Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth … looking back in wonder

Tolkien Exhibition 2018
No photography was allowed inside the actual exhibition space due to light-sensitive documents

As you walk up the steps of the Weston Library in the heart of Oxford, anticipation sets in at the sight of a large sign with the word Tolkien printed on it, and wrapped around one of the columns adorning the building’s facade. Heading inside, you find yourself in a large foyer, reminiscent of the British Library, and greeted by that same thought when visiting such places: “There is knowledge here that surpasses all earthly gold and treasure”. Continue reading

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Oxonmoot 2018: My Experience

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You may have noticed my recent inactivity on this blog and my silence during two of the most important periods of the year: Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day. Yet, as you may have also noted, I found myself engaged by a rather unique event.

The following post is an attempt to provide a brief account of my first experience attending this year’s Oxonmoot, organised by the Tolkien Society. Continue reading

Attending Oxonmoot 2018!

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Yep, there’s a first for everything they say.

This year I decided I would take the plunge and apply for a two-day visit to the annual gathering organised by the Tolkien Society, during the Tolkien Week weekend (this year taking place between 20-23rd September). Continue reading

Remembering Tolkien: 42 Years On…

2 September, 1973

There are no lengthy posts today.JRR Tolkien

Let us simply remember that 42 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien passed away and left behind a legacy as the finest fantasy author of the 20th Century.

In those 40 decades since his passing, that legacy has gained strength and through the published and posthumous works, we can affirm what a great scholar, academic and human being he was.

Thank you Professor.

Riddles, Rhymes and Lilies: The Mystery of Tom Bombadil (Part IV)

Here’s Part IV of the Tom Bombadil article. Please bear with me – it’ll soon be concluded 😉

(Here are Part I, Part II and Part III for those who haven’t been through them yet)

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A Journey to Oxford

A Tolkienist’s Pilgrimage

I do not claim to know every nook and cranny of this most exquisite town (or city, if you prefer the moden word) in the heart of the English countryside. But I can assert that I’ve Street 2 (Oxford)visited the place twice so far and had the opportunity of exploring and witnessing some of the most important landmarks in relation to J.R.R. Tolkien.

Hopefully in this post, I’ll be able to give you a taste of what I’ve seen and where I went (all in a day).

Perhaps you’re planning a trip yourselves …
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