As A Hobbit Dear-Chapter 2

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 2: The Healing of Hurts I don’t know how long I slept or what happened during that time, but when I finally came to, I was... Continue Reading →

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Tolkien and His Friends

By Martina Juričková Word Count: 1394 Rating: G Summary: An essay about Professor Tolkien and his friendships. Even though Tolkien disliked a literary work being analyzed in reference to its author’s life, he admitted that “[a]n author cannot…remain wholly unaffected by his experience” (Tolkien, 2011, p. xxii). And since in his life he was known for... Continue Reading →

As A Hobbit Dear: Table of Contents

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 1 "Slowly Frodo sat up and put an arm around his weeping friend. “I’m glad you’re with me, Samwise Gamgee, here, at the end of all things.”... Continue Reading →

As a Hobbit Dear: Chapter 1

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 1: The End of All Things This was it, this was the end of the line, and we had finally made it. Why was he hesitating? “Frodo?”... Continue Reading →

One More Dance

ONE MORE DANCE By Stuart S. Laing Word count: 1780 Rating: PG Summary: An old lady remembers younger, happier days. “Where’s that blimming cat got tae now?” Jinty sighed as she stared around the edge of her door, peering out into the darkness of Fishmarket Close as the snow continued to fall like feathers from... Continue Reading →

Frodo’s Last Shire Yule

By Anne Marie Gazzolo Word Count: 2605 Rating: G Summary: Frodo celebrates one last Yule at Bag End before leaving for the West. Frodo stood silently in the dark parlour, looking at the single light that glowed by his favorite chair. The book he was reading awaited him by the table. The blanket he often wrapped... Continue Reading →

Freeze and Thaw: A Star Trek Fan Fiction Story

By Aconitum Napellus Word Count: 7438 Rating: PG-13 Summary: After a disastrous visit to another planet, Spock conspires with Bones and Scotty to save Captain Kirk from crushing depression. December was a dull month. Even on the starship Enterprise, without the natural cycles of weather or the tilt of the earth creating shorter, darker, colder days,... Continue Reading →

A Rose in Winter: A Treeman of Roses Story

Goewyn knew there was no need for constant conversation between her and Rhodon, but she had come for a reason. “My father and Aunt Betsan sent me out here to find you.” “Oh, yes?” “Yes, they want to invite you to our Christmas Eve celebration. It’s only two days away, you know.” Only two days from Christmas, already? If the winter rain didn’t come soon… “You know I have never been fond of parties, Goewyn.”

Different Kinds of Friendship in Middle-Earth

Interracial friendships are those which are established between members of different races. While intra-racial friendships are common in Tolkien’s world, his stories more frequently feature interracial ones because the history-making events described in them usually require a clash and cooperation between different cultures, and such out-of-necessity relationships can often result in genuine friendships. From the writer’s point of view, these relationships provide a great opportunity for combating prejudice and exercising virtues. Nonetheless, the quality of friendship depends on the characters’ personality rather than racial typicalities.

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