Tag Archives: Medieval

Unseen Tolkien: sex, infertility, adultery and the birth of Galadriel

The encounter between mortal man and immortal enchantress is always fateful in Tolkien’s Middle-earth. In The Lord of the Rings, for instance, Boromir fears the Elf-queen Galadriel and ignores her wisdom, then dies for his sins. The Lay of Aotrou … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Beowulf translation and Sellic Spell to be published

Just a brief post on a big piece of Tolkien news. I’ve been busy today in the pages of the Guardian and the Telegraph as it was announced that Tolkien’s long-awaited translation of Beowulf is to be published at last. … Continue reading

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Tolkien, the Somme and scholarship

Did Tolkien share the view that First World War soldiers were “lions led by donkeys”? It’s a large question to which I would suggest the short answer is, “Sometimes.” But some pertinent new evidence has been revealed by Dr Stuart … Continue reading

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