Tolkien Studies 10: an announcement

My co-editors, Michael D.C. Drout and Verlyn Flieger, are currently at the Kalamazoo medieval studies congress, where Tolkien tracks are a major event, so it is left to me at home to acquaint that small part of the Tolkienian world that is not there with the expected contents of Volume 10 of the journal Tolkien Studies. Oh, there's much I could say about these, but I'll let the titles speak for themselves. All of the works are now in the hands of our publisher, West Virginia University Press, and the volume is scheduled to be published in hardcover and on Project MUSE in July or August. - David Bratman, co-editor

Tolkien Studies 10 (2013)
  • Claudio A. Testi, "Tolkien's Work: Is it Christian or Pagan?: A proposal for a 'synthetic' approach"

  • Nils Ivar Agøy, "Vague or Vivid?: Descriptions in The Lord of the Rings"

  • Hope Rogers, "No Triumph without Loss: Problems of Intercultural Marriage in Tolkien's Works"

  • Thomas Honegger, "My Most Precious Riddle: Eggs and Rings Revisited"

  • Michael Organ, "Tolkien's Japonisme: Prints, Dragons and a Great Wave"

  • Renée Vink, "'Jewish' Dwarves: Tolkien and anti-Semitic stereotyping"

  • Derek Shank, "'The Web of Story': Structuralism in Tolkien's 'On Fairy-stories'"

  • Benjamin Saxton, "Tolkien and Bakhtin on Authorship, Literary Freedom, and Alterity"


Notes and Documents
  • Kris Swank, "Tom Bombadil's Last Song: Tolkien's 'Once Upon A Time'"


Book Reviews
  • An Hobad, translated by Nicholas Williams, and Hobbitus Ille, translated by Mark Walker, reviewed by Harley J. Sims

  • The Quenya Alphabet, edited by Arden R. Smith, reviewed by Edith L. Crowe

  • The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, reviewed by Sarah Beach

  • Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, by Corey Olsen, and There and Back Again, by Mark Atherton, reviewed by Jason Fisher

  • Green Suns and Faërie, by Verlyn Flieger, reviewed by John D. Rateliff

  • The Broken Scythe, edited by Roberto Arduini and Claudio A. Testi, reviewed by John Garth

  • A Hobbit Journey, by Matthew Dickerson, and A Hobbit Devotional, by Ed Strauss, reviewed by Donald T. Williams


  • Merlin DeTardo, "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2010"

  • Rebecca Epstein, David Bratman, and Merlin DeTardo, "Bibliography (In English) for 2011"
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wiki's article of the day is on JRRTolkien!

I get the Daily Article email from Wiki, and today's is on Tolkien!

J. R. R. Tolkien was a British writer and university professor and is
best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He
was a professor of Anglo-Saxon language at Oxford University from 1925
to 1945, and of English language and literature, also at Oxford, from
1945 to 1959. He was a strongly committed Roman Catholic. Tolkien was
a close friend of C. S. Lewis, with whom he shared membership in the
literary discussion group the Inklings. In addition to The Hobbit and
The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien's published fiction includes The
Silmarillion and other posthumously published books about what he
called a legendarium, a connected body of tales, fictional histories,
invented languages, and other literary essays about an imagined world
called Arda, and Middle-earth. Most of these works were compiled from
Tolkien's notes by his son Christopher Tolkien. The enduring
popularity and influence of Tolkien's works have established him as
the "father of modern fantasy literature". Tolkien's other published
fiction includes stories not directly related to the legendarium, some
of them originally told to his children.

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Introduction and Order

Greetings! I've started a goal I've had for a while which is to read all of Tolkien's books about Middle-Earth. I've read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings before, but it's been a very long time. Is there a recommended order to reading all of these? Should I re-read the The Hobbit and LotR before starting a History of Middle-Earth? What about the Silmarilion, when should that be read? Sure I can just dive right in, but I really want to get my head around the entire world that Tolkien created.

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I know this is a bit off topic, but...

I'm currently reading an essay on Arthurian myths and legends, and I found something interesting. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, one of Emperor Costantine's cousins, called Conan Meriadoc, was one of those who left Britain after the Saxons' invasions. He eventually went back to Britain to fight the Saxons with his brother,who was also Arthur's father, Uther. Well, the name Conan became rather common in Britain, while the name Meriadoc disappeared for 8 centuries...till Tolkien used it for one of his hobbits. So Tolkien was the first one to mention that name after Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Just thought it was funny.
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Brief introduction...!

Hi all!*waves*

I've just joined this community!Let me introduce myself..My name's Silvia,I'm 21 and I'm from Rome.I'm a student at University studying languages,but I have lots of other interests - art,literature and,above all,Shakespeare.I love reading,and I wish I had more time for pleasure reading..!I read The Lord of the rings 2 years ago,then I read the Silmarillion (which is my favourite one so far) and The Hobbit.I can't really explain why I fell in love with Tolkien..his world is so fascinating,and it includes a lot of other things I love,like medieval stories,languages,mythology.

Anyway..as you can see,there are lots of books I haven't read yet,so..any advice?

I hope to make friends in this community!:)

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I am desperately looking for the text of "Imram", a poem By J.R.R. Tolkien!
Does anybody have it (in any format) to share?
Or does anybody know where I can download it?
Many thanks to everybody in advance!
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Greetings! My name is Allegra and I am new to this community. 'The Lord of the Rings' is my favorite book of all time (I consider it to be one book, since that's how Tolkien originally intended it). My favorite of the books is definately 'The Return of the King'. I was also extremely pleased with Peter Jackson's film. I thought it was for the most part very true to Tolkien and just a superb movie with great actors, all of which were perfect for their roles. I am planning on reading more on the history of Middle-Earth (The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales, etc.), but at the moment I'm way too busy with school for pleasure reading, unfortunately :(

Anyways, just so you know a little more about me, I'm a Christian and I love to read, write, draw and hang out with my friends. Some of my favorite things are: books (especially Classic literature), art, strawberry shortcake, Shakespeare, poetry, peanut butter (lol), quotes, horses (although I love all animals), wildlife, mythology, and movies. I'm also a bit of a tomboy and I love sports. Oh yeah, and did I mention I'm very talkative? Well, I hope to be seeing you guys around!
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Return of the Convention - Bristol 26-27th 2005

Return of the Convention (http://www.nadobra.com/conv/, 26th-27th March 2005 in Bristol, UK) will be attended by actor and stuntman Kiran Shah. All profits from the event will go to The Red Cross who are deeply involved in current relief efforts after the Asian Tsunami. Other guests are Jed Brophy, Alan Lee and John Howe.

Kiran will be available for autographs to all attendees and will be giving a presentation. We are also excited to be able to offer a stunt workshop with Kiran and Jed Brophy to a limited number of people.

RotC are also offering the opportunity to attend an art workshop with Alan Lee and John Howe and Practical Sword and Shield Wall workshops with LANISTA Ancient Warfare Academy. All workshops will be fully participatory. Other events will include showings of Dominic Monaghan's 'An Insomniac's Nightmare' and the John Howe documentary 'There and Back Again'. See website for full schedule details.

Please pass this info on to anyone who may be interested.