Category Archives: Tolkien

Tolkienesque meditations

With the upcoming semester only a few days away, I have been doing what many geeky Catholics do for refreshment of spirit: re-read Tolkien. I finished The Hobbit yesterday, and completed Book One of The Lord of the Rings about … Continue reading

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Hey, wait…

My blog title would actually make more sense if it were Res Studii et Ludi. That somehow has escaped my notice for almost two years. There goes my vaunted skill with Latin. I suppose by this point tradition allows for … Continue reading

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge day 20: T is for Tolkien

Since I praised Chesterton in a previous post for this contest, it seemed only fair to devote a post to Professor Tolkien, another writer very important to me. The man and his work need no introduction, and it’s difficult to … Continue reading

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QotD: Why your fantasy novel is crap edition

Lars Walker: Trying to write “like Tolkien” without some degree of his scholarship is a project doomed to fail. Hit the books. (via Strange Herring)

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Frodo, Boromir and the easier way

“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Post

(yeah, lame title, I know) When I rewatched Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Rings some time ago, one of the things which struck me was how quickly to the point of almost feeling rushed the movie was, in spite of … Continue reading

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