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Sep 212016

tolkienwarHow WWI Defined Tolkien’s Writing

In the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force in the Great War, where he would see combat during one the bloodiest battles of World War I.

This terrible place amid all its carnage would give insight into Tolkien’s writing… Lay your staff here for more »

 September 21, 2016  Posted by at 1:11 pm Comments Off on Tolkien Week ~ Finding Mordor on the Western Front
Aug 232016

AddisonsWalkA Walk with Tolkien…

Professor Tolkien would famously stroll along Addison’s Walk on the grounds of Magdalen College in Oxford, England, perhaps dreaming of Middle-earth.

“You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.” Biblo Lay your staff here for more »

 August 23, 2016  Posted by at 2:04 pm Comments Off on Tolkien Tuesday ~ Addison’s Walk in Magdalen College
Jul 122016

John-Ronald-Reuel-Tolkien10One of history’s bloodiest battles

When Professor Tolkien was just a young soldier of 24, he entered into the Battle of Somme, where more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

What Tolkien witnessed, would haunt his dreams and inspire his writings for the rest of his life. Lay your staff here for more »

 July 12, 2016  Posted by at 5:40 am Comments Off on Tolkien Tuesday ~ The Trenches of the Somme Valley
Jun 052016

BlackCountry10Paintings by Edwin Butler Bayliss

The central part of England known as the West Midlands was called the Black Country during the mid-nineteen century, because of its coal mines and iron foundries, which are said to have influenced Tolkien’s vision of Mordor.

The Dark Art of the Black Lands… Lay your staff here for more »

 June 5, 2016  Posted by at 6:52 am Comments Off on In Search of Mordor ~ England’s Black Lands