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Lord of the Rings & Astronomy: The Mystery of Durin’s Crown
Great & Not-So-Great Literature

Lord of the Rings & Astronomy: The Mystery of Durin’s Crown

At the top, as high as Gandalf could reach, was an arch of interlacing letters in Elvish character. Below, though the threads were in places blurred or broken, the outline could be seen of an anvil and a hammer surmounted by a crown with seven stars… “There are the emblems of Durin!” cried Gimli. Here, at the … Continue reading

The Story of the Star in the East
Theology & Spirituality

The Story of the Star in the East

Because it’s Christmas Eve and I like astronomy, I thought I’d share this article Hillsdale College’s newsletter Imprimis published back in December of 1996. The author, Craig Chester, discusses the astronomical events that could have led to the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem, drawing on accounts from the Bible as well as historical and scientific evidence … Continue reading