Category Archives: J.R.R. Tolkien

Etymology in Oz

I bought a few old Baum Bugle issues at OzCon in Portland, and they have some interesting content. There was apparently a sometime recurring feature called “Footnotes to Oz” that explained names in the Oz series, written by Jerry Tobias. … Continue reading

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You’ve Come to the Wight Place

I first remember coming across the term “wight” in Tunnels of Doom, a dungeon-crawling role-playing game for the Texas Instruments 99/4A computer. I’m assuming the game was inspired by Dungeons & Dragons and in turn by J.R.R. Tolkien. I believe … Continue reading

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Gods, Men, and Monsters

In the Company of Ogres, by A. Lee Martinez – This was a comedic look on fantasy, hardly anything new, but still entertaining. It tells the story of Never Dead Ned, a guy who dies quite often, but is always … Continue reading

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Riddle Me This

When I first came across the term “riddles,” it was most likely referring to what you find in kids’ joke books, specifically puns or other simple jokes presented in question-and-answer format. You know, the “When is a door not a … Continue reading

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Aslan Is Just All Right with Me

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventure in Narnia, by Laura Miller – The author, a writer for Salon, takes a look back at some of her favorite books from her youth. At age thirteen, Miller felt betrayed when she found … Continue reading

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Is Your World-Building Up to Code?

While I generally find the results to be the really interesting part, I also find how fictional worlds are created to be quite intriguing. J.R.R. Tolkien is often held up as an author whose fantasy works take place in a … Continue reading

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The Language of the Stars

Ultimate Star Wars, by Patricia Barr, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace, and Ryder Windham – I saw this fully illustrated guide to the series mentioned online, and decided to check it out at the library. It’s divided into sections on characters, … Continue reading

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