Four Hobbits – Four Humours

Inspired by the work of Carl Lingard, who has gone into great depth at his blog, thewindrose.net looking at Tolkien’s “secret grammar” and the hidden etymologies of many names and places in The Lord of the Rings, I did a bit of research of my own into some character names, with the help of wiktionary [...]

Owen Barfield’s ‘Poetic Diction’ – Psyche and Soma Unified?

I have lately discovered Owen Barfield’s deeply fascinating book, Poetic Diction. Barfield is perhaps known to most as one of the tangential members of the Inklings, a loose society of writers operating in and around Oxford in the mid-20th century. A lifelong friend of C.S. Lewis, Barfield was a key influence on the former’s coming [...]