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Tolkien, a Poppy and the Death of Traditional Fairies October 24, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Tolkien, a Poppy and the Death of Traditional Fairies

Tolkien has rarely featured in these pages, but given Beach’s interest in fairies, it was only a matter of time before the Oxford don had a post dedicated to him. Very likely in 1913 or 1914 – the dating depends on the evidence from a fabulous article by John Garth – Tolkein had an unusual […]

Imaginary Kingdoms September 3, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
Imaginary Kingdoms

Beach has often featured forgotten kingdoms on this blog. But what about imaginary kingdoms? There seem, in the lives of some children, to be a moment when the young create a magical world for themselves that takes on a permanent form: perhaps a more (or less?) elaborate version of the invisible friend? These are often […]

Shadowfax: A Fantasy Horse April 27, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Shadowfax: A Fantasy Horse

J.R.R. Tolkien ‘horsed’ his world with some wonderful creations. There was Roheryn the stallion of Arogan, Arod a steed so strong that he carried an elf and a dwarf together on his back and even the hobbits’ loyal pony Bill. But most memorable of all was Shadowfax, who bears the mage Gandalf, ‘like the north […]

A Ring, A Curse Stone and J.R.R. Tolkien October 11, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
A Ring, A Curse Stone and J.R.R. Tolkien

As noted in yesterday’s post Beachcombing is presently trying to pass on some off-the-beaten-track travel tips to Canadian History Student in his/her coming trip around south-east England. Beachcombing thought that for the second of his suggested visits he would counsel a quick run up to Vyne House near Basingstoke. Beachcombing doesn’t care much for the […]