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A Very Happy Birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien

A very Happy Birthday to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who was born on 3 January 1892. May his books continue to experience many happy returns!On a related note, in a 1965 letter to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien asked, “Do you think you could mark the New Year by dropping the Professor? I belong to a generation which…

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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…

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Monday Motivation

October 2018 Bundle By John Elton Pletcher I am not uproariously excited about going back to work most Mondays, and I know I am not alone. We might take heart today by pondering one rather quirky word, unique to J.R.R. Tolkien. Working with Words Before we consider this motivating word, it is important to grasp…

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BEWARE the Most Dreadful Danger of Tolkien Dragons!

October 2018 Bundle BEWARE the Most Dreadful Danger of Tolkien Dragons! By John Elton Pletcher   Humans display a historic fascination with dragons. Something fiery and wonderful captivates us about those ferocious creatures. Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons supplies a facsimile of a very old volume. Perhaps fictitious—but maybe real, it…

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The Best of Tolkien

August 2018 BUndle The Best of Tolkien by Joseph Pearce Originally published January 2017 For some time I’ve had the intention of drawing up a list of what I consider to be the best books on J.R.R. Tolkien. It is, therefore, not a list of the best books by him but the best books about…

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Tolkien Time Travel – Encounter Silmarillion Wonder

August 2018 Bundle Tolkien Time Travel Encounter Silmarillion Wonder   by John Pletcher Ever dreamed of being able to time travel? Perhaps you think such a phenomenon is impossible. I have good news! J.R.R. Tolkien would love to help fulfill your dream. Amidst readers’ fantastic enthusiasm for Tolkien’s writing, there is an oh-so-sad tragedy. And…

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Wandering in Wonder

July 2018 Bundle Wandering in Wonder Present-earth Enjoyment from Middle-earth Beauty by Dan Cruver People love Tolkien because his writing elicits wonder. We love Middle-earth, in large part, because we long to enjoy its wonders in our daily Present-earth experience. Consider Peter Kreeft’s perspective on the wonder-eliciting power of Tolkien’sThe Silmarillion: “The Silmarillion is a…

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It’s Not an Adventure Until Something Goes Wrong

So often these days, people seek “adventure,” only to spend so much time and money beforehand to ensure nothing goes wrong, that by the time the “adventure” happens, it’s no longer an adventure. In light of this, I have long held to the motto, “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong”.  Well, as we…

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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 three high-energy, creative sons. Though they never met, I am quite confident that J.R.R. Tolkien would have loved my grandfather, Everett…

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A Most Curious Tolkien Word—for your Week-after-Easter Motivation

“Tolkien viewed this wonderful concept as operative for our history, not just Middle-earth.” Like most inhabitants of Present-earth, you are probably not uproariously excited about going back to work after the holiday weekend. You might take heart as you move into your post-Easter workweek by pondering one rather quirky word, unique to Tolkien’s lexicon. Before we consider…

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