”It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien
As you all know, I am a huge Tolkien fan. So I follow the Hobbit tag on my reader, and I came across a post from GlorytoGodAlone. It is a picture of Thorin Oakenshield, and a quote he said while he was dying. I can’t reblog on my kindle, so I just copied the image. Here it is:
After I read this post, I remembered a verse from Proverbs.
Wisdom is more precious than jewels, and all your desires can’t equal it.
– Proverbs 3:15
I know it’s talking about songs and food over gold, but please bear with me. It would be an even merrier place if we place Wisdom and God over Gold.
When J. R. R. Tolkien was 7 years old, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote his first work of fiction, which a “green great Dragon”. Sadly, when his mother corrected him, and told him it was great green dragon, Tolkien was so discouraged that he put away his fledgling work, and didn’t try another attempt to write for many more years.
Wow. This shocked me. J. R. R. Tolkien is known as the author of The Lord of the rings, and the Hobbit, and the Silmarillion, and many more works that I, and many more fans, enjoy reading over and over again. And when this “incident” happened, it could have ended Tolkien’s career as an author.
It would have meant no Middle-earth books, movies, or blogs. Guys, this blog wouldn’t have existed, A tolkienist’s perspective wouldn’t have existed, Middle-earth reflections wouldn’t have existed, and so many other blogs concerning Tolkien and his works or Peter Jackson’s spectacular saga wouldn’t have existed.
And I’m not trying to scare any C. S. Lewis fans who are also Christians, because I don’t know how Tolkien and Lewis met, but if it was writing that brought them together, C. S. Lewis may have stayed and atheist!
If I remember my facts correctly, J. R. R. Tolkien reintroduced Lewis to Christianity. And A pilgrim in Narnia probably wouldn’t have existed gasp
Now, don’t take any of this seriously. I’m pretty sure J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis met some other way, so don’t worry.
Enjoy the rest of your day. And good day, James and Brenton.
(Above: This is my last attempt in trying something like this … I promise!)
– The ultimate reading experience
This is the real deal. Forget what you’ve read in ‘The Hobbit’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (actually, it would be wise to remember everything), cleanse your mind of any thoughts, sit down and start (or try) reading ‘The Silmarillon’…
Complicated book, complicated (and long) blog post.
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Well, not on my blog, but he replied to a comment I made on his blog.
I asked him for some tips on blogging about Middle-earth and J. R. R. Tolkien, and he replied back! This is what he said:
Thanks so much for your kind comments! If you love Tolkien and Middle-earth just dive into the writing part with all the passion you have for the subject. You’ll thoroughly enjoy it 😊
Just a little quick post for right now. Also the new book Beren and Luthien is coming in June 1, 2017, and I just wanted to make a quick post.
The song was sung by Aragorn in the Fellowship of the ring, book 1, chapter 6.
Waiting for the book? Well, if you own the Silmarillion*, you can just find the tale of Beren and Luthien in the Silmarillion as well.**
But we can all conclude that this Beren and Luthien book will be more specific and will possibly give us more detail than The Silmarillion gave us.