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The Inklings

Posted in Fictional Stories, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Society Clubs or Social Groups, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2018 by Drogo

The Inklings (1930-1949)

The Inklings were an informal literary discussion pub group, led by JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and other friends associated with Oxford University in England. The Inklings valued fantasy narratives in fiction. Lewis loved listening to other authors who were reading, and he memorized their passages easily.

Lewis and Tolkien invited and met fellow writers to talk and listen at pubs. Regular Inkling meetings were on tuesday mornings at the ‘Eagle & Child’ (aka “Bird and Baby”). Meetings were also held in Lewis’s Magdalen rooms, thursday evenings with tea served.

The third main member of the Inklings was Oxford University Press editor Charles Williams. Other Inkling members included Lewis’s brother Warren Lewis, Victor “Hugo” Dyson, Adam Fox, Lord David Cecil, Neville Coghill, Owen Barfield, Robert “Humphrey” Havard, Gervase Mathew, and Commander Dundas-Grant. Associate Inklings that visited were Colin Hardie, Christopher Tolkien (JRR Tolkien’s son), Roger Green, Percy Bates, Ronald McCallum, Charles Wrenn, E.R. Eddison, Roy Campbell, and other friends of regular members. There were no officers, agendas, or minutes taken at meetings. Most of these did not write fiction, but were scholars of non-fiction.

The whimsical group name “Inklings” was borrowed from an Oxford under-graduate literary club circa 1930. Tolkien described his Inkling meetings as “a feast of reason and flow of soul”, which basically meant lively listening and responses. Lewis said “What I owe them all is incalculable.” And to emphasize their enjoyment, he asked, “Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” Lewis said that friends made a difference in his life.

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JRR Tolkien and War

Posted in Book Reports, Medieval Tavern, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, SCOD Fallout Projects, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by eposognatus

While war and glory often go hand-in-hand in fantasy, the reality is – as Tolkien knew far too well himself – vastly different. We have the great fortune to be able to pursue our recreation in peace and without fear of true harm, but let us not forget that the weapons we may carry and their manner of use were devised not for fun, but for brutal and efficient killing. Few who walk upon the field of glory find it, and many do not walk back off at all.

“Wars are always lost, and War always goes on…” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“[Sam] was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man’s name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil at heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace.” -Ibid

SCOD Tolkien Music Video Remix List

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2009 by Drogo

THE HOBBIT  – Video Playlist

Mixes from JRR Tolkien’s Book Audio Recordings by: himself & others

Mixed with Music from: 311, Information Society, They Might Be Giants, Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Ozzy Osbourne, Deepforest, and Baka Beyond

Hobbit 01 Bilbo & Gandalf

Hobbit 02 Dwarves

Hobbit 03 Trolls

Hobbit 04 Rivendell

Hobbit 05 Misty Mountain Goblins / Gollum

Hobbit 06 Eagles / Beorn

Hobbit 07 Spiders

Hobbit 08 Wood Elves

Hobbit 09 Laketown / Lonely Mountain Dragon Smaug / Bard

Hobbit 10 Battle of Five Armies

 

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS  – Video Playlist

Mixes from JRR Tolkien’s Book Audio Recordings by: himself & others

Mixed with Music from: Juno Reactor, Nine Inch Nails, Enya, Erwin Beekveld, Information Society, Maury Laws & Jules Bass, and Velvet Acid Christ

LOTR 01 Bilbo & Gandalf “Party Business”

LOTR 02 Frodo & Gandalf “Keep It Safe”

LOTR 03 Rivendell “Council of Elrond”

LOTR 04 Ringbearer & Sam “The Ring Is Enough”

LOTR 05 Moria Drums, Orcs, & Balrog “You Shall Not Pass”

LOTR 06 Isengard “They are Taking The Hobbits” Orc vs Uruk

LOTR 07 Ents, Treebeard / Enya “Memory of Entwives”

LOTR 08 Mordor Orcs Marching, Nazgul “Whip Way”

LOTR 09 Riders of Rohan & Minas Tirith “King Théoden & Aragorn”

LOTR 10 Frodo of the 9 Fingers & The Ring of Doom / VAC tk3

 

Ring Bearer

Posted in Poems, Rhymes, Riddles with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by Drogo

The Hobbit in his secret hole,

Unwillingly lets

The Fortune of the Ring unfold.

 

Then Begins

The story of adventure told.

 

~ Eyes searching the horizon

Clinching teeth, nibbling old rations,

Temporarily frozen passions

Flowing beneath leaden brows

Incredible sacrifice he knows. ~

 

Around his neck

The Destiny of Middle Earth he holds.

 

~ But thanks to the unsung henchman

(the friend to the end), and a certain guide;

Immortal peril and deep, dark evil on an epic scale

He Bolds. ~