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10 J.R.R. Tolkien Stories to Read Before Seeing Rings of Power

10 J.R.R. Tolkien Stories to Read Before Seeing <em>Rings of Power</em>

J.R.R. Tolkien is easily the best-known fantasy author of the last 100 years. If you haven’t read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings or seen the various films based on those stories, you almost certainly know at least one person familiar with them.

You may not know that Tolkien wrote many more fantasy works than just his famous ones. As he built his stories about Middle-earth into full-fledged mythology, he wrote numerous other stories about its history leading up to the fight over the One Ring. As a scholar of languages, Tolkien studied and translated famous medieval texts like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He also wrote shorter fairy-tale works for his children, some connected in interesting ways with his more famous works.

With Amazon’s The Rings of Power coming out soon, it’s a good time to look at some of his other work. The following is a list of his great shorter works and some of his more accessible Middle-earth writings. Many of these shorter stories have been published separately, but you can also find them collected in anthologies like The Tolkien Reader or Tales from the Perilous Realm.

Further Reading: Does the Lord of the Rings Have Christian Themes?

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Bill Burr Abortion Clip Goes Viral: I'm Pro-Choice But 'I Still Think You're Killing a Baby'

Bill Burr Abortion Clip Goes Viral: I'm Pro-Choice But 'I Still Think You're Killing a Baby'

A clip from comedian Bill Burr's new Netflix special has gone viral for its blunt criticism of pro-choice talking points, even though Burr himself says he sides with those who support legal abortion.

John Crist Releases New Comedy Special after Scandal, Rehab, and Redemption

John Crist Releases New Comedy Special after Scandal, Rehab, and Redemption

Comedian John Crist released a new comedy special last week, his first since his Netflix special was canceled three years ago. He recorded the special, “John Crist: What Are We Doing,” at the Lyric Theater in Birmingham, AL.

‘Families Can Watch it Together’: Angel Studios Comedy Freelancers Drops 2nd Season

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The family-friendly comedy series Freelancers is coming back with a second season.

Thor Ramsey Explains How New Comedy Film Church People Encourages Churches to Get Back to the Basics

Thor Ramsey Explains How New Comedy Film Church People Encourages Churches to Get Back to the Basics

Comedian and actor Thor Ramsey shared in a recent interview that the aim of the new film Church People is to encourage churches to get back to the basics in terms of teaching and outreach.

Christian Comedian Goes Viral after Highlighting the Awkwardness of Bringing a Date to Church

Christian Comedian Goes Viral after Highlighting the Awkwardness of Bringing a Date to Church
Christian comedian John Crist posted a video on Facebook last week, that went viral, poking fun at Christians bringing dates to church.

Laughing at ISIS: A New Battleplan

Laughing at ISIS: A New Battleplan
The comedians now helping to fight ISIS never dreamed that their talents could be used for that purpose, but because they were open to the possibility, they’re now playing a meaningful role in that fight.

Be Not Afraid! Farewell 2015, Hello 2016

Be Not Afraid! Farewell 2015, Hello 2016
It’s New Year’s Eve. But before you head out to celebrate, I have two words for you for 2016. Find out what they are.
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