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”

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”

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”

[Review] Tales From The Perilous Realm by J. R. R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee — Impressions In Ink

Publisher and Publication Date: Mariner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2021. Genre: Fantasy fiction. Poetry. Middle-earth. Pages: 432. Format: Paperback. Source: Self-purchase. Audience: Tolkien and Middle-earth readers. Rating: Excellent. Link @ Amazon For further reading:Tolkien Estate Tolkien’s legendarium-Wikipedia The book is organized in this order:Introduction by Tom Shippey. Roverandom was first published in 1998. Farmer Giles of […]Continue reading “[Review] Tales From The Perilous Realm by J. R. R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee — Impressions In Ink”

Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented. — BookmarkedOne

By now you know I am convinced fantasy is the best and most beautiful genre of fiction in the world. But I don’t often talk about why. A while back (yes, concerts and work and university finals, I know. I’m awake now) I stumbled across Sarah Seele’s lovely post “They Found Loveliness Everywhere.” Do go […]Continue reading “Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented. — BookmarkedOne”

Don’t Offend the Fairy Folk by Suggesting They Are Imaginary — Daily Quote — Jo Hawk

This quote tickled me. There are characters in my brain who would object to others questioning their existence. They have just started speaking with me, so I don’t want to offend them and risk losing the astonishing tales they are sharing with me. It places a tremendous responsibility on my shoulders. I feel an obligation […]Continue reading “Don’t Offend the Fairy Folk by Suggesting They Are Imaginary — Daily Quote — Jo Hawk”

Believe Fairytales Are Real, Magic Exists, and Life Begins After Your Morning Coffee – Daily Quote — Jo Hawk

It’s Friday. We’ve almost made it through the week, and the only thing I want is a steaming hot pot of strong, black coffee. It is the proven brew that will sustain me and get me through the day. That’s not asking for much. Is it? Some people give me a hard time about what […]Continue reading “Believe Fairytales Are Real, Magic Exists, and Life Begins After Your Morning Coffee – Daily Quote — Jo Hawk”

“Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia

This week, I have decided to share my thoughts about Frederick Buechner‘s recent book, The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life (2017), and to share some highlights from the text. Drawing materials from his memoirs in a storied approach to his life, Buechner wants to draw out how the transformational moments are […]Continue reading ““Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

MLK Day in 2021 — I’ll Call It Like I See It

“As I began doing the research for this email and was reading the speeches of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I had no idea that the events – the breach of our national Capitol building on January 6th  would occur.  As the news broke on January 6th I was shaken and I was horrified.  There are […]Continue reading “MLK Day in 2021 — I’ll Call It Like I See It”

Daring to Face Your Blank Page – Daily Quote — Jo Hawk

It appears innocent and unassuming, fragile, thin, and benign. The blank page is a pop culture icon, and it is formidable. It induces anxiety, fear, panic, and feelings of inadequacy. The blank page reduces creatives to blithering idiots, incapable of action. Alaa Al-Aswany says writing is the “conflict between what you want to say and […]Continue reading “Daring to Face Your Blank Page – Daily Quote — Jo Hawk”