This blog is the result of my self-initiated Tolkien studies. I’ve loved these books since I was a child and have an up and down relationship with them. All in all I find myself now ready to tackle the entire Legendarium once again but with a critical eye.

I don’t want to pick apart the works, I want to analyse in an effort to enhance my enjoyment. My essays will not be presented in a particularly scholarly fashion. They will simply be points of interest I wish to explore or questions I want to try and answer to my own satisfaction or interpretation.

All of these writings will stay ‘live’. Nothing will be locked in a state of completion. As I read, research and hopefully learn more I hope to revisit each essay to make corrections, amendments and expansions.

I hope what follows will be a decent representation of my deepening understanding of, and affection for, Professor Tolkien’s work.

trimonthly ‘Jump to’ LINK INDEX

| My History with Tolkien | On Fairy-Stories | Inception: A very modern | Fairy-Story | Tolkien and Female Representation | Tolkien Biography by Humphrey Carpenter – REVIEW | Building Balins Tomb – MESBG | Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game | Ainulindalë | The Hobbit

| Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 Part 1 | Chapter 5 Part 2 | Chapter 6 |

| Reading List & Resources |