Harley J. Sims

Harley J. Sims is a writer and independent scholar living in Ottawa, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto, as well as an M.A. and B.A. from Carleton University.

A lover of languages and their ability to craft worlds, he has published various articles, chapters, and reviews in scholarly and popular publications in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. At home, he is a literary and linguistic contributor to national television and radio programs. A proud husband, father, and weightlifting enthusiast, Harley can be reached on his website at http://www.harleyjsims.webs.com, where many texts and video clips can also be found.



Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas
14 Dec 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Father Christmas, Tolkien, World War II
A father's remarkable response to his children's Christmas wishes.


How a ‘pronoun’ class got a young Canadian academic censured
7 Dec 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Canada, free speech, gender, social justice warriors
Social justice warriors weaponise ‘hate’ to silence free discussion.


Will Amazon give Tolkien the ‘Game of Thrones’ treatment?
27 Nov 2017 | POPCORN |  
tags: Amazon, JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
The cyber giant has bought the TV rights to The Lord of the Rings.


The Book of Dust: more dark material from anti-Narnia
7 Nov 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: literature, Phillip Pullman
Phillip Pullman is not finished with his war on Christianity.


Tolkien fan science and the flora of Middle-earth
26 Oct 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy fiction, JRR Tolkien, science
We should resist the temptation to identify a fictional world with our own.


‘Beren and Lúthien’: The surprising origins of a Tolkien legend
16 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: j.r.r. tolkien, literature
A new book that may be the final work of JRR’s literary afterlife.


Way of the Warrior Kid
5 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: kids books, motivation, self-help
Boys deserve a better primer than a guide to hero worship


The Silmarillion: tracing the roots of Tolkien’s mythical universe
27 Apr 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: JRR Tolkien, jrr tolkien, the silmarillion
Published posthumously, this formidable work provides the backstory to LOTR and its author.


Anne of Green Gables gets a reboot
7 Apr 2017 | POPCORN |  
tags: anne of green gables, netflix, Netflix, TV, tv
A revisionist adaptation desecrates this beloved story.


Animal rights, and wrong arguments
16 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, animal welfare, Canada, human exceptionalism, personhood
Animals being trucked to slaughter are not like Jews being led to death camps.


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