The Lord of the Rings | Comfort in the Cold

With Christmas being right around the corner and the weather getting mighty cold, I am reminded of things that give me comfort and things that I am grateful for. Ranking very high on this list though, is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories. I say stories because I am grateful for them […]

Is Pity for Gollum Misplaced?

The beginning of The Return of the King is my least favorite part. It’s a little gross and I don’t particularly like watching Smeagol kill his friend. The thought crossed my mind though, why would the Ring have such an immediate and drastic impact on Gollum? The answer is probably rather simple and obvious, but I […]

The Lord of the Rings: A Story of Sacrifice & Bravery

I am a person who acknowledges that there is great evil in this world. I am a person who realizes that terrible things happen, terrible people exist, and it’s frightening sometimes. I acknowledge that there are terrible tragedies and accidents, and that people make horrific mistakes and decisions. I understand that all. But I am […]

The Courage of a Hobbit

It’s March 25th. What better way to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day (which also happens to be the anniversary of Sauron’s defeat) than by talking about Middle Earth and its populace? Or, more specifically, what better day than to talk about Frodo? (I’ll also be listening to a bit of The Children of Hurin – narrated by […]

Riddles in the Dark: A Comparison

I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared this with y’all before but “Riddles in the Dark” is my favorite chapter in The Hobbit. The more I read the book, the more I enjoy it; but my love for “Riddles in the Dark” has always remained the same. What better to do than to compare the […]

The Hobbit: A Shocking Beginning

I finally started reading the The Hobbit this week and I once again experienced a sort of shock. Admitting that seems funny to me but, having read The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I am always struck by the stark difference in tone. Tolkien starts The Hobbit as if he were telling a child a […]