Along with 10 other presenters, England-born Tolkien scholar Joseph Pearce is presenting at the first annual Celebrate Tolkien Conference in Greenville, SC on November 9-10 at The Old Cigar Warehouse.
Joseph is a writer and the director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College. Previously, he had comparable positions at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Ave Maria College, and at Ave Maria University in Florida.
He’s the author of…read more
As you may know, we are hosting the first annual Celebration of JRR Tolkien this coming November 9-10 at the enchanting Old Cigar Warehouse in Greenville, South Carolina. We are thrilled to be bringing together some of the world’s leading Tolkien experts, artists, performers, and authors of our day. Celebrate Tolkien will be a wonderful two-day event.
So…here is our question: if you were to come, what topics on Tolkien and Middle-earth would you like our presenters to address?read more
You are invited to attend the first annual Celebration of JRR Tolkien at the enchanting Old Cigar Warehouse in Greenville, South Carolina on November 9-10, 2017. This event will feature presentations by some of the world’s leading Tolkien experts, artists, performers, and authors of our day. The presentations are not the only part of the celebration. Also join us for a pipe smoking competition, Hobbit games, and Middle Earth themed food and music.read more
Over at Slate.com, Danielle Maurer gives four reasons why she believes J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius. Here are the first two: World-building ability: As far as I'm concerned, no one has ever topped Tolkien here. His world has such depth and feel...read more
“The chief power (of all the rings alike) was the prevention or slowing of decay…”read more
If literature teaches us anything at all, it is this: that we have in us an eternal element, free from care and fear, which can survey the things in ‘life’ we call evil with serenity…read more
This Silmarillion artwork is by Justin Gerard.read more
Taken from the book ‘The Inklings of Oxford: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Their Friends’: “The Tolkiens moved to 76 Sandfield Road in Headington where they lived from 1953 until 1968.”read more
Enjoy Jamie Costa’s impression of Gandalf in his new short film. Dumbledore is performed by Brady E. Amundson. Jamie Costa is an impressionist who graduated from a university just miles from where I live here in Travelers Rest, SC.read more
“Like Beowulf, Tolkien was an orphan. (He was taken in by his grandparents.) He grew up in the West Midlands, and said that the ‘Beowulf’ poet, too, was probably from there. He did not have difficulty living in a world of images and symbols. (He was a Catholic from childhood.) He liked golden treasure and coiled dragons. Perhaps, in the dark of night, he already knew what would happen: that he would never publish his beautiful ‘Beowulf,’ and that his intimacy with the poem, more beautiful, would remain between him and the poet—a secret love.”read more