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For a number of years I used to think what would happen once the son and literary heir of J.R.R Tolkien would be with us no more. I questioned what would that mean to the Tolkien community, whether the experience of reading the books would change, and what would it mean for future scholarly work and publications. Continue reading “Christopher Tolkien and Other Farewells”
Well folks, this is it.
The Lay of Leofwin project I briefly posted about over the last few months, has taken a life of its own and been transformed into a book. An actual, published book! Continue reading ““Hæstingas” | My New Book!”
It’s been over 3 months since my last post on this blog …
I feel as ashamed as an orc that has nothing evil to do, or an elf that has no singing to be done. Continue reading “I’m still here … re-reading Tolkien”
Alas! dear readers and followers of A Tolkienist’s Perspective. I feel a long apology is due to redress my absence during these last few months. However, a short note must suffice at this stage. Although I’ve been actively replying to comments that still flow through on a weekly basis on this blog (thank you!), one of the reasons for my inactivity was precisely this Lay of Leofwin project, which I delve into a bit more in this post.
Hence, read on dear reader, read on …
It soon becomes apparent to readers delving into Tolkien’s writings, that the aforementioned author was fascinated by the Anglo-Saxon world that thrived in England between c.450AD and 1066 — the latter, an infamous year in history when the Battle of Hastings took place. Continue reading “Lay of Leofwin project #Update 2”
Okay folks, a brand new trailer for the film Tolkien just dropped … and it looks wonderful!
Yes, yes, I know I said I’d try not to form any conclusions before actually seeing the film, but it’s difficult to resist once you get to see the scope of the film itself. Continue reading “Tolkien | Trailer 2 is here!”
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun and The Lay of Leithian are, in my opinion, two masterly-crafted long, epic poems (even though the latter, alas, remains unfinished).
I am no poetry expert, having never managed to successfully appreciate many poems (especially those of the modern sort, with free verse and all that), but there was something in Tolkien’s own poetic writings which I found accessible, instant and attractive. And while Tolkien might not be considered one of the great poetry writers, his verses seem to embody a character of their own — steeped in history and language, harking back to the style and tone of the great classical works, The Odyssey, The Divine Comedy and, naturally, Beowulf. Continue reading “Tolkien’s Poetry | Octosyllabic Couplets + New Project Announcement”
The kind folks over at TheOneRing.net were given the honour of unveiling the teaser trailer for the upcoming film ‘Tolkien’.
True, there’s not much one can fully appreciate in the 1-minute clip, but it sure got me excited for its release! The visuals truly look captivating, but I’ll reserve my judgement of the film itself once I see it in cinemas. Continue reading “‘Tolkien’ Teaser now online – and it looks stunning!”
Happy New Year!
It’s 2019, and 3rd January brings with it the annual tradition for any Tolkien readers to celebrate the birth of the author — in this instance, 127 years ago. Continue reading “Celebrating Tolkien’s Birthday”
It has become an annual tradition of sorts on this blog to post a list of books I have read in the last twelve months. This might perhaps provide some inspirational reading ideas for you, dear readers.
Besides, I think it’s the perfect opportunity for me to take a moment, stand back, and admire the books I have consumed (not literally). Continue reading “Books I’ve Read in 2018 [Christmas wrap-up]”
Following the same editorial structure employed in Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien’s new publication offers readers a detailed look at the evolution of the writing that was to become the main narrative behind the story of Gondolin.
The book presents several iterations of Tuor’s story — the lone man in search of the Hidden City, and his adventures before and during its fall. As with the preceding publication, there is no new material to adorn this book, although The Fall of Gondolin does present the various scattered stories found in The Book of Lost Tales and Unfinished Tales within one collection. Continue reading “Approaching Tolkien: The Fall of Gondolin”