February 1, 2016

The Original Riddles in the Dark Chapter

"Losst it is, my precious, lost, lost! Curse us and crush us, my precious is lost!" So cries Gollum in chapter 5 of The Hobbit, "The Riddles in the Dark."  It's one of the most memorable scenes in all of Tolkien's writings featuring two of his strongest characters in a battle not of swords, but of wit. However, some fans might be surprised to learn that Tolkien actually pulled a George Lucas on one of his most beloved episodes...

A new season...

"I want to see mountains again, Gandalf! Then find somewhere quiet where I can write on my blog."

Life for me has been extremely busy lately and, somewhat like Bilbo and Tolkien himself, sometimes I feel busy and nothing else.  As a result, my posts have been awfully sparse the past few months and I apologize for that.  For the longest time I felt obligated to write continually and when I couldn't meet my own expectations I simply didn't find the time or energy to write at all which is not the way blogging (or life in general) should be.  While I can't make any promises about steady streams of posts or regular updates, I am realigning my schedule a bit and adjusting my expectations and goals for this blog.  I do plan on continue writing here, but posts may come only once or twice a month instead of almost weekly as they did last summer.  Nevertheless, even with less time I'm excited to continue on this journey with you as we explore Tolkien's world post-Jackson era.

January 3, 2016

Tolkien's Only Baby Picture

On this day 124 years ago in 1882 in the little town of Bloemfontein, South Africa, one of the world's greatest authors was born.  And, since this is a Tolkien blog I'm sure you know who I'm talking about.