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Tolkien’s Magical Inventory

The mystical athelas herb, along with the talking troll purse, virtue-imbued staffs, enchanted barrow swords, and spiritually-infused lembas, are all unique examples of Tolkien’s wild creative genius.

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How to Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion”

The Silmarillion is my favourite of Tolkien’s work. I love the vaulted language, the imagery, the intertwining of everyone’s fate, and the dark magic that encompasses the whole work. For many fans reading The Silmarillion is more like doing anthropological research than reading a fantasy novel. Its a denser read than The Lord of the Rings and definitely more so ...

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A Language Note: From Middle-Earth to Westeros

A Language Note: From Middle-Earth to Westeros By Olga A. Fantasy languages are in a realm of their own – far from being contrived gibberish invented for the sake of carrying along the story plotline (although of course I could point you towards a few examples of exactly this), there are genuine and sophisticated, albeit invented, tongues that presumably are ...

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