World Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien Reading Day is held on the 25th of March each year. It has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages.

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According to reading length “The Silmarillion” only takes 7 hours and 22 minutes.

Tolkien was influenced by Germanic heroic legend, especially its Norse and Old English forms. During his education at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, he read and translated from the Old Norse in his free time. One of his first Norse purchases was the Völsunga saga.

March 25 was chosen as the date to celebrate annually because it marks the date of Sauron’s defeat, a key evil character in “Lord of the Rings.”

Tolkien Could Read by the Age of Four.

He was a philologist (scholar of languages) at Oxford and even worked on the Oxford English Dictionary.

Many people believed Sauron was based on Adolf Hitler. However, he was based on a character in one of JRR Tolkien’s favourite boyhood books. Tolkien loved SR Crockett’s historical novel, The Black Douglas. Its villain, Gilles de Retz, was based on the French knight (and associate of Joan of Arc), Gilles de Rais, a convicted child murderer. Crockett’s character was also a devil worshipper, allied with a shapeshifting witch and a pack of wolves — similar to wargs.

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Tolkien and Lewis were friends for several decades when they both taught at the University of Oxford. They were critical of each other’s work: Tolkien disliked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because he found the *allegorical depiction of good and evil too *strident. After their first meeting, Lewis wrote in his diary of Tolkien: ‘No harm in him, only needs a smack or so.’

Tolkien was Catholic while Lewis was Protestant.

*As a literary device or artistic form, an allegory is a narrative or visual representation in which a character, place, or event can be interpreted to represent a hidden meaning with moral or political significance.

*loud and harsh; grating. presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively forceful way.

So it seems that Tolkien found Lewis works, either too obvious with the meaning and/or (at the time) Tolkien felt it was too obvious what Lewis was writing. Rather than having a more subtle meaning. Then again, it is Tolkien. The man who created an entire new language for an epic tale.

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And STILL Tolkien was rejected for a Nobel Peace Prize for Literature!

Roald Dahl Dictionary!

Over this past week I found the most awesome thing ever! Roald Dahl is going to have his own Dictionary printed! How awesome is that!?

Roald Dahl 100: A guide to the ‘gobblefunk’ (ABC News/Online)

If you don’t want to read the article, here is the breakdown. To mark 100 years since Dahl’s birth on (September 13) Oxford University Press this month released The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, a comprehensive guide to the biffsquiggling — that’s puzzling — language of Dahl. The Dictionary explains around 8000 words and their meanings.

“In keeping with Roald Dahl’s spirit, we explain ordinary words in very unordinary ways.”

Did you know? They discovered that there were 300 new words ‘invented’ in the”BFG” by Roald Dahl, alone!

It’s all about love? Or is it?

The unhealthiest relationships in fiction

I found this article and it was so interesting because I had never realised how much I’ve read of watch these movies and television shows that have had so many unhealthy relationships in them. Or how many people I know that may worships these relationships. Even in the comments, because apparently there are so many unhealthy relationships in fiction. They’re is a whole debate going on about Romeo and Juliet…They were some how left out of the list.

How many of you are in love with these relationships?

I don’t think it necessarily equals in our own personal lives we have unhealthy relationships. I think a lot of us want these fictional relationships to work, I think it gives us a sense of a peace or it can give us a piece of disruption.