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Remembering Christopher Tolkien, 1924–2020

Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s youngest son, Christopher, died on January 15 at the age of 95. Even in old age, Christopher cut a striking scholarly figure, sitting as he did in a green cardigan before a log fire. His reedy voice, occasionally crackling like the dry wood in the stone hearth at his feet, carrying with it subtle wisps of academic gravitas, as smoky shadows curled like grey-blue snakes around a towering bookcase filled with leather-bound tomes Read more …

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The Darkening of White Fantasy Literature

Arthur Rackham's painting of Alberich and the Rhine Maidens after Richard Wagner

Arthur Rackham, Alberich and the Rhine Maidens, 1910-1911

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Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream —
Lingering in the golden gleam —
Life, what is it but a dream?

— Lewis Carroll,  Alice Through the Looking Glass  Read more …

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Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer

Cover of Bowers' "Tolkien's Lost Chaucer"2,268 words

“Tolkien knows more about Chaucer than any living man.” — John Masefield, Poet Laureate (1930-67)

John M. Bowers’ book Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer (Oxford 2019) finally puts paid to the recently concocted mythology propagated in spurious articles like The Telegraph’s September 2009 piece “J.R.R. Tolkien Trained as a British Spy” and Elansea’s J.R.R. Tolkien: Codemaker, Spy-Master, Hero: An Un-Authorized Biography (2015), that the creator of Middle-Earth was some kind of tweed-jacketed Indiana Jones, Read more …

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Remembering J. R. R. Tolkien:
January 3, 1892–September 2, 1973

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“I am in fact a Hobbit.”—J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is a favorite author of New Left “hippies” and New Right nationalists, and for pretty much the same reasons. Tolkien deeply distrusted modernization and industrialization, which replace organic reciprocity between man and nature with technological dominion of man over nature, a relationship that deforms and devalues both poles. Read more …

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Ash Donaldson’s A Race for the North

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Ash Donaldson
A Race for the North: Another Fairy Tale for Children of European Descent
Self-published, 2019

What better way to inoculate young minds against the degeneracy of the modern world than by telling new stories and making these stories look old? Young white kids need a past they can hold on to and be proud of; such a thing is crucial for the development of a positive identity. Read more …

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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Warning: contains spoilers.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is an incredible artistic achievement and one of the most ambitious puppet productions ever made. A prequel to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal (1982) consisting of ten hour-long episodes, the show is faithful to the spirit of its predecessor and explores the universe of Thra in breathtaking detail. Read more …

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The Unknown Soldier:
Geoffrey Bache Smith, Tolkien’s Inspiration

Geoffrey Bache Smith

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Dark is the world our fathers left us,
Wearily, greyly the long years flow,
Almost the gloom has hope bereft us,
Far is the high gods’ song and low:

Sombre the crests of mountains lonely,
Leafless, wind-ridden, moan the trees;
Down in the valleys is twilight only.
Twilight over the mourning sea;

Time was when earth was always golden,
Time was when skies were always clear;
Spirits and souls of the heroes olden,
Faint are cries from the darkness, hear!

Read more …

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The Game of Thrones Finale

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I loved the Game of Thrones series when it first got started. I watched it on the recommendation of Greg Hood’s Counter-Currents reviews of Season One and Season Two. I was so taken with it that, when I ran out of episodes, I actually picked up George R. R. Martin’s books to see how the stories continued, Read more …

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Tolkien, A Review

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One of the advantages of reading biographies is that even if they’re not very good, there remains the consolation of having learned something. Sadly, this is one of the few positive things that can be said about the recent biopic Tolkien.

Biographies can be tricky to adapt for the screen. Filmmakers will want to adhere to the truth as much as possible while still being able to tell a coherent and thematic story. How much artistic license is too much? Read more …

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Guide to Kulchur, Episode 21
Game of Thrones Seen from the Right

Not with a Bang but a Whimper

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In the latest Guide to Kulchur, Fróði Midjord is joined by Greg Johnson, John Morgan, and RAMZPAUL to discuss the very last episode of Game of Thrones, Read more …

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The Modern Prophecy in the Final Episode of Game of Thrones

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The final episode of Game of Thrones had an important message about the nature of modern politics. It was almost surely unintended.

The writing of the final episode, of the final season in general, was atrocious. Balerion the Black Dread could fly through the plot holes showrunners David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss created. Read more …

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Guide to Kulchur, Episode 20
Game of Thrones Seen from the Right

The Firebombing of Dresden

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In the latest Guide to Kulchur, Fróði Midjord and John Morgan discuss the current, penultimate episode of Game of Thrones (the fifth episode of the eighth season), which saw the resolution of many of the plotlines that have been developing from the beginning of the series — as well as new questions. (Spoilers ahead!) Read more …

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Guide to Kulchur, Episode 18
Game of Thrones Seen from the Right

The Return of Patriarchy?

