Medieval Monday: Fire! Fire! — Allison D. Reid

Fire was crucial to survival in the Middle Ages. With electricity and gas-powered devices still far into the future, open flame was the most common source of heat for cooking, industry, and protection against the cold. Fires were a bit more difficult to set in an era before matches, particularly if everything was wet. Fire-steels, […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Fire! Fire! — Allison D. Reid”

Sir Lenny Henry confirms role as an early Hobbit in Amazon’s LOTR show — Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime News, JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit and more | TheOneRing.net

In an interview with BBC, Lenny Henry dishes on his Harfoot role in the billion dollar TV series. Sir Lenny Henry confirms role as an early Hobbit in Amazon’s LOTR show — Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime News, JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit and more | TheOneRing.net

The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part II

Now, as promised, here is my review and analysis of the three animated Tolkien films, Rankin/Bass‘s The Hobbit and The Return of the King, and Bakshi‘s The Lord of the Rings. And since I first watched them all in chronological order, the way they were first shown to me on network television as a child,Continue reading “The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part II”

Medieval Carpenters — A Writer’s Perspective

Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn Exterior We’re back with medieval crafts and trades this week, looking at carpenters. There have always been carpenters. Two thousand years ago, Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was a carpenter and there were carpenters two thousand years before him. Their craft remained unchanged for centuries. We know that carpentry […]Continue reading “Medieval Carpenters — A Writer’s Perspective”

Medieval Monday: The Labors of October — Allison D. Reid

There is no doubt now, that fall is here. The weather is getting cooler, and the labors of summer have produced an abundant harvest. It is a time of plenty in the medieval world, albeit a cautious one. The harsh winter months are only just ahead, and what has been so carefully grown and collected […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of October — Allison D. Reid”

The Grim, the Dark, and the Light of Middle-earth — Traveling in Books

Once upon a time, in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, George R.R. Martin made a few comments about The Lord of the Rings and the flaws he saw therein. While he stated that he is a fan of Tolkien and of The Lord of the Rings, Martin declared that Tolkien had a “medieval philosophy” […]Continue reading “The Grim, the Dark, and the Light of Middle-earth — Traveling in Books”

Second Tolkien Week

Well, Tolkien Week is officially over, but that doesn’t mean that this celebration of the Professor’s masterpieces and the derivative works which sprang therefrom must necessarily end. In fact, I had so much fun last week that I’ve decided to extend my celebrations into this one, just as every film of both trilogies was dulyContinue reading “Second Tolkien Week”

5 Ways to Find Open Source Academic Research on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings — A Pilgrim in Narnia

“Why don’t you monetize your blog?” I am asked this question with some frequency by caring folks who see me slogging it out here, week after week, producing well-researched imaginative and literary resources for some of the great storytellers of the last century. Why not cash in? It is true that I should be smarter […]Continue reading “5 Ways to Find Open Source Academic Research on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol I

There have been a lot of these, and there may even be one or two I don’t know about, so I’m not going to endeavour to cover them all. Instead I’ll just invite you to add your own in the comments if I left any of your favourites out. But this is a nostalgia postContinue reading “Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol I”

Tolkien’s Tale of Brittany — Bonjour From Brittany

The popular memory of JRR Tolkien’s literary output will forever be overshadowed by his novels of Middle-earth, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but other gems are to be found amidst his rich body of work. One of these is a long poem written in rhyming verse in the style of a medievalContinue reading “Tolkien’s Tale of Brittany — Bonjour From Brittany”