Mythology and Western Civilization: 17 Lectures A glorious thanks to my great friend, Tom Woods, a man of intense and abiding virtue. I’ve just completed my second set of courses for his Liberty Classroom. The course is on Mythology and the Western Tradition…. Read More


  YES!  Throw any superlative you want out there, I’m your man!!!  Thank you, NYT!

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

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

The Ace Tolkiens, 1965

Interesting take on Ace Paperbacks and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.  1965.  Not sure what I think of the take on Treebeard.  And, notice the final comment (post-article) about anti-Catholicism. ace tolkiens 1965

Tolkien’s Will, 1974

Interesting but short look at Tolkien’s estate, several months after his death. Tolkiens Will 1974

J.R.R. Tolkien Wins Fantasy Award, 1957

jrrt wins fantasy award 1957

Cover of the Forthcoming Tolkien Book

This looks pretty gorgeous.  Available for pre order.

Clyde Kilby on J.R.R. Tolkien

“From my point of view his most important letter to me was that of December 18, 1965 in which he invited me, at my own suggestion, to come to Oxford in the summer of 1966.  In this letter… Read More

Lester del Rey, “A Report About J.R.R. Tolkien,” Worlds of Fantasy (1968).

Source: Lester del Ray, “A Report on J.R.R. Tolkien,” Worlds of Fantasy 1 (1968): 84-85. Nothing could seem less revolu­tionary than being a Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, with a chief interest in such works as Beo­wulf and… Read More

Harvey Breit interviews J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955 (Short!)

Source: Harvey Breit, “Oxford Calling,” New York Times Book Review (June 5, 1955), pg. 8. “How does it happen that a writer of children’s books (who began that way, if we may believe his critics) can end by… Read More