Smith of Wootten Major

Smith of Wootten Major is one of the minor works of JRR Tolkien, one of the great authors of the twentieth century. It was originally published as a stand-alone piece in 1967, but…
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Tolkien’s Sources

JRR Tolkien’s sources for The Lord of the Rings and the rest of his Middle Earth mythology are widespread and various. Tolkien was a very widely-read scholar on a variety of…
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The Lays of Beleriand

The Lays of Beleriand was the third volume published in the series known as The History of Middle Earth, comprised of the posthumously published tales, notes, and poems of JRR…
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The Valar

The Valar is the name given to the fourteen most powerful of the Ainur (not including Melkor) who chose to enter Illuvatar’s creation, Ea, in The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.…
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Morgoth

Morgoth was the name given to Melkor, the highest of the Ainur by Fëanor after his flight from Valinor with the Silmarils. He was known ever-after by that name among the Elves.…
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JRR Tolkien & Language

JRR Tolkien and language are inextricably entangled. Language was perhaps the single most important influence on the creation and early development of Middle Earth.Tolkien had…
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The Inklings

One of the most widely-known and important aspects of JRR Tolkien’s life was his “extra-curricular” involvement with a group of like-minded scholars and writers who called…
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The Coalbiters

The Coalbiters were formed for the discussion of a single particular common interest, that of the Old Icelandic myths and language. According to Joseph Pearce’s Tolkien: Man and…
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