Tolkien was far more concerned that we take his novel on its own terms as a work of art than that we arrive at some correct interpretation.
For the 50th anniversary of Tolkien’s death, I want to celebrate some of his major contributions to the study of medieval literature.
Ancient tales of gods and heroes and medieval Scandinavia help us make sense of things like masculinity, betrayal, revenge and the end of the world.
Recently, the cast of The Rings of Power announced a statement of solidarity against the relentless racist abuse against actors of colour on the show.
Badly paced and luridly shot, the series’ first episodes have been a let down.
The new series is part of the expansive world created by J.R.R Tolkien across several books, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.
It’s no coincidence that more books about trees are popping up. There is an air of desperation in new books by Peter Wohllben, Janine Burke and others.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote letters to his children from Father Christmas every year for 23 years. And they’re filled with elves, goblins and playful polar bears.
Tolkien and Zamenhof are two of imaginary languages’ most successful proponents – yet their aims were very different.
‘Winter is Coming’ and ‘All Men Must Die’ are Game of Thrones’ watchwords. But do they offer clues to an ending for the show – and the books?
Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there’s an art to making up languages.
J R R Tolkien died over 40 years ago and since then there have been over 30 titles bearing his name. Is this warranted?