There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger

My library doesn’t have Flieger’s earlier collection, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, so I read this instead. I’m not really sure how to review this, so I’ll start by linking to Megan Fontentot’s review:http://journal.finfar.org/articles/book-review-there-would-always-be-a-fairy-tale/ These were interesting to read, but I’m finding it difficult to say much about them. I’ll probably comeContinue reading “There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger”

Notes on “The Shape of the Narrative in The Lord of the Rings”

This is a 1983 essay by fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, published her book Reflections: On the Magic of Writing. I read this essay because of a post from Calmgrove, which is part of a series of posts concerning The Lord of the Rings. I have read a few of Jones’s books (so far Howl’sContinue reading “Notes on “The Shape of the Narrative in The Lord of the Rings””

Review: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read The Hobbit, or There and Back Again years ago after I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time. I liked it, but I didn’t feel compelled to read it again. I reread it in June. I still don’tContinue reading “Review: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again”

Review: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (repost from GoodReads, 2018)

Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World by Verlyn FliegerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars It would probably be ideal to read this right after reading The Silmarillion. I would have, if I had known about it at the time. I decided to read it now because I’ve started following Jeff LaSala’s The SilmarillionContinue reading “Review: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (repost from GoodReads, 2018)”

Review: The Children of Húrin

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. TolkienMy rating: 5 of 5 stars 9/25/2019: This is a repost for the Tolkien Blog Party 2019. I’d also like to highlight this essay, which I think is pretty insightful — it will make more sense if you have read the book, however:Children of Húrin Is Not Relentlessly Depressing (I KNOWContinue reading “Review: The Children of Húrin”

Review: Farmer Giles of Ham

Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. TolkienMy rating: 5 of 5 stars … Or as the subtitle has it: “The Rise and Wonderful Adventures of Farmer Giles, Lord of Tame, Count of Worminghall and King of the Little Kingdom” A fun adventure that turns out to be an elaborate in-joke about some English place names.Continue reading “Review: Farmer Giles of Ham”

Review: Beren and Lúthien

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. TolkienMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an old review from GoodReads, I just wanted it on my blog so I am posting it here. This book combines different versions of the story of Beren and Luthien, one of the Middle-earth legends mentioned in LotR, presented in one volume.Continue reading “Review: Beren and Lúthien”

Top 10 Tuesday: The Best Books I Read in 2018

A top 10 +1, actually.  I wrote reviews for most of these, but there are a few I just didn’t get around to reviewing.  Njals Saga (author unknown) review Too Like the Lightning/Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer (Terra Ignota series) I am lumping these two together because they are so closely connected, with the second book picking upContinue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: The Best Books I Read in 2018”

Review: The Fall of Gondolin

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. TolkienMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Love not too well the work of thy hands and the devices of thy heart, and remember that the true hope of the Noldor lieth in the West and cometh from the sea. This book collects in one volume two previously published storiesContinue reading “Review: The Fall of Gondolin”

Review: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight/Pearl/Sir Orfeo

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight/Pearl/Sir Orfeo by UnknownMy rating: 5 of 5 stars If you will listen to this lay but a little while now, I will tell it at once as in town I have heard it told,as it is fixed and fetteredin story brave and bold, thus linked and truly lettered, asContinue reading “Review: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight/Pearl/Sir Orfeo”

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