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Tolkien 101: A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte

Joseph Loconte’s book may not have the erudition of the work of a Tom Shippey or a John D. Rateliff, but A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War may be my favorite work on nonfiction on Tolkien.  It is a … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: War in Middle Earth Computer Game

The work of J.R.R. Tolkien managed to produce one of my three favorite strategy games of all-time—1988’s War in Middle Earth (the other two are Fantasy Empires (1993) and Sword of the Samurai (1989)).  I burned many, many hours playing … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski

At some point even a “101” look at Tolkien has to consider the other Inklings.  I had read both the fiction and nonfiction of C.S. Lewis, but The Fellowship was the first book I read to really cover the other … Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018

I can’t say it has been a great reading year thus far.  Sadly, I haven’t read that much.  I have only finished 31 books so far this year.  And, while few of those books have been bad or average, even … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey

Tom Shippey believes J.R.R. Tolkien is the author of the century and does not care who knows it.  After laying out the case against—the opinions of literati and the intellectual elite, many of whom obviously never read Tolkien—Shippey moves on … Continue reading

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

I introduced this new, intermittent series here at Every Day Should Be Tuesday in this post and attempted to define both “pulp” and “superversive.”  In this post I will try to flesh out what I mean by those terms by … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended editions)

I’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy many, many times.  But this was a different experience.  My first time watching them after rereading the books, perhaps since their release.  My first time watching them after watching Jackson’s execrable … Continue reading

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