Category Archives: Tolkien

Tolkien, Politics, and Mordor on Trinity Talk Radio

Here is my latest interview for Trinity Talk with Mark Horne Advertisements

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Tolkien and Lewis

In the preface to Colin Duriez’s Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, he writes that “It was Tolkien who helped to persuade Lewis, for many years as an atheist, that the claims of the Christian story, in its humble setting … Continue reading

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The Life and Legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is the man behind orcs, elves, swords and sorceries, and is the father of modern fantasy literature. But before we explore Middle-Earth, let’s consider the life and legacy of the man himself. Background In 1891, Arthur … Continue reading

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The Religious Nature of The Lord of the Rings

Brian Nolder in an essay entitled God and Hobbits quotes Tolkien who writing to a friend observed: The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work;… The problem lies in the fact that there is nothing overtly … Continue reading

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Tolkien on Fantasy

Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker. {On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien}

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Tolkien and Trees

I had mentioned in a previous post about Tolkien’s opposition of machinery in favor of trees. Carpenter elaborates on Tolkien’s love for trees in chapter two of his biography: (Tolkien) was more interested in the shape and feel of a … Continue reading

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Tolkien and the Tarantula

Young Tolkien (also known as “Tollers” by his close friends) endured much as a little boy, including the death of his father, Arthur. His childhood days in South Africa did not leave too many impressionable moments in his mind, but … Continue reading

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Tolkien and Faith

In Horne’s biography of Tolkien he observed that what truly motivated Tolkien’s writings were not only the literary influences in his life, but the Christian faith, which “…helped him deal with the crises and losses in his life made it … Continue reading

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Tolkien and his Pipe

I’ve begun reading through Tolkien’s biography by Humphrey  Carpenter. His first chapter details his visit to Professor Tolkien’s home. A few things struck me: First, Professor Tolkien is deeply engaged with his pipe. His pipe is almost symbolic in that … Continue reading

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Tolkien and the Hobbit

In preparation for my interview with Mark Horne for Trinity Talk and my biography Sunday School at Providence on J.R.R. Tolkien, I have been re-visiting some old works and exposing myself to some new ones on the creator of Middle-Earth. … Continue reading

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Children and Lord of the Rings

A friend posed the following question to me: “… you were plugging LOTR the other day and Mark Hornes new bio of Tolkien..I am considering starting to read The Hobbit with my family, Including a 4.70 yr. Old and a … Continue reading

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Eating with the Hobbits

We need more Tolkien in our society. Christians should read him constantly. An interesting side to Tolkien’s famed Trilogy was brought to my attention in a fascinating article by Matthew Dickerson entitled Food and the Culture of Hobbits. Dickerson observes … Continue reading

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