Tag Archives: J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien Quotes

Lisa Shafter, at The Traveling Mandolin, is at it again. I formerly linked to her intriguing accounts of her travels, but now she’s been writing a remarkable series of reflections on her favorite quotations from J.R.R. Tolkien. Check out A … Continue reading

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Feast of Middle-earth

Holidays This past Saturday, Hannah and Susanna, with much help from many friends, hosted a Feast of Middle-earth for about 30 friends of theirs who are lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien. Fellowship of the Feast (photo by Joshua Martin) A Feast … Continue reading

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Why I like Columbo

In memoriam: Peter Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) In recent months, I’ve watched a fair number of Columbo episodes, starring Peter Falk, available on DVD and through Netflix. I well remember enjoying them when they first aired, … Continue reading

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Storytelling and The Lord of the Rings

Songs are the very soul of The Lord of the Rings. Traveling often recalls my mind to that masterwork of the journey, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. On a recent trip, therefore, I listened to the excellent BBC dramatization … Continue reading

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Thesis pearls

“Pearls” are attained at great price. Frodo once answered Gildor: “It is said, ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.’” “Is it indeed?” laughed Gildor. “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice … Continue reading

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The Joy of Christmas

Index of Christmas holiday posts Just as music gives shape to a few moments of the day, so seasonal celebrations give shape to the years of our lives. With this in mind, therefore, when Candace and I were first married, … Continue reading

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Rivendell, 1 year

When I first read The Lord of the Rings I dreamed not of visiting Rivendell, but of living there. One year ago today, August 9, 2009, we moved into a new home that is my Rivendell. I’m like Bilbo, a … Continue reading

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Life metaphors: Journey

The most profound metaphors for life are the journey, music, and dance. In recent weeks I’ve been blessed to experience the richness of each of these through a graduation, the discovery of a new song, and a dance recital. Here … Continue reading

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Listening long

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero Relationships between persons depend upon the art of listening. Listening to music, poetry, and even works of art is deeply personal. The same is true for books. The … Continue reading

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