Harley J. Sims

Harley J. Sims is a writer and independent scholar currently living on a mountainside near Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2018 he published his first book, the Unsung, a literary epic fantasy. 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.

The Fall of Gondolin
17 Sep 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy, JRR Tolkien, literature
The ‘first real story’ of Tolkien’s imaginary world is finally published.

Jordan Peterson’s rules against chaos
30 Jan 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, gender, Jordan Peterson, men
Toughen up, be honest, take responsibility – for a start.

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.

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