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…

Tolkien’s Often Missed Reference to Good Friday in The Lord of the Rings

In the quotation above, Tom Shippey gives us a window not only into the brilliance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world-building prowess, but also into its striking and easily missed subtext. Tolkien’s point to which Shippey refers comes after The Return of the King chapter (“Mount Doom”) in which Frodo and Gollum (against all their desire) destroy the Ring,…

10 of the Most Popular Tolkien Quotes on Twitter

Hobbits, orcs, elves, dwarves, and other creatures from Middle Earth will descend on downtown Greenville this fall to celebrate English author JRR Tolkien, the beloved creator of “The Lord of the Rings.”
Tolkien fans are being encouraged to dress in their best Middle Earth costumes for the first annual “Celebrate Tolkien” conference, which will be held at the Old Cigar Warehouse November 9-10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Our goal is honor and appreciate Tolkien’s work with this conference,” said organizer Dan Cruver. “We’re encouraging everyone

Hear Tolkien Scholar Joseph Pearce at Celebrate Tolkien

Along with 10 other presenters, England-born Tolkien scholar Joseph Pearce is presenting at the first annual Celebrate Tolkien Conference in Greenville, SC on November 9-10 at The Old Cigar Warehouse.

Joseph is a writer and the director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College. Previously, he had comparable positions at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Ave Maria College, and at Ave Maria University in Florida.

He’s the author of…