The Language of Mythology

“I wish life was not so short, he thought. Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.” J. R. R. Tolkien I consider J.R.R. Tolkien to be one of my favourite fiction authors ever since I first read “The Fellowship of the Rings” when I was 15…

The Professor – On Hobbits

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all that there is to know about them in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you.” J.R.R. Tolkien In 1920, Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at Oxford…

The Professor – On Endings & Beginnings

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King Beginnings always have eager expectancy that something significant will happen.  We revel…

The Professor – On Good & Evil

“I do not believe this darkness will endure.”  “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien experienced the shadow…

The Professor – On Destiny

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien We plan our lives and take comfort in our security. In the end, however, destiny has a way of choosing our path.  J.R.R. Tolkien recognized that there would be some who would be assigned more difficult and dangerous undertakings.    Destiny does not…

The Professor – On Hope

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” – Galadriel “For thus it is spoken: Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”  -Legolas  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring   J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings carried the message of hope.  Even when all seemed lost and evil appeared invincible,…