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…
This Silmarillion artwork is by Justin Gerard.
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.”
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.
“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.”
About the profound influence Oxford’s Inklings had on the course of imaginative literature, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski write: “By the time the last Inkling passed away, on the eve of the 21st century, the group had altered, in large or small measure, the course of imaginative literature (fantasy, allegory, mythopoeic tales)…”
Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author’s version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father “enter[ing] into the imagined past” of the heroes…
______________ J.R.R. Tolkien frequented Oxford’s Bodleian Library, which now holds a large collection of Tolkien manuscripts.
Youtube video: Tolkien expert Dr. Joseph Pearce on how ‘The Hobbit’ can change us
As most Tolkien enthusiasts know January 3rd would have been J.R.R. Tolkien’s 123rd birthday — or, as Tolkien would have us put it, his twelvety-third birthday. To honor and celebrate The Professor, Tolkien fans around the world toasted the brilliant creator of Middle-earth…