“The Shadows Where the Mewlips [really] dwell” – Mapping the road to Mordor?

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I’m chuffed by the eager response asking me to post the paper I presented at this year’s Oxonmoot. Well, here it is in full (with a few additional notes) for your enjoyment, if such be its fate. Continue reading ““The Shadows Where the Mewlips [really] dwell” – Mapping the road to Mordor?”

Which Two Towers?

A question perhaps not as common as Who is Tom Bombadil? or Do Balrogs have wings?, is the equally-ambiguous issue of which Two Towers give their name to the second volume of The Lord of the Rings.

From a book perspective I never found myself asking this question, since the answer seemed to present itself clearly – even though in contradiction with what the films have offered us.

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The Journey Begins!

Hi all!

First few words, first post, first blog.

The name is James and I’m a self-confessed Tolkienist (aka a J.R.R. Tolkien fan); or even a “Tolkienite”, “Tolkiendil” and even a “Ringer” (yes, I’m also a fan of the films) – scrutinizing every nut and bolt of this author’s magnificent range of literary works. I’m a young man in search of understanding my own perceptions towards the way I see and read the words on the page or the frames on a screen. In short, I’m hoping to introduce my thoughts and purposes for this blog as clearly as possible within a few short paragraphs …
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