Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tolkien Transactions LXXIX

March 2017

Given the delay of these transactions, it will be no surprise that I am keeping busy with other, non-Tolkienian, matters. The last month or so up to Easter was quite more than usually busy at work, and Easter felt deeply well-deserved :) For that reason, I continue to cut down on my personal commentary, and largely just provide links to articles that I find interesting – or which have intriqued me with the promise of being interesting if I had the time to read them ...

Any claim about newness, completeness and relevance will therefore be pointless (and very much erroneous), and as usual, I also reject any other implication of responsibility :-)

I would like to start out this month by highlighting a project running in the Tolkien Society called ‘Tolkien to the World’. You can read about this amazing project in this article by the society's chairman, Shaun Gunner:
Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 30 March 2017, ‘What is Tolkien to the World? How can you help?

These transactions are posted on my blog, Parma-kenta (Enquiry into the books) and on the Tolkien Society web-site.

This month it has suited my purposes to sort the contents under the following headlines:
Tolkien Reading Day
1: News
2: Events
3: Essays and Scholarship
4: Commentary
5: Reviews and Book News
6: Tolkienian Artwork
7: Story Internal (Ardalogy)
8: Other Stuff
9: Other Reading
10: Web Sites
11: The Blog Roll
12: Sources
The High Hope of the Elves
Tsvetelina Krumova – Elmenel

Tolkien Reading Day

My Tolkien Reading Day this year was a fairly subdued affair due to the general business. A few verses such as the (in my opinion) hauntingly beautiful ‘I sit beside the fire and think’ (Bilbo in chapter 3 of book 2), but also some longer excerpts from The Fall of Arthur and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún ... I believe I have said before that I am particularly attracted to Tolkien's headrhyming staves (or ‘alliterative poetry’ if you wish :) )

‘Valdis’, Middle-earth News, Monday, 20 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2017 Fun!

Deniz Bevan, Wednesday, 22 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day and A to Z reveal -- 1000 posts!

‘Valdis’, Middle-earth News, Thursday, 23 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day GIVEAWAYS!

Ashleigh Howarth, The Satellite, Friday, 24 March 2017, ‘A celebration of Tolkien at the library this week

Max Bennett, Patch, Friday, 24 March 2017, ‘Channel Your Inner Hobbit With Tolkien Reading Day At Ludington Library Saturday

Tamra Bolton, Parade, Friday, 24 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day: How to Celebrate the Literary Legend

Francesca T. Barbini, Scififantasy Network, Friday, 24 March 2017, ‘AIST Organizes ‘Tolkien Reading Day’ Event In Rome

‘Valdis’, Middle-earth News, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day With Us! [GIVEAWAY]

Adele Bloem, Roodeport Record, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘National Tolkien Reading Day
‘National’??

Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Today is Tolkien Reading Day! What are you reading?

Anna Smol, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day: 2 poems to memorize
Really brilliant commentary!

James Moffet, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2017!

Brenton Dickieson, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘A Brace of Tolkien Posts #TolkienReadingDay

Sue Bridgewater, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Happy Tolkien Reading Day

Lauren Padilla, USA Today College, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Here are 5 great Tolkien quotes

Elizabeth Rayne, Syfy Wire, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day: 9 of the most badass underrated characters in the Tolkienverse

Tom Hillman, Sunday, 26 March 2017, ‘"That's what Bilbo Baggins Hates!" Tolkien Reading Day (+1) 2017

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Tuesday, 28 March 2017, ‘Last meeting in March: Reading Day


News

Tolkien Reading Day
Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska
Eric Grundhauser, Atlas Obscura, Thursday, 2 March 2017, ‘A Tolkien Truther From Colorado Says He's the Real King of England
I debated with myself about this piece. On one hand, we can easily laugh at this fool (and that's putting it nicely), but what does this mean for the way Tolkien, and his readers, are represented in the public? There are crackpots in every group of people large enough (yes, we even get them in Scouting), and in my experience, they are no more frequent among Tolkien readers (readers, fans, students, scholars, nerds, geeks, LARP'ers, artists, etc. etc.) than in the general population, but portrayals of this diverse group as odd-balls and crackpots are popular. This guy is an example of a genuine crackpot, but he is a rare thing.

Gill Oliver, Oxford Mail, Saturdayday, 4 March 2017, ‘Tolkien's favourite watering hole in line for a makeover: St Giles pub The Eagle and Child in major redevelopment bid.
See also Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 16 March 2017, ‘Visitors will soon be able to stay at Tolkien pub


‘Valdis’, Middle-earth News, Monday, 13 March 2017, ‘Dragon Con 2016: The Tolkien Track's ‘Last Goodbye’
Having attended events such as The Return of the Ring and even last year's Oxonmoot, I think my understanding of what constitutes a ‘Tolkien scholar’ is a bit different ... but maybe I'm just spoiled :) In any case, there is no doubt that the closing of the Tolkien track at Dragon Con has affected a lot of attendees.

Tom Tivnan, Bodleian News, Tuesday, 14 March 2017, ‘Bodleian Library unearths new Tolkien
Excited!!!!!
See also Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 14 March 2017, ‘Bodleian Library to release Tolkien book in 2018

Claire Sims, Oxford Student, Friday, 17 March 2017, ‘Weston Library to host extensive Tolkien exhibition in 2018
Time to start planning how to make a 2018 trip to Oxford ‘unavoidable’ ...
See also Andrew Ffrench, Oxford Mail, Friday, 17 March 2017, ‘Major Tolkien show planned by Bodleian
And Andy Ffrench, Banbury Cake, Monday, 20 March 2017, ‘Precious Tolkien memorabilia to go on show at Bodleian exhibition


‘Altaira’, TheOneRing.net, Sunday, 19 March 2017, ‘DC Legends of Tomorrow features cameo by.. J.R.R. Tolkien?
For a fuller discussion, see Oliver Sava, A.V. Club, Wednesday, 22 March 2017, ‘Legends Of Tomorrow needs Tolkien's help to save all of reality (and fails)

Shaun Gunner, Monday, 27 March 2017, ‘Vote now in The Tolkien Society Awards
Voting is now closed, but check out the finalists ...


Events

Reports or comments on past events
25 March 2017, Worldwide, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2017’, The Tolkien Society
This year's theme was ‘Poetry and Songs in Tolkien's Fiction’
Shaun Gunner, Wednesday, 15 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Society to host Reading Day event in Oxford
Also see the Tolkien Reading Day section above.

Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 April)
8 April 2017, Burlington, Vermont, ‘Tolkien in Vermont’, Tolkien at University of Vermont
Anna Smol, Wednesday, 29 March 2017, ‘Tolkien in Vermont 2017: Romance in Middle-earth

12–15 April 2017, San Diego, California, USA, ‘PCA/ACA National Conference’, PCA / ACA
Anna Smol, Thursday, 6 April 2017, ‘Tolkien Studies at PCA/ACA 2017

21–23 April 2017, Warwick Arms Hotel, ‘Springmoot and AGM 2017’, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner, Thursday, 2 March 2017, ‘Book now for The Tolkien Society Annual Dinner 2017

Happy Yén 15 of This Age!
Tsvetelina Krumova – Elmenel
11–14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, ‘International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo)’, Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute
John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 7 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Sessions at Kalamazoo

1–4 June 2017, National Conference Center, Virginia, US, ‘Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder’, Mythgard Institute

16–18 June 2017, Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire, ‘The Middle-earth Beer & Music Festival’, The Ale House Clitheroe

2 July 2017, Hilton Leeds Hotel, ‘Tolkien Society Seminar 2017’, The Tolkien Society – The theme this year will be “Poetry and Song in Tolkien's works”

3–6 July 2017, Leeds, ‘International Medieval Congress’, University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies
Dimitra Fimi, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘Tolkien Sessions at IMC Leeds, July 2017

