The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

One of the first of the modern long-form original fairytales, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again What are Hobbits? You could say they are beings of woolly feet, big stomachs, and small stature, but the defining characteristic is that they like to sit comfortably at home in their dry, well-stocked Hobbit-holes. So what happens… Read More »The Hobbit

Reclaiming Catholic Culture through Classic Literature

An Interview with StAR Magazine’s Editor, Joseph Pearce You may know him as the acclaimed expert on J.R.R. Tolkien, or you may know him for his Ignatius Press critical editions of the classics, but Joseph Pearce is also the dedicated editor for St. Austin Review (StAR), a publication comitted to reclaiming culture. Getting to Know the Great Works of Our Civilization is Akin to Embarking on a Great Adventure Joseph Pearce The magazine centers on… Read More »Reclaiming Catholic Culture through Classic Literature

Archetypes in the Classics

“Archetype: a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.” Dictionary.com I love archetypes! It comes from the fact that I see the world through the lens of narrative, and so I love finding the themes and ties that bind the world together, and make stories possible. Archetypes do just that! They present the basic ways in which we can and do relate to the world around us, and the ways that other individuals… Read More »Archetypes in the Classics