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To J. R. R. Tolkien

On a day when Fall’s first leaves were flying And the wind was howling and geese were crying And clouds were black and the sun was hiding, Word first came, on dark wings riding. ……………..“Tolkien is dead,” ……………..Was all they said, ……………..And left us crying.   He heard by light of star and moon The […]

A Passage to Something Better

It is mainly concerned with Death, and Immortality. J.R.R. Tolkien, commenting on The Lord of the Rings in a letter, October 14, 1958. Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart. C.S. Lewis, Image and Imagination   Death. The mere sound of […]

Melkor and Illúvatar

Music was given to the Ainur by Illúvatar: music of what the world would be, music of Illúvatar’s will. But there was one who would not receive the music and instead desired to sing his own will. He began a clamorous and defiant noise, asserting himself against the true song. Melkor sang of desire, power, […]

Loth Lorien

From silver trunk the golden leaf Blows through the old abandoned fief, For Time, the robber and the thief, Has brought the hidden realm to grief: ……………..The wonder is withdrawn. Now far beyond the Western Sea The merry folk have gone to be Naught but a fading memory ……………..In Caras Galadon.   For untold years […]

Awakening Joy

It may occur quite unconsciously, but every author weaves his truest beliefs into the words he writes to one degree or another. A good writer pours all that they are into their writing. The finished product of a good writer, though, is not merely words on a page but a mirror into the very soul […]

Finishing Well

There was once a little man called Niggle, who had a long journey to make. “Leaf by Niggle,” J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien is a master storyteller, especially when writing tales that feature a lengthy and difficult journey. In The Hobbit, we meet Bilbo and a party of thirteen dwarves who set off to defeat Smaug […]