Tag Archives: Lord of the Rings

harry potter, katniss, and frodo: what makes a hero?

(h/t Patrick Eibel) Check out this cool animated video from TED-ed on the “Hero’s Journey.”  Based on Professor Joseph Campbell’s research of the “monomyth,” the video describes how many heroes in literature–including Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Frodo Baggins–go through … Continue reading

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lord of the…WHOA!

(hat tip to A.L. Phillips)   Iffn you’re a Tolkien fan (as I am), you will love artist Jian Guo’s simulated “stained glass” images of characters and scenes from The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Silmarillion.  Here’s … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: verlyn flieger

In honor of the kids going back to school, this will be the first of several posts about the great teachers I was fortunate enough to have in my academic career.  To kick things off, let me tell you about Professor … Continue reading

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the importance of world-building

One of the obligations (and considerable joys) of writing fantasy and science-fiction is the task of “world-building.”  That is, the creation (or “sub-creation“, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it) of a fictional setting for one’s story.  A well-built imaginary world is not only interesting, but also … Continue reading

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when the world was young: elric

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   As I’ve probably mentioned elsewhere, as a child I was into science fiction, thanks to Star Wars and Star Trek.  As a teenager, I immersed myself in Advanced Dungeons … Continue reading

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three of these things are not like the others….

For many, many years–ever since I was a kid, actually–I’ve been a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  It’s one of my favorite books, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it.  I really enjoyed the … Continue reading

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