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review 2017-08-25 00:00
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition - J.R.R. Tolkien,Jemima Catlin

This has to be at least the fourth or fifth time I've read this delightful book and at least the second time I've read this particular edition, enhanced by the charming illustrations of Jemima Caitlin.

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review 2017-05-24 00:00
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien

I read this for the first time in 2004 and several times since then. What can be said about this epic tale that has not been already said many times over? The Professor is a master story-teller, loving the world of nature as much as the world of Men, Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves. He is also a master of suspense in heating that kettle just a little a time, hinting at threats that may or may not be imaginary, as in Frodo's uncertainty whether he really sees and hears someone following them or not and the sound of a hammer that may or may not have to do with Pippin throwing down a stone in Moria.

Middle-earth is a real place because it is our world. The people who inhabit it have so much to teach us. The lessons begin here with Merry and Pippin's beautiful words about their love and friendship for Frodo and what lengths they are willing to go because of it, Frodo's fearful and courageous embrace of his terrible calling and the grace that sustains him and his companions, Sam dogged faithfulness and support and his wonder to see the Elves, and so very much more.

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review 2017-01-18 00:00
The J.R.R. Tolkien Miscellany (Literary Miscellany)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Miscellany (Literary Miscellany) - Robert S. Blackham

A quick read about Tolkien's life and works. I learned a few new things. Best chapter actually was on ancient sites in the Primary World. I will save that for research on a fantasy series patiently waiting its turn to come out.

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review 2016-11-16 00:00
Walking to Wisdom Literature Series, Teacher's Edition: The Return of the King
Walking to Wisdom Literature Series, Tea... Walking to Wisdom Literature Series, Teacher's Edition: The Return of the King - Hannah Eagleson

Look deeper into what happens in Tolkien's masterpiece. The best part of it for me was the addition of an analysis of the Professor's wonderful essay, "On Fairy-Stories."

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review 2016-11-13 00:00
Walking to Wisdom Literature Guide: The Two Towers, Teacher's Edition
Walking to Wisdom Literature Guide: The ... Walking to Wisdom Literature Guide: The Two Towers, Teacher's Edition - Hannah Eagleson

This is the second in a three volume series about The Lord of the Rings and is another awesome one to dig deeper into what happens in the story. Designed for students and teachers, it can also be used by anyone who wants to learn more about what makes LOTR such a wonderful tale with so much to teach us.

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