Ordway’s Myth-Busting Research: Tolkien’s Modern Reading (A Review)

  In her monumental study, Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (TMR), Holly Ordway debunks the popular misconception that J.R.R. Tolkien was an anti-modern medievalist whose inspiration came […]

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Learning Writing at Writespace

I met Dr. Holly Ordway and Writespace on the same day, at HBU’s 2015 Spring Writers’ Conference. I was new to Houston and my friend had invited me to come […]

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Contrary Winds: Tolkien’s Priority of Faith and Family as Presented in Tolkien’s Modern Reading

It is difficult to be immersed in a world of contrary winds and hold steady to one’s course. And yet, this is precisely what J.R.R. Tolkien did. Although he is […]

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An Interview with Holly Ordway

In order to detail Tolkien’s modern literary influences, you had to read as many of the books Tolkien had read as you could — which means first you had to […]

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A Passage to Something Better

He [Tolkien] folded into his work something fresh and unexpected, something vital and important: a tear drop from his own flesh and blood. From one perspective, the change was minor, […]

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Unveiling Reality Through The Imagination

In her spiritual memoir, Not God’s Type, Dr. Holly Ordway explains the process of her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Primarily through the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, […]

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Review: Tolkien’s Modern Reading

  Long before the printing press, Solomon complained that “of the making of many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”[1] What would […]

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Poetry as Prayer, Imagination the Spark to Worship and Service: Ordway’s Review of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Word on Fire’s Ignatian Collection

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil”[1] -Gerard Manley Hopkins, God’s Grandeur   Holly Ordway shows her commitment to […]

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Dr. Ordway’s Visual Guide to Paragraph Structure

While it may not be among her best known works — yet — Dr. Ordway’s “Visual Guide to Paragraph Structure” garners instant recognition and nostalgic nods of appreciation from alumni […]

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Drawing the Drawing Out of Me

Life surprises come in all shapes and colors. In my case, they also came in lines, pencil lines. I discovered I was good at drawing, when I was thirty five […]

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