The Magic of Numenor: The Connection between Tolkien’s Middle-Earth and Lewis’s Space Trilogy

By Ian T. Wilson Word Count: 740 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: How Middle-Earth touches Lewis’s Space Trilogy. Most of you probably know about the lengthy friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. You may know that they were in a writer’s group known as the Inklings. You may even know that Tolkien […]

Sound and Silence: Motifs in Tolkien’s Epic Fantasy Universe

When I first heard that this year’s topic of the project “I read, therefore I am” is “silence”, I thought there was nothing to tell about it in relation to Tolkien. At first sight, it seems that in Tolkien’s writing silence plays no role at all, nor did it in his life. But as I started thinking about it more deeply and reflected on my previous research, I realized that silence, after all, has its place in Tolkien’s writing.

Théoden’s Prayer: A Lord of the Rings Poem

By Avellina Balestri (alias Rosaria Marie) Word Count: 447 Rating: PG for depictions of battle Summary: Theoden King of Rohan lifts up a prayer before the Battle of Pellennor Fields.     Still was the night before the fight Loud were the horns of warning Deep were our sighs and dark the eyes That met ours […]

Vale of Tears: A Song of the Elves

By Mary Faustina Word Count: 209 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: An Elf song about journeying through the darkness. You graced my brows with gleaming light And sent me forth into the night A lantern swinging in my hand I faced a sea of windswept land A glitter, glimmer Moth of white Unto […]

Creation and Sub-Creation: A Tolkienian Essay

By Martina Juričková Word Count: 1550 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: Martina summarizes Tolkien’s philosophy of Sub-Creation and it’s potential to bring God glory.   Christian religion played a very important role in Tolkien’s life. The basis of his faith was founded in his early childhood by his mother Mabel who, grieved by the […]

The Adventure: A Tale of Two Small Hobbits

Gracie sighed. “And I always wanted to know what the pictures and letters on my
necklace mean, you know, the necklace that he gave me after he told that exciting story about the three trolls. Oh, how I loved that story! That was the only time I met Uncle Bilbo, you know, at his wonderful birthday party so long ago. What were those Troll names again? Tom, Bert, and Bill something, I think.”

The Marriage of the White Lady: A Lord of the Rings Story

By Avellina Balestri (alias Rosaria Marie) Word Count: 4,780 Rating: PG for reflections on war and thematic elements Summary: In the aftermath of the War of the Ring, Eowyn prepares to marry Faramir and struggles to come to terms with her own tumultuous emotions so she can finally let go of the old and embrace […]

Soaring and Epic: Magical Movie Scores to Inspire the Imagination

By Mary Faustina Word Count: 960 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: A review of some of the author’s favorite film scores and composers, including tracks from “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “Gladiator”, “The Last Samurai”, “Prince of Egypt”, and more.   I stand at my bedroom window, hands clasped […]

The Master Goldsmith: A Lord of the Rings Story

I was honoured, but not surprised, to be asked to repair and clean the crown before the coronation. And what a task that was. When our new Steward opened the box I cried in shame for my own people; that such a treasure had been left to decay, unremarked. I had to set my whole workshop to restoring it and we only just managed in time for the coronation.