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Christopher Tolkien dead at 95

Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society reports. In a recent statement on twitter, they had this to say: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”

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Christopher continued the legacy of his father, author of Lord of the Ringsafter his death in 1973, and was an author of his own work. Having grown up listening to his father’s stories, fantasy was deeply ingrained in his life from an early age. He was the first scholar of Middle Earth, even making a map of the fantasy space – which you can see firsthand in the British Library. He dedicated much of his life to editing and publishing his father’s writing.

Christopher was critical of the film adaption Lord of the Rings in an interview with Le Monde in France, stating that his father’s work had been gutted in order to market an action movie to young people. Tolkien initially sold the rights to his work for £100,000 – an amount that seems small in consideration of the legacy of the series today.

 

 

Many fans of Lord of the Rings have reached out on Twitter to express their sadness at this loss.

Christopher will be remembered fondly for ensuring that his father’s legacy lived on after his death and expanding on a world so cherished by fantasy lovers all over the world.


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Five Flawless Fault in our Stars Memes

I know it’s still too soon, but I also think it might always be, so let’s do this – sure, the book is serious, but we can still laugh. And we will. Because this is the internet, and if I know nothing else, I know for certain that there are memes about everything. Let’s laugh at some sad ones.

 

it Really is the Stars

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This is actually like getting hit with an air cannon or something. How do you come up with this? How did no one else? This is devastating. Obviously the original quote is about making bad choices, and the quote in this book is about how sometimes things are out of our control, but this? This is just taking things to another level of irreverence. The cancer constellation? Absolutely devastating. No comeback possible.

 

Okay?

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Oh, these seagulls. It really is like a room full of John Green fans. What can they get themselves caught on like the beaks in the sail? Hazel’s breathing tube? I never really got the always thing, since Isaac and what’s-her-name were a terrible couple. And ok? I should stop, or the seagulls would come for me, but I thought the premise of ‘okay’ had some minor flaws, imo. Don’t kill me, okay? Okay. Please.

 

Cannon

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Why is this just a screenshot of the movie, you might ask? I kid. That IV is like the size of his entire body. And no one wanted to take his glasses off? They don’t have bee beds? Bee doctors? I’m sorry to go off on a tangent, but this movie raises so many questions. And is that IV filled with honey? I confess to knowing very little about bees, but I’m sure, if nothing else, they don’t have honey for blood.

 

Is That the Look?

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Alright, I know you guys all love this guy, and I’m not judging. But he has NO moves. No moves at all. He sees a pretty girl and he just STARES at her. I know she’s flattered, but I think it’s a little rude objectively. I don’t think we really needed evidence this book isn’t set in New York, but this is it. That staring thing would NOT fly, let me tell you. The fake smoking thing DEFINITELY wouldn’t fly. I don’t remember where this is set, I’m sorry, but you can get away with a lot.

 

Irony

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Ok sure, it’s irony, or something, but it’s also true. And this isn’t the only example. She’s sicker, but he dies first. Too soon? You know that’s what I was going for. Plus, you know, in the beginning, she says something about not believing in sugar coating, but the love story is mad sugar coated. I’m not hating! I’m just saying. Romanticizing love and romanticizing death have always gone hand in hand. Why not here?

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On This Day: Poetry Author Pablo Neruda Won the Nobel Prize!

Pablo Neruda was a fascinating character. Born in 1904, he started writing poetry at age 13 and wrote in a wide variety of styles including surrealism, historical epics, political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems. One of his most famous includes Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair which became famous and rather infamous for its eroticism. It was first published in 1924 and became Neruda’s most famous work, going onto sell twenty million copies worldwide.

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In addition to his poetic accomplishment, Pablo Neruda was internationally recognized as a diplomat, fostering relations between Chile and the world. However, he came under scrutiny when President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla outlawed communism and a warrant was issued for his arrest on account of Neruda’s own communist beliefs. Neruda hid in a basement for months before escaping into the mountains and fleeing to Argentina. He later returned to Chile and became a close advisor to President Salvador Allende. During this time, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, dramatically recounting his escape years earlier during his lecture at the event.

He died in 1973 when a military coup overthrew Allende’s government. His death is suspected as foul play: he was initially hospitalized for cancer and was reported to have died of a heart failure. However, in 2015 examination of his death found evidence he may have been given an injection that killed him, likely due to enemies that were overthrowing the regime he was loyal to. The case is still being looked at but Spanish medical doctors have reported it is highly likely Neruda did not perish of heart failure as was claimed.

Whatever the case, Neruda is a fascinating politician, diplomat, and a masterful poet. Celebrate his winning of the Nobel Prize today and crack open a few of his poem collections. We recommend:

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda.

The Essential Neruda 

Love Poems. 

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Eight Spicy Hamlet Memes

Alright, so you know we’re obsessed with SparkNotes’ twitter. Or, I am at least.  The memes are so dank. And now there’s a master list of everything they’ve posted about Hamlet, or at least a lot of it, and it’s all iconic. Here we go.

 

When Your Dad Tells You to Do Something

 

Clean my room? Murder your killer? Totally, I’ll do that right now. Just let me finish this chapter. Level. Book. I’ll TOTALLY remember the stabbing stuff after that. I’ll even clean up the blood. When I get to it. No one’s perfect, you know?

 

 

When You’re Totally Not Jealous

 

Hamlet might have been the first emo. Maybe. Certainly he was pretty early. Like, I get it man, intellectual and philosophical despair or whatever, your stepdad SUCKS, but maybe go outside. Get some sun. Maybe some soft serve. Commit a murder. Whatever works?

 

 

The Roulette Wheel of Murder Excuses

 

No, I totally didn’t kill my brother, it was, um… *turns around and furiously spins visible wheel* … a snake! Yeah. It was a snake. You know how it is. So many venomous snakes here in Denmark, it was bound to happen sometime. Totally innocent.

 

 

Ignoring the Obvious

 

Look. Your father died in a mysterious snake accident. Your uncle MARRIED YOUR MOM. That’s a yikes in any context, but it’s a super yikes here. Go and get all philosophical about it if you must, but Claudius is barely even trying to hide his misdeeds. Get to the decision, man.

 

 

Did You Ever Feel Like a Vine Could See You?

 

Look, Claudius, if you’re going to pull off a murderous coup, you’ve gotta have just like, a little tiny bit of chill. I’m not asking for a lot. This is like a vampire freaking out and running from the room every time you mention the sun. If you’re going to murder your brother, at least own it.

 

 

When the Paper is Due Tomorrow

 

Maybe just do to him whatever you did to Ophelia. Too soon? #opheliadeservedbetter Seriously though, you live with the guy. Literally just stand there and kill him when he STOPS praying. Kill him in his sleep. Do something. Honestly, Lettie, kill or do not kill, there is no try.

 

 

Absolutely No One

 

Formally. Informally. Hamlet had the emotions of a Romantic, about a hundred years too early. I feel like the romantics would have really Gotten him. (Or like, four hundred years before his time. Imagine Hamlet with a floppy fringe. I digress). Either way, he’s an emotional mess, but mostly valid. #opheliadeseRVEDBETTER

 

 

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Quiz: How Would You Die in Literature?

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