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! https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-28-the-fellowship-of-the-ring-by-j-r-r-tolkien/
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
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
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
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.
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
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
A visit with Tolkien 1966 From THE LIVING CHURCH (February 5, 1978), 11-12.
A fascinating talk given by biographer Humphrey Carpenter in 1987. carpenter remembers jrrt 1987
Over at theimaginativeconservative.org, 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
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
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