Archives For J.R.R. Tolkien


In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125th Birthday today, here’s a radio drama of one of my favorite stories of his…


Leaf By Niggle
J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback: Harper Collins, 2016 Edition
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ALSO, Middle Earth Beyond the LOTR



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That Frumious Bandersnatch

A Feature Review of

Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings 
Diana Glyer

Illustrated by James A. Owen
Paperback: Black Squirrel Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Sam Edgin


In the corner of a pub in small town Indiana, I met with dear friends weekly for over a year. Huddled in dusty yellow light beneath a wrinkled photocopy of a painting of a British hunting party, their red jackets faded orange, we fancied ourselves like the Inklings, that company of writers who met – also weekly – in the infamous Rabbit Room in back of the Eagle and Child in Oxford. This comparison was generous – we only talked about books, not wrote them – but little makes a young man feel more infinite than sitting in a pub with friends, laughing loud and arguing louder, empty pints scattered victoriously across the table.

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Today marks the anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.

In honor of his life and work, we offer this reading guide to his works that flesh out the history and culture of Middle Earth, beyond the familiar Lord of the Rings Series.

How deeply have you read about Middle Earth beyond The Lord of the Rings? 


1) The Silmarillion

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Dorothy Day, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ferguson & Faith, MORE)

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The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Tolkien, Maya Angelou, Leonardo Boff, MORE)

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J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography

Humphrey Carpenter

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The only authorized bio of Tolkien… 



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Earthly Battle and Cosmic Battle

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War
Joseph Loconte

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2015.
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Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of Evil
Colin Duriez

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015
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A Review by Amy Gentile.


“The further up and further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside.” In a beautiful little parallel, The Last Battle ends much the same way The Chronicles (according to the published order) begin: on one end, a Wardrobe opens up to a world beyond Lucy’s wildest dreams, on the other, the characters find themselves drawn up into layers upon layers of Aslan’s Land, an imaginative portrayal of heaven.

This, too, is the first phrase that comes to my mind when I think about The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings themselves. These two series have captured the imagination of generations of readers. And yet, though they have been a part of my life since my childhood, I’ve found that they’re the best sorts of stories to revisit every few years, to crawl into “further up and further in.” Each time I’ve learned more about these books’ contexts (Lewis’s studies of medieval astronomy, Tolkien’s love of language, etc.) my eyes have been opened to new things in their pages, and I’ve been able to journey deeper into their richness.

To that end, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte, and Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of Evil by Colin Duriez, are welcome additions the list of works that have profoundly shaped my understanding of the stories of Narnia and Middle Earth. Both books spend a significant amount of time discussing the impact of The Great War (WWI) on Tolkien and Lewis—both of whom served in the war—and on their writings in particular. Both Loconte and Duriez develop the ways in which Tolkien and Lewis took their experiences of war and the circumstances of their era, weaving them into narratives that addressed a cosmic battle between good and evil.

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An excerpt from one of this week’s most anticipated books…

The Fellowship:
Literary Lives of the Inklings

Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

Hardback: FSG Books, 2015.
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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien
*** Today is Hobbit Day.

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Poem of the Day:
I Know What Beauty Is

George MacDonald

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Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling
by Peter Laufer

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The Wake Up Call – September 21, 2014


easter2014-coverThe new ERB print issue has been mailed recently and is beginning to be received by our subscribers…

(Yes, this issue is very late…)

Featuring an interviews with Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen authors of The New Parish, and Jon Sweeney, author of Inventing Hell, a review of the newly released translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien, an essay by poet Tania Runyan on one of her poems, the inaugural column by Rachel Marie Stone, and reviews of new books by Brian McLaren, Barbara Brown Taylor and MORE.

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Below you will find the ERB Table of Contents for this issue,
including sample articles for you to read in full!!!

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Today is the birthday of novelist J.R.R. Tolkien …

And in commemoration, we offer these recordings of Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings!

Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

50th Anniversary Hardback Edition
HMH Books, 2004
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