The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien is the premier masterpiece of fantasy liturature. Many people today only know of LotR through the movies by Peter Jackson. While I am happy that the story has been spread throughout the world to many people who otherwise would never have had the pleasure, I must stand firm in the assertion that the book is and always will be the best.
I began this blog largely to look at the movies and book side by side; to see the differences, the dificiencies, and shed light on the abuses and liberties taken in the films. Any fan of the books has a right to be disgruntled (I’d include me here;)), but I’ve attempted to be a bit more objective in my analysis to attempt to discover what may have caused the differences. Some are inexcusable. Some make sense. And some, through how they were dealt with, yield opportunities for further study of Tolkien’s thought and works.
As time has passed, my focus has shifted gradually to focus more squarely on Tolkien’s writing alone. All posts reflect my interpretations and the applicability I find in Tolkien’s work. I have read LotR ten times now. Each time brings new insights and different things pop out at me. That ultimately is the goal of this blog: to increase Tolkien scholarship and enjoyment of his writing. There is a lot there, if you are willing to delve a bit deeper.
So why don’t you come wander the paths with me?