mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Classics of Travel Literature — The Odyssey & The Hobbit

The Odyssey The Odyssey is a story about a homicidal maniac (Odysseus) who refuses to ask for directions. This tragic flaw, shared by many men, leads his crew to disaster. Some are eaten by monsters, some are eaten by their … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Fellowship of the Ring

Not to be confused with the movie, the book version of The Fellowship of the Ring includes several scenes with the mysterious, and quite possibly brain damaged, Tom Bombadil. On the positive side, Tom saves the hapless hobbits twice: first … Continue reading →