The King of the Golden Hall: Tolkien sets a scene

Of all the things of which I am a fan, J.R.R. Tolkien is one of them. I’ve been re-reading The Lord of the Rings these past few months, which has been a glorious journey especially since I don’t believe I’ve read the trilogy from start to finish since I was in high school. (Has it…

Earrings of the Week: Happy returns

Remember that time, oh, a year and a half ago, when I last posted an Earrings of the Week? I hardly do, either. But today I’m reawakening this sporadic series with the hope of changing its status from “never” to “occasional.”

‘It was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort’

Last year we found the 2017 official Tolkien calendar (connected to the Tolkien estate; none of this movie-poster kitsch), which depicted a series of Tolkien’s illustrations of The Hobbit. It was a glorious year, calendar-wise. But at the end of the year, I couldn’t just throw away those nice, quality prints that happened to be…