I should hope every Tolkien fan is well aware of Amazon’s forthcoming series based on his legendarium. More than anything, I think we’re craving to know what will take place in the show. By looking through some of the many Middle-Earth books, we can see what that is.
Science fiction isn’t all about science—or aliens, robots, alternate dimensions, spaceships, or any other speculative hallmark of the genre. Good science fiction, like all good literature, holds up a mirror to humanity to give us a better look at ourselves.
Today is World Elephant Day—and what a fun day to celebrate! From Disney’s Dumbo to Tolkien’s Oliphaunts, we find them in every range of film and literature. But not every story starring an elephant is a happy one. Enter George Orwell.
Homer’s famous duology of epics was written down and copied over and over until it reached us. But his forgotten poem, the ‘Margites’ was not so preserved. So what do we know about the Margites? Enough to recognize it is very different than his other works.
I’m sure you’re often asked who your favorite author is. For me, my answer is always J.R.R. Tolkien. Why? I’ll tell you.