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The Green, Green Grass of Home

As we come to the sweltering season of summer here in Japan, it’s now time to prepare myself for the onslaught of UV rays and rivers of sweat that keep […]

Orcs, Goblins and Uruk-hai – Oh My!

COVID has kept me indoors now for my second weekend, so I’ve continued to go through The History of Middle-earth books I got last year to see what other interesting […]

Hateful Profiteering

Hatred is big business. In the past year or so I have been introduced to a side of YouTube that I never knew existed but one that I found myself […]

Ugh… Corona.

It took over two years with one scare, but the inevitable has come. I finally got COVID-19. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, really. Who would have thought that attending […]

A Killing Frost by R.D. Wingfield

My, it’s cold in here. It’s been about a month since I’ve written anything and that’s due in part to my Internet freezing up on me for nearly half of […]

Tolkien Reading Day

March 25th marks the annual Tolkien Reading Day, which is criminally not a bank holiday in the UK (it is, however, noted on the official Tolkien calendar at least!). It […]

New Year’s Resolutions 2022 

I wrote my new year’s resolutions up last year just to give me something to write about when I was starting up this site with no idea whether I would […]

Did You Eat Yet?

Language is a very important part of any culture, whether on an international level or simply with the minutiae of dialect differences between one village and the next. It is […]

Galadriel, Warrior Princess

I’m back to The Lord of the Rings again. I’ve already unloaded most of my frustration and concern over Jeff Bezo’s new pet project, but after having let things cool […]

Running Circles Around Spring

Spring is here! At least it was for a day or two, then it decided to snow. I think spring may have got a little bit lost, but it’s definitely […]

Welsh – A Language of Britain

Su’mae! Bore da! Prynhawn da! Nos da! Sut dych chi? Jeremy dw i. Dw i’n hoffi te. That’s about the extent of my Welsh right now, but it’s early days. […]