Life and how it really happens

I have done it again, life got the best of me! Why do I do this? I start something and then it fizzles out like a can of soda left out too long. It's gone. Intention. Motivation. Drive. Passion. These are words that I never really felt attached to because there wasn't anything interesting about … Continue reading Life and how it really happens


Tis the Season

I spent my day off yesterday preparing for the onslaught of pie orders that will be coming in for Christmas. When I was home for Thanksgiving, I went to the local orchard with my mother and bought half a bushel of Braeburn apples. Because who doesn't need that many apples? Also, I subscribe to CSA … Continue reading Tis the Season

Middle-earth turns 100

Dear to my heart… Happy birthday Middle Earth.

John Garth

Diamond in the Sky, by Dr Wendy LongoIt is 100 years since Middle-earth began. The earliest glimpse of any character or situation from his mythology was in a poem, ‘The Voyage of Éarendel the Evening Star’, which J.R.R. Tolkien dated 24 September 1914. He wrote it at the home of his aunt Jane Neave, Phoenix Farm in Gedling, Nottinghamshire.

I examine Tolkien’s 1914 creative breakthrough closely in the forthcoming Tolkien Studies 11, I give a brief account of those findings in a centenary article for the Guardian, and I star in a Tolkien Society video speaking about it all to at the annual Oxonmoot gathering. What follows here is a further insight which didn’t make it into those pieces.

A century on, it’s worth probing whether this poem really counts as the first poem of Tolkien’s legendarium. Though Humphrey Carpenter identifies ‘The Voyage of Éarendel’ as ‘the beginning of Tolkien’s own mythology’ (Biography 79)…

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