28–31 July 2017, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, ‘Mythcon 48’, The Mythopoeic Society
Lynn Maudlin, The Horn of Rohan Redux, Monday, 6 March 2017, ‘Mythcon 48 Guests of Honor Announced
Lynn Maudlin, The Horn of Rohan Redux, Tuesday, 7 March 2017, ‘Mythcon 48 CALL FOR PAPERS

10–13 August 2017, California State University, East Bay, Hayward Campus, USA, ‘Omentielva Otsea: The Seventh International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages’, Omentielva

21–24 September 2017, St. Anthony's College, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot’, The Tolkien Society


Essays and Scholarship

“J.R.R. Tolkien” on Academia.edu
“Tolkien Studies” on Academia.edu
A sampling of papers uploaded to Academia.edu March (-ish ... probably ... or thereabouts, the exact upload date is generally not available). Unsorted. Where a paper is indicated as having been previously published in a journal, this is included here:
Rune Tveitstul Jensen, MA thesis: University of Oslo, ‘The Role of Trees in Shakespeare, Tolkien and Atwood
Robert Tally, Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings ed. Lisa Fletcher, ‘Tolkien's Geopolitical Fantasy: Spatial Narrative in The Lord of the Rings
Diego Kautau, Ciberteologia – Journal of Theology & Culture Ano II, n. 8, ‘Evil and Power. The symbolism of the One Ring in "The Lord of the Rings"

Tom Hillman, Saturday, 4 March 2017, ‘'She died' -- The Choice of Lúthien and the Destiny of the Elves (FR 1.xi.191-93)
Excellent essay by Tom Hillman! Focusing on the choice of Lúthien and Arwen, and the role of their stories in the larger legendarium (both the history and the history of the history, so to speak ...) including The Lord of the Rings. I've posted my comments in a comment on the blog itself.

Dennis Wise, Saturday, 11 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Syllabus
Because teaching Tolkien is an essential part of Tolkien scholarship ...

Dimitra Fimi, Friday, 17 March 2017, ‘Article on Invented Languages on the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Online
Click through to the TLS article ...

John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 21 March 2017, ‘"Milton Waldman Wednesday"
Adding details about Tolkien's discussions with Milton Waldman (leading to the famous 1951 letter).

Elise Ringo, TOR.com, Tuesday, 28 March 2017, ‘Middle-earth: A World on the Edge

John Garth, Friday, 31 March 2017, ‘When Tolkien reinvented Atlantis and Lewis went to Mars

Luthien and Huan coming for Beren
Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

Commentary

Paulette Zimmerman, Thursday, 2 March 2017, ‘The wisdom of Tolkien in our present age

Stephen C. Winter, Monday, 6 March 2017, ‘The Palantir, Knowledge and Corruption

Corey Mohler, Existential Comics, Monday, 6 March 2017, ‘The Council of Elrond
Not sure if this comic is scholarly comparative critique, enlightened commentary, or just intelligent humour ...

Tom Hillman, Saturday, 11 March 2017, ‘Did Boromir fall? (RK 5.iv.813)

Bruce G. Charlton, Friday, 10 March 2017, ‘The real, the true and wishful thinking

Stephen C. Winter, Monday, 13 March 2017, ‘Merry Thinks About “Being Overlooked” Just One More Time

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Monday, 13 March 2017, ‘First meeting in March

Jack Malvern, The Times, Thursday, 16 March 2017, ‘Writers who fell under Tolkien's spell
Requires registrstion ... (you get two articles per week for free)

Joseph Pearce, Friday, 17 March 2017, ‘Seer: A Tribute to the Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

Stephen C. Winter, Monday, 20 March 2017, ‘The Hands of the King are The Hands of a Healer. Aragorn in The Houses of Healing.

Anna Smol, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Tolkien Reading Day: 2 poems to memorize
This brilliant commentary deserves mention here as well as in the Reading Day section.

Jonathan S. McIntosh, Tuesday, 21 March 2017, ‘Christ's Harrowing of Hell in “Fog on the Barrow-Downs”

Maev Kennedy, The Guardian, Wednesday, 22 March 2017, ‘Rare ledgers reveal shoe-buying habits of Tolkien and Waugh

Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative, Friday, 24 March 2017, ‘Wonder and Wickedness: The Anatomy of Good and Evil

Tom Hillman, Monday, 27 March 2017, ‘'Fear not' and μή φοβει̃σθε -- The King Revealed (FR 2.ix.393)

Brenton Dickieson, Tuesday, 28 March 2017, ‘The Tolkien Letter that Every Lover of Middle Earth Must Read [sic]
Referring to a 1954 letter to Naomi Mitchison (no. 144 in the published Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien).

Brenton Dickieson, Thursday, 30 March 2017, ‘Of Beren and Lúthien, Of Myth and the Worlds We Love


Reviews and Book News

Kris Swank, Wednesday, 1 March 2017, ‘Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (2015) edited by Leslie A. Donovan
The Road That Must Be Trod
Tsvetelina Krumova – Elmenel


Dennis Wise, Saturday, 4 March 2017, ‘REVIEW: Timothy Burnish's High Towers and Strong Places

John Wm. Houghton, Journal of Tolkien Research, Sunday, 12 March 2017, ‘Laughter in Middle-earth: Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (2016) edited by Thomas Honegger and Maureen F. Mann

Dimitra Fimi, Sunday, 12 March 2017, ‘The book is out! (plus “extended” table of contents!)
About Dimitra's new book (‘monograph’ in the proper vernacular), Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy.

Caroline Thain, The Herts Advertiser, Tuesday, 14 March 2017, ‘Everyone's Tolkien about Harpenden author's new book
... I really – I mean, really – wish we could get rid of that bad talking / Tolkien pun ... As for Rowe's book, it remains on my list of books under consideration, awaiting some more qualified reviews.

Deidre A. Dawson, Journal of Tolkien Research, Wednesday, 15 March 2017, ‘Representations of Nature in Middle-earth (2016), edited by Martin Simonson

Dennis Wise, Wednesday, 15 March 2017, ‘A look at the Zaleski's The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 15 March 2017, ‘New Arrivals (Chris Mitchell memorial)

John D. Rateliff, Friday, 17 March 2017, ‘Tolkien's Requiem

Tom Hillman, Saturday, 18 March 2017, ‘Review: The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth
I am very grateful for good people like Tom Hillman, who provides us with qualified reviews of Tolkien books, allowing us to decide not to bother .... Thank you, Tom!

John D. Rateliff, Monday, 20 March 2017, ‘Tolkien in NEWSWEEK (special issue)
It would seem that the paper issue is better than the excerpts posted ... perhaps one really should order a copy ...

Martin Simonson, Journal of Tolkien Research, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Critical Insights: The Hobbit (2016) edited by Stephen W. Potts

Dimitra Fimi, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘The History of Middle-earth: Exploring Tolkien's entire ‘legendarium’
Refer all your friends who have liked The Lord of the Rings to this excellent article by Dimtra Fimi on moving on to Tolkien's wider legendarium.

Gergely Nagy, Journal of Tolkien Research, Sunday, 26 March 2017, ‘Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey (2014), edited by John Wm. Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, Nancy Martsch, John D. Rateliff, and Robin Anne Reid

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘"Beren and Luthien" Deluxe Edition Cover Art

John D. Rateliff, Monday, 27 March 2017, ‘The Worst Book on Tolkien Ever Written?

Anders Stenström, Tolkienseminariet, Tuesday, 28 March 2017, ‘16 mars 2017
One of the few non-English blogs that I consistently include here are the reviews by the Swedish Tolkienseminariet. This time they have included a number of books about Tolkien in Italian that I have not found commented elsewehere. Though brief, the reviews published here are always of high quality and well worth reading, if you are at all capable of struggling through the Swedish language.

