The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker
 

The Path of Flames

Review

 
Lisa Tuttle Interview – The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross
 

Lisa Tuttle

Interview - The Witch at Wayside Cross

 
Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
 

Sky Coyote

Review

 

Browsing all articles tagged with J.R.R. Tolkien.

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fanfic

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fanfic 

This is the fourth year we’ve done a fanfic month. We didn’t want it to get boring so we’ve tried to change it up each year. The first year you could write whatever you wanted. The second year we limited the books you could choose from. The third you had to stage a fight between […]

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost – What Does It Mean?

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost – What Does It Mean? 

When Lord of the Rings enthusiasts are not burning wedding bands in fiery pits in their backyard—checking for Black Speech inscriptions—they are frequently found uttering the clever sayings of their favorite fantasy author. Who can blame them? Tolkien, a philologist by trade, is known for many wondrous, existential musings. Yet one proverb is clearly quoted […]

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Tough Travels: Dragons

Tough Travels: Dragons 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to […]

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Tough Travels: Beginnings

Tough Travels: Beginnings 

This is NOT an April Fools’ Day trick. Tough Travelling is back! At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different […]

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Quotes: Making or Breaking

Quotes: Making or Breaking 

My 46th article for Fantasy-Faction. I have now written more of these than I have years of life and not many to 50. And always the eternal question; what to write about? Easy. On Saturday night I was moved to tears. I cried. Not a snotty, snuffling, huffing, heaving cry, but a tear or three […]

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The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil?

The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil? 

Almost 80 years after Gollum appeared in The Hobbit, and 60 years after Frodo first suggests that it may have been better if Bilbo had killed Gollum when he first had the chance, the question is once again rising in a Turkish court – is Gollum good or evil? If you aren’t familiar with the […]

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The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The last few years have seen the publication of several of Tolkien’s versions of the literary works that sparked his imagination and influenced Middle Earth. From the poems of Sigurd and Gudrun and The Fall of Arthur to his translation of Beowulf, these renditions are a fascinating look at Tolkien’s creative engagement with the European […]

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Roads Go Ever Ever On

Roads Go Ever Ever On 

Something important is ending as we speak; the end of an era of not only entertainment, not just a story, but our invited cinematic access to a deep, rich and vivid world. I’m talking about Middle Earth. I wouldn’t even necessarily say I’m talking about The Hobbit as a movie, or an adaptation, either. Rather, […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 

 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s filmic reimagining of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales of Middle-Earth to a close in epic fashion, and with the emotional weight of thirteen years of visual storytelling that will likely never be rivaled again. Many scoffed when Jackson, not known for his restraint, announced that […]

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review 

Author’s Note: This review is spoiler free! Licensed video games do not have the best of reputations. E.T., for the Atari 2600, is considered one of the worst games ever made. The recent Legend of Korra game has been widely panned. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi? Well, the less said about that train wreck, […]

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Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits…

Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits… 

So, this is a strange one! A paper appeared in this month’s Christmas edition of the Medical Journal of Australia with a theory as to why, in fantasy novels, the bad guys tend to lose: Vitamin D deficiency! I will include a copy of the paper below (it is open access), but, for those who […]

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The Tolkien Archives at Marquette: A Glimpse At His Original Manuscripts

The Tolkien Archives at Marquette: A Glimpse At His Original Manuscripts 

Through a stroke of luck and the foresight of their one-time curator, the Marquette University libraries house the original manuscripts for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We’re talking original type-written and hand-written items, donated by Tolkien himself (and some later items donated by his son, Christopher Tolkien). I’m lucky enough […]

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