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Crystal Hurd

Crystal is a writer, poet, reader, and public school educator from Virginia. She is happily married with three beautiful Terriers (adopted from local shelters). Her dissertation explored the leadership of C.S Lewis with postdoctoral work focusing on the leadership roles of artists. An unapologetic book nerd, Crystal loves to read and research works involving faith, literature, art, and leadership. She also possesses a deep, unrelenting interest in all things European, especially Doctor Who. You can read her weekly thoughts on her webpage/blog www.crystalhurd.com, friend her on Facebook, (Crystal Sullivan Hurd) and follow her on Twitter: @DoctorHurd and @hurdofficial.

Movies vs. Book: The Hobbit Roundtable, Part 2

From Essentialcslewis.com: There is no shortage of opinions about the three films based on The Hobbit. Whether you love them or hate them, have you considered if they are can be considered good movies even if they are not faithful adaptations? Also, how close do they come to presenting the core themes of the book itself? In this second and final ...

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Movies vs. Book: The Hobbit Roundtable, Part 1

In book form The Hobbit has been available for nearly 80 years, but the third and final movie installment was just released late last year. No one suggests the three films are perfect adaptations, but how far off do they really miss the mark? William O’Flaherty is joined by Dr. Charlie Starr, Legendarium’s own Dr. Crystal Hurd and Brenton Dickieson to discuss ...

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How Tolkien has Ruined my Appetite for Modern Fiction

I took a stroll through the local bookstore tonight. I scoured. I picked up and flipped over. And I yawned. I am not suggesting that good contemporary fiction does not exist. I subscribe to several popular book blogs which boast of the newest fascinating work. When I have followed their suggestion, I usually concur with the verdict. One recent example ...

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Peter Jackson to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

JUST ANNOUNCED!!! Blockbuster director and honorary Hobbit Peter Jackson will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 8th. “We are very happy to honour such an esteemed filmmaker as Peter Jackson with a star on the Walk of Fame,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, said.  “His groundbreaking and award-winning films are part of ...

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“Sherlock Holmes” Engaged!

If you are a *fangirl* of Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch with marital aspirations, go cancel that dress appointment. Cumberbatch is marrying theatre director Sophie Hunter. Anglophenia’s Frasier Alpine reports:   There was a time when every notable gentleman’s engagement to every eligible lady of good breeding would have been the subject of a public announcement in the Times. It’s a tradition ...

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An Eloquence of Time and Space – New Material on Doctor Who!

With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who nearing the one-year mark, you may be feeling a tad deprived. We are just settling in to Peter Capaldi now, but wouldn’t it be nice to take another stroll down memory lane and revisit all of those magnificent and quirky characters? Now you can! Prolific writer and poet James Wylder has just recently ...

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New film on C.S. Lewis Announced!

Released by Intrigue Films: Intrigue Films is very pleased to announce that we have optioned the rights to the screenplay titled: LIONHEARTED: THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF C. S. LEWIS, a new biopic about British author C.S Lewis. Before C. S Lewis wrote his children’s literary masterpiece THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, his journey from Atheism to Christianity was defined by personal heartache during turbulent times. “Most ...

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Is That Tom Bombadil in your Pocket?

Harper Collins has now released the American version of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Pocket edition! Complete with original illustrations from Pauline Barnes,the nifty little version also includes notes from Tolkien scholars Christina Skull and Wayne G. Hammond. From Amazon: “This revised and expanded edition of Tolkien’s own Hobbit-inspired poetry includes previously unpublished poems and notes, and is beautifully illustrated ...

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C.S. Lewis and Women: Portrayals in The Chronicles of Narnia

“What is disturbing in the Narnian Chronicles, as well as in the whole range of Lewis’s literary corpus is the way in which ultimate good is depicted as ultimate masculinity, while evil, the corruption of good, is depicted as femininity” – Kath Filmer from the chapter “Masking the Misogynist in Narnia and Glome” from The Fiction of C. S. Lewis ...

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Rare Tolkien Reprints Now Available!

So you are probably looking at your bookshelf thinking, “I have a really nice collection of Tolkien works.”  You may even have a few first editions in there which cost you a pretty penny (hey, why do you have TWO kidneys anyway?). The Tolkien bookstore is now offering some neat additions for your library. The online Tolkien bookshop is now reprinting rare ...

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