Gollum
Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

Tolkienian Artwork

‘Queensland Chris’, DeviantArt, Wednesday, 22 February 2017, ‘Doors of Durin

‘Queensland Chris’, DeviantArt, Monday, 27 February 2017, ‘You shall not Pass

Matěj Čadil, DeviantArt, Monday, 27 February 2017, ‘Greenwood the Great

‘Queensland Chris’, DeviantArt, Wednesday, 8 March 2017, ‘Trolls

Caleb Hines, DeviantArt, Friday, 10 March 2017, ‘Mithrandir

‘Queensland Chris’, DeviantArt, Friday, 10 March 2017, ‘Riddles in the Dark

Riana, DeviantArt, Saturday, 11 March 2017, ‘Farmer Giles of Ham - A Dragon' s Tail
More Tolkien delicacies from Riana (you may remember my praise for her Leaf by Niggle illustrations in October). It is marvellous to see a gifted artist focusing on some of Tolkien's smaller (and less known) stories.

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 13 March 2017, ‘Gandalf Bookplate

‘Queensland Chris’, DeviantArt, Monday, 13 March 2017, ‘A Light in Mirkwood

‘Queensland Chris’, DeviantArt, Thursday, 16 March 2017, ‘Glamdring the Foe- Hammer

Bruce Criswell, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 21 March 2017, ‘the hobbit

Franziska Pietschmann, ‘Eirieniel’, DeviantArt, Saturday, 25 March 2017, ‘Little black book page 13

Tsvetelina Krumova, Wednesday, 29 March 2017, ‘Happy Yén 15 of This Age!

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Thursday, 30 March 2017, ‘Beren

‘conzitool’, DeviantArt, Thursday, 30 March 2017, ‘House of Elrond - Peredhil ranger

‘conzitool’, DeviantArt, Thursday, 30 March 2017, ‘House of Elrond - Peredhil warrior

Eva Z., DeviantArt, Friday, 31 March 2017, ‘Tinfang Warble in autumn

Tsvetelina Krumova, Friday, 31 March 2017, ‘The High Hope of the Elves

Tsvetelina Krumova, Friday, 31 March 2017, ‘The Road That Must Be Trod


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, Monday, 6 March 2017, ‘Why Did Théoden Assemble the Riders of Rohan in Dunharrow?

Michael Martinez, Thursday, 16 March 2017, ‘What is the Meaning of Umbar (the City Name)?

Michael Martinez, Friday, 31 March 2017, ‘Q: Did the Nazgûl Have Physical Bodies?
This is one of the very few cases where I have to disagree firmly with Michael Martinez. The Ringwraiths (or Nazgûl or Úlairi) definitely did have physical bodies – very nearly everything about them as told in The Lord of the Rings would have been impossible by the internal rules governing Tolkien's sub-created world if they did not. This is not to say that I disagree with everything Martinez writes – in fact I agree with most of it, except his conclusion, which I believe to be in error.


Other Stuff

Alicia Kort, Newsweek Special Edition, Saturday, 4 March 2017, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien's Love for His Wife Inspired 'The Lord of the Rings'
The author of this article probably should have read a bit more by John Garth ...

David Bratman, Sunday, 5 March 2017, ‘gob
... the literary collector ... :)

James Ellis, Newsweek Special Edition, Sunday, 5 March 2017, ‘How J.R.R. Tolkien Redefined Fantasy Stories
The Newsweek Special Edition articles continue to underwhelm me ...

James Ellis, Newsweek Special Edition, Sunday, 5 March 2017, ‘The Road Goes On – The Making Of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Silmarillion'
Still not impressing, but not quite as underwhelming as the previous articles ...

Dennis Wise, Tuesday, 7 March 2017, ‘Critical Theory (comics!) and LoTR

John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 7 March 2017, ‘Wagner and Tolkien or Tolkien and Wagner?
If a good suggestion comes up, I might just be interested myself (particularly if it works for someone who dislikes Wagner's music).

David Bratman, Tuesday, 14 March 2017, ‘Tolkien studied
To most of this ... sigh! (and that's putting it mildly). To the last paragraph ... brilliant!

David Bratman, Thursday, 16 March 2017, ‘victory over wordage

‘Stubby the Rocket’, TOR.com, Monday, 20 March 2017, ‘Boromir Lied to Us!
Just for fun! (Jackson-Boromir, that is, not Tolkien's)


Other Reading

I am still making my way through Tolkien's Beowulf, currently on the commentary. It is slow going as I only read through the occasional lunch break (when I don't have a companion to chat with during lunch), but I am nonetheless enjoying it, finding the discussions quite interesting.

Aware of High Beauty
Tsvetelina Krumova – Elmenel

Web Sites

IOL, Friday, 25 May 2007, ‘The Children Of Hurin - JRR Tolkien
Sometimes odd old things appear in my feeds such as this 2007 review of The Children of Húrin

Katie W, The Fandomentals, ‘Lord of the Rings Re-read
A blog on re-reading The Lord of the Rings. Shared by Ernest Davis on the Mythopoeic Society mailing list (thank you!)

Elena Kukanova
Elena Kukanova's personal web-site. You will have noticed my many inclusions of Ms. Kukanova's pictures in my arts-section, and here, then, is her personal web-site.


The Blog Roll

These are blogs you really should be following yourself if you're interested in Tolkien ...
Contents from these blogs will only be reported here if there is something that I find particularly interesting, or posts that fit with a monthly theme. However, you will find below links to monthly archives of posts for months where something has been posted to the blog. In some cases you may find a headline for a post, if I wish to recommend it particularly.

Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from March 2017

John D. Rateliff -- ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium
Archive of posts from March 2017

John Garth, ‘John Garth
Archive of posts from March 2017

Jonathan S. McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable
Archive of posts from March 2017

David Bratman, ‘Kalimac's Journal
Archive of posts from March 2017

Jenny Dolfen, ‘Jenny's Sketchbook
Archive of posts from March 2017

Anna Smol, ‘A Single Leaf
Archive of posts from March 2017

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
News archive

Various (Bradford Eden, ed.)Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Archive of contributions for the on-going volume 4, issue 1

Various, The Tolkien Society (TS)
Archive of posts from March 2017

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from March 2017

Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux
Archive of posts from March 2017

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from March 2017

Tom Hilman, ‘Alas, not me
Archive of posts from March 2017

Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth
Archive of posts from March 2017

Bruce Charlton, ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers
Archive of posts from March 2017

Various, ‘Middle-earth News
Archive of posts from March 2017

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, ‘Expressions of Substance
Archive of posts from March 2017

Ryszard Viajante Derdzinski, ‘Tolknięty
Archive of posts from March 2017 (all March posts are in Polish)

Stephen C. Winter, ‘Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings
Archive of posts from March 2017

Sources

No new sources in March 2017

For a full list of sources, see http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com/p/sources.html

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Tolkien Transactions LXXVIII

February 2017

‘Busy as a bee’ is, I believe, the English expression that matches my life at the moment, though I will happily accept that ‘bee in the bonnet’ would be an appealing expression to apply to me ….

I do hope that you will notice that I have changed the URL to my own blog, even if you read this on the Tolkien Society site. My blog can now be found as www.parmakenta.com (something I was advised a long time ago to do, but which I haven't really got round to until now).

However, despite this, I have managed to at least find a few interesting tidbits along during this month, which I hope you will enjoy perousing. As usual I claim nothing about newness, completeness and relevance to anyone, and I furthermore reject any other implication of responsibility :-)

These transactions are posted on my blog, Parma-kenta (Enquiry into the books) and on the Tolkien Society web-site.

This month it has suited my purposes to sort the contents under the following headlines:
1: News
2: Events
3: Essays and Scholarship
4: Commentary
5: Reviews and Book News
6: Tolkienian Artwork
7: Story Internal (Ardalogy)
8: Other Stuff
9: Rewarding Discussions
10: Other Reading
11: Web Sites
12: The Blog Roll
13: Sources

To the memory of Celebrían
by Graeme Skinner

News and General Interest

Travis Nicol, Mass Live, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Snapchat: 5 facts about J.R.R. Tolkien on his 125th birthday
Missed this one last month. Remarkable in that the five facts all seem to be factual – something that seems noteworthy in this day and age ...

