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.

4 comments:

  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. : )

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    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!

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  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. :)

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    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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