteResearch has shown that students' reading book choices are highly dependent on trending movies or even series. This means that a little known book can become an overnight success due to a great movie adaptation. Read article Sunday 3 May 2015On the shores of the shoreless seaBuilding on his recent investigations into the relationship of Middle-earth to Tolkien's scholarly search for the lost traditions of the ancient English tribes, Simon J. Cook now looks to Tolkien's famous essay 'On Fairy Stories'. The result is a journey into the very heart of Tolkien's creative imagination. Read article Tuesday 7 October 2014Will we ever see The Silmarillion on the big screen?In December, with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson finishes his The Hobbit trilogy. For some time now fans wonder if there isn't one more work of Tolkien that Peter Jackson could adapt to big screen. The Silmarillion, preceding both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is the project many desire to see adapted to film. But will it happen? Read article Sunday 5 October 2014The Many Faces of ThranduilWhile much recent hype about Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been focused on the captain of the Wood-elf guard, Tauriel, little has been said of her boss, King Thranduil of the Woodland Realm. Tedoras brings us the full history of Thranduil, and a rather different image of the King of Greenwood the Great emerges. Read article Monday 29 September 2014Beyond Birthdays: an exploration and analysis of Letter 214If any book so illuminates the man, his deepest thoughts and truest character, it is The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tedoras explores Tolkien's letter 214 that centers, most intriguingly, on the notion of birthdays; specifically, the notion of who gives whom a present in hobbit culture. Read article Sunday 28 September 2014Darkness TangibleIn the following thought provoking essay Alex Lewis and Ruth Lacon bring an answer to the question: Is the fact that Tolkien is an artist and paints pictures some part of what makes him create in the way that he does? Read article Thursday 21 August 2014Interview with the Wizard Jef MurrayBrandon Young interviews the critically acclaimed and internationally-known artist, illustrator, storyteller and wizard, Jef Murray. His illustrations of the characters and scenes we find in Tolkien, Lewis and George MacDonald have a capacity for capturing the ineffable. This is why he likes to call him, simply, The Wizard. Read article Thursday 21 August 2014Why Tolkien is Still One of My FavouritesFrancisco Brannan was introduced into the world of Tolkien by the Hollywood movie trilogy on The Lord of the Rings. In this article he questions whether there will be another author like Tolkien and asks why you would need one when you already have J.R.R Tolkien's creations? Read article Thursday 7 August 2014A new play about friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS LewisWith Tolkien fans buzzing about a new film coming out about the friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, it might be easy to miss another project coming up telling their story. Vancouver-based playwright, actor, and director Ron Reed is writing a play about the dramatic relationship between the two Inklings. Read article Wednesday 23 April 2014On Tolkien's Writing: Myth vs. LanguageTolkien always emphasized the fact that myths followed languages. In the following article Lesley Vos brings us a several examples of words created by Tolkien and an account of Tolkien's views concerning the relationship between a language and a myth. Read article Sunday 10 may 2014Frodo LivesWhat is the relationship between our world and Middle-earth? Simon J. Cook explores the conflicting answers of Kirill Yeskov and William Puck in the final essay of his Tauriel trilogy. Read article Thursday 8 may 2014J.R.R. Tolkien a poetic role modelJ.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most loved, respected and remembered authors. The role model attractiveness of Tolkien's writing could be well gauged from the fact that he has given new dimensions and content value to the art of fantasy literature writings, including in it an array of legends, myths and heroic romantic stories. Read article Wednesday 23 April 2014Famous The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fansMany celebrities do love books or movies and while most of the time we don't know for sure, there are many famous Tolkien fans out there. Here is an updated list of famous Tolkien fans and celebrities who like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Tolkien. New on the list are British Royals Prince Charles and William, Venture capitalist Peter Thiel and pope Francis. Read article Wednesday 23 April 2014Tolkien's Writings To Understand His Rules Of LifeJ. R. R. Tolkien's letters and diaries hide many interesting details about our beloved writer. When noticed and revealed, they help us understand his personality and character much better, and make the final conclusion about what kind of a person this genius writer and charismatic man was. Read article Tuesday 1 April 2014In praise of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit'Friends, elves and hobbits, lend him your ears. For with 'The Desolation of Smaug' soon out on DVD Simon J. Cook comes to praise Peter Jackson's interpretation of The Hobbit, not to bury it. Read article Wednesday 26 March 20147 Things Tolkien Said About Life 7 Things Tolkien Said About LifeJ.R.R. Tolkien wrote many books, including the Middle-earth stories. The Lord of the Rings, like many stories of an epic journey, brings us lessons we can apply to our life. No matter how surreal his epic stories are, the pieces of wisdom reflected in them mirror that of the wisdom we must gain to champion our life here on earth. Read article Wednesday 29 January 2014Continuing the Tolkien LegacyIn writing The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R Tolkien set himself up for a massive fan base. The fantasy world he created in his books is amazing interesting and the story has gathered thousands of diehard fans around the world. At this point, the story had a loyal following, but it was nowhere near as widespread as it is today. Read article