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

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Slow and steady

Since starting this whole blog deal, I have been racking my brain on what to write and when. Particularly when all I am doing right now is research; working two jobs 4/5 days a week puts a damper on my writing & social life. But I am constantly reminding myself that I am doing this … Continue reading Slow and steady

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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