Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Not long ago, this author discovered the above picture, which discusses some fans’ thoughts on how the Fellowship of the Ring might have simply flown to Mordor to dispose of the One Ring rather than “take the long way around.” As the commenter explains, this would have been a bad idea narratively because the entire … Continue reading Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

A Word to the Wise on Fellowship

Click the link to learn more, readers! And remember: when selecting friends, choose well and wisely. Good friends are worth more than their weight in gold. Friendship: 4 Things 'The Fellowship of the Ring' Can Teach Us We need fellowships for our own “quests,” too. Saturday, March 3, 2018 James Walpole In The Fellowship of the Ring, the … Continue reading A Word to the Wise on Fellowship

“Frodo Wouldn’t Have Gotten Very Far Without Sam.”

Check out this fantastic piece on Sam Gamgee, readers! What Samwise Gamgee teaches us about courage, friendship and endurance MARCH 18, 2020 by John Tuttle Perhaps the most pivotal yet unsung hero of The Lord of the Rings is a little fellow by the name of Samwise Gamgee. He is the fast friend, follower, and supporter of Frodo … Continue reading “Frodo Wouldn’t Have Gotten Very Far Without Sam.”

The Four Types of Writing, Part One: The Way of the Romantic

This article is the first in a four part series which defines the four major types of fiction. When most of us hear the word “romance,” it is generally linked with the love story genre. This may be one meaning of the word; it is not its only definition. Merriam-Webster’s defines “romance” as: “(1) a … Continue reading The Four Types of Writing, Part One: The Way of the Romantic