Podcast with John Miller–THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

My great friend and ally, John J. Miller of NR fame, and I had a blast talking all things, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.  30 minutes of us bloviating with enthusiasm, if not wisdom!

Unicorns at Oxford (Inklings), 1956

Great article about the Inklings from the second half of the 1950s.  Apologies for the terrible pdf quality.  Still readable. Enjoy. brady unicorns at oxford 1956

My Favorite Book of 2015

I am very grateful to my friend, Daniel McCarthy, for having invited me to write 300 words about my favorite book of 2015. For 2014, I went Hayekian and philosophical: Jim Otteson’s masterful THE END OF SOCIALISM. For… Read More

The Better Writer: Jackson or Tolkien?

In the commentary for the extended editions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, one of the two primary screenwriters—either Fran Walsh or Philippa Boyens (I can’t tell which)—claims that Tolkien was not a good writer. Let… Read More

Plimmer Interview with J.R.R. Tolkien, 1968

1968 Plimmer Interview JRRT Source: Plimmer, Charlotte, and Denis Plimmer. “The Man Who Understands Hobbits.” London Daily Telegraph Magazine, March 22 1968, pp. 31-32, 35.

Father Peter Milward, S.J. Remembers Professor J.R.R. Tolkien

Milward was one of Tolkien’s (and Lewis’s) most important students.  A Jesuit of the old school, Milward has accomplished much in a brilliant academic career. Peter Milward remembers Tolkien

Do I Deserve Hazing? My first academic paper on Tolkien, 1988

In the fall of 1988, I returned to the University of Notre Dame after having spent my sophomore year (July 1987-July 1988) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.  When I saw that a famous Platonist in the philosophy… Read More

Nan Scott Remembers Her Meeting with J.R.R. Tolkien, 1966

A visit with Tolkien 1966 From THE LIVING CHURCH (February 5, 1978), 11-12.

Humphrey Carpenter Remembers J.R.R. Tolkien, 1987

A fascinating talk given by biographer Humphrey Carpenter in 1987. carpenter remembers jrrt 1987

Clyde S. Kilby: Tolkien’s First Scribe

Over at, I have a piece of piety–a remembrance of Clyde S. Kilby, the great man who first realized the intellectual profundity of Tolkien’s work in the U.S. Last night, I had the chance to reread Kilby’s… Read More

Middle-earth in Newton, Kansas

Just a few days ago, while searching for some rare and hard-to-find Tolkien books, I came across a rather amazing website, The Tolkien Bookshelf.  I was immediately taken with it–not just its content but its very presentation.  If… Read More

Lord David Cecil on the Inklings, 1979

SOURCE: David Cecil, “Oxford’s Magic Circle,” Books and Bookman  (January 1979), 10-12. There are two reasons for reading this book [Carpenter’s INKLINGS].  It has an interesting subject and is the work of a gifted author.  Let us take… Read More