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The ogre in the dungeon

Alex Lewis * J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the paper On Fairy-stories for an Andrew Lang lecture given on 8 March 1939 at St Andrews University [1], although Carpenter suggests that the basis for the talk was meant to be… Continuă lectura →

The curious case of Denethor and the Palantir

 Jessica Yates * This essay is inspired by a theory of Tom Shippey, put forward in four different places, three of them with reference to the Peter Jackson film, The Return of the King. Shippey wrote [1]: What did he… Continuă lectura →

„Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceases”: Tolkien, Wagner, Nationalism, and Modernity

Lecture Title: „Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceases”: Tolkien, Wagner, Nationalism, and Modernity” Speaker: Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, Professor of History at Hillsdale College. Location: ISI Conference on „Modernists and Mist Dwellers” at the Seattle Opera House… Continuă lectura →

Death and funerary practices in Middle-earth

Pat Reynolds I would like to take you with me on a perilous journey. As readers of Tolkien you will perhaps recall the two types of journey for which he is famed. The first is the hero-quest, as exemplified by… Continuă lectura →

Din arhiva STR: J.R.R. Tolkien la BBC „In Their Own Words”

Ediția din 30 martie 1968 a emisiunii „In Their Own Words: British Novelists” (BBC 2) îl are ca invitat pe prof. Tolkien. John Izzard se întâlnește cu profesorul acasã la acesta, se plimbã împreunã cu el prin locațiile din Oxford… Continuă lectura →

„Lewis and Tolkien – Scholars and Friends”

Professor Christopher Mitchell of Wheaton College opens the door to insights and events publicly observed in the lives of writers C. S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien and their fascinating relationships with members of the literary elite. A wonderful lecture… Continuă lectura →

Demons, Choices, and Grace in The Lord of the Rings

Chad Chisholm After Frodo, Sam, and Gollum climb the stairs of Cirith Ungol, Gollum disappears and Sam asks a metafictional question: “Don’t the great tales never end?” Tolkien puts into Frodo’s mouth a wonderful answer: “No, they never end as… Continuă lectura →

The Evolution of the „Queen of the Stars”

Kristine Larsen * One of the most powerful characters, of either gender, to appear in the published form of The Silmarillion is undoubtedly Varda (Elbereth), Queen of the Stars. Complementary in abilities to Manwë, her spouse, she above all others… Continuă lectura →

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