Sunday, January 7, 2018
My YearS in Middle Earth
You may recall that I decided that 2017 would be My Year in Middle-earth. I planned to re-read LOTR and whatever other Middle-earth-related things that came my way. And I think I did fairly well, though my re-read of LOTR got suspended for a while because I decided to use it for my niece's high school lit class this year. She and I are almost finished with The Two Towers, and our class together has been such a joy.
Besides re-reading half of the trilogy, in 2017 I read:
J. R. R. Tolkien: Mind of a Genius
Wizards, Hobbits, and Harry Potter edited by Mark Whitlock
Finding God in the Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware
The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power by Jane Chance
And besides teaching LOTR to my niece, I went ahead and started a new read-along of the trilogy here on my blog. It slowed down a lot over the holidays, but we'll be picking it up again tomorrow at a much brisker pace, I promise.
But it comes to this: I have a lot of Middle-earth-related books that I haven't even touched yet. We have almost a full shelf of books by and about Tolkien:
Some of those are extra copies of certain books, but many of them are cool commentaries, history books from Middle-earth, and so on -- and I've barely scratched the surface of most of them.
So I am extending my time in Middle-earth! Instead of a one-year personal challenge, I'm going to make it last for two years. And I hope to share reviews of at least four more of the books on this shelf with you over the course of 2018.