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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Sunday 8 December 2013On the Origin of Hobbits: J.R.R. Tolkien's ideas of descentSimon J. Cook continues his search for hobbits. This essay situates Tolkien's ideas of language, race and British history in relation to those of the Celtic scholar John Rhys, thereby generating a precise statement of the relationship between Rhys's account of the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Isles, hobbits, and some Big People. Read article Sunday 1 December 2013Perfect Christmas gifts for Tolkien and The Hobbit fansI can imagine many of the fans, and especially friends and family of these The Hobbit and Tolkien fans, are now looking for a gift. So let us have a look and see what is available. This year we saw a lot of The Hobbit related books being released and some can be called the 'perfect Christmas gift for any Tolkien fan'. Read article Sunday 24 November 2013The Hobbit: A Classroom GuideThe creative and scholarly masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has been discussed in classroom since the release for most educational institutions believe that through examining this epic fantasy work, students can effectively understand different concepts of writing. Read article Friday 22 November 2013Tolkien books: how children grew up reading this classicWith classics which were written keeping the kids thinking and imagination in mind has always been something like the Tolkien books which not only captured the attention of the teenagers but also any person who wanted to get lost in the creation which would have come just out of sheer imagination. Read article Sunday 17 November 2013The Lord of the Rings - The Book's Influence After 60 yearsWith the book telling a magical story of endless adventures and whimsical creatures, J.R.R. Tolkien not only came up with a fantasy-filled story for all ages to enjoy, but also sparked the interest in the fantasy genre itself. The book has influenced many aspects of our lives from books to movies, music, games, and more. Read article Sunday 17 November 2013Interview with Paul Simpson and Brian J. Robb about Middle-earth EnvisionedSince I love Middle-earth Envisioned so much I wrote to the authors, Paul Simpson and Brian J. Robb, right after reading it and hope this interview sheds some more light on what to expect from this book. It is a big size coffee table book, full of art reproductions and amazing tales. There is something for everyone here! This is a must have book and the perfect gift for any Tolkien and Middle-earth lover. Read article Sunday 27 October 2013Interview with Adam Roberts about The Riddles of The HobbitWhen I announced The Riddles of The Hobbit I already said I should ask the author some questions and so I wrote him and was happy to have several questions answered, just in time for the release of the book on the 1st of November 2013. I hope this sheds some light about this new book, that I have enjoyed reading and can only recommend. Read article Monday 21 October 2013Tolkien - The Man of Infinite InfluencesIf someone had to ask you to think of the world, focusing on how it would be different if certain key people never existed, that would be a rather difficult task to achieve. Can we imagine the differences we'd have if people like Leonardo da Vinci or Tolkien were never around to share their brilliant minds with us? Read article Wednesday 4 September 2013A passport to FaeryJames Dunning takes us on a trip to Faery, but maybe not the syrupy realm you would expect. Both The Hobbit and Tolkien's poem The Sea Bell show us the raw aspect of Faery. Smith of Wootton Major certainly is a parable, a fable that via its applicability to how the Universe works, points the way into panoramas higher or deeper. Read article Monday 26 August 2013Concerning Hobbits: Welsh Fairies in OxfordThe origin of hobbits has never been satisfactorily explained. Searching for the Red Book of Westmarch on a Welsh-border hillside, Simon J. Cook discovers hobbits behind the explanation of Welsh fairy stories developed by the great Oxford Celtic scholar John Rhys. Read article Sunday 25 August 2013Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan - Pam JonesPam Jones is a full time writer and poet. She was inspired by JRR Tolkien's fantastic works The Hobbit initially, and then more recently by Peter Jackson's first part, of three, films. Therefore she wrote a range of 40 riddles inspired, and based on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and called the book that holds them Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan. Read article