J.R.R. Tolkien is famously remembered as the creator of Middle Earth and the Lord of the Rings universe, but he was also an Oxford professor and scholar of Old English and Old Norse. It’s this latter language that inspired one of his lesser-known, posthumous works, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. Continue reading Poetry Spotlight: “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún,” by J.R.R. Tolkien
John Milton’s portrayal of Satan in Paradise Lost is both iconic and one of the most dynamic: a powerful representation of evil’s temptation and treachery. Continue reading Faces of Evil: Milton’s Satan
What makes a villain interesting, and what does that mean for us? We’ll find out, grappling with temptation, ambition, power, and horror. Continue reading Faces of Evil: Introduction
As we celebrate poetry and language on Whan That Aprille Day, it’s worth returning to a work that provides so much to appreciate. The Canterbury Tales is one such work. Continue reading Whan That Aprille Day ’17: Three Cheers for the Canterbury Tales!
“Ja Nus Hons Pris” is a complex and meaningful piece that embodies elegant verse, historical value, and emotional insight. Continue reading Poetry Spotlight: “Ja Nus Hons Pris,” by Richard the Lionheart
There’s no serene plot that slowly builds to the silent night in the stable. Instead, there is conflict: despair and hope duel for victory throughout the piece, even in the scenes that occur after the Nativity. Continue reading Poetry Spotlight: “For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio,” by W. H. Auden
The True Stories is a work of contradictions that sought to discredit popular genres but ultimately strengthened them at the same time. It’s also a work of pure entertainment and an enjoyable story. Continue reading Short Story Spotlight: “True Stories,” by Lucian of Samosata
A priest works from the shadows to stop a tyrant. It’s not the premise of the latest spy novel. It’s the true story told in Church of Spies, and in this case, the priest is the pope and the tyrant is Adolf Hitler. Continue reading Turn the Page Thursday: The Pope, the Spies, and the Plot
With elements of a parable, Asbjörnsen and Moe’s story emphasizes how humans ought to behave, and it uses the smith to challenge us. Continue reading Short Story Spotlight: “The Smith Who Could Not Get Into Hell,” by Peter Christen Asbjörnsen and Jörgen Moe
With The Temple and the Crown, Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris continue their work in the genre of historical fantasy. Their chosen topic, the historical and legendary Knights Templar, allows them to create a tremendously fun tale. Continue reading Turn the Page Thursday: Knights Templar and Scottish Rebels!