9 Things you may not have known about J.R.R. Tolkien…


Happy Friday!! In honor of Fun Fact Friday, I thought I would end our week with a few little facts about one of my FAVORITE authors of all times, and perhaps yours too!!!

Who doesn’t love Lord of the Rings!?! Who isn’t just mesmerized by the depth of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing endeavors? He would definitely be on my list of top people to meet if he were still alive. Just awesomeness…

Anyway, here’s the article I found by Jason Todd. Enjoy!!

In honor of the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, here are nine things about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his work that you might not have known.

He did not write The Hobbit for children

“I am not specially interested in children, and certainly not in writing for them: i.e. in addressing directly and expressly those who cannot understand adult language,” he wrote in a letter. The Hobbit reads like a children’s story because Tolkien had children of his own and was in the regular habit of making up stories for them. Nevertheless, he did not believe in writing down to anyone, especially to children. He took them seriously, even if they were not his main audience.

Though he was a voracious reader, he rarely read the same book twice

In An Experiment in Literary Criticism, C.S. Lewis said that a mark of the unliterary was that they rarely read the same book twice, and that was an accurate definition for Tolkien. “Nothing, not even a (possible) deeper appreciation, for me replaces the bloom on a book, the freshness of the unread,” he wrote. “Still, what we read and when goes, like the people we meet, by ‘fate.’”

He invented more than 14 languages

There’s debate over exactly how many languages Tolkien invented, but he was certainly a lover of languages and started inventing his own at a young age. He used some of his invented languages in his writing, and he also mastered and wrote in extinct languages such as Gothic and Medieval Welsh.

His faith unconsciously seeped into his writing

The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision,” he wrote. “That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like ‘religion,’ to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.”

In the mind of his creator, Sam Gamgee was the real hero of The Lord of the Rings

“I think the simple ‘rustic’ love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the chief hero’s) character, and to the theme of the relation of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, begetting) and quests, sacrifice, causes, and the ‘longing for Elves’, and sheer beauty.” If you want to understand the books, look at how Sam loves his wife.

He would have felt right at home in the Shire

Perhaps the writer created Hobbits a bit in his own image. “I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size). I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humour (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.”

He was a WWI veteran

Tolkien served as an officer in the Battle of Somme, but eventually had to return home when he developed a chronic fever. Several of his closest friends died in the war.

He had a very simple view of the meaning of life

“It may be said that the chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks.”

His fictional world and his real life often intertwined.

In The Silmarillion, Tolkien wrote a story about Beren, a mortal man, and Lúthien Tinúviel, an immortal elf maiden. Lúthien gave up her immortality to marry Beren. Two months after the death of his wife, Edith, Tolkien wrote, “I met the Lúthien Tinúviel of my own personal ‘romance’ with her long dark hair, fair face and starry eyes, and beautyiful voice. And in 1934 she was still with me, and her beautiful children. But now she has gone before Beren, leaving him indeed one-handed.” Tolkien and Edith are buried side-by-side. Below their names on their gravestone are written “Lúthien” and “Beren.”

In 1944, Tolkien’s son, Christopher, was having a rough time in camp with the army. His father wrote the following encouragement, “Well, there you are: a hobbit amongst the Urukhai. Keep up your hobbitry in heart, and think that all stories feel like that when you are in them. You are inside a very great story!”

A majority of the quotes from this article are taken from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien.

Happy Friday Ya’ll!! I challenge ya’ll to get some writing done this weekend!!! I know I need to!

Mix it up Monday Post #2 – Movies Anyone?


Did everyone survive Monday? I barely did it seems…LOL! Anyway, I don’t know about ya’ll but I love movies! Love them! I would go see one three times a week if I could. My husband, on the other hand, would rather wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it in the comfort of his own couch.

Not me though, going to the movies is more than just the movie. It’s an experience. You have to have popcorn, candy, and in my case a large Mr. Pibb. 🙂

So in celebration of the movie experience. I compiled a list of some upcoming movies hitting the theatre. I’M SO EXCITED!!! Are you!?!

The Avengers: Age of Ultron – WooHOO! I’m ready! This Marvel movie is said to be released May 1, 2015. I’ll be there!

Pitch Perfect 2: We’re back Pitches – I loved the first movie so much that a friend and I actually were extras in this second one. Wonder if you’ll be able to see us? I mean, it can’t get any better than Anna Kendrick and Fat Amy. LOL! May 15, 2015 get your singing on!

Insurgent: This ones coming up pretty soon. March 20, 2015 to be exact. Are you ready? I read the books and love the characters. I don’t think we’ll be disappointed.

Pan: This movie looks pretty interesting. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard so that’s gotta be cool. It’s release date is July 24, 2015.

Tomorrowland: A Disney movie coming out May 22, 2015. George Clooney is in this which was a bit surprising to me. It looked cool though.

Minions: Yes, call me a nerd if you like, but who doesn’t love these yellow guys! I mean seriously! You can’t tell me you don’t wish some lived at your house. Anyway, this is coming out July 26, 2015. My whole family will be there…even my husband. 🙂

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Release date November 20, 2015. I don’t think there’s a trailer out for it yet though.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – OMG…no other words required. Release date December 18, 2015. I’ll be there the day before. LOL. Again, I don’t think there’s a trailer out for this one yet. Sorry guys.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Release date September 18, 2015. Can’t wait to see this. In the mean time, I might pick up the books to read.

AND for a little more icing on the cake. Here’s a few more movies set out for 2016. I can’t wait!

Star Trek 3 (untitled) – July 2016

X-men Apocalypse – May 2016

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 2016 Yay Henry Cavill! Boo Ben Affleck!

Finding Dory (Pixar) – June 2016

Ice Age 5 – July 2016

Captian America: A Civil War – May 2016

The Huntsman – April 2016

Warcraft – March 2016

Now You See Me: The Second Act – June 2016

So there you have it folks. Just a little tid bit to keep you motivated on these horrible Mondays. There’s some pretty freaking good movies coming are way so get ready! Happy Writing AND Watching!