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💎 Tolkien Treasures #005: March 2023
What I've Been Enjoying This Month and Some Funny Recent Tweets
March Tolkien Treasures
Hello all! As I do at the end of every month, today I’m going to share a few things that I’ve been enjoying this past month. Here they are:
Where the Lion and the Witch Met the Hobbit (New York Times)—this article that explores “the sites in Oxford where C.S. Lewis, the writer of over 30 books, including the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series, found faith, inspiration and a life-changing friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien” is a must-read for any fan of Lewis, Tolkien, and The Inklings.
Tolkien Trewsday— Tolkien Trewsday (“Trewsday” being the fourth day of the week on the Shire Calendar, equivalent to Tuesday) is a weekly event organized by Tim Bolton (on twitter at @timboltonuk) that Tim describes on a page on his blog as a “themed sharing of our Tolkien love via art, relevant blogs, thoughts, quotes, fiction, cosplay, poetry and whatever else you can think of.” Basically, every Tuesday a bunch of Tolkien Twitter shares Tolkien-related content on a theme and uses the hashtags #TolkienTrewsday or #TolkienTuesday
Here’s his summary of the themes from the past few weeks:
It’s been so fun to both participate in this weekly celebration of Tolkien and his works and see what other people have shared each week as well. Check out the hashtag #TolkienTrewsday and #TolkienTuesday on Twitter next week to see for yourself!
Sauron vs Galadriel—
Absolutely love this depiction of Sauron and Galadriel facing off, which feels like a nod to Fingolfin’s duel with Morgoth and maybe a hint of Éowyn versus the Witch-king too. You can find the artist’s page here.
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Welcome to Brandon Sanderson's Fantasy Empire (Esquire)—a week or so ago there was a profile in WIRED on Brandon Sanderson that read more like a hit-piece than anything resembling journalism. I won’t bother linking to it, but if you want to know what an actual piece of journalism on the most prolific author in fantasy today (who is also probably in the running for most popular too), check this profile in Esquire on Sanderson out. I found it all to be fascinating, but particularly loved the details about how Sanderson is attempting to challenge the publishing status quo and show publishers that a reader-centric model has potential.
There we have it, my Five Faves for March. Your turn: what is something you’ve been enjoying this month?
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Favorite Recent Tweets
The Wonder of Tolkien (@TolkienWonder on Twitter) put together a great thread highlighting some wonderful Tolkien accounts across various different platforms. Check it out if you’re looking for more quality Tolkien content. It starts here (click on the embedded tweet or here for the rest):
This Pedro Pascal eating a sandwich meme has been going off on TikTok for a while now but I’m just now seeing it spill over to Twitter this week.
This cartoon is Kafkaesque
Boromir hates this idea
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