Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Organized by the Tolkien Society in 2003, Tolkien Reading Day comes around every March 25th to celebrate the fall of Sauron and the destruction of Barad-dûr.
To celebrate, I’m posting a list of my favorite posts on Tolkien.
Next, I’d just like to recommend the blog The Flame Imperishable, generally speaking. It’s full of rich analysis and wonderful insights. I especially love this short piece on “Tolkien’s Use of Parataxis“.
The excellent blog Letters From the Edge of Elfland is filled with lovely missives on Tolkien and his works, but two of my favorite posts are “The Sacramental Imagination of Smith of Wooton Major” and “Faeriean Metaphysics: The Necessity of Poetry, Fantasy, and Faerie in Theology“.
My penultimate recommendation is Evan Palmer’s graphic representation of Tolkien’s Ainulindale. Suggested in the comments by Whitefrozen, author of the blog Theologians, Inc., this a truly gorgeous rendition.
And there you have it. I’ve tried to keep this list brief, so there are a lot of great posts out there that I’ve overlooked. If you have a favorite piece of your own or that you’ve found in your internet travels, feel free to post links in the comments. Make sure you describe the contents of the link, though, or else your comment will probably be filed by WordPress as spam.
Happy Tolkien Reading Day!