Archives For J.R.R. Tolkien


Earthly Battle and Cosmic Battle

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

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2015.
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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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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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A Feature Review of

The Fall of Arthur: An Epic Poem
J.R.R. Tolkien
edited by Christopher Tolkien

Hardcover, HM Harcourt, 2013
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Reviewed by Holly Ordway


As J.R.R. Tolkien’s friend C.S. Lewis put it, before one judges the merits of anything – from a corkscrew to a cathedral – it is necessary to know what it is, and thus what for what use it is intended. Conversely, once one knows what something is for, one can decide whether it is the thing one is looking for. If after Sunday Mass one wants to have a pint of beer and a nice lunch, it’s no good staying in the cathedral; one must go to the pub down the road.
This point is relevant for a review of Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur because, perhaps more than other recent releases, it may not be immediately clear what it is.

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The Fall of Arthur: An Epic Poem
J.R.R. Tolkien

Hardback: HMH Books, 2013.
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Read the book’s foreword and the first 200+ lines of the poem…

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