John D. Rateliff, Thursday, 2 February 2017, ‘Tolkien Spotting (Aaronovitch)

John D. Rateliff, Thursday, 2 February 2017, ‘Tolkien's Cobbler

Buxton Advertiser, Monday, 6 February 2017, ‘Tolkien tale comes to the stage

Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Friday, 10 February 2017, ‘New amoeba named after Gandalf

Frank Jacobs, Big Think, Monday, 13 February 2017, ‘Suburb Designs Its Neighborhood around J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth [sic]
The Tolkien-inspired street names in the Dutch town of Geldrop are well known and links to the area on Google Maps have been shared numerous times, but this is nonetheless a nice walk-through of the neighbourhood with the Tolkienian names with references to other areas that have mined The Lord of the Rings for inspiration for street names.

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 16 February 2017, ‘Tolkien's Oxford home up for sale
The sale of 76 Sandfield Road, where the Tolkiens lived from March 1953 to July 1968, has garnered quite a bit of interest this month ...
See also Giulia Crouch, Daily Mail, Saturday, 18 February 2017, ‘Middle Earth in Middle England! Ordinary Oxford house that was JRR Tolkien's home for 15 years and played host to CS Lewis is on sale for £1.25million
And John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 18 February 2017, ‘Tolkien's House For Sale

Dave Broome, Staffordshire Newsletter, Thursday, 16 February 2017, ‘Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien's former home near Stafford is up for sale
... but, oddly enough, not as much as the sale of Rock Cottage in Great Haywood, where it is claimed young J.R.R. Tolkien lived briefly with Edith in the winter of 1916-17 (not to be confused with Gypsy Green). Possibly the claim that Tolkien immortalised this particular cottage as the Cottage of Lost Play in his early work contributes to this claim, but I am very sceptical of this claim, as Tolkien wrote the poem, You and Me and the Cottage of Lost Play a full year before Edith first moved to Great Haywood with Jennie Grove, but also because this does not fit with the way Tolkien used geographical inspiration in his Book of Lost Tales.
See also Express and Star, Sunday, 19 February 2017, ‘JRR Tolkien's former Staffordshire cottage up for sale
and J.J. Nattrass, The Mirror, Monday, 20 February 2017, ‘Inside JRR Tolkien's £375K country home which helped inspire writer's fantasy books
and John D. Rateliff, Monday, 20 February 2017, ‘And Another Tolkien House on Sale
and Tom Burnett, Stoke Sentinel, Monday, 20 February 2017, ‘Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit author J.R.R Tolkien's Rock Cottage up for sale in Great Haywood
and Daniel Helen, Wednesday, 22 February 2017, ‘“Cottage of Lost Play” up for sale

Jamie Lovett, Comicbook, Tuesday, 21 February 2017, ‘Legends Of Tomorrow Season Finale Will Feature JRR Tolkien
Guessing from the number of outlets that have carried these news (see a couple of examples below), I would appear to be a rare creature not to know what Legends of Tomorrow is (beyond what can be guessed from the article). I am sure we'll hear more about this once this season finale is published … or aired or broadcast or whatever these things are these days :-)
Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday, 22 February 2017, ‘Legends of Tomorrow adds J.R.R. Tolkien in finale
Jenna Anderson, Comicbook, Thursday, 2 March 2017, ‘The Legends of Tomorrow Meet J.R.R. Tolkien in "Fellowship of the Spear" Synopsis
Apparently the show's main cast will meet a young Tolkien during the Battle of the Somme, which is at least a correct setting. Now I wonder if they will get the moustache right ... :-)

Adam Davis, Wallowa County Chieftain, Tuesday, 21 February 2017, ‘The state of Oregon’s budget explained in Tolkien analogy
Another oddity to add to the pile tagged ‘Political (ab)uses of Tolkien’.


Events

No reports or comments on past events

Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 March)
25 March 2017, Worldwide, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2017’, The Tolkien Society
This year's theme is ‘Poetry and Songs in Tolkien's Fiction’

8 April 2017, Burlington, Vermont, ‘Tolkien in Vermont’, Tolkien at University of Vermont
Anna Smol, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘CFP: Romances in Middle-earth

21–23 April 2017, Warwick Arms Hotel, ‘Springmoot and AGM 2017’, The Tolkien Society

11–14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, ‘International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo)’, Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute
Geoffrey B. Elliott, Thursday, 26 January 2017, ‘Kalamazoo 2017: Updates

1–4 June 2017, National Conference Center, Virginia, US, ‘Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder’, Mythgard Institute
Curtis, Signum University, Monday, 6 February 2017, ‘Preliminary Mythmoot Program Now Available!

16–18 June 2017, Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire, ‘The Middle-earth Beer & Music Festival’, The Ale House Clitheroe

2 July 2017, Hilton Leeds Hotel, ‘Tolkien Society Seminar 2017’, The Tolkien Society – The theme this year will be “Poetry and Song in Tolkien's works”

3–6 July 2017, Leeds, ‘International Medieval Congress’, University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies
Dimitra Fimi, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘Tolkien Sessions at IMC Leeds, July 2017

28–31 July 2017, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, ‘Mythcon 48’, The Mythopoeic Society

10–13 August 2017, California State University, East Bay, Hayward Campus, USA, ‘Omentielva Otsea: The Seventh International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages’, Omentielva

21–24 September 2017, St. Anthony's College, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot’, The Tolkien Society


Essays and Scholarship

Breaking Camp The Fellowship Of The Ring
by Joe Gilronan
“J.R.R. Tolkien” on Academia.edu
“Tolkien Studies” on Academia.edu
A sampling of papers uploaded to Academia.edu February (probably ... or thereabouts, the exact upload date is generally not available). Unsorted. Where a paper is indicated as having been previously published in a journal, this is included here:
Lars Konzack, in Wolf (ed) Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology , ‘The Subcreation of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth and How it Became Transmedial Culture
Simon J. Cook, Tolkien Studies, Volume 13, 2016, ‘The Cauldron at the Outer Edge: Tolkien on the Oldest English Fairy Tales
Christine Chism, in Chance (ed.) Tolkien the Medievalist, ‘Middle Earth, the Middle ages, and the Aryan Nation
Lisa Chinellato, Academia.edu, ‘Nostalgia and homesickness: a manifestation of the yearning for a better, ‘primitive’ life in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
Austin Freeman, Academia.edu, ‘Flesh, World, Devil: The Nature of Evil in Middle-earth
Amanda Votta, Harvard, Anthropology, ‘Linguistic History, Language Myths and Láamatyáve

Michael Drout, Academia.edu, ‘List of Documents
As also last month, Michael Drout has uploaded a number of documents, many of which are from various issues of Tolkien Studies (e.g. own articles and reviews, biographies etc.). And of course, there are many non-Tolkien documents (e.g. on medievalism) that could also be of interest to the readers here.

Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Wednesday, 8 February 2017, ‘Tom Shippey Discusses JRR Tolkien’s Beowulf Translation In Three Video Lectures

Michael Drout, Academia.edu, Thursday, 16 February 2017, ‘Tolkien's Creation of the Impression of Depth
This is an article from Tolkien Studies (vol. 11, 2014) uploaded to Academia.edu. Full citation: “Drout, M. D. C. & Hitotsubashi, N. & Scavera, R. "Tolkien's Creation of the Impression of Depth." Tolkien Studies, vol. 11 no. 11, 2014, pp. 167-211.”

