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…

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…

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…

Wandering in Wonder

Wandering in Wonder Present-earth Enjoyment from Middle-earth Beauty 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 Great Book. I deduce this from…

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…