A Reader’s Guide to The Tale of Beren and Lúthien /// Part Eight

Hurrah! We have made it to part eight of this series! I have been anticipating this special section of The Silmarillion since the very beginning of the project. It’s arguably one of the greatest adventures of the entire book: the story of Beren and Lúthien. If you recall, Beren was introduced a few chapters agoContinue reading “A Reader’s Guide to The Tale of Beren and Lúthien /// Part Eight”

Faith to Move Mountains

I have always loved mountains. Just looking at them fills me with a sense of awe. Mountains are stalwart sentinels, but take on vastly different guises with each turn of the season and movement of the sun. Ever-changing clouds wreath the peaks with rainbows and mist. Golden sunrises highlight their grandeur with deep shadows, theContinue reading “Faith to Move Mountains”

A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Seven

Welcome back, friends! This week, I’m continuing my “Reader’s Guide” series with chapters 16-18 of The Silmarillion. In this section we will be introduced to Maeglin, son of Eöl and Aredhel, and learn about “The Battle of Sudden Flame” which brought about the ruin of Beleriand and downfall of Fingolfin, the High King of theContinue reading “A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Seven”

A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Six

Welcome back, friends! This week, I’m continuing my “Reader’s Guide” series by reviewing chapters 10-15 of Tolkien’s masterful work, The Silmarillion. Instead of focusing entirely on the western lands as in the previous chapters, we return to Middle-earth and the Elves, Dwarves, and Men residing there. The Elves of Beleriand The region of Beleriand willContinue reading “A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Six”

My Favorite Books! (The Nerdy Bookworm Tag)

Greetings, friends! Not too long ago, I was tagged by a fellow blogger to answer some questions about books! Fortunately, discussing books is one of my favorite things to do. When my book-loving friends and I get together, we are often known to talk too fast for normal human beings to comprehend. Hopefully, though, myContinue reading “My Favorite Books! (The Nerdy Bookworm Tag)”

A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Five

In the fifth part of my “Reader’s Guide” series, I will address chapters 6-9 of The Silmarillion, which take place in the land of Aman. As mentioned in the last blog post, an Elf named Fëanor was born during this peaceful age. Among the Noldor (one house of the Elves), he was “the most subtleContinue reading “A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Five”

A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Four

In the past few blog posts, I have discussed the first two parts of The Silmarillion, the Ainulindalë and the Valaquenta. Those sections told of the creation of the world of Arda and of the Valar, powerful beings who brought the Vision of Ilúvatar to pass before the coming of the Children of Ilúvatar, MenContinue reading “A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion /// Part Four”

The Importance of Saying “Thank You”

I have had the opportunity to write a lot of thank you cards lately. Growing up, I found them difficult. Even though my mom gave me guidelines for such compositions, I always worried about saying something wrong, or not saying enough. As I stared at that intimidating blank space on the inside of a littleContinue reading “The Importance of Saying “Thank You””

A Reader’s Guide to The Valaquenta /// Part Three

Greetings, Lightbringers! I actually have a blog post for today! (There was a day when I thought I might have to delay it until next week.) This section is the most complex of any I have done so far, and I had a lot of fun drawing the illustrations. Let’s begin, shall we? The secondContinue reading “A Reader’s Guide to The Valaquenta /// Part Three”

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