Johanna H. Brooke, Journal of Tolkien Research, Tuesday, 21 February 2017, ‘Building Middle-earth: an Exploration into the uses of Architecture in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien
An interesting topic. Browsing the article briefly, it would seem that Brooke only refers to a couple of Tolkien's own illustrations of Middle-earth architecture, which is rather a pity as there is much to be gleaned from looking at his own drawings (not least with respect to Elvish architecture, which most illustrators seem to get ‘wrong’ in the sense that their images do not match Tolkien's conception).

Michael Flowers, Journal of Tolkien Research, Tuesday, 21 February 2017, ‘Hobbits?...And what may they be?
While most seem to accept Tolkien's statements regarding the ‘invention’ of the word Hobbit, discussions are still ongoing as to the possible subconscious influence of having met the word previously and forgotten this. Such an idea naturally requires investigating any such previously recorded uses (and, presumably, any use of words that were suffiently alike, phonetically) and assessing these carefully.
The appearance of the word in the Denham tracts (as the name of some creature of folk belief) has been made much of, but hobbits have also seen other uses before Tolkien's, including for metrological purposes (I believe I have seen descriptions of hobbits of both weight and volume …). Whether Flowers adds anything substantially new to this debate will require a more detailed reading than I have found time for, but he does appear not to address what is, to me, the more interesting question: why? While it is certainly possible – perhaps even likely – that Tolkien's inspiration was founded on a submerged and forgotten childhood memory, I lack the compelling reason to be interested. Even if Flowers is right in his guesswork about Tolkien's inspiration (and I can think of no way to falsify or prove his conjecture), I would like to understand what this would tell us about Tolkien and / or his work? How should I view or appreciate or understand Tolkien or his sub-creation, the Hobbits, any differently? Even in the slightest?

Douglas A. Anderson, Friday, 24 February 2017, ‘Tolkien Scholars Write Fantasy!
The post may, as Doug Anderson says, be ‘way overdue’, but it is received with thanks nonetheless. It is highly interesting to see how many Tolkien scholars that have tried their hand with fantasy (I had no idea of most of these). Of course it raises a question of causes and effects – particularly of whether there is something about studying Tolkien that makes you try your own hand at sub-creation and fairy-story?


Commentary

Giovanni Carmine Costabile, Thursday, 2 February 2017, ‘Note concerning the Influence of Tolkien's scholarship on Arthurian Studies

Jonathan S. McIntosh, Tuesday, 7 February 2017, ‘The Metaphysics of Coercion in Tolkien's Angelology
I dare say that more could be said about the bodies of the Ainur (much more, in fact – and not just from a Ardalogical point of view), but I think this is very perceptive – particularly the description of the bodies of the Ainur as ‘ultimately a kind of “machine”’.

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Saturday, 11 February 2017, ‘First in February
Spending their reading discussions in February on the last two chapters of book V of The Lord of the Rings (see also the following post, ‘Last meeting in February’ from the 25th).

Tom Hillman, Friday, 10 February 2017, ‘Some Thoughts on Structure and Meaning in The Lord of the Rings
So far mostly a collection of points about The Lord of the Rings with a clear indication that they are somehow interconnected, and that these interconnections are worth pursuing. I share Hillman's implicit idea that pursuing these interconnections may very well be a good path for some real insight into one of the most enigmatic aspects of Tolkien's conception: the nature of the Master Ring and not least how free-willed creatures relate to it. I hope Hillman will pursue these ideas, and I look forward to following his thoughts.

Simon J. Cook, Monday, 13 February 2017, ‘Reading in 'Lord of the Rings': Part I
Some ruminations on the word ‘read’ as used by Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings– particularly where he uses it in the older sense of ‘counsel‘. In such situations, I tend to turn to modern Danish cognates, where we have the word råd meaning ‘counsel‘ (the Danish word for modern English ‘read’ is unrelated, læse), and rede meaning ‘ready’ (however, vildrede means puzzled, in doubt, at a loss – unræd in the sense applied to Æthered).
It is very curious how Tolkien often (well, not on every page, but still far, far more than any other author, I know) does this: uses modern words in an older sense without distinguishing it from the places where he uses it in the modern sense (thus already in the first chapter, we have Bilbo and Gandalf discussing who would read Bilbo's book). It is almost as if Tolkien believed that at least native speakers of English would understand the older sense without knowing it ... wait! He did believe something of that kind, didn't he? In J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey wrote:
“.... for Tolkien was the holder of several highly personal if not heretical views about language. He thought that people, and perhaps as a result of their confused linguistic history especially English people, could detect historical strata in language without knowing how they did it.”.
Also see part II.

Simon J. Cook, Friday, 17 February 2017, ‘The View from the Tower
Building on ideas from the previous post, Cook moves on to towers and the view of Faërie that humans might get from an Elven-built tower, comparing this experience to the enchantment of a good fairy-story. This series of posts attempts to tie a lot of ideas together, and I think I will have to think it through at a slower pace (and probably read through them again) before trying to figure out what I think in more detail (but I do find them interesting enough that such an endeavour will be welcome).

John D. Rateliff, Sunday, 19 February 2017, ‘Loren Eiseley on Dunsany — and Tolkien
I love these findings / references – the more obscure the better! They are interesting simply by existing, but often they also provide new perspectives.


Reviews and Book News

Olórin
by Peter Xavier Price
Dennis Drabelle, The Record, Friday, 3 February 2017, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien's war inspires grandson's novel
We have seen a number of articles about Simon Tolkien and his newest book, No Man's Land. I am a bit doubtful about the value of this with respect to his grandfather. Simon Tolkien was fourteen when his grandfather died in 1973 – hardly an age when he would have gotten to discuss serious matters of life and literature with his grandfather, but he has, of course, had access to primary sources succh as his own father, Christopher Tolkien. In the end, however, I would advocate that any interest in Simon Tolkien and No Man's Land should be based in their own literary merit and not in his family relationship with J.R.R. Tolkien, as we are unlikely to learn anything about the grandfather by reading the grandson's books. See also the following articles for a small sampling ...
Michael Mercshel, Dallas News, Tuesday, 7 February 2017, ‘Simon Tolkien, in Dallas on Friday, will talk about being the grandson of 'Lord of the Rings' creator
Jay Strafford, Richmond Times – Dispatch, Saturday, 11 February 2017, ‘Book review (Fiction): 'No Man's Land' by Simon Tolkien

Bruce Charlton, Monday, 6 February 2017, ‘Review of The Return of the King cartoon movie 1980
Personally, I would reserve the word ‘horrible’ for this version and use less negative wording for Ralph Bakshi's experimental 1978 animated version, but tastes vary, and until we get a film version of one of Tolkien's stories that actually does capture the themes and moods of Tolkien's work and world (as does the stage adaptation of Leaf by Niggle by the Puppet State Theatre), I suppose there is no point in arguing degrees of bad.

Tolkienseminariet, Monday, 6 February 2017, ‘19 november 2015
Tolkienseminariet is a Swedish group that reviews a large number of Tolkien books and articles with great insight. I therefore refer to their minutes even though these are published in Swedish, as these are always very interesting. Their postings in February have covered the period up to and including November 2016.

Thomas Van, Catholic Culture, Tuesday, 14 February 2017, ‘Tolkien the modernist: a glimpse of a unique creative process
In the main a review of the excellent Ring of Words by Gilliver, Marshall and Weiner, but spiced up with some additional commentary (unfortunately it is not entirely clear when the author stops paraphrasing The Ring of Words and starts on his own reflections).

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Friday, 17 February 2017, ‘Beren and Lúthien publication delayed
Alas ….

Jeremy Edmonds, Tolkien Collector's Guide, Friday, 17 February 2017, ‘Newsweek, 1954 - Fellowship cartoon
A cartoon from Newsweek from 1954, illustrating a scene from the fight in the Chamber of Mazarbul.


