Take and Read. Take and Live.

The history of philosophy is full of distinctions without differences. We like drawing the distinctions; it feels like we’re gaining knowledge by carving out definitions. But the world of experience tends to be more complex than our language games – fortunately and unfortunately. Unfortunately, because we often fool ourselves into confusing opinions with knowledge. Fortunately,… Continue reading

“Fog on the Barrow Downs,” Ch. 8 of The Lord of the Rings: Bombadil’s Part is Ended

Photo courtesy of Flickr.com/Del Barfoot If you wanted to find a scary ghost story in The Lord of the Rings, one place would be chapter 8, “Fog on the Barrow Downs.” The hobbits find themselves under the spells of a barrow-wight (i.e. ghost). Thankfully, old Tom Bombadil comes to rescue them again. He’s quite a handy… Continue reading

Who is Tom Bombadil?

In chapter 7 of The Lord of the Rings, one of the most interesting questions about Middle Earth is asked: “Who is Tom Bombadil?” Tolkien fans all over the world opine on this question. Some say Bombadil is a type of pre-fallen Adam. Others say he is an ainur (i.e. an angel). And some say Bombadil… Continue reading

Unlocking Ch.4 of The Lord of the Rings: Frodo’s Fear of Friendship

Do you ever feel afraid of people knowing the kinds of things you really like? Take me for instance: I’m sometimes self-conscious about being such an avid Tolkien fan, even with my friends. Will people think I’m ‘out-of-touch,’ ‘escapist,’ or just plain nerdy? But then one day I’m surfing the internet for Tolkien lore, and… Continue reading