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…

The Road to Little Dribbling: Bill Bryson

Originally posted on travels in my own country:
Travelling Companions 2 I seem to have decided on the pattern of reviewing these from most recently read and working backwards. Actually I’ve been enjoying the sunshine too much and haven’t had much inclination to sit, for more than a minute or two, in front of a computer…

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…