Fantasy in 2016

Fantasy is a still developing literary genre and having a better understanding of its structure and how it generates meaning may help literary scholars to better understand why the genre seems to have such growing popular appeal. Fantasy has sometimes been criticized for over-reliance of tropes and narrative formulas. Even among those who are sympathetic…

Dragons’ tales

Dragons, with their giant monstrous reptilian bodies, sharp teeth, poison and or fire breathing and vicious destructive nature, mostly represent an antagonistic force or power of great magnitude. A dragon is a great adversary for the hero, who upon defeating these creatures, gains the prestigious title of dragon slayer and becomes an evil dispenser and…

One for the road

Today, I would like to focus on the metaphorical imagery in Tolkien and a bit on the nature and criticism of his writing. One particular metaphor that is recurrent throughout Tolkien’s work is that of ‘The Road’ or ‘The Journey’ as images for our passage through life, societies movement through history and/or the spiritual journey….

The Lord of the Rings

And then there is the Lord of the Rings… The Lord of the Rings does not need much introduction. Widely beloved and now even more famous than it already was due to the movies, its full cultural influence is hard to measure; having generated spin offs in several media and inspired countless other artists. Tolkien only…

The Hobbit

The topic today is The Hobbit. So much has been said and written about it that I don’t think I can add much but here are some interesting things to consider. The first work by Tolkien set in Middle-Earth, it was first published as children’s literature (which it largely is, if compared with his other…

Leaf By Niggle

This is the fourth short post on Tolkien’s work and here I focus on one of his least known pieces: a little precious book titled Tree and Leaf. While famous for his creation of Middle-Earth, Tolkien did not limit his creative inventions solely to his fantastical universe. He wrote a great deal of poetry even…