Tag Archives: Vintage SF

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 … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: LOTR Appendices

Even as a kid, I was thrown off when I got to the climax of The Return of the King and there was still half a book left.  There is that overlong denouement (a problem Tolkien was able to avoid … 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: Rereading The Lord of the Rings, part 2

Reading the second half of The Lord of the Rings reinforces my division of the series in half in my mind and on the blog.  The split makes for a strong first half and an even better second half, instead … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Rereading The Lord of the Rings, part 1

Tolkien always saw The Lord of the Rings as a single, cohesive story.  It was only published in three volumes due to wartime paper shortages.  But, then again, it was never feasible as a single volume.  At 500k+ words, The … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Rereading The Hobbit

I’ve been trying to keep my paper library to a manageable size, but I’m afraid of the quality of the kindle versions for old books.  So I’ve been buying even more physical books.  At least the books back then, like … Continue reading

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

And so an Age passes.  The Fall of Gondolin is the last of Christopher Tolkien efforts to collate and curate his father’s works.  He is now stepping back from his central role in the management of his father’s literary estate … Continue reading

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