Summer School: Tolkien 101 Wrap-Up

Annnnd it’s a wrap!  Thank you for joining me for Tolkien 101 this summer.  Counting the announcement post and this one, Tolkien 101 stretched for 19 posts.  I covered The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, all nine movies based on Tolkien’s work, one computer game, Tolkien’s essay On Fairy Stories, and five nonfiction books.

It’s been a big three months.  no-angel is considerably bigger relative to The Lord of the Rings.

The highlights have been finally reading On Fairy Stories, reading Philip and Carol Zaleski’s The Fellowship, and writing a post analyzing the superversive and pulp elements of Tolkien’s work.

Unfortunately there was a lot that I didn’t get to.  I still haven’t read The Silmarillion all the way through.  I ran out of time to cover The Inklings and King Arthur and The Fall of Arthur.  Which means that I am definitely going to have to do a Tolkien 201 series next summer.

Regular Throwback SF Thursday programming resumes next week.  I have reviews of Mortu and Kyrus in the White City and Tales from the Magician’s Skull vol. 1 that I need to get up.  I will also be participating in Alexandru Constantin’s Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge.  I am planning to cover a C.L. Moore Jirel of Joiry story, a Robert E. Howard Solomon Kane story, and The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Dunsany.

You can find every post from the series below:



Announcing Summer School: Tolkien 101

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

Rereading The Hobbit

Rereading The Lord of the Rings, part 1

Rereading The Lord of the Rings, part 2

Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Movie Trilogy

The animated Tolkien movies

Devin Brown’s Tolkien Biography

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy

The Good, the Pulp, and the Superversive – J.R.R. Tolkien

Author of the Century by Tom Shippey

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski

War in Middle Earth Computer Game

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte

The Most Metal Deaths in Middle Earth

LOTR Appendices

The History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff

On Fairy Stories

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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8 Responses to Summer School: Tolkien 101 Wrap-Up

  1. pcbushi says:

    I’d say this series was a great success. Certainly enjoyed following along.

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  2. Alex says:

    An excellent series, providing insightful commentary and some great reading recommendations. So many books!

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  3. pcochrun says:

    I’d give myself a B+. I missed some posts while I was on vacation. I enjoyed all the new nuggets in your writings.

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  4. John Boyle says:

    Agreed. Most enjoyable!

    Thanks for taking the time to research and post these articles. The non-fiction books you covered are well worth the time to read for any fantasy author.

    So, next up is Jirel, Solomon Kane and Dunsany’s closer? Sounds interesting!

    Thanks again.

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