J.R.R. Tolkien

W.H. Auden’s Tolkien

By |2018-08-02T22:25:03-05:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Fiction, J.R.R. Tolkien, Poetry|

W.H. Auden realized that J.R.R. Tolkien’s greatness was not simply the result of a capacity for the fantastic, but rather that it relied just as much on his scholarly acumen as on his imagination… W.H. Auden was a great admirer of the fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Having heard Tolkien’s lectures while an undergraduate at [...]

Tolkien at Exeter College

By |2019-04-18T12:41:41-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Education, J.R.R. Tolkien, World War I|

Though J.R.R. Tolkien arrived at Exeter College as a Classics (Great Books) scholar, he found his real passion resided in Germanic and Northern language and myth… Tolkien at Exeter College: How An Oxford Undergraduate Created Middle-earth by John Garth (66 pages, Exeter College, 2015) Never judge a book by its size. This little book is [...]

In Defense of Those Who Protect Us

By |2019-05-21T14:43:13-05:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis Markos, Memorial Day, Military, Timeless Essays, Veterans Day, Virtue, War|

Yes, we must hold our police and our military accountable, but we must also respect the difficulty and danger of their jobs and stop willfully blinding ourselves to the unpleasant realities around us… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Louis Markos as he uses The Lord of [...]

Grace in the Unredeemed Land of Middle-Earth

By |2018-12-21T14:42:16-05:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature|

In almost every way, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Passage of the Marshes” presents a deeply frightening and suffocating experience for the reader, as the two Hobbits and the decrepit Gollum move across a landscape that has become devoid of grace… While nearly every decent human being under the age of sixty-five loves and appreciates J.R.R. [...]

The Decline and Fall of “The Andy Griffith Show”

By |2018-01-05T22:59:16-05:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Film, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Modernity|

The Mayberry that we see in the first few seasons of The Andy Griffith Show is systematically undermined, desecrated, and destroyed by the iconoclasm of sixties’ ideological hedonism… Believe it or not, I had never heard of Andy Griffith until I was forty years old. For some reason, The Andy Griffith Show had never [...]

Tolkien, Lewis, and Weapons of Mass Destruction

By |2019-06-27T13:10:43-05:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, History, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Literature, World War I|

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fought to defend Faith and Family from attacks upon them by modern-day dragons, but they would not wield the power of the Deplorable Word, nor the power of the Ring, to destroy their enemies, simultaneously destroying the lives of innocent victims in the process… In “Litany of the Lost,” [...]

The Return of Christian Humanism

By |2019-04-02T15:08:15-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of the human religious experience, allowing it to speak intimately and truthfully to the whole person… The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser (University of Missouri [...]

Should We Choose the “Boromir Option”?

By |2017-07-14T15:38:19-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Ethics, Evil, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, National Security, Senior Contributors, Terrorism|

The so-called Boromir Option raises the question as to whether it is ever permissible to use evil means in pursuit of a good end… In a recent essay for the Imaginative Conservative I wrote about what I called the Mercutio Option, based on the character in Romeo & Juliet who cursed both the warring [...]

Tolkien’s Tea Club

By |2018-12-26T14:48:26-05:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Friendship, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature|

Through the Tea Club he formed with his young classmates, J.R.R. Tolkien felt his first comradery among friends dedicated to something higher than themselves… Long before Tolkien began his own personal mythology, he had already lived a rather full life. Joy as well as tragedy had filled it. His father had passed away while [...]

Nostalgia for the Future: Antiquity & Eternity

By |2019-06-17T16:49:59-05:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Conservatism, England, Featured, History, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford University, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

The experience of nostalgia is a feeling of beauty’s remoteness, but only because it is so far in the future. It is hope… I went for a long walk in Oxford the other night. The city, of course, is always enchanting, but in early summer and at night, it is so the most. When [...]