Tolkienian Artwork

Peter Xavier Price, DeviantArt, Monday, 6 February 2017, ‘Olórin

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 14 February 2017, ‘Aegnor and Andreth

Joe Gilronan, Thursday, 16 February 2017, ‘A Storm Is Coming "The Hand of Saruman"...

Joe Gilronan, Saturday, 18 February 2017, ‘Breaking Camp The Fellowship Of The Ring
With a link to a collaboration with composer Tim Janis – a video with imagery by Joe Gilronan and music by Tim Janis.

Graeme Skinner, Saturday, 25 February 2017, ‘To the memory of Celebrían

‘Arwendë Luhtiénë’, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 28 February 2017, ‘Eriador Towards the Misty Mountains


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, Wednesday, 15 February 2017, ‘Who Were the High Kings and What Realms Did They Rule?


Other Stuff

Andrew Higgins, Saturday, 18 February 2017, ‘2017 A Look Ahead
Andrew Higgins takes look ahead at his planned Tolkienian activities in 2017 …


Rewarding Discussions

Whether because I have been exceedingly busy and unable to follow discussions much this month, or because there really has been a dearth of good discussions, I don't know. Still, there are some very interesting points in the discussion below:
LotR Plaza, , ‘A Brief Defence of The Children of Húrin


Other Reading

David Russell Mosley, Patheos, Tuesday, 14 February 2017, ‘My Rolling English Road to Rome: How J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Stratford Caldecott Helped Make Me Catholic
Only little help, it seems, but help.


Web Sites

Michael Flowers, ‘Tolkien in East Yorkshire
What is says, really. A web-site that collects Michael's extensive knowledge about Tolkien's relations to East Yorkshire, based both on his own research and that of others. Highly recommended!

A Storm Is Coming "The Hand of Saruman"...
by Joe Gilronan

The Blog Roll

These are blogs you really should be following yourself if you're interested in Tolkien ...
Contents from these blogs will only be reported here if there is something that I find particularly interesting, or posts that fit with a monthly theme. However, you will find below links to monthly archives of posts for months where the blog has featured interesting posts with at least some Tolkien connection. In some cases you may find a headline for a post, if I wish to recommend it particularly.

Douglas A. Anderson, ‘Tolkien and Fantasy
Archive of posts from February 2017

John D. Rateliff -- ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium
Archive of posts from February 2017

Jonathan S. McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable
Archive of posts from February 2017

David Bratman, ‘Kalimac's Journal
Archive of posts from February 2017

Andrew Higgens, ‘Wotan's Musings
Archive of posts from February 2017

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
News archive

Various (Bradford Eden, ed.)Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Archive of contributions for the on-going volume 4, issue 1

Various, The Tolkien Society (TS)
Archive of posts from February 2017

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from February 2017

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from February 2017

Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux
Archive of posts from February 2017

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from February 2017

Tom Hilman, ‘Alas, not me
Archive of posts from February 2017

Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth
Archive of posts from February 2017

Grey Havens Group, ‘The Grey Havens Group
Archive of posts from February 2017

Bruce Charlton, ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers
Archive of posts from February 2017

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, ‘Expressions of Substance
Archive of posts from February 2017

Stephen C. Winter, ‘Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings
Archive of posts from February 2017

Sources

New sources in February 2017
Stephen C. Winter, ‘Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings
Stephen C. Winter's weekly ‘homilies’ based on Tolkien's work (mainly The Lord of the Rings). Many of these are a bit too moralising for my tastes – or, you might say, they do not offer enough actual insight in the book (this is not exactly the applicability vs. allegory distinction, but a related one).
For older sources, see https://www.parmakenta.com/p/sources.html

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tolkien Transactions LXXVII

January 2017

These monthly introductions have become an outlet for my feelings of having too much to do – to some extent as an explanation of delays and reduced commentary. As can be seen, I am now (albeit slowly) catching up with respect to the delays, which is certainly a relief (and due to a general lightening of loads compared to the latter half of 2016). The commentary is still light as I am unable to read through all items (and a number of them I simply include because they look interesting), and this is likely to continue for quite a while.

Therefore I continue to make disclaimers regarding the newness, completeness, relevance, agreement or veracity (or any other implication of responsibility) of anything on this list, individually and as a whole :-)

These transactions are posted on my blog, Parma-kenta (Enquiry into the books) and on the Tolkien Society web-site.

This month it has suited my purposes to sort the contents under the following headlines:
1: The Birthday Toast
2: News
3: Events
4: Essays and Scholarship
5: Commentary
6: Reviews and Book News
7: Tolkienian Artwork
8: Story Internal (Ardalogy)
9: Other Stuff
10: Rewarding Discussions
11: Other Reading
12: Web Sites
13: The Blog Roll
14: Sources

Lúthien
by Jenny Dolfen

The Birthday Toast

Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Friday, 13 January 2017, ‘How the world celebrated Tolkien's Birthday


Tolkienists
Valdis, Middle-earth News, Monday, 2 January 2017, ‘Tolkien Birthday Toast 2017

Amy H. Sturgis, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Happy Tolkien Day

Brenton Dickieson, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Toasting Tolkien's 125th Birthday #TolkienBirthdayToast

James Moffat, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Tolkien Birthday Toast 2017

Brenton Dickieson, Thursday, 5 January 2017, ‘A Brace of Tolkien Posts (125th Birthday Week)
A list of Tolkien-related posts on his blog (so, Tolkien posts come in braces ... these things are good to know ;) ).


Various
Russ Burlingame, Comicbook, Sunday, 1 January 2017, ‘Remembering JRR Tolkien On His Birthday

Duncan MacLaren, BBC Radio 4, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Prayer for the Day
A nice enough little prayer based on Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle (though I am favourably disposed towards the final sentiment of the prayer, I am not sure I agree with the way he comes from Niggle to this sentiment).

Felix Schlagwein, Deutsche Welle, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien - celebrating an unusual life
One of the better birhtday articles on Tolkien here.

Laura Rebello, International Business Times, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘JRR Tolkien's 125th birthday: Check out The Lord Of The Rings author's biggest celebrity fans

Clark Mindock, International Business Times, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘JRR Tolkien Birthday: Quotes And Facts About The 'Hobbit' And 'Lord Of The Rings' Author
The so-called ‘facts’ should have been reviewed more thoroughly, but at least the quotations seem to be OK (the pen & beak quotation is at a hearsay level, but at least we have someone claiming that Tolkien said so), though I haven't verified all of them for word order, punctuation etc.

Kate Samuelson, Time, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘J. R. R. Tolkien Fans Are Toasting the Lord of the Rings Author on His 125th Birthday

Simonetta Dibbern, Deutschlandfunk, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘Vor 125 Jahren: Der britische Schriftsteller J.R.R. Tolkien geboren
In German, but certainly one of the better articles!

Books News Desk, Broadway World, Wednesday, 4 January 2017, ‘J. R. R. Tolkien Fans Celebrate 125th Birthday With a Global Toast

Illyana Zeski, The Pierce Pioneer, Monday, 23 January 2017, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday

Happy Birthday from Elmenel
by Tsvetelina Krumova

News

Ben Hooper, UPI, Friday, 6 January 2017, ‘Great-grandma's St. Anthony figurine turns out to be 'Lord of the Rings' elf

Nan Spowart, The National, Tuesday, 10 January 2017, ‘JRR Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings 'depicts the horrors of the trenches'
One of many articles taking its outset in a book by a Simon Tolkien, No Man's Land, in which Simon Tolkien uses inspiration from his famous grandfather's life. This article is fairly representative in both its fallacies and its correct information (don't accept any statement without verifying it).

Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Wednesday, 11 January 2017, ‘25th anniversary of Sauron Defeated

Arwen Kester, Middle-earth News, Thursday, 12 January 2017, ‘Middle-earth News Celebrates 6 Years Today!
Congratulations!

Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, Saturday, 14 January 2017, ‘Celebrating the author of the 20th Century

Kristina Lazzara, Marquette Wire, Tuesday, 24 January 2017, ‘Marquette purchases rare first edition of ‘The Hobbit’

Cité internationale de la Tapisserie, Wednesday, 25 January 2017, ‘Aubusson weaves Tolkien
Wow! Just WOW!!
See also the PDF press release.

Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 26 January 2017, ‘Tolkien Society achieves highest ever membership
Yay! 1,287 members! Well done! No doubt the conscious on-line presence of the Tolkien Society over the past few years (e.g. with a Facebook Group with more than 25,000 members) is a strong contributing factor to the growth of the society dedicated to “educat[ing] the public in, and promote research into, the life and works” of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Congratulations to our Tolkien Society and not least to our trustees, chaired by Shaun Gunner! Well done!

Maria Sestito, Napa Valley Register, Saturday, 28 January 2017, ‘Napa Library celebrates all things Tolkien

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 29 January 2017, ‘Nominations open for The Tolkien Society Awards 2017
Yay! Who else are making lists :) Looking at the list of previous winners, I think it is about time we nominate the outstanding work by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond for the “Outstanding Contribution” award! But as for the other awards, I still haven't made up my mind :)


Events

No reports or comments on past events
See the special section on the Birthday Toast.

Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 January)
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society

25 March 2017, Worldwide, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2017’, The Tolkien Society
This year's theme is ‘Poetry and Songs in Tolkien's Fiction’

8 April 2017, Burlington, Vermont, ‘Tolkien in Vermont’, Tolkien at University of Vermont
Anna Smol, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘CFP: Romances in Middle-earth

21–23 April 2017, Warwick Arms Hotel, ‘Springmoot and AGM 2017’, The Tolkien Society

11–14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, ‘International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo)’, Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute
Geoffrey B. Elliott, Thursday, 26 January 2017, ‘Kalamazoo 2017: Updates
Anna Smol, Saturday, 28 January 2017, ‘Kalamazoo: Tolkien Symposium and ICMS Conference

1–4 June 2017, National Conference Center, Virginia, US, ‘Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder’, Mythgard Institute
Curtis, Signum University, Tuesday, 22 November 2016, ‘Are you ready for Mythmoot IV?
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 5 January 2017, ‘Mythmoot IV -- A New Hope

16–18 June 2017, Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire, ‘The Middle-earth Beer & Music Festival’, The Ale House Clitheroe

2 July 2017, Hilton Leeds Hotel, ‘Tolkien Society Seminar 2017’, The Tolkien Society – The theme this year will be “Poetry and Song in Tolkien's works”
Anna Milon, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 6 December 2016, ‘Call for papers: Tolkien Society Seminar 2017

Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 31 January 2017, ‘Book now for The Tolkien Society Seminar 2017

3–6 July 2017, Leeds, ‘International Medieval Congress’, University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies
Dimitra Fimi, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘Tolkien Sessions at IMC Leeds, July 2017

28–31 July 2017, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, ‘Mythcon 48’, The Mythopoeic Society

10–13 August 2017, California State University, East Bay, Hayward Campus, USA, ‘Omentielva Otsea: The Seventh International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages’, Omentielva

21–24 September 2017, St. Anthony's College, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot’, The Tolkien Society

The Fellowship of the Ring
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

Essays and Scholarship

“J.R.R. Tolkien” on Academia.edu
“Tolkien Studies” on Academia.edu
A sampling of papers uploaded to Academia.edu in December & January (probably ... or thereabouts, the exact upload date is generally not available). Unsorted. Where a paper is indicated as having been previously published in a journal, this is included here: Paul Romney, Lembas Katern Iss. 76, pp. 101-114, ‘A Particular Phase of History: Time Travel, Temporal Ambiguity, and the Pattern of History in The Lord of the Rings
Robert Tally, in Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey, pp. 41-56, ‘Places Where the Stars are Strange: Fantasy and Utopia in Tolkien's Middle-earth
Lars Schmeink, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, Vol. 13, Iss. 2, pp. 430-439, ‘How Bilbo Lost His Innocence: Media Audiences and the Evaluation of The Hobbit as a 'Children's Film'
Boris Gorelik, Mallorn Iss. 55, pp. 5-10, ‘‘Africa… always moves me deeply’: Tolkien in Bloemfontein
Dina Khapaeva, chapter in The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, pp. 81-85, ‘The Hobbit, the Monster's Godfather
Giovanni Costabilie, ‘Whose Salvation? True Immortality, Tolkien's Elves and the Fate of the Artist

Michael Drout, Academia.edu, ‘List of Documents
Michael Drout has uploaded a number of documents, many of which are from various issues of Tolkien Studies (e.g. own articles and reviews, biographies etc.). And of course, there are many non-Tolkien documents (e.g. on medievalism) that could also be of interest to the readers here.

Martina Juričková, Saturday, 24 December 2016, ‘A Journey of Virtues: Reflections of Advent Ideas in The Lord of the Rings

Anahit Behrooz, Medievalist.net, Sunday, 8 January 2017, ‘Good versus Evil: Representations of the Monstrous in Thirteenth Century Anglo-French Apocalypse Manuscripts
An article from Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, Issue 22 (2016). I am not entirely sure how this can be brought to relate more directly to Tolkien, but I was struck both by the concept of the monsters and by the sentence in the introduction, where Behrooz speaks of possibility of reading the Revelation “as an allegory or embodiment of the dichotomy or ‘near dualism’ of good and evil”, which seems to be to contrast somewhat with the Thomistic understanding of evil as an absence of good (I believe that lsquo;privation of good’ is the technical term).

Nelson Goering, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 17 January 2017, ‘The Later Quenta Silmarillion: A Reader's Map
An excellent work to help readers piece together something approaching a continuous (albeit far from consistent) narration of the Later Quenta Silmarillion. Goering stresses the constantly evolving nature of the texts (something that is also true of the published works, which were, in many ways, still ‘works in progress’ despite having been published), and his solutions also clearly show that there is no one right way to read these texts (though there may be ways that are wrong).

James Graham-Campbell, Medievalist.net, Monday, 23 January 2017, ‘The Vikings in Orkney

Natalia Klimczak, Friday, 27 January 2017, ‘Väinämöinen: The Finnish Deity and Hero Who Inspired Tolkien to Create Gandalf and Tom Bombadil
An introduction to the idea of Tolkienian inspirations from the Finnish Kalevala cycle, seemlingly designed with readers of The Lord of the Rings in mind – even if the specifics of the claims may be new also to readers familiar with The Story of Kullervo and other Kalevala-references in Tolkien. I could have wished that it went just one or two steps further – just naming the particular singing quality of all the Tom Bombadil says, and merely stating that Gandalf has some echoes of Väinämöinen feels a bit too superficial to me.

Angela Marion Smith, Medievalist.net, Sunday, 29 January 2017, ‘King Æthelstan in the English, Continental and Scandinavian Traditions of the Tenth to the Thirteenth Centuries

Once Upon A Shire
by Joe Gilronan

Commentary

Steuard Jensen, January 2017, ‘A Rings-Reader's Bridge to The Children of Húrin
An excellent guide for a reader of The Lord of the Rings to get an idea of what's going on in The Children of Húrin.

T.J. West, Friday, 6 January 2017, ‘Reading “The Lord of the Rings”: “Journey to the Cross-Roads,” “The Stairs of Cirith Ungol,” and “Shelob’s Lair”

Tom Hillman, Sunday, 8 January 2017, ‘No Laughing Matter: the Ring and the Quality of the Dúnedain
... and yet humour is involved, as Hillman shows here.

Chris Gehrz, Patheos, Tuesday, 10 January 2017, ‘Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of War

Philip Seargeant, The Conversation, Wednesday, 11 January 2017, ‘Why Tolkien’s fantastic imaginary languages have had more impact than Esperanto
This has also appeared in other places with similar headline.

