Month: March 2014

I’ve read LotR and The Hobbit. Now what?

For those who are new to the Tolkien fandom, it can be a confusing place. You’ve read The Lord of the Rings books in order and you’ve read The Hobbit. Is there a book after Lord of the Rings? Not exactly. What do you do if you want more Tolkien? Many would say you should start on The Silmarillion. As much as I love…

John Ronald *Reuel* Tolkien?

The “J.R.R.” in J.R.R. Tolkien stands for John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The third name often confuses people (me included). What kind of a name is that, anyway? Family Origins Reuel was a family name; it was the middle name of Tolkien’s father (Arthur Reuel Tolkien). As of the initial publication of this post, I haven’t been able to determine whether…

Introduction to TolkienBlog.com

The Tolkien fandom is a wonderful place to be. Not only did Tolkien spend decades crafting a deep and wide legendarium (on the level that no single person has ever achieved, before or after), but there are enthusiasts from all walks of life who add their thoughts and knowledge to his works. Despite Tolkien’s death over forty years ago, the…