Tolkien, Fabre d’Olivet, and the Great Triad (A Note)

It behoves me to issue a self-correction, with regards to my last post about the Platonic Soul in Tolkien’s work. On reading into the symbolism of the right-angled triangle, in René Guénon's The Great Triad, I realised I had mapped out the correspondences between the Soul and Lingard’s geometry poorly. This is how Guenon expresses [...]

Regarding the Platonic Soul and ‘Tolkien’s Dialectic’:

A recent discussion with Carl Lingard on the nature of Tolkien’s “secret grammar” led to the question of whether Plato’s teaching on the soul might be mapped onto what Lingard calls ‘Tolkien’s Dialectic’.1 In Plato’s understanding, the soul is made up of three “parts”; reason, will, and appetite. These correspond respectively to the head, the [...]

Tolkien and Hyperborea – The Four Ages of Middle-earth

It is somewhat surprising, given the popularity of Tolkien’s works, that relatively little attention has been paid to some of the supplementary artwork for The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion. Among the more intriguing pieces produced by the author are the heraldic designs for the various Elven houses. To my mind, no one [...]

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 ‘The Rose on the Ash-Heap’ and the Eternal Feminine

Owen Barfield was a member of the Oxford Inklings, alongside J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, a writer, poet, and devotee of Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy. He is seldom talked about except by academics, yet he had a great impact on the writing of his friends, and his own considerable creative efforts merit attention. His one unpublished [...]

Debut Novel Release

My debut novel is now available in paperback and ebook via Amazon - order a copy today! In this Kafkaesque, escapist, adventure story, Joseph K, a young lawyer, arrives at the mysterious and perplexing Postlethwaite Estate – a world unto itself, governed by ancient traditions and a host of eccentric and comic characters.K must learn [...]

Charles Williams: An Introduction to His Arthurian Cycle

Charles Williams is a much overlooked figure in literature; of the trio of Williams, Lewis and Tolkien who were arguably the most notable of the inklings, he is least well known, despite a prolific output in a range of areas from Theology to literary criticism, and in forms ranging from the biography and the thriller [...]

The Lord of the Ring? Tolkien and Wagner

J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, responding to comparisons between The Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle, that: ‘Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceased.’ Clearly the comparison irked him, the inventor of a truly unique work of creative genius, but his response seems overly dismissive and simplistic at best. This essay [...]