Monthly Archives: February 2012

On Fairy Stories

Some people have asked me if they can read Tolkien’s essay online, and I promised to post a link. So here it is: On Fairy Stories. This is a .pdf file so it’s easy enough to work with. It is … Continue reading

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George MacDonald

Born in 1824, George MacDonald was tremendously influential in relation to the development of fantasy writing. He wrote a wide range of fairy tales and work primarily aimed at children, but also produced novels for adults – most importantly Phantastes … Continue reading

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Group work

Several years ago, while I was teaching in Dublin, I got the opportunity to join a varied group of colleagues – historians, classicists, modern language specialists – in an Old Norse reading group. Once a week we gathered in a … Continue reading

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Middle Earth is all around you

We’ve already mentioned Burne-Jones’s connections with Birmingham, and that Tolkien grew up here. In fact, it appears that Birmingham and its surroundings contributed enormously to the landscapes of Middle Earth. For a summary of the key areas, go here. For … Continue reading

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