Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

The Land of the Green Man. A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, by Carolyne Larrington

This enchanting, immensely readable book can be read in several ways: it is a vastly entertaining thematic collection of folktales and fairy stories, perfect for autumn reading at a time … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Beyond the Northlands by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

‘In the centuries that followed the sacking of Lindisfarne, Norse ships of oak and iron transported these northern voyagers to all corners of the medieval word  and beyond, where they … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Writing in Rivendell

When I was a baby my mother discovered that the easiest way of calming me when I was being fractious was not rocking me, or tickling  me or distracting me … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 11 Comments

The Worm Ourobouros

This is an epic fantasy novel by E R Eddison, published in 1922, and my new edition has glowing remarks on the front and back cover by JRR Tolkien and … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

When the Book Foxes decided to run a week of fantasy-themed pieces to coincide with the opening of Peter Jackson’s film version of The Hobbit, Moira (who had read the … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · 12 Comments

Where are the women in Tolkien? (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this post on why there are so few women in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, Kate works out why Eowyn is a terrific heroine, why Arwen cannot compete, and … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 19 Comments

Coming up – Fantasy Week on Vulpes Libris

Let it not be said that the Book Foxes don’t know what to do when they spot a bandwagon: and here we are leaping with all four feet onto the … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

As the title suggests, I’m going to review J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (and I should point out that here be spoilers). But first, let’s set the scene. … Continue reading

April 29, 2009 · 10 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Drum roll… After eighteen months of working on Vulpes Libris, we’ve finally done it. We have a review of the most famous novel trilogy on the planet. Oh yes, we … Continue reading

April 26, 2009 · 3 Comments



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)