There is one story and one story only
That will prove worth your telling,
Whether as learned bard or gifted child;
To it all lines or lesser gauds belong
That startle with their shining
Such common stories as they stray into.

~ Robert Graves, To Juan at the Winter Solstice

This blog is an ongoing commentary on The Lord of the Rings.

Being mortal, I occasionally get distracted by sublunary phenomena and waste time thinking about philosophy, airports, or other quotidiana.

In the main, however, I use this blog to reflect on my experience re-reading the Lord of the Rings for the first time since junior high.  I try (but not too hard) to read the trilogy the way my English professors taught me to read the Canterbury Tales and Paradise Lost.  The method is called “close reading”; and for those familiar with Ransom and the Vanderbilt enclave, it comes out awfully close to New Criticism.

All constructive criticism, new or old, is welcome!


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