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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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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 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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Lessons from Demonland, Part Four

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Part 4 of 4 (Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here)

E. R. Eddison
The Worm Ouroboros
Charleston, S.C.: BiblioBazaar, 2008

We have reserved this mystery for the final part of our review: the question of the meaning of ouroboros, sign and signal of the book we have set ourselves to contemplate. Read more …

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Lessons from Demonland, Part Three

E. R. Eddison, 1922

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Part 3 of 4 (Part 1 here, Part 2 here)

E. R. Eddison
The Worm Ouroboros
Charleston, S.C.: BiblioBazaar, 2008

The blood which binds one to one’s family and to one’s people is treated throughout The Worm Ouroboros as one of the strongest and least questionable motivators of human action, and proves to be finally decisive in all the characters to whom we are presented. Read more …

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Lessons from Demonland, Part Two

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Part 2 of 4 (Part 1 here)

E. R. Eddison
The Worm Ouroboros
Charleston, S.C.: BiblioBazaar, 2008

We lovers of the Occident are in a hard battle; before the end of it, we will be tried in ways we might not even now imagine. All of us, I think, perceive as much. Read more …

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Lessons from Demonland, Part One

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Part 1 of 4

E. R. Eddison
The Worm Ouroboros
Charleston, S.C.: BiblioBazaar, 2008

Long would I hesitate before calling any literary work of the past century great. That word, so abused in our day, seems to me best reserved for the highest prose and poetry of the literary sphere, and I am of the opinion that precious little of such is to be found in these latter days. Read more …

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Warcraft: The Beginning

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llane.0I do feel there has been a kind of concentration of pop culture in recent years: everything blurs together now. I don’t know if video game makers were original in the past but, I believe, the fact that a given game was an artisanal to semi-pro effort, more or less isolated, meant that titles often had a rather distinctive character (e.g. Civilization II, Starcraft). Now it’s all a bit of a mush.

Case in point: the new film Warcraft: The Beginning, the first based on the venerable RTS/MMORPG series by Blizzard. Read more …

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Review of Warcraft

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After seeing the Warcraft film trailer back in November of 2015, I wrote an article about the World of Warcraft video game universe wherein I discussed the lore surrounding the Orcs. I also made predictions about what messages the directors of the upcoming film would try to promote. Most importantly, I told my readers that I would write a follow-up review of the film.

I’m a man of my word, so here you go.  Read more …

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Traditionalist & Degenerate Themes in Game of Thrones

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Warning: spoilers ahead

IronThrone2Game of Thrones is perhaps the single most popular mass cultural product today. One indicator: In 2015, the show’s Wikipedia page was among the ten most-visited in English, German, French, Italian, and Russian, a remarkable distinction. Game of Thrones really is one of the major planks of our “global culture” as produced by the media masters in America. Given the show’s popularity, it is worth examining the values it promotes.  Read more …

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The Metapolitics of Harry Potter

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hogwarts_crest_by_geijvontaen-d665icxHarry Potter needs no introduction. It would be hard to find someone who has not heard about him. When J. K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US), was published in 1997, the entertainment industry immediately “smelled” potential success and invested in the books. Not famous yet, Rowling received $105,000 from the publishing house Scholastic for the American rights of the first book, Read more …

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The Counter-Currents H. P. Lovecraft Prize for Literature

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On Sunday, November 8, the World Fantasy Awards announced that their prize bust would no longer bear the image of H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft, of course, was chosen for the honor because he is one of the giants of science fiction and fantasy literature. But he was also a racist and xenophobe, and this is The Current Year, so Lovecraft must be purged to spare the feelings of lesser men.

I suspect, however, that if Lovecraft were alive, the antipathy would be mutual. Read more …

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Warcraft: A Lore Primer

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Last Friday at the convention known across gaming fandom as Blizzcon, the full trailer was released for the upcoming film Warcraft, which will be based of course on the Warcraft and World of Warcraft video game series. As an ardent fan of the games, I was filled with enthusiasm and impatience upon watching it. I rarely go to the movies anymore, but for a film that cinematizes one of my favorite games, I would surely be there on opening day. It will be out in June and will star Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar Lothbrok in the Vikings TV series.  Read more …

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Archäofuturistische Fiktion 
Frank Herberts Dune

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Wenn Science-Fiction typischerweise „progressiv“ und Fantasy-Literatur „rückwärtsgewandt“ ist, dann brauchen wir eine dritte Kategorie für die sechs Dune-Bücher von Frank Herbert (1920-1986) – gar nicht zu reden von George Lucas’ sechs Star Wars-Filmen –, die futuristische Sci-Fi-Elemente mit den archaischen Werten und magischen Welten der Fantasy verbinden.

