On Sad Stories
jssjrdm: From J.R.R. Tolkien’s, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ ‘I will tell you the tale of Tinúviel,’ said Strider, ‘in brief - for it is a long tale of which the end is not known; and there are none now, except Elrond, that remember it aright as it was told of old. It is a fair tale, though it is sad, as are all the tales of Middle-Earth, and yet it may lift up your hearts.’ He was silent for some...
It chanced on a time that Elwë came alone to the starlit wood of Nan Elmoth, and...– J.R.R. Tolkien, writing in Quenta Silmarillion This passage describes Elwë falling in love with Melian. In Tolkien’s work, there are many more instances of two characters falling in love, and they all follow this type. There is a beautiful woman singing and/or dancing in the woods. Then, a man...
He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom– J.R.R. Tolkien, writing in The Lord of the Rings. This quote hits on a similar idea as my previous post, in regards to scientific ethics. (via jssjrdm)
Faerie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary and dungeons...– J.R.R. Tolkien, in his lecture ‘On Fairy-Stories’. (via jssjrdm)
I find I become less cynical rather than more - remembering my own sins and...– J.R.R. Tolkien, regarding religious cynicism. Taken from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien; #250 (via jssjrdm)
On the Title
This is a new blog. Its purpose will be to document my reading of Tolkien’s work. I’ve decided to steal the title from my main blog, jssjrdm.com. This blog will now be titled “Akallabêth,” while my main blog returns to its original title of “jssjrdm.” Below you’ll find an old post of mine explaining why the titular word is so significant to me. So,...