Welcome to Steps to Taniquetil
Welcome to the personal blog of an inklings enthusiast, writer, artist, and musician.
Here you’ll find regular essays and articles discussing the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, branching out into diverse topics such as symbolism, Theology, Philosophy and Art.
Why ‘Steps to Taniquetil’?
In Tolkien’s Silmarillion, Taniquetil is the archetypal cosmic mountain and dwelling-place of Manwë, foremost of the Valar (the gods or powers).
If you will, it is the Parnassus or Olympus of Tolkien’s secondary world. This blog’s title is thus is a tip of the hat to Joseph Johann Fux’s treatise Gradus ad Parnassum (Steps to Parnassus), looking at how we can grow in wisdom and knowledge through better acquaintance with the work of great artists.
The tagline is a quotation of John Barbour (c. 1320-1395), on the purposes of history and storytelling.
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