Leftovers and Sour Mash

A Word About J. R. R. Tolkien

We seem to live in an increasingly faithless world, where our religious beliefs are not as important as they used to be. Such things in our past have influenced so much of our literature, however. And they have heavily influenced J. R. R. Tolkien’s work, including Lord of the Rings. Too many people today seem […]

The Treasure of Smaug: Tolkien’s Mythological Source

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit we learn that the dragon Smaug has taken the massive wealth of the dwarves….so many gems and coins, the wealth of nations in this world and more. It almost seems unreal to conceive of such a collection. According to the Prose Edda (Vikings) the dwarves were the maggots of the […]

Walk Your Own Path

“Walk your own path”. That is my only advice for young people. Sounds simple but very hard to do. Few people I know have done it. Following your own path however will not just bring rewards later, but may save your life, especially when you grow up in a decadent society of drugs, partying, greed, […]