Ten facts about Professor Tolkien at School (part 1)

Ten facts about Professor Tolkien at School (part 1)

Our favorite portions of the Professor’s legendarium did not just magically appear. It’s marvelously fascinating to explore (or revisit) Tolkien’s own journey in academia. Enjoy these five fast facts. Yes, he was brilliant and writing stories at a very early age. In a letter to W.H. Auden, the Professor explained his own childhood fascination with…

Spotlighting Tolkien Resources – The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

Spotlighting Tolkien Resources – The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired Middle-earth  by John Garth Reflections by Dan Cruver and John PletcherFor many years, fans and scholars alike have enjoyed conjecturing about those places—the regions, locales, and situations—that might have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterful creation of Middle-earth. John Garth’s recent book aims to make a significant contribution…

Beren, Lúthien, and Heroic Love

Beren, Lúthien, and Heroic Love

This month has an extra week, so we’re including another piece of content this week. This talk was from our conference in 2017 by Lisa Coutras. If you heard our interview earlier this month, you’ll remember Lisa mentioning her appreciation for Lúthien. Well, here’s an entire talk about Beren, Lúthien, and Heroic Love! Enjoy!  Lisa Coutras…

Spotlighting Tolkien Resources

Spotlighting Tolkien Resources

Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth, by Lisa Coutras Reflections by Dan Cruver and John PletcherDuring summertime 2020, we are spotlighting several of exceptional Tolkien resources that are favorites of the Eucatastrophe team. This month, we are featuring the work of Lisa Coutras. She holds a PhD in theology from King’s College,…

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…