Debating Tolkien’s Magnum Opus

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Stephen King has The Dark Tower series. George Orwell has 1984. Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy is the author’s own unparalleled piece of writing.

“Magnum Opus” (translated from Latin as “masterpiece”) is a term that can be applied to virtually any piece of art or literature that has somehow had a significant impact upon those who experience it, and was brought about by a sophisticated, high standard and excellent creative impulse on the part of its creator. Continue reading

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The Gates of Morning and the Door of Night, Eä and the Void

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The Silmarillion contains two obscure references to places or “structures” that seem to be the opposite of each other. Both are fascinating concepts but difficult to grasp given how little information we have access to. Continue reading

GRR Martin vs Tolkien: Character Deaths in The Silmarillion [count]

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Can Tolkien beat G.R.R. Martin in the number of character deaths?

Just to pass the time, I decided to mark every page where the death of a named character occurs in The Silmarillion (excluding Akallabêth and Of The Rings of Power). 

This was inspired by a hilarious image circulating the internet which compares J.K. Rowling’s and G.R.R. Martin’s own character deaths in their stories. Continue reading

Video: Tolkien|CS Lewis|Sherlock Holmes|Harry Potter Book Collection!

You asked for it … you’ve got it!

Given that we’re just 1 week away from celebrating this blog’s four-year anniversary (unbelievable), I’ve decided to re-do the book collection video I posted on my YouTube channel over a year ago. Continue reading

Returning to Middle-earth: from one fantasy world to another

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To me there’s only one fantasy world where I feel most at home. Middle-earth was, and will remain my primary destination for the tired mind and heart that long to seek solace and comfort from the real world. Continue reading