Many claim the detailed, imaginative Middle-Earth is why Tolkien's books are popular, but the faith his characters display is what makes "The Lord of the Rings" phenomenal.
I recently came across an interesting diagram that shows various statistics about thirty famous books, including how long it took to write them. Of the thirty books included, the one that took the longest was The Lord of the Rings*. Why did it take J.R.R. Tolkien twelve years** to complete his masterpiece? Some say perfectionism... Continue Reading →
Writers, dancers, painters, and musicians all have something to teach us about how create. That's why I read my way through The History of Middle-Earth: Volumes 6 - 9. These books are about how J.R.R. Tolkien wrote his masterpiece Lord of the Rings. They try their best to show when and how he came up... Continue Reading →
NOTE: The following discussion is about The Lord of the Rings books, not the movies. I'm concerned with what Tolkien intended, not what Peter Jackson and his friends decided to do with the story. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about Middle Earth, he was trying to write "a mythology for England." His story is a like an... Continue Reading →
I love this Tolkien quote. In one sentence he offers both comfort and hope. I get comfort from the fact that like me, he sometimes struggled to let himself do the things he enjoyed. I also suffer from creative anorexia, holding back from things I know I will enjoy because they seem frivolous. My "mad"... Continue Reading →