Happy Birthday to J. R. R. Tolkien – Maker of Magic

I never shall forget the time that I saw Gandalf’s and Frodo’s ride into the shire: As I watched the above scene unfold, I knew that finally, several people got it! First and Foremost, Tolkien had captured magic in his writing, and second, Peter Jackson had turned Tolkien’s magic into cinema, and third, Howard Shore…

Autumn As A Symbol in Writing – Quotes about Autumn

Yesterday, I wrote about one of Tolkien’s short stories: Leaf by Niggle. https://x55.68c.myftpupload.com/leaf-by-niggle-a-short-story-by-j-r-r-tolkien-thoughts-about-the-worthiness-of-making-art/ Among other things, Leaf by Niggle is a story about a painter who senses an urgency within himself to complete something important before his time runs out. Recently, I have been putting the final polish on a picture book that I am…