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Afternoon Tea (vol. 3)

Afternoon Tea (vol. 3)

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Happy Thursday, friends! I hope you all had a lovely week. I thought I’d pop in with another Afternoon Tea to say hello and share a quick post about what’s been happening  with Tea with Tolkien lately.

  • The new Tolkien movie was released on May 10th and my husband and I snuck out for a date night to see it. I tweeted a brief review here, and I would also recommend reading Boze Herrington’s full review here. Overall, I wasn’t a fan because of the way they left out Tolkien’s Catholic faith from his character, portraying him as almost agnostic. It was a nice movie about World War I, romance, and fellowship, but it didn’t feel like a movie truly about Tolkien. 

  • Did I tell you all that we bought a house?! We’ll be moving in over the next two months so I’m sure there will be plenty of home-making posts to come! For now, you can follow me on Pinterest for inspiration.

  • We’re finally finishing our read-along of The Lord of the Rings — we started way back in November! It’s been much longer than our usual book clubs which run for 12 or 14 weeks (this one was like 28 weeks long) but I’m so appreciative of everyone who stuck around and journeyed through this story with us. I’m looking forward to hosting another re-read next year.

  • 30 Days to a Hobbit at Heart. Starting June 1st, our community will be journeying together through this thirty-day challenge to grow in Hobbitness and Holiness. You can learn more about it and sign up here!

  • Looking forward to September, our book club will be reading The Silmarillion together! You can sign up, grab the printable reading schedule, and more here.

  • I finished reading Kristin Lavransdatter this week (well, listening to the audiobook — it’s over 40 hours long!) and I’m really happy I finished the story. It really softened my heart in a lot of ways.

  • How to Replicate J.R.R. Tolkien’s Education for Your Child by Annie Holmquist  | What I most appreciated about this short article was that it didn’t presume to offer direct parenting advice or to say that one way of parenting is better than another, rather it just lists seven ways Mabel Tolkien chose to raise her sons and leaves it at that.

  • I’ve collaborated with Scott Smith to give away several signed copies of my book, To Middle-Earth and Back Again. The giveaway ends TOMORROW. You can enter here.

  • 4 Women in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth who reflect the beauty of the Virgin Mary by Philip Kosloski | In the Catholic faith, we spend the month of May reflecting on Our Lord’s Mother and this piece was an excellent way to do so in a uniquely Catholic Nerd way.

  • Back in January, I wrote for The Catholic Woman on my first miscarriage and the letter is now published here. I hope that if you’ve experienced loss, this will be a comfort to you.

Reading The Lord of the Rings: Resources & Recommendations

Reading The Lord of the Rings: Resources & Recommendations

Evil Labours in Vain: Tolkien on Suffering, Hope, and God's Plan (Letter 64)

Evil Labours in Vain: Tolkien on Suffering, Hope, and God's Plan (Letter 64)