Bruce G Charlton, Thursday, 12 January 2017, ‘Fantasy fiction is more important than ‘real life’: completing the argument of JRR Tolkien’s essay On Fairy Stories
I am quite certain that Tolkien would have disagreed vehemently on theological, literary, and simple human groups.

Andrew Whalen, iDigitalTimes, Friday, 13 January 2017, ‘‘Lord Of The Rings’ Answer To Marie Kondo: Tolkien’s Fantasy Coinage For Those Who Like Clutter
About mathoms ….

Stephen C Winter, Monday, 16 January 2017, ‘A Cock Crow Announces the Fall of Mordor

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Saturday, 14 January 2017, ‘First in January (2017)

T.J. West, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Reading “The Lord of the Rings”: “The Choices of Master Samwise”

Bruce G Charlton, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘The Romantic Theology of the Inklings (considered as a complementary group)
My own impression of the Inklings is such that Charlton's search for a more coherent, complementary, theory of something appears to me forced – a matter of forced applicability rather than the contemporary actuality of the group and its writers.

Simon J Cook, Tuesday, 24 January 2017, ‘LOTR: early drafts: Tom Bombadil in passing
Cook's investigations of the early drafts of The Lord of the Rings continue to be interesting!

T.J. West, Thursday, 26 January 2017, ‘Reading “The Lord of the Rings”: “Minas Tirith”

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Sunday, 29 January 2017, ‘Last in January


Reviews and Book News

Bruce G Charlton, Sunday, 1 January 2017, ‘Review of Tales from the Perilous Realm - Brian Sibley's 1992 radio adaptations of Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wooton Major, Leaf by Niggle and some Lord of the Rings scenes featuring Tom Bombadil

Jeffrey R. Humboldt, Wednesday, 4 January 2017, ‘A Few More Details About the Revised Tolkien Companion and Guide
A very few additional details on the upcoming three-volume second edition of Scull and Hammond's essential J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide.

Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative, Saturday, 7 January 2017, ‘The Best of Tolkien
I suppose one might argue that ‘The Best on Tolkien’ would have been a more accurate title, as Pearce here lists some books that are, in his opinion, among the best books about Tolkien and / or Tolkien's work. I can see that Pearce and I have largely read, and been moved by, different books about Tolkien, but we do agree on Carptenter, Shippey, Flieger and Garth, and I find it very strange not to find the works by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull on this list (as for the rest, I suppose that is more easily explained by the large differences in perspective on Tolkien between Pearce and myself).

John D. Rateliff, Monday, 9 December 2016, ‘Clyde Kilby's Collected Essays
Rateliff provides some lovely examples from the book, particularly from the report of Kilby's meeting with Lewis in 1953. This could well be a book inclusion in the modest collection to my right as I write (see my updated ‘shelfie’ illustrating this issue).
Lynn Maudlin, The Horn of Rohan Redux, Friday, 13 January 2017, ‘Mythprint #379 Published

Nelson Goering, Journal of Tolkien Research, Sunday, 15 January 2017, ‘A Secret Vice (2016) by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins
A favourable (and wholly deserved so) review of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on invented languages.

Jeffrey H. Ryan, Tuesday, 17 January 2017, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: 2017
A summary of some of the Tolkien books known to arrive in 2017.

Bruce G Charlton, Tuesday, 17 January 2017, ‘Review of The Hobbit animated movie 1977
A review of the Rankin / Bass animated film that is somewhat more positive than mine would be …

Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: J.R.R. Tolkien's Lost English Mythology
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: The Book of Lost Tales, Part One
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: Tolkien (the biography by Edwards)
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: Deep Roots in a Time of Frost: Essays on Tolkien
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: The History of Middle-Earth Index
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: The History of the Hobbit
Tom Hillman, Thursday, 19 January 2017, ‘Review: A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18
What Hillman himself describes as a ‘deluge’ of reviews (many more than these Tolkien-related ones). Some short, some longer, but worth checking.


Tolkienian Artwork

Matěj Čadil, DeviantArt, Monday, 12 December 2016, ‘The Road Goes Ever On

Jenny Dolfen, Sunday, 1 January 2017, ‘Lúthien

New artwork
by Tsvetelina Krumova – Elmenel
Tsvetelina Krumova, Monday, 2 January 2017, ‘Happy New Year!

Tsvetelina Krumova, Tuesday, 3 January 2017, ‘My First Artwork for this Year

Šárka Škorpíková, DeviantArt, Wednesday, 4 January 2017, ‘Bywater pool on the day of Bilbo's party

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Thursday, 5 January 2017, ‘Morgoth

User ‘wildelbenreiter’, DeviantArt, Thursday, 5 January 2017, ‘the big heart of a tree

Matěj Čadil, Friday, 6 January 2017, ‘Tom and Goldberry's First Meeting

Francesca T. Barbini, SciFiFantasy Network, Saturday, 14 January 2017, ‘The Silmarillion Symphony Ep 2: The Fall of Fingolfin
A work by composer Aaron M Dunn.

Ulla Thurnell, DeviantArt, Saturday, 21 January 2017, ‘Hobbiton

Blacksanz, DeviantArt, Sunday, 22 January 2017, ‘Gimli

Antonio José Manzanedo, DeviantArt, Sunday, 22 January 2017, ‘Gwaihir the Windlord

Joe Gilronan, Thursday, 26 January 2017, ‘Once Upon A Shire

Daniel Pilla, DeviantArt, Saturday, 28 January 2017, ‘Gandalf and Bilbo

User ‘GGoya’, DeviantArt, Sunday, 29 January 2017, ‘Don't Follow the Lights

Joona Kujanen, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 31 January 2017, ‘Battle of Five Armies: King Under the Mountain


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, Tuesday, 31 January 2017, ‘Is There Any Significance to the Number of Steps at Orthanc?


Other Stuff

Michael Martinez, Tuesday, 10 January 2017, ‘DragonCon Cancels the Tolkien and Middle-earth Fan Programming Track
Obviously these are worse news to some than to others (I don't recall reading about DragonCon before this, though I probably have ...), but of course it is upsetting to those who have been heavily involved in this.

Jonathan S MacIntosh, Tuesday, 17 January 2017, ‘Entrepreneurship vs. Labor in Middle-earth

Brian Castner, KWAC, Tuesday, 24 January 2017, ‘Simon Tolkien Draws On His Famous Grandfather's Experiences In 'No Man's Land'
See also Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, Thursday, 26 January 2017, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien’s war experiences inspire his grandson’s novel, ‘No Man’s Land’


Rewarding Discussions

LotR Plaza, ‘The Name Tolkien
Discussing the research by Derdzinski (see the section on web sites)

LotR Plaza, , ‘Alliterative Revival
Having an expert on the alliterative metre contribute can be daunting, but not when it's the kind and helpful Nelson Goering … :-)

Did Tolkien ever change the meanings of his words?
The discussion has now been closed, but an interesting topic that could do with a broader discussion (though not of whether Tolkien changed the meanings, but rather how, when, and particularly why he change the meanings of his words).


Other Reading

Among other things, I will here add some old items that have come up (in some cases I'll be reposting), and which are still worth reading. So expect rather a jumble in this section.

Rebecca Lawes, Winter 2017, ‘Tolkien & Latin

Jenny Turner, London Review of Books, Vol. 23 No. 22, 15 November 2001, ‘Reasons for Liking Tolkien
A lengthy analysis that is critical in an intelligent way. Good reading!

Christopher Howse, The Telegraph, 14 November 2014, ‘Tolkien and the Goths’ disaster
What might Tolkien have meant by saying that “the greatest disaster in history was that the Goths fell into the Arian heresy”?

Michael Caines, The Times Literary Supplement, 2 December 2015, ‘Iris Murdoch: letter-writer and eucatastrophist
The theme of this