Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Dr. Taylor Joins the Fellowship

The saga over my "boring" comment regarding The Silmarillion continues with Steven Taylor joining our fellowship (in which I appear destined to play Boromir). Dr. Taylor comes to my defense here, shouting "Gondor! ... er, Troy!", to which I can only say: "Fly, you fool!" There's no need for us both to be pulled down into the darkness.

Incidentally, my life seems to be in a Tolkien phase at the moment, as people keep bringing him up in casual conversation with me. Twice today, people have commented me on my lecture "Lord of the Rings and the Medieval Literary Tradition" delivered at the Troy University Mythology Symposium.

Which leads me to this plug. That symposium was what got Dr. Gill and me talking about our responsibilities to try to fulfill the role of public intellectuals, which was what lead me ultimately to create this blog. So, since it has all come full circle, if anyone out there needs a speaker for their community group, and would like me to come deliver my lecture on "LotR and the Medieval Literary Tradition" to their organization, just drop me a line and we'll work things out.

I promise not to badmouth The Silmarillion if you want ... at least, not until the Q&A period.


  1. That is a wonderful lecture just to read; to hear it is probably exquisite!

  2. It just occurred to me that National Lampoon had a parody of LotR published in the late 60s/early 70s called Bored of the Rings, which seems apropos to mention at this time.