Anyone who's ever read anything about Tolkien knows the story of Luthien, the tale of an Elf maiden who fell in love with the mortal man Beren and ultimately sacrificed her immortality to be with him. Their sage is, of course, intertwined with those fantastic gems known as the Silmarils, one of which they managed … Continue reading Book Review: “Beren and Luthien” (by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Though I have not yet had the chance to teach an entire course on Tolkien, his works, and his legacy, I have still given a lot of thought to the numerous ways in which I might do so, as well as what aspects would be most fruitful pedagogically. As it happens, his is an immensely … Continue reading Teaching Tolkien: Biographical, Textual, and Historical Approaches
Today I finally got around to finishing up a post I started two years ago. For some time now, I've been thinking about how very much we Tolkien fans--laypeople and scholars alike--owe Christopher Tolkien. From The Silmarillion to The History of Middle-earth (12 volumes!) to the upcoming volume on Beren and Luthien, Tolkien has been a masterful and truly … Continue reading In Praise of Christopher Tolkien
In case you missed it, Peter Jackson recently announced that, unless the Tolkien Estate grants permission to utilize any of Tolkien's published works (other than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), there will no more Tolkien films made in the foreseeable future. This should come as no surprise to any of us who have kept up … Continue reading Who Owns Tolkien?