3 Ways to Conquer Your Fears

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.   So, read through The Lord of the Rings again to learn from its courageous…

An Inkling of Friendship in a Smartphone World

An Inkling of Friendship in a Smartphone World

In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis provides us with a profound insight into the inner-workings of undistracted friendship (i.e., enjoying friends with our smartphones safely hidden away in our pockets or purses). The inner-circle of the literary gathering known as the Inklings was J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.

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Eden, The Spoiling of Middle-Earth, and Hope

In the afterword of Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tom Shippey writes:

“In a letter he wrote to his son Christopher in 1945, Tolkien remarked, ‘certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and are constantly glimpsing it’ (Letters, 110). He provided many glimpses of it himself.

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A Christmas Note from Tolkien

Imagine getting the above Christmas note from J.R.R. Tolkien… If you had received that note as a gift from him, how would it rank as one of the most thoughtful or memorable gifts you’ve ever received? Let us know! Here’s the transcription of Tolkien’s Christmas greeting:DEAR HUGH THIS IS JUST TO WISH YOU A HAPPY…