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In the latest Guide to Kulchur, Fróði Midjord and John Morgan discuss the current episode of Game of Thrones (the fourth episode of the eighth season), which begins with cringey hookups at a drunken celebration. Read more …

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Guide to Kulchur, Episode 17
Game of Thrones Seen from the Right

The Return of Good & Evil to Westeros

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In the latest Guide to Kulchur, Fróði Midjord and John Morgan discuss the current episode of Game of Thrones, which saw the long-awaited battle between the good guys (or, at least, the living ones) and the Army of the Dead. Read more …

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Women & Game of Thrones

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“[T]hey fight for the ‘emancipation of women’ because it is under the form of a generous activity, under the banner of ‘For others,’ that they can most prudently forward their own little private separatism.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

As Fróði and John pointed out on Guide to Kulchur, it was superfluous for Game of Thrones’ writers to include multiple scenes of little girls displaying their bravery in a recent episode. Read more …

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Guide to Kulchur, Episode 16
Westeros Enters the Current Year

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In this Guide to Kulchur, Fróði Midjord and John Morgan discuss the latest (the second episode of the eighth season) episode of Game of Thrones, which marks Westeros’ entry into The Current Year as the series decides to go full SJW in nearly every scene. Read more …

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The Glory of the Æsir:
Bloodstar

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Richard Corben, Robert Ervin Howard, & John Jakes
Bloodstar
Leawood, Kan.: Morning Star Press, 1976

Bloodstar is a post-apocalyptic sword-and-sorcery graphic novel based on a short story by Robert E. Howard (“The Valley of the Worm,” from the February 1934 issue of Weird Tales) about a warrior who must defeat a giant worm-like creature that threatens to destroy his race. Read more …

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David Lynch’s Dune

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David Lynch’s third feature film is his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. Herbert’s Dune is widely hailed as a masterpiece, while Lynch’s Dune has a much more mixed reputation, tending toward the negative. When I first saw Lynch’s Dune, I was deeply disappointed. Herbert’s novel had left a powerful and vivid impression on me, and Lynch’s vision was not my vision. Read more …

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Guide to Kulchur, Episode 15
The Return of Game of Thrones Seen from the Right

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In this Guide to Kulchur, Fróði Midjord and John Morgan inaugurate a new series of programs in which they will will briefly discuss the episodes of the new (eighth) season of Game of Thrones as they are broadcast. In this installment, after discussing their impression of the series as a whole so far, they analyze the implications of the events of the first episode, particularly in light of the show’s increasing gravitation towards Social Justice Warrior themes and depictions over the years. Read more …

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The Importance of Believing:
Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather

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The late British novelist Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) was mainly known for his Discworld series of comic fantasy novels, of which one of the most popular, Hogfather, was made into a BBC miniseries in 2006. Pratchett was a secular humanist, but did not share the unfortunate belief of some atheists that there is something shameful about faith itself. Instead, with Hogfather, he valorizes the struggle between belief and fantasy – which he casts as necessary parts of being human – and a cold, mechanical, and unimaginative worldview. Read more …

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Remembering J. R. R. Tolkien:
January 3, 1892–September 2, 1973

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“I am in fact a Hobbit.”—J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is a favorite author of New Left “hippies” and New Right nationalists, and for pretty much the same reasons. Tolkien deeply distrusted modernization and industrialization, which replace organic reciprocity between man and nature with technological dominion of man over nature, a relationship that deforms and devalues both poles. Read more …

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the latest installment in the ever-expanding Wizarding World franchise and the second film of the Fantastic Beasts series. Much like Peter Jackson’s bloated Hobbit trilogy, the Fantastic Beasts franchise is an unapologetic cash grab and will sprawl across five films, approaching the length of the original Harry Potter series.

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Blut & Boden: An Aryan Allegory

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Ash Donaldson
Blut and Boden: A Fairy Tale for Children of European Descent
CreateSpace, 2018

Mythology has always been the tie that binds. Familiar stories from long ago featuring archetypal characters and illustrating universal themes, as well as those specific to a particular race, nation, or tribe, provide common reference points among extended kin. Read more …

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Tolkien’s Last Book: The Fall of Gondolin

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J. R. R. Tolkien (Christopher Tolkien, ed.)
The Fall of Gondolin
New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018

The Fall of Gondolin is Tolkien’s final posthumous publication and the third of his “Great Tales,” alongside The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. It was compiled and edited by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, and contains multiple versions of the story, Read more …

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Tolkien & the Kalevala

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Among the vast array of sources that influenced Tolkien in the creation of his legendarium was the Kalevala, a collection of Finnish folk poetry compiled and edited by the Finnish physician and philologist Elias Lönnrot. Much scholarship exists on Tolkien’s Norse, Germanic, and Anglo-Saxon influences, but his interest in the Kalevala is not as often discussed.  Read more …

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Leo Carew’s The Wolf

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Leo Carew
The Wolf
New York: Hachette Book Group, 2018

Fans of medieval fantasy and epic poems like Beowulf will enjoy The Wolf, Leo Carew’s debut novel and the first book in his Under the Northern Sky series. Read more …

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J. K. Rowling & Her Fans Still Have Traditional White Views

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With her Harry Potter series of books and later movies, British author J. K. Rowling has obviously struck a chord in the psyche of white audiences. Despite her work being throughly saturated with social justice messaging, the fundamental premises of the story are an expression of more traditional, “elitist,” and even “racist” attitudes which white populations continue to hold on some level. Read more …

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The Kings of Winter

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In the first part, we examined the concept of the Kali Yuga and its parallel in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Long Night. In this part, we will cover the Stark family, who sits at the core of the fantasy saga.

The fledgling Night’s Watch and Bran the Builder win the Battle for the Dawn and civilization is spared an early grave. Read more …

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The Long Night of the Kali Yuga

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“I don’t want any more stories,” Bran snapped, his voice petulant. He had liked Old Nan and her stories once … They left her with him all day now, to watch over him and clean him and keep him from being lonely, but she just made it worse. “I hate your stupid stories.”
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Prelude to A Song of Fire & Ice

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A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), better known for its TV counterpart Game of Thrones, became a pop culture phenomenon late in the last decade. It has since garnered a worldwide fan base and a cult of die-hard fans that seek clues and dream up theories of the story’s arc and plots. Of course, this isn’t the first time medieval fantasy has swept the modern world by storm. Read more …

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