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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
Feb 232016
 

dormston-oakAnother Tolkien Influence?

Professor Tolkien was 31 when he first visited the farm of his aunt Jane Neave at her Dormston manor house, with the name Bag End Farm.

Author Andrew Morton takes us to the real Bag End! Lay your staff here for more »

 February 23, 2016  Posted by at 7:10 am Comments Off on Tolkien Tuesday ~ Bag End Farm
Dec 292015
 

Professor Tolkien was inspired by this ancient wood…

This primordial forest near Coleford in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England, covers 14 acres with a maze of pathways winding through gullies of mossy rocks, twisted roots and woodland bridges.

Not only did this forest inspire Tolkien, but it has also been a favored film location for Star Wars, Harry Potter and other fantasy films and TV series. Lay your staff here for more »

 December 29, 2015  Posted by at 7:10 am 1 Response »
Nov 172015
 

A trip to Middle-earth!

In 1911 Professor Tolkien visited Middle-earth by way of the Swiss Alps and he likely stood looking at the Matterhorn and it makes us wonder if it influenced his vision of the Lonely Mountain.

“The Lonely Mountain! Bilbo had come far and through many adventures to see it, and now he did not like the look of it in the least.”  J.R.R. Tolkien Lay your staff here for more »

 November 17, 2015  Posted by at 6:35 am 3 Responses »
Jul 052015
 

In the Footsteps of Tolkien!

Take a nice Sunday morning stroll, just as Tolkien once did through the Botanical Gardens in Oxford, England and along the way you can admire Tolkien’s Tree, the great Black Pine which was still standing tall when this video taken in 2009!

So pour a cup of good strong coffee or your favorite tea and enjoy this mornings constitution through Oxford! Lay your staff here for more »

 July 5, 2015  Posted by at 5:11 am 1 Response »
Feb 222015
 

Tolkien escaped massive shelling!

New war records just unearthed show that JRR Tolkien contracted Trench Fever and was convalescing, when the 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers with which he was serving was hit by German mortar fire, wounding and killing many, with a “massive bombardment” of its frontline!

Tolkien barely escaped with his life! Lay your staff here for more »

 February 22, 2015  Posted by at 10:43 am Comments Off on New Evidence Of Tolkien’s Narrow Escape From The Trenches of WWI
Feb 202015
 

Tolkien, Trees, and Tradition…

A deeply rooted look at the linguistic and historical context of Tolkien’s work and the cultural tradition upon which it was founded.

“There are Ents and Ents, you know; or there are Ents and things that look like Ents but ain’t, as you might say.”  Treebeard Lay your staff here for more »

 February 20, 2015  Posted by at 5:38 am Comments Off on Did Tolkien’s Love of Trees Hold A Deeper Meaning?
Sep 272014
 

Love the Appendices of LOTR Films

If you’ve seen this documentary or haven’t watched it in a long while, take a moment, sit back and discover the origins of Tolkien’s Middle-earth all over again!

From the Appendices of The Fellowship of the Ring extended edition. Lay your staff here for more »

 September 27, 2014  Posted by at 3:50 am Comments Off on From Book to Vision J.R.R. Tolkien – Creator of Middle-Earth Documentary
Sep 242014
 

Alas all things must pass…

We have followed with sadness the fall of Tolkien’s Tree… the giant and majestic Black Pine the once dominated the skyline of Oxford Gardens and in late July passed forever into the Grey Havens…

Perhaps at long last, Professor Tolkien and his old woodland friend might have that much anticipated conversation.. Lay your staff here for more »

 September 24, 2014  Posted by at 4:39 am Comments Off on Tolkien’s Tree ~ All That Remains in Oxford Botanical Gardens!
Sep 212014
 

Fiery Visions of the Black Land!

To kick off Tolkien Week we throught we would share news of a new art exhibit called The Making of Mordor, which claims that the steelworks and blast furnaces of the West Midlands inspired The Lord of the Rings.

“The country is very desolate everywhere. There are coals about and the grass is quite blasted and black.” Lay your staff here for more »

 September 21, 2014  Posted by at 6:20 pm Comments Off on How the Black Country Inspired the Creation of Tolkien’s Mordor!