What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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Tolkien – Trailer

Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is my favourite author. I just can’t get enough of what he has written. I’m pleased to see that a movie about his life has been made. The trailer for Tolkien looks quite […]

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Is J.K. Rowling the New J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been an international phenomenon. Harry Potter is arguably for this generation what Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia were for their generations. But can we say that […]

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Rivendell by Rush

Rivendell

My favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien and my favourite band is Rush. So when the two come together, it is just gold. Rivendell is a song that appeared on Rush’s second album, Fly by Night, […]

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is definitely one of my favourite authors. But how much do we know about him. Jason Todd has written an article on this for Relevant Magazine. “I am not specially interested in children, […]

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Was Tolkien Really Racist?

Tolkien

There have been some recent claims that the world that J.R.R. Tolkien creator reveals the racism of its creator. But was Tolkien really racist? Dimitra Fimi has taken on this topic and is addressing the […]

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Lewis and Tolkien: War, Fantasy, and Modernism

C.S. Lewis

Two of my favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Both authors served in the First World War and that experience shaped their later thought and writings. Ryan Reeves shares some thoughts on this […]

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Good News: How I Was Introduced to Tolkien

Good News

This past week was Tolkien Week. You may not even be aware that something like this existed. This week included Hobbit Day, which I blogged about here. How is this Good News? It all goes […]

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What We Can Learn From Hobbits

Hobbits

I am writing this on September 22, which is Hobbit Day. That is because September 22 is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo. These two are the most well known of the hobbits, a […]

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The Maker of the Maker of Middle-earth

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Who was J. R. R. Tolkien? Nearly everyone knows him as the author of two of the most beloved books of the 20th century: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Many also know him as a […]

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The Merry World of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Hobbit

Jo Walton has written an article on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and his impressions of it. The unusual thing about The Hobbit for me was that Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit and a grown up. […]

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Thoughts on Unfinished Tales

C.S. Lewis and Friends

When most people think about J.R.R. Tolkien, they think of the Hobbit and the Lord of Rings. While those are his most popular books, there are others, even others set in the same Middle-earth. The […]

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What Were Tolkien’s Inspirations for the Hobbit?

Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published eighty years ago. It is a great time to be thinking about this book and the world that grew out of it. The Hobbit is so much more than […]

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The Etymology of the Word ‘Hobbit’

Hobbit

Hobbits are well known to us, if not from Tolkien’s books, than at least from Peter Jackson’s movies. But it was not always so. There was a time when no one had heard of the […]

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Beren and Luthien – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

It is amazing that so many decades after J.R.R. Tolkien’s death that he still has “new” books being released. Thankfully, his son Christopher Tolkien has gone through manuscripts and has released material. Christopher expects Beren […]

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If He Hadn’t Seen Combat, J.R.R. Tolkien May Have Never Written A Word

Tolkien

I find the connection between J.R.R. Tolkien’s military service and his writing to be very interesting. Elliot Ackerman has written an interesting article for Task & Purpose. Perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Tolkien […]

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A Footnote to the Cross in The Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Although the Lord of the Rings is a popular fantasy story, many do not realize that the entire story is grounded in a Christian world view. Tolkien was a devout Christian who was instrumental in […]

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How C.S. Lewis Encouraged J.R.R. Tolkien

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Two of my favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Not only were they friends, Tolkien was instrumental in Lewis becoming a Christian. What not as many people know is that Lewis helped encourage […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Redefined Fantasy Stories

Tolkien

I have enjoyed the fantasy genre since my teen years. There is both good and bad fantasy. Much of the best fantasy has been inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. James Ellis has written an […]

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War – Review

Joseph Laconte

If you were to look at my interests, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and military history would be near the top of my list. Therefore, I was quite pleased to come across A Hobbit, a Wardrobe […]

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Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of War

Tolkien

Both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis served in the First World War. Chris Gehrz has written on this: Tolkien, older than his future friend by nearly seven years, entered military service first, arriving in France in […]

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Tolkien, Lord of the Rings and the Horror of the Trenches

Tolkien

If there is one historical event that gives some insight into J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, it would be the trench warfare of the Forst World War. Nan Spowart has written a good article on this topic. […]

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Did Tolkien Waste His Life?

Tolkien

How seriously should we take J.R.R. Tolkien? After all, he basically spent his time writing fairy tales (even if they were amazing epic fairy tales). Was that a waste of his genius? Jon Bloom has […]

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J.R.R. Tolkien and the Creating of Fantasy Languages

Tolkien

We may enjoy the characters and plot of Tolkien’s stories, but his passion was really in creating languages. Philip Seargeant has written an interesting article on this topic. J.R.R. Tolkien began writing The Fall of […]

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sorrowful Vision of Joy

Tolkien

I have seen numerous Christians put J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings on lists of books that Christians should NOT read. Perhaps this is out of concern for the use of wizards in his […]

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Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – Review

Hobbit

One of my favourite books is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Too many people see The Hobbit as simply the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, a source for some interesting background information. We need […]

