Tolkien-related essays and other nonfiction by Tyellas. I read the footnotes so you don't have to.
What Tolkien Officially Said About Elf Sex - Really! A nonfiction piece with references. Rated PG.
Warm Beds Are Good: Sex and Libido in Tolkien's Writing - An attempt at a scholarly analysis of sex in Tolkien. Rated PG. Winner of the 2003 Mithril Awards - Best Critical Essay, and published in Mallorn, journal of the Tolkien Society.
The Unnatural History of Tolkien's Orcs - All about orcs in Middle-Earth, and why Tolkien's concept of orcs escaped to conquer the rest of the fantasy-writing world. Winner of the 2004 Mithril Awards - Best Critical Essay.
The Elladan and Elrohir Factsheet - Almost every Tolkien canon fact about the sons of Elrond, Elrohir and Elladan, including a timeline. Rated G.
Haldir By The Book - A canon-based view of Haldir, focusing on this character as he was written by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring. Includes what his name means and an analysis of his narrative role. Rated G.
The Arts and Crafts Movement and J.R.R. Tolkien: Middle-Earth’s Imagery and Philosophy of Craft - Essay version of a presentation I gave at the Tolkien 2005 conference. Posted here October 2009.
New Zealand Travel for Lord of the Rings Fans - Notes for LOTR movie fans who want to get the most out of a trip to New Zealand, from a New Zealand resident. Posted here October 2009.
Why are some essays in non-printing .PDF format? To make it more difficult for them to be plagiarized for university courses.
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