In these troubled times, reading can be a balm and comfort . Escaping into a favorite story is one way to get temporary relief from the stress and anxiety we are all dealing with at the moment. But not everyone approves of “escapist” reading. Since today is also Tolkien Reading Day, I want to share what J.R.R. Tolkien himself had to say about fantasy literature and reading to escape.Continue reading Tolkien’s Defense of Escapist Fantasy
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What Makes “The Lord of the Rings” Great? Tolkien and Faith
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.
What Held Tolkien Back: Perfectionism or Paper?
I recently came across an interesting diagram that shows various statistics about thirty famous books, including how long it took … More What Held Tolkien Back: Perfectionism or Paper?
4 Creative Truths Tolkien Understood
Writers, dancers, painters, and musicians all have something to teach us about how create. That’s why I read my way … More 4 Creative Truths Tolkien Understood
Why Tolkien Needs Hobbits to Tell His Story
NOTE: The following discussion is about The Lord of the Rings books, not the movies. I’m concerned with what Tolkien intended, … More Why Tolkien Needs Hobbits to Tell His Story