Tag Archives: Tolkien

Tolkien thought a lot about Middle Earth

I mean, a lot.

I mean, when you consider that the man was a philologist, that’s already a specialty type of academic nerdery.

Now, this may not be surprising to avowed Tolkien fans, but for the rest of us who did not sail through The Silmarillion without failing asleep, this is the video for you!

If, for no other reason, you’re a casual reader who never could get what the deal was with Tom Bombadil, you have an answer (and spoiler: it’s not that he was an escapee from a Disney musical).

Who Doesn’t Like Conlangs?

This past week at work, talk drifted to Tolkien and constructed languages, or conlangs, because that’s how we roll.

Now, I’m not about to present any paper to the Language Creation Society. It takes a lot of time to create a full, working language. For Rogue Tyger, I have actual world languages stand in for the various human and alien languages, otherwise I’d be up to half a dozen conlangs by now.

Nevertheless, I find the whole process fascinating — and apparently, Hollywood has found the whole process invaluable to their worldbuilding as Oriana Schwindt details in an article for Vox.

Recommended Reading: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Technology

So much of writing can roll up into “having something to say,” so I found Alan Jacobs’ piece in The Atlantic on Tolkien and Technology interesting.

Tolkien casts such a long shadow across the world of fantasy, that it’s interesting to consider how much his views on technology color other works in fantasy.