Tolkien Monthly — October 2020

Let’s talk about the worthy of The Hobbit and how the Rohirrim are a vision of hope.

JazzFeathers
Oct 6 · 3 min read
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So, I finally took action and created my Middle-earth Literary Gazette Facebook page. Please join if you feel so inclined. I’ll be sharing lots more material there than I usually do here on the Tolkien Monthly… also some more fun stuff, together with the more ‘serious’.

I will eventually create an Instagram page too. But that’s a project for the future.

What makes The Hobbit special?

by Olga Polomoshnova

“Easy-to-read, light, at times whimsical and playful, full of jests, The Hobbit differs from the elevated, archaic style of both of these epics. Even thus said, ‘light’ in case of Tolkien does not mean ‘simple’. “

With these words, Olga pinned down one of the most overlooked aspects of The Hobbit, a book that many readers consider childish and not really as worthy as Tolkien other stories, especially in the legendarium.

I’ve always loved The Hobbit, but in the last couple of years, after reading The History of The Hobbit with my Tolkien reading group, and after writing my own chapter-by-chapter review of the book, my admiration has grown.

As Olga rightly points out, there’s a lot more in The Hobbit than one might think at first read, and it certainly deserves the place that it has acquired in Tolkien’s legendarium.

The Éothéod — Ancestors Of Rohan | Tolkien Explained

by Nerd of the Rings

The author of this video isn’t the only one to appreciate the Rohirrim in a special way. These are a people of courage and loyalty, but also of respect and farsight. Sometimes I think that Tolkien — who considered the human race quite subject to weaknesses of many kinds — depicted the Rohirrim as the best version of any human culture.

Rohan and the House of Hador

by Steven Gibb

Tolkien never contented himself with ‘simply’ creating a credible history of his Middle-earth. He also created legends within the legends and likely and unlikely beliefs. His story is so life-like because he was able to reproduce the minute details and complexity of human history as it really happens.

This article about the ‘mythical’ origins of the people of Rohan is a shiny example of it.

Tolkien’s Unfinished Sequel to The Lord of the Rings

by In Deep Geek

A great presentation of the sequel to The Lord of the Rings Tolkien started and never finished.

This video goes deep in details and some speculation. Very interesting and certainly not something we often read about Tolkien’s writing.

Sarah Zama is a Tolkien nerd and proud of it. She read The Hobbit the first time as a teenager and was a Tolkien fan years before Peter Jackson’s trilogy ever hit the theatres. She’s always been involved with Tolkien groups, both online and in person. In 2004, she founded a Tolkien group in her city, Verona (Italy), which is still meeting and divulging the Professor’s work. In 2017, she started reading Tolkien’s work with a group of other nerdy readers, one chapter a day. They are still on the road together.

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JazzFeathers

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Author of historical fantasy novels set in the 1920s | Dieselpunk | 1920s social history blogger | Hopeless Tolkien nerd https://theoldshelter.com/

Middle-earth Literary Gazette

Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The places and characters. The stories. Searching for their deeper meaning.

JazzFeathers

Written by

Author of historical fantasy novels set in the 1920s | Dieselpunk | 1920s social history blogger | Hopeless Tolkien nerd https://theoldshelter.com/

Middle-earth Literary Gazette

Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The places and characters. The stories. Searching for their deeper meaning.

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