A Kind of Elvish Craft: Quotations from The Lord of the Rings
Jan07

A Kind of Elvish Craft: Quotations from The Lord of the Rings

“To make a Secondary World . . . commanding Secondary Belief, will probably require labor and thought, and will certainly demand a special skill, a kind of elvish craft. Few attempt such difficult tasks. But when they are attempted and in any degree accomplished then we have a rare achievement of Art: indeed narrative art, storymaking in its primary and most potent mode.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, “On...

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Classic Covers: J.R.R. Tolkien
Jan04

Classic Covers: J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was the book that launched a thousand trilogies, and made Tolkien’s name synonymous not just with modern fantasy fiction, but publishing mega-success. With more copies, in more languages, in more editions, than anything else in its category, and with an entire sub-industry spun out of publishing various notes, unpublished drafts, and side-excursions of its author, The Lord of the...

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Ballantine Adult Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings
Sep30

Ballantine Adult Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings

Strictly speaking, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings isn’t actually part of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, but it might be fair to say it’s the series’ very foundation. With a rather weird publishing history in the United States, Tolkien’s epic finally got an ‘authorized’ edition of three paperbacks from Ballantine in 1965, along with a reprint of The Hobbit. Already a hit, The Lord...

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Ryan Harvey’s Gateways to Sword-and-Sorcery
May14

Ryan Harvey’s Gateways to Sword-and-Sorcery

Ryan Harvey’s Gateways to Sword-and-Sorcery by Ryan Harvey When I say I’m a first-generation Dungeons & Dragons kid, I mean the kid part literally. I was eight years old when D&D reached pop culture recognition at the dawn of the ‘80s. My friends and I were fascinated with the funny dice, the splendid bestiary of monsters, the words that seemed like gibberish (“Electrum”? That can’t be a real thing), and the mayhem that...

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Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien
Jan04

Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien

Our Appendix N Archeology and Adventures in Fiction series are meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien by Chris Doyle John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in what is now...

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Real Life Adventures: The Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan Museum
Mar04

Real Life Adventures: The Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan Museum

Real Life Adventures – The Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan Museum by Michael Curtis A couple of days before Valentine’s Day, as snow and freezing rain spit down upon me, I found myself standing on a railroad station platform awaiting the arrival of the train that would whisk me away into the heart of New York City. Poor weather notwithstanding, I was on a quest, one that would take me more than 100 years into the past by our reckoning...

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