Today is Tolkien Reading Day. As always, there is a theme. This year’s theme is life, death, and immortality.
Morbid, huh … or is it?
Many of you may be thinking this is a far cry from last year’s theme of friendship, but I think it goes hand in hand and strikes a very similar chord–though maybe a more solemn tone.
We know that Tolkien’s relationships influenced his writing, but do we realize how much their deaths did as well? Read any of his books and you’ll find themes of immortality/mortality, death/life, and loss. The Lord of the Rings quickly comes to mind, but themes of loss and death can be found in even his lighter works, such as the Hobbit.
The Immortal Four
Tolkien was greatly inspired by the lives and deaths of his friends and members of his writing group, The Tea Club Barrovian Society (TCBS).
The members were Tolkien, Robert Gilson, Christopher Wiseman, and Geoffrey…
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