My current project was chosen, in part, so that in the process of researching and writing it I wd become as familiar with this late-period material as I am with BLT I & II, HME IV-V, and the LotR volumes HME VI-IX.**
And what I'm finding is that occasionally Tolkien will make a statement that strikes me as decidedly odd. In conversation with Tolk folk, I find that even the most well-versed of them might not know all of these offhand, so vast has JRRT's published writings now become. So I thought it might be interesting to devote a short series of blog posts to a run of representative examples.
- Feanor's seventh son never reached Middle-earth
- Valinor is North America
- Melkor made the Moon
- Melkor Rapes the Sun
current reading: snippets of many different things.
current location: Williamstown.
currently missing: two small black cats.
*for example, the essay I did on FALL OF ARTHUR, or the one on Tolkien's dwarves a few years before that, or heavy immersion into the earlier iterations of THE SILMARILLION for MR. BAGGINS.
**I have a different project lined up for later this year that will involve a lot of work with the Appendices drafting