I am writing for TheOneRing.net now...

Hello, O-Deck. For those of you who enjoyed my "Tolkien Talks," you can now find my particular brand of Tolkien pedantry over on TORn, under the same handle "Gibbelins." I'm not just trying to shamelessly promote my work here; some people expressed interest in seeing more of my articles, so I thought you should… » 10/02/13 4:20pm 10/02/13 4:20pm

Why yes, the Eagles are “the God from the Machine.”

“The only way he knows how to resolve conflict is with those damn Eagles,” is one of the most persistent complaints about Tolkien. “They’re such a deus ex machina,” the complainer will add if he wants to make it absolutely clear that he went to college. » 8/30/13 2:26pm 8/30/13 2:26pm

What does Tolkien mean by the word 'DOOM'?

I hate this meme. It captures how so much of Tolkien’s subtlety and depth can go whooshing over the heads of many readers (or, more likely, viewers). ‘Mount Doom’ was not chosen to be vaguely menacing, like some comic book villain calling himself ‘Dr. Doom!” Tolkien uses the word ‘doom’ in a very particular (and… » 8/19/13 11:44am 8/19/13 11:44am