Source criticism--analysis of a writer's source material--has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers' appreciation.
This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology... [click here for more]
Unexpectedly, Hank Morgan is struck in the head and wakes up in 6th century England. In order to make himself useful he approaches the revered King Arthur to solve the medieval problems with 19th century problem solving. Through his problem solving he comes to realize that all he learned of this time may not be true. ... [click here for more]
After having come into a considerable sum of money Huck Finn and his friend Tom Sawyer are bound on causing all kinds of trouble when Huck’s alcoholic father comes to town and kidnaps Huck Finn. Having to fake his own death to escape his father’s imprisoning, Huck unites with another friend Jim, who is an run away slave who was afraid of getting sold to more brutal owners farther down the... [click here for more]
Love and tragedy can go hand in hand when a young man falls in love with already married aristocrat, Anna. She is reluctant to leave her husband for the new love interest due to laws and rules handed down by the state, the church and her social standing. Eventually the two flee to Italy where they can finally be free to be together but a great shunning begins and Anna must overcome the new problems.... [click here for more]
Enter the realm of Darkin like never before: learn the background of some of your favorite characters, go to historic battlefronts, and learn the deep history of Gaigas itself. This short story collection, the first offered by Darkin author Joseph Turkot, offers a taste of Darkin lore similar to that which you might recognize from The Silmarillion. Don't delay--if you've read the full-length novels... [click here for more]
When Tom skips school and is forced to whitewash a fence as punishment and he thinks to trade this type of work and he asks his friends to trade his services for trinkets they earn in Sunday school which he uses to gain a Bible. During this time he falls in love with Becky and she shuns him when she learns of his romantic history. When he reunites with Huckleberry Finn, they take off to an island where... [click here for more]
In dealing with the many different doctrines of his day concerning sin, Tulloch lays out his six different lectures on the topic. Using the Old and New Testaments, he dives deep into the teachings and orthodoxy of the past to prove his point on what sin is and how it affects us all. In order to refute many other religions, he takes examples from them as well to show how tenable the Christian position... [click here for more]
Covering the period from the French invasion under Napoleon into Russia. Although not covering solely the war itself, the serialized novel does cover the effects the war had on Russian society from the common person right up to the Tsar himself. The book starts to move more to a philosophical consideration on war and peace near the end making the book as a whole an important piece of literature. ... [click here for more]