Today we continue our month long celebration of the poetic work of Professor Tolkien. We have looked at a somewhat random assortment of his shorter poems, and we have also had the sheer enchanting joy of reading the sublime madness of Tom Bombadil. Today, the theme is honor and lament. An astute reader of Tolkien … Continue reading Tolkien: Deep Roots Are Not Reached by the Frost
Tolkien’s dislike of modernism can be found scattered throughout the tales, but can be observed perhaps the most clearly in the various portrayals of the Wizard’s Vale, Isengard. A great circle of stone and iron, from the middle of which rose an imposing jet-black tower known as Orthanc, Isengard experiences dynamic transformation throughout the course … Continue reading Tolkien’s Modern Man
What place is there in our modern world for the myth? What are some of the implications of our callous disregard and, in many cases, our wanton destruction of myth? These are two questions that are in need of consideration as we watch the men and women of our time rage against themselves, against our … Continue reading A Man Needs His Myths
Professor Tolkien was both student and professor of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, which means that he had forgotten more about poetry and the history of the Anglo-Saxon world than the vast majority of his peers had collectively ever known. Tolkien was, indeed, a classical man.
Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow! Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!
Within Tolkien's masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, there is contained some of the most beautiful, lovely, and tragically moving poetry of the 20th century.
The sun is setting, and outside grows a spiritual darkness. With this darkness comes despair that the light will never come again, that the best is behind us and only a still deeper darkness lies before us. This darkness takes many forms – violence at home and abroad, a political environment seemingly devoid of anything … Continue reading The Importance of Old Tales and Songs