Stirrings and New beginnings | I’m back!

Hello again everyone! I seem to be back ūüėÄ

Although “back” is rather misleading. I was always “here”, both figuratively and literally. Following my ‘Farewell‘ post some eight months back, I kept visiting the blog and ensuring I replied to any new comments popping up every now and then on any posts.

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Christopher Tolkien and Other Farewells

Christopher Tolkien

Photo by Charles E. Noad

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”

Tolkien‚Äôs Poetry | Octosyllabic Couplets + New Project Announcement

 

Tapisserie de Bayeux - Scène 32 : des hommes observent la comète de Halley

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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs Poetry | Octosyllabic Couplets + New Project Announcement”

‚ÄėMedieval Monsters‚Äô by Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert {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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Medieval Monsters book cover

Many a time I find myself in awe at images and scans of beautifully-crafted manuscripts from the Middle Ages, often wondering what some of the strange, yet colourful creatures adorning the margins actually are or even symbolise. Continue reading “‚ÄėMedieval Monsters‚Äô by Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert {BookTalk}”

Tolkien Reading Day 2017!

Reading stick figure man

The sun has risen on yet another 25th of March, and that means it’s the start of¬†Tolkien Reading Day!

This day, marking the destruction of the One Ring in The Lord of the Rings, is meant to praise the author’s works and encourage people to read Tolkien by quoting favourite passages.

Besides being a prolific writer, J.R.R. Tolkien was also quite the poet. I’ve mentioned numerous times my love for his poetry and, instead of focusing on the more popular and praised Middle-earth works, today I’ve decided to provide you with four beautiful extracts of these metrical compositions. Continue reading “Tolkien Reading Day 2017!”

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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A big thanks to Olga from¬†Middle-Earth Reflections and Lisa from Tolkien Read Through who have nominated me for this cool award – the Sunshine Blogger Award. The most rewarding part of blogging about Tolkien is communicating with fellow fans and readers, and sharing our love for the books. So thanks once again Olga and Lisa! ūüôā

Now on to the official procedure. Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award”