LotR Reread: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently down the Anduin

Chapter VIII: Farewell to Lorien Alas, it's time for the fellowship to leave Lothlorien. They may have had a nice vacation from the rest of the world, but the rest of the world didn't get the memo to slow down and smell the elanor. The only question is, who is going where? Aragorn had planned … Continue reading LotR Reread: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently down the Anduin

LotR Reread: Over the Chasm and Through the Woods

Chapter V: The Bridge of Khazad-dum The fellowship has found out what happened to Balin and his people in Moria. They’re dead, killed by orcs and whatever evils are down here. Frodo remembers Balin’s long friendship with Bilbo, and how he came to visit them in the Shire long ago. It’s a sweet memory, and … Continue reading LotR Reread: Over the Chasm and Through the Woods

The Critic and The Great American Read

Last spring, when I heard about PBS's The Great American Read where Americans would vote for their favorite books from a list of 100 titles, selected via a survey of Americans across race, gender, and class lines, I was unduly excited. Large-scale book events like this make me happy. After the 90-minute special that launched … Continue reading The Critic and The Great American Read

LotR Reread: Hobbits in Dark Caverns Shouldn’t Throw Stones

Chapter III: The Ring Goes South After Elrond adjourns his council, Frodo, Sam, and Bilbo meet up with Merry and Pippin, who think it’s unfair that Elrond is sending Sam on this journey with Frodo. Frodo says it’s not the reward they think it is, but rather a punishment. But Merry informs him that the … Continue reading LotR Reread: Hobbits in Dark Caverns Shouldn’t Throw Stones