Tag Archives: JRR Tolkien

Waiting for Dawn

On July 8th, my two younger sisters and my sister-in-law (as close as a sister to me) were in a severe car accident. Even as I write this, my sister-in-law remains at the hospital in a coma, and the doctors … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in God | Tagged , | 21 Comments

Through the Window

Inspiring Objects

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Whether intricate mosaics of color, … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Inspiring Objects | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Mythopoeia

I’ve been on a bit of a Tolkien kick lately, because there’s a great deal worth exploring in his works, both fiction and non-fiction. One concept he developed and explored to a greater extent than his predecessors was that of … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Christian Fantasy, Myth and Legend | Tagged | 4 Comments

Of Series and Sequels

At one point, JRR Tolkien started a sequel to Lord of the Rings (which is available in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, if you’re interested in reading it). The story, entitled A New Shadow, was set about 100 years following the … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Christian Fantasy, Writing | Tagged | 12 Comments

The Tolkien Professor

Fantasy Resources

Would you be interested in listening to a PhD in medieval literature lecture on Tolkien? Most of us don’t have time (or perhaps finances) to take college classes at will, but The Tolkien Professor website makes it possible to listen … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged | 5 Comments

Holiday Traditions and Festivities
in Fantastic Literature

Although every culture observes and celebrates various holiday events, at times fantasy writers neglect this area of cultural development. Yet when developed well, fantastic holidays can communicate much about the values and belief systems of the worlds in which they … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Christian Fantasy | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Tolkien Reads Elvish Poetry
(and Giveaway Results)

As perhaps fitting for the holidays, I’ve run two giveaways this month, which have just closed. Jenni Noordhoek won Letters from Father Christmas (my random number generation seems to love you, Jenni), and Elizabeth Baxter won Burning Dawn. Congratulations to … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Book Giveaway, Christian Fantasy | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Longing for Home

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men, so Scripture says. We ache for eternity with a restless longing, a desire for that which exists beyond the perception of … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Christian Fantasy, God | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Book Giveaway: Letters From Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien

I haven’t held a book giveaway in quite a while, and the Christmas season seems like the perfect time to offer a book to my blog readers. I’ve chosen Letters from Father Christmas to share, an entertaining blend of whimsey … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Book Giveaway, Christian Fantasy | Tagged | 25 Comments

Are Fairy Stories Only for the Young?

Sometimes I encounter the perception that fairy tales and fantasy belong to children and teens, and those of a more mature outlook want “realistic” fare. These adults say they want books that delve into real life issues, a perspective that … Continue reading

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted in Fairy Tales, Myth and Legend | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments