The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fitting conclusion to Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien extravaganza. Where Jackson faltered from time to time in trying to capture the magisterial sweep of Tolkien’s grand saga of Middle Earth and the Ring of Power, The Battle of Five Armies very seldom falls short of Tolkien’s standard.

For years, even decades, partisans of the Old Right and segments of the New Left have protested the misuse and abuse of the epithet "isolationist."

Washington watchers have suggested that the neocons are likely to increase their numbers as a result of newly elected Republican senators.

Michael Brown died on August 9. But aborting babies, a large number of whom are black, continues in the state where he lived, and the silence about their passing deserves mention.

beowulfThe latest volume from the previously-unpublished writings of the author of The Hobbit  is a memorial to Tolkien's standing as a brilliant scholar.