Happy Birthday, Tolkien

Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. I won’t waste a lot of words here – I’ll simply point you to his writing and mention that Tolkien’s imagination is the reason why I am the person I am today. So do yourself a favour, and go pick up ‘The Children of Hurin’, or ‘The Hobbit’. Take some time to meander through the story. Treat it like a good brandy, or cognac. The rewards are worth it.


4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Tolkien

  1. Joel January 6, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    I very recently reread “Aldarion and Erendis.” Such a different tale from pretty much everything else in the mythology, but such an interesting and well-written one.


    • whitefrozen January 6, 2014 / 1:20 pm

      I’ll have to re-read that one, as I’d more or less forgotten about it. Unfinished Tales is probably my favourite posthumous Tolkien material.


      • Joel January 10, 2014 / 10:24 am

        Have you read History of Middle-earth? There are a few philosophical and other things in it that sound really interesting and I want to read, but it’s so intimidating! I own a few volumes, but never gotten very far in any.


        • whitefrozen January 10, 2014 / 1:44 pm

          I have indeed read them – the later volumes (History of the Lord of the Rings) are difficult to get through because it’s just page after page after page of drafts, unfinished ideas, etc. The earlier ones, however, are brilliant, such as the Book of Lost Tales 1 and 2, which is probably some of my favourite Tolkien material. It gets repetitive, too, since so much of the HOME volumes are the same stories with slight variations. Pure delight to read, even in spite of the that.


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