Articles

A Fragrantly Recurring Tolkien Smoke-Ring

John Elton Pletcher loves storytelling, all-things-Tolkien, and literary analysis (with a special eye for everyday applicability). Speaker, author, pastor, and curator of @GandalfTheGuide, John lives in Lancaster, PA with his wonderful wife, Nancy, and...

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“My Precious” and the Human Condition

Author Scott Sauls writes: Do you remember what Gollum called the ring of power in The Lord of the Rings? His “Precious.” J.R.R. Tolkien was reading the human condition when he came up with that little detail. It is our fallen human tendency to grasp a...

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What does “eucatastrophe” mean?

From an interview I did with the late Dr. Michael Stanton back in 2004: One thing I have noticed is that even though Tolkien coined the term back in the late 1930s, when he was still in the early stages of writing LOTR, very few of his earlier...

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3 Ways to Conquer Your Fears

Use The Lord of the Rings to navigate your fight-or-flight instinct. Many characters in The Lord of the Rings resist their flight instincts to fight for courage. If Hobbits—who are of meager stature and abilities—can fight through fear, we can as well.  ...

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