Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien presents the various narratives that evolved become the story of Beren and Lúthien who, together, faced the dark lord Morgoth in his own halls and attempted to wrest a Silmaril from his crown.  Illustrated by Alan Lee. Review The story of Beren and Lúthien is one of the most famous episodes in The Silmarillion. …

Tolkien: The Languages of Middle-Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien. Three initials and one name, known all over the world as the author of the famous books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Within these books, he achieved his greatest work, even greater than writing the books themselves: he created languages. And we’re not talking about a couple of words in one or two…

Lewis and Tolkien – The Inklings

This statement from the book, Inklings, by Humphrey Carpenter, is spoken of Charles Williams, who was a regular participant in the informal discussion group, the Inklings, formed by CS Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien at the University of Oxford, England. The group met at various times in Lewis’s classroom and a local pub from the late 1930’s to…

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien (alternate title: Letters from Father Christmas) is a delightful volume for personal or family reading during the Christmas season. With Tolkien’s skillful storytelling abilities and charming illustrations, the book can quickly become a holiday favorite. In this post we will explore some of the historical context for the letters and…

Snow-Trolls and Stone-Giants in Middle-earth

Originally posted on A Tolkienist's Perspective:
The evidence for the existence of both snow-rolls and stone-giants haunting the deep, shadowy passes of Middle-earth is, at best, poor. To begin with, we have a stronger argument in favour of giants. Mentioned several times in The Hobbit, there is an obscure passage during the Dwarves’ journey…

The Art of JRR Tolkien

Originally posted on JGlover Art:
This week’s Tolkien artist insight is about the illustrative artwork of none other than JRR Tolkien himself; I’ve previously looked at the work of other recognised illustrators of Tolkien’s legendarium and whilst debating who to look at this week it occured to me, I haven’t yet delved into the illustrations…

Beren and Lúthien: New Tolkien book in 2017!

Source: Beren and Lúthien: New Tolkien book in 2017! by James Moffett Great news to all Tolkien fans! As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, the second of the Tolkien’s “Great Tales” will find itself on shelves as a standalone publication in May 2017, HarperCollins announced. The book, which will compile together all known versions of…