Discover Hope in Tolkien’s Tales

Discover Hope in Tolkien’s Tales

Every direction we look, people are hungry for hope. I know numerous friends and family—as do you—whose lives have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 crisis. Our planet’s pandemic has triggered an avalanche of further dreadful outcomes. Collapsing economies. Loneliness. Relapse into destructive addictions. Spikes in depression and suicide. Increase in child abuse. Perhaps…

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 2

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 2

Part 2 – An interview with Dan Cruver and John Pletcher With this two-part, interview-style article, authors Dan Cruver and John Pletcher dialog regarding J.R.R. Tolkien’s unique use of the music and the water. In Part 1 they discussed a few of their favorite scenes where Tolkien includes the great trifecta of water, music, and…

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 2

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 1

Part 1 – An interview with Dan Cruver and John Pletcher With this two-part, interview-style article, authors Dan Cruver and John Pletcher dialog regarding J.R.R. Tolkien’s unique use of the music and the water. Enjoy their banter and insights!1. What are some favorite scenes where water and waterfalls show up in Tolkien’s legendarium? Dan: First,…

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

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

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 that word, it is important to know that our beloved Professor…

The Bigger Reason We Enjoy the Shire

The Bigger Reason We Enjoy the Shire

Brilliant flowers. Colorful fruits and vegetables. Impressive rocks. During the 1970s and early 1980s, three gorgeous gardens graced my grandparents’ backyard. In the center of their fenced lawn stood a young, flourishing tree. As children of summertime, my cousins and I romped our way into every manner of adventure in their yard. We climbed the…