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Race in A Game of Thrones

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gameofthronesHigh fantasy literature is defined as a subgenre of fantasy literature wherein the stories told include, but are not limited to, alternate worlds with their own consistent sets of physical laws; characters who experience a coming-of-age or other form of inner development; a quest or several quests with the goal of triumphing over an evil force; the existence of magic or other supernatural powers; and, more often than not, the presence of different races or nations within these alternate worlds.

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The Horror! The Horror!
Reflections on the H. P. Lovecraft Award

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Because the PC Terror wishes to do away with the H. P. Lovecraft World Fantasy Award, Counter-Currents/North American New Right is inaugurating a new H. P. Lovecraft Prize for Literature. The first award will be given when we have a suitable bust and prize money, probably next August 20th, Lovecraft’s birthday. Nobody ever asked if Lovecraft would feel slighted by giving this hideous bust to no-talent PC hacks like Nnedi Okorafar. We will do the master proud.  Read more …

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Archeofuturist Fiction 
Frank Herbert’s Dune

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German translation here

If science fiction is quintessentially “progressive” and fantasy literature is “reactionary,” then we need a third category for the six Dune books by Frank Herbert (1920–1986)—not to mention George Lucas’ six Star Wars movies—which combine futuristic, sci-fi elements with the archaic values and magical universes of fantasy.

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The Gentleman from Providence

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S. T. Joshi
I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft
2 vols.
New York: Hippocampus Press, 2012

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You Can Take the Man Out of Texas, but You Cannot Take Texas Out of the Man

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Mark Finn
Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard
Austin, Texas: Monkeybrain Books, 2006

When Mark Finn read the initial biography of Robert Ervin Howard (Dark Valley Destiny: The Life of Robert E. Howard by L. Sprague de Camp), he was enraged by what he found. Thus, his Blood and Thunder, published some 30 years after de Camp’s, was meant as a corrective: Read more …

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Robert E. Howard & the Heroic:
The Complete Audio & Transcript

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The Importance of Conan

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The adventure fiction of American author Robert E. Howard (1906–1936) has, in the last few years, begun to be publicized and appreciated on such a scale that it is becoming a formative element in the spiritual-ideological development of a substantial portion of American youth. Read more …

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Robert E. Howard & the Heroic

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Editor’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by John Morgan of a lecture by Jonathan Bowden, “Robert Erwin Howard: Pulpster Extraordinaire,” given at the 26th New Right meeting in London on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The audio is available on YouTube.

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Juego de Tronos, Primera Temporada

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Anthony Swofford escribió en la película Jarhead (El Infierno Espera) que es imposible hacer una película contra la guerra. Incluso una película como Full Metal Jacket, que se burla del Cuerpo de Marines de los Estados Unidos y sus valores, ha sido defendida por la misma gente que son despreciadas, como con R. Lee Emery al que le dieron una promoción posterior a su jubilación por el Comandante por las referencias a la película citada y por los mismos instructores partidarios de la película que los desprecia. Read more …

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Game of Thrones, Season One

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Anthony Swofford wrote in Jarhead that it is impossible to make an antiwar movie. Even a film like Full Metal Jacket, which mocks the United States Marine Corps and its values, has been championed by the very same people it scorns, Read more …

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Patrie hyperboréenne

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Farnham O’Reilly
Hyperborean Home
Xlibris, 2011

Hyperborean Home explore un genre nouveau et absolument nécessaire : la littérature de fiction nationaliste raciale, spécifiquement la littérature de fiction centrée sur le Traditionalisme, l’Ecologie profonde, le courant ésotérique des « Témoins de la Nature » [Nature’s Witnessist], du « Sélectionnisme Naturel » (nous reviendrons sur ces termes plus tard). Read more …

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Conan the Barbarian & Robert E. Howard

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This review will examine the work of Robert E. Howard and, in particular, his greatest creation the barbarian Conan. For the purposes of concentration and illustration, I will look at the comic strip “Zukala’s Daughter,” scripted by Roy Thomas, and featuring in the 1972 Fleetway annual in Britain. It happened to be one of the earliest numbered editions of the color comic known as Conan the BarbarianRead more …

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Hyperborean Home

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Farnham O’Reilly
Hyperborean Home
Xlibris, 2011

Hyperborean Home pioneers a new and absolutely necessary genre: racial nationalist fantasy literature, specifically Traditionalist, deep ecological, esoteric “Nature’s Witnessist,” “Natural Selectionist” fantasy literature. Read more …

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Sarban’s The Sound of his Horn

Johann Heinrich Fuseli, "Nightmare," 1802

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Sarban was the Persian pseudonym of John William Wall (1910–1989), a relatively obscure British diplomat in the Middle East, who wrote five volumes of Gothic stories, short novels, plays, and the like. These were gathered together in the books Ringstones (1951), The Sound of his Horn (1952), The Doll Maker (1953), The Sacrifice (2002), and Discovery of Heretics (2010). Wall wrote relatively little and was a perfectionist who never expected publication. Our main point of departure will be The Sound of his Horn. Read more …

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