Tag Archives: Tolkien

Fixing the geek archetype chart

I love charts and lists! I can’t get enough of them. Charts and lists about some of my favorites stories? Heaven. Although, I do feel the need to argue with them and correct them when they are wrong. This chart is … Continue reading

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Magic in The Lord of the Rings–Deus ex Machina Part II

In last week’s blog I wrote about how magic and the paranormal can sometimes become a cheat in modern fiction. This week, I want to focus on how Tolkien handled magic The Lord of the Rings. I know he is not … Continue reading

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Defeating Evil with Compassion

Recently I was telling a friend who practices Aikido and likes Lord of the Rings about my blog and that I like to write about both. A joke went around the table about Frodo doing Aikido. I laughed but it … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Sidekick

Everyone needs a good sidekick—the person who stands by you through everything and helps you out when you are at your lowest. This certainly holds true for Heroes. In archetypal terms the Sidekick is the faithful and loyal companion to … Continue reading

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Tolkien Reading Day–My Favorite Scene

Today, March 25th is the day the Tolkien Society has deemed Tolkien Reading Day. Tolkien fans around the world get together and read his works aloud or they sit and read them alone. However it’s done, it is a day … Continue reading

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Books to Movies–Show Some Respect

I was involved in a discussion recently about Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations of Tolkien’s books. One person suggested that the reason Tolkien fans and scholars are so critical of The Lord of the Rings adaptations and not The Hobbit is … Continue reading

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The Gift of Mortality, Part II—Choosing to Die

J.R.R. Tolkien gave his Men the “gift” of mortality. They could die, unlike the Elves, whose lives were connected to Middle Earth itself. As I wrote in a previous blog, Tolkien thought that mortality was a blessing given to his … Continue reading

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Favorite Book?

I recently came across this meme: Lucky for me, I only have one child so I wouldn’t ever have to choose my favorite! However, I could never choose a favorite book, or even a favorite author. How could that even … Continue reading

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The Gift of Mortality

In his mythology, Tolkien has his gods (or spiritual beings), the Valar, create the races of Elves and Men. The Valar give Men the “gift” of a mortal life. In Tolkien’s view, mortality isn’t something we should fear or strive … Continue reading

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