When listening to an episode in Prancing Pony Podcast about Of Túrin Turambar chapter in The Silmarillion, I was struck with one particular notion emphasized in the podcast: the fact that Túrin changed his name several times (or bestowed a name by others). Each name reflects different aspect of his life, such as Neithan (“The Wronged”), Gorthol (“The Dread Helm”), Agarwaen, son of Úmarth (“Bloodstained, son of Ill-fate”), Adanedhel (“Man-Elf”), Mormegil (“Black Sword), and the infamous Turambar (“Master of Doom”). These names reflect changes that happened in Túrin’s life. Lanjutkan membaca “Túrin Turambar and “Spiritual Burden” behind Javanese Naming Philosophy”→
I have grown from a lanky schoolgirl who watched the first Lord of the Rings movie in an almost-dilapidated local cinema with my mouth gaped in wonder, to a serious book hoarder who read books that I had never imagined I would’ve read, such as The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien, and finally this one: Baptism of Fire: the Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I. While I’ll forever envy the likes of Tom Shippey, Dimitra Fimi, Verlyn Flieger and John Garth for having a career that surrounds the works of Tolkien (not to mention the artists like Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith and Jenny Dolfen), I’m really happy to be immersed in Tolkien’s works, along with other books that help improving my understanding toward his modern mythology. Lanjutkan membaca “A Casual Reader’s Thought of “Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I””→
In the late 1990’s, Luis Soriano stacked books on the back of two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, and brought them to impoverished areas in Magdalena Province, Colombia. An elementary school teacher with Spanish literature degree and a huge love for books, Luis was inspired by a dedicated professor who visited his town twice a month when he was little. He also saw the powerful effect of reading on his students, who lived in poor regions and have witnessed bloody conflicts in their fragile years. His mobile library, Biblio Burro (“Donkey Library”), slowly added its collections through donations; from mere 70 books to more than 4,000 books. Luis experienced setback a few years ago because of an accident that required his leg to be amputated, but he refused to stop his mission in spreading the power of reading among poor children in his region.