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The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Revisited

Fellowship of the Ring

It is hard to believe that The Fellowship of the Ring movie came out way back in 2001. I can still remember the excitement of finally being able to see a live action version of […]

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A Tale of Two Tolkiens

C.S. Lewis and Friends

The hero in Simon Tolkien’s new novel bears some resemblance to the author’s grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien. Both were orphaned, won scholarships to the University of Oxford, fell in love before leaving Britain to fight in […]

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I Was an Atheist Until I Read Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien is known for helping C.S. Lewis leave atheism but Lewis is not the only person that Tolkien has helped spiritually. Fredric Heidemann shares his story of reading Lord of the Rings changed his life. […]

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Tolkien’s Lost “Noel”

Tolkien

I found this on the Footnotes blog by Jason G. Duesing. You can find the original post here. You can find other posts by Jason on Tolkien here. Grim was the world and grey last […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Led C.S. Lewis to Christianity

C.S. Lewis

“I’ve always been so impressed with how J.R.R. Tolkien led his atheist friend C.S. Lewis toward faith in Christianity,” begins Tim Keller in the video clip below. He says Tolkien explained to Lewis that the […]

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Does The Lord of the Rings Favour Friendship over Familial Love?

Tolkien

The following is from a blog post by Trish Lambert on the A Pilgrim in Narnia blog. I was asked this question not long ago. It is a good question; there is a noticeable lack of […]

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The Power of Conversation: A Lesson from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

C.S. Lewis

A major part of C.S. Lewis’s conversion came from a conversation he had with J.R.R. Tolkien. Brett and Kate McKay have written an interesting article on this event and the example it gives for the […]

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Lewis and Tolkien: An Epic Friendship

C.S. Lewis and Friends

There were many things that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had in common, including a love of literature, brilliant minds, gifted writing and Christian faith. One of the other things that they had in common […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

Tolkien

It is not a coincidence that some aspects of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth reflect experiences from World War One. Joseph Laconte wrote an interesting article for the New York Times on this. In the summer of 1916, […]

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Exploring Middle-Earth: Morgoth

Morgoth

If you think that Sauron is biggest bad guy in Middle-Earth, you are wrong. Sauron was only a lieutenant of ultimate evil: Morgoth.

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The Silmarillion in Three Minutes

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of my favourite books by J.R.R. Tolkien is the Silmarillion. But if you don’t want to take the time to read the entire book… 

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Ainulindalë (J.R.R Tolkien Short Animation)

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of my favourite creation stories is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ainulindalë as found in the Silmarillion. Willow Productions has created a nice animated version of the story. It is something all Tolkien fans will want to watch.

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J.R.R. Tolkien Discusses the Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien

There are many people who have thoughts about the Lord of the Rings and its meaning. However, it is nice to hear from the actual author. Listen to this recording of an interview with Tolkien […]

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How Serious Are You About Studying Tolkien and Lewis?

Signum

Are you a diehard fan of Tolkien and Lewis? Do you wish that you could do some serious study of them and related topics? It is possible. There is a school called Signum University that […]

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Tolkien and Lewis: Hobbit to Space Trilogy

Tolkien

In this video, Ryan Reeves of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary lectures on Tolkien and Lewis.

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Christopher Tolkien on the Silmarillion

Tolkien

One of my favourite books by J.R.R. Tolkien is the Silmarillion. I still remember picking up a copy of it in a used bookstore in Ottawa and just devouring it. In this interesting video, Christopher […]

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The Hobbit – The Animated Movie

Hobbit

Many years ago, I was flipping through the channels and came across a strange animated movie. I was about to pass it on by but something made me give it a chance. I was soon […]

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Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Although Game of Thrones follows the genre pioneered by Tolkien in the Lord of the Rings, there are some essential differences. Jerry Bowyer and Jack Lewis Bowyer reflect on the philosophical differences between Game of […]

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How Jews Helped Inspire J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’

Tolkien

I have heard the theory before that the dwarves in Tolkien’s works were inspired by the Jews. This is not surprising as he drew on other cultures for different groups within his mythology. This post […]

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Top 10 Facts About JRR Tolkien

Tolkien

Almost everyone has heard about J.R.R. Tolkien, but how much do you know about him? William Hartston shares ten things about Tolkien that you may or may not have known about. You can find the […]

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My Thoughts on the Hobbit Movie Trilogy

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I finally got around to seeing the third movie in the Hobbit movie trilogy. Since it is way too late to give my review of that movie, I thought I would give my thoughts on […]

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Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

I am a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. If I saw a cookbook with his name on it, I would buy it. When I saw the Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, there was no hesitation […]

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Tales From the Perilous Realm

I still remember when my mother gave me Lord of the Rings for Christmas when I was in my late teens. I thought it looked kind of silly but decided to give it a try […]

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Insights into Evil from the Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Philosopher Peter Kreeft is a great fan of Tolkien and in this lecture, looks at the insights from the Lord of the Rings concerning the nature of evil.  I am not sure what Tolkien would […]

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