JRRT: Intro and What's New This Month
A Word on Interpretation: For the past few years, I've been reading LotR as if the information really was supplied by the authors of the Red Book of Westmarch: Bilbo at the beginning (following There and Back Again), Frodo gradually taking over and writing most of the story, and Sam finishing the final chapter. Reading LotR as if the information came from these three authors (with Tolkien as narrator, retelling the story to us) just plain works so completely and consistently that I've come to believe that Tolkien must have had it in his mind as he wrote. So this has become my assumption when reading or studying LotR. All of the essays I've written for this site are consistent with that assumption.
(which hopefully have something to do with each other)
In This Section:
New for September 2009: Are Samurai Swords Elf Magic?
Essay Series: Tolkien at Oxford
(I thought this series was completed, but I've found some notes I'd lost, so expect one or two more essays.)
New for September 2009: '...but forecasts are more favourable'
Go to my blog to follow along as I read The History of The Lord of the Rings and come across miscellaneous Tolkien moments. (guests can read blogs, although you must be a registered forum member to add comments. Several new posts added since this page has been updated.