The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 8: “The Scouring of the Shire”

Thomas Wolfe once said you can't go home again.  Our Hobbity heroes learn it the hard way, for nothing says "welcome home" to four weary veterans quite like a large spiked gate.  When they demand entrance, the gatekeeper is scared out of his mind, now answering to the Chief at Bag End.  Under his orders, the entire area … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 8: “The Scouring of the Shire”

Book Updates

I've got so many books in the works, it's making my head spin.  My own fault.  No one to blame but myself.  And it's a good problem to have.  Since I have so many bibliophiles in my little circle, thought I'd share some thoughts on what's in progress for those who might be interested. The … Continue reading Book Updates

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 7: “Homeward Bound”

"There is no real going back.  Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same.  I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden.  Where shall I find rest?" It's been a year since Weathertop, and the Hobbits are nearing home.  Frodo's unease seems to dissipate the next … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 7: “Homeward Bound”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 6: “Many Partings”

The festivities are over.  Days have passed.  While Aragorn knows that Frodo wants nothing more than to return home, Frodo acknowledges that he wants to stop at Rivendell on the way to visit Bilbo one last time.  Arwen gives the Hobbit a white jewel from around her neck.  She tells him that he may take her … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 6: “Many Partings”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 5: “The Steward and the King”

Once more back in time that we may see how events play out in Minas Tirith.  The city is awash in fear.  Faramir encounters Éowyn in the Houses of Healing.  While her heart's desire is divided between Aragorn and the chance to fight against Mordor, the complex mix of sadness, pride and beauty leads Faramir to … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 5: “The Steward and the King”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 4: “The Field of Cormallen”

I always have this vision in my head of Prof. Tolkien's writing desk.  On one corner are a handful of reference books for various Nordic legends or Old English manuscripts.  There's a classically-styled fountain pen with ink well and blotter.  And close at hand there's a large red button marked with white runes that, when … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 4: “The Field of Cormallen”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 3: “Mount Doom”

We've come a long way in our quest.  For the Hobbits, it's been even longer, and it's not over yet.  Even so, it feels appropriate to delve into a little nostalgia.  Humor me, won't you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW_ocZLaRdI A bit corny, perhaps, but  it always brings me a smile.  Let's move forward with the chapter that inspires this … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 3: “Mount Doom”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 2: “The Land of Shadow”

Orcs all around, a Nazgûl overhead, and horns blaring all around them, Sam and Frodo run from Cirith Ungol, out onto a long bridge, and... another company of Orcs up ahead that haven't spotted the Hobbits yet, but are coming straight for them.  All they can do is jump.  They land safely -- their Orc clothes … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 2: “The Land of Shadow”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 1: “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”

"I wonder if they think of us at all?" This little comment by Sam at the beginning of the chapter is one of the loneliest in the entire book for me, and while it couldn't be further from the truth, it reflects Sam's current state perfectly.  Tolkien touches base the readers, telling us where the rest of the … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 1: “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”

Tolkien Thursdays

I've been doing something for a while now, and I was completely unconscious of it until this morning.  Every Sunday I post the next chapter in the Middle-Earth quest for my Silmarillion Blues project.  You'd think I'd start reading the next chapter on Sunday or even Monday.  Nope.  It always ends up being Thursday.  The … Continue reading Tolkien Thursdays