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The Hobbit as a Living Text: The Battle of 5 Blogs

Originally posted on A Pilgrim in Narnia:
This post is part of the Battle of the Five Blogs, or six blog to be precise. It is a throw-down of various Tolkien bloggers who are thinking about the release of the…

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Blogs

Originally posted on A Pilgrim in Narnia:
Or thereabouts. A very serious sounding business, isn’t it? Well, we have fewer enemies and more allies than Peter Jackson’s crowd. We also have fewer extras and less CGI–though some of us may…

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Very Merry Unspoilers: Unfinished Hobbit Business

Today and the rest of this week I am participating in The Battle of the Five Blogs about the new Hobbit movie. It’s not really a battle, of course: merely a chance to share ideas in a kind of Round … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: Myth Becomes Mess

My review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been published on Christianity Today Movies. You can read it here. In it, I talk about moral ambiguity, myth dwindling to fact, and the unfinished parts of the … Continue reading

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The Inklings: Their Lives, Loves, and Literature

Are you getting ready to watch the upcoming Hobbit film? If so, considering learning a bit more about the lives of the Inklings — Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams — before immersing yourself in the so-called “Defining Moment of the Middle-earth … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Judging the Hobbit Films

As you know, this coming Saturday is Mythgard’s exciting webathon: an evening of lively, intelligent content interspersed with chances for you to support the Academy. I’ll be participating in two sessions: the first a chat about the lives and loves … Continue reading

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The Biographical Fallacy?

Hear, ye, hear ye! Calling all lovers, haters, and ambivalent readers of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien! Calling all fan-girls and fan-boys of Ender’s Game, Dune, Watership Down, the Hobbit films, and Doctor Who! Calling those who are … Continue reading

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MythCon 45 Day 4: Faith, Myths, and Archetypes

Originally posted on Archaeologies of the Weird:
Fantasy and Faith Panel J. R. R. Tolkien The first of the two legendary panels that happened on Sunday–just before my own presentation, which was the last before the banquet and awards ceremony–was…

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Where is the Joy?

What books stir your soul? Which time period of literature or art appeals to you the most? Which stylistic era of music most stirs your soul? Is it the ordered precision of a Bach fugue or the poignant strains of … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing “The Hobbit” Smackdown

On November 8th, Mythgard Academy is holding its fundraising webathon, and I have foolishly agreed to face off with The Tolkien Professor in a debate about “The Hobbit” films — so I need your help! As you may know, Corey … Continue reading

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