Tolkien’s Poetry | Octosyllabic Couplets + New Project Announcement

 

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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

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“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

‘Taliessin Through Logres’ – Charles Williams {BookTalk}

BookTalk is a series of blog posts, where I discuss non-Tolkien books in concise and honest reviews. Read on dear reader …

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Taliessin.pngWell, I’m not sure exactly how to write this review.

I was aware, before I ever purchased a copy of this book, that Williams’s writing was dense and difficult to comprehend on a first-time basis. That has been the case in this instance. Continue reading

‘The Chapel of the Thorn’ by Charles Williams {BookTalk}

BookTalk is a new series of blog posts, where I discuss non-Tolkien books in concise and honest reviews. Read on dear reader …

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Having focused my reading habits on the works of Tolkien and Lewis for years now, not to mention acquiring a book or two about the Inklings, I thought it was the right time to dip into some of the works by other members of that literary group.

And what better way to do this than by exploring the somewhat obscure figure of Charles Williams himself? Continue reading

Will we ever see Tolkien’s Aotrou & Itroun in Deluxe Edition?

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It has become a nice tradition that with every new release of a Tolkien book, we get the hardback edition and its deluxe equivalent.

Which got me thinking …

What happened with the deluxe edition of The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun? Continue reading

The entire novel of ‘The Hobbit’ in just 76 verses

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Following my last post on discovering the first “fragmented” poem I ever wrote about The Hobbit, some of you kindly requested I put my appalling poetry skills back into use and complete the poem I had started.

That is exactly what I have done.

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