I had the idea for this blog while feeding my chickens as a place for me to voice all my thoughts about the media that is interesting me. It is very much inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien and the wealth of writings he left behind after his passing. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth never seems to escape my fascination, whether it be story related questions, philosophical ideologies found within his literature, or just the secondary world he created. As I said previously however, I won’t omit the discussion of other subjects that interest me. So why this blog? As I said, it is for my own personal amusement, but I’m also looking for a semi-tangible place of escape.
I’ve had a terrible few years of my life since High School. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and I often feel like butter spread over too much bread to paraphrase Mr. Bilbo Baggins. Some good has come of it though. I’ve focused on my studies a lot more now that I can feel myself getting through the worst of these trying times, and that’s a strange phenomenon. I’ve never felt the urge to dedicate myself to school. I’ve done as little as possible to get by in school with my grades being above average all the same. Emotional stress caused me to focus more on school however, a development that is more than likely for the better, and that I’m quite proud of (I’m entering my senior year of college in the Fall. As I am writing this, it is summer). My personality has become more scholarly in general, and it may have something to do with my love of Tolkien. In these troublesome times I’ve burrowed myself deeper and deeper into Tolkien’s legendarium and main stories. I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in High School for the first time, and fell in love with them. Thank God for the internet, because I would not have had the opportunity to dig deeper without it. I have not had time to reread the books. The only book I have read outside of those two is The Children of Hurin, and parts of The Silmarillion. Tolkien isn’t my only reading material though, I have read every book that has ever been assigned to me in school. I have always loved reading. I desperately want to return to Tolkien however, school reading, combined with the trouble of various reading interests outside of Tolkien has proved problematic.Next semester however, I’m auditing a class called Inklings that is about the writings of the Oxford Inklings, including Tolkien and Lewis. Assuming that the class will deepen my knowledge and understanding of C.S. Lewis and company, and give me a better appreciation of Tolkien, revisiting and fully immersing myself into Middle-Earth is at the top of my list!…after A Song of Ice and Fire that is. George R.R. Martin is the only person to even hold a candle to Tolkien’s legacy in my view, but he has yet to (and probably never will) surpass the master.