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”

Hundreds of druids and pagans descend on Stonehenge to celebrate the 2021 Autumn Equinox which marks the official start of autumn. — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

Visitors headed to famous 5,000-year-old site in Wiltshire to see the sun rise this morning Autumn equinox is one of four public annual events when people can get so close to stones Hundreds of attendees sang and wore variety of extravagant outfits as onlookers watched on Hundreds of druids and pagans descended on Stonehenge today […]Continue reading “Hundreds of druids and pagans descend on Stonehenge to celebrate the 2021 Autumn Equinox which marks the official start of autumn. — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information”

Hobbit Day 2021 (Playlist)

This is a playlist I put together for my Hobbit Day celebrations this year. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. A magical musical journey through Middle-earth in celebration of #TolkienWeek and #HobbitDay. Follow me on Twitter @StridersTable

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”

“Just Enough Light: Some Thoughts on Fantasy and Literature,” the 2021 Tolkien Lecture by Guy Gavriel Kay — A Pilgrim in Narnia

I was pleased last week to watch the 8th annual J.R.R Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature, an annual lecture on fantasy literature held at Pembroke College, Oxford, this year broadcast online. The Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature was established in 2013 at Pembroke College, Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien worked for twenty years as a professor […]Continue reading ““Just Enough Light: Some Thoughts on Fantasy and Literature,” the 2021 Tolkien Lecture by Guy Gavriel Kay — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Dreaming Stones: Second Sight… — France & Vincent

We had returned to the stones of Callanish for a second attempt at getting the feel of a place of which we had a little knowledge but no real understanding. Facts are not enough, you have to walk the land before you can begin to know it. We knew, for example, that there are astronomical […]Continue reading “Dreaming Stones: Second Sight… — France & Vincent”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part XI

“DARK AGE” BRITAIN After an unsuccessful attempt by Julius Caesar to conquer “Britannia”, later to be known as Britain or the British Isles, it was the Roman Emperor Claudius who finished what his ambitious predecessor started. By 87 A.D., well after the death of Claudius himself, Britain was fully part of the Roman Empire. ButContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part XI”

Dreaming Stones: Invisibility and Other Weirdness… — France & Vincent

Just beyond the standing stones of Callanish is a small hillock of boulders and green earth. It was here we sat, partly to contemplate the enormity of the site before us… a place we had both long wanted to visit and thought we might never see… but also to await the departure of the latest […]Continue reading “Dreaming Stones: Invisibility and Other Weirdness… — France & Vincent”

Dreaming Stones: First Sight… — France & Vincent

“Oh good grief…” “I can see it…” The distant silhouette of the great stones of Callanish were unmistakeably outlined on the horizon. In spite of all the challenges, including fully-booked ferries, deflating tyres, a distinct lack of beds, food and coffee, we had made it… and made a dream come true. And, as if to […]Continue reading “Dreaming Stones: First Sight… — France & Vincent”

Narrative Telephone: Tales of a Quarantined Nein Ring Circus

If you haven’t watched all of Critical Role‘s pandemic-defying tour de force of ridiculous entertainment known as Narrative Telephone then you are missing out, sweet summer crash panda of the 2020 apocalypse. There are two whole seasons of these shenanigans, appropriately dubbed “Round One” and “Round Two”, and they get more and more extra asContinue reading “Narrative Telephone: Tales of a Quarantined Nein Ring Circus”