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.


  1. Oh, goody. I finished The Fellowship the evening before New Year's Eve. But I have not gone ahead, like Forrest Gump. I'm waiting until you begin The Two Towers. : )

    1. Ruth, I will try to zip through this book and catch up to you, then, so you won't have to wait too long!

  2. You go! There are so many Lewis and Tolkien books that I haven't read yet, either. But I just discovered that my college's library has a lot of books about both!

    Anyway, I'm sure this'll be a fun challenge. :)

    1. Thanks, Olivia! I know, there are just so many wonderful Tolkien-related (and Lewis-related) books out there, and I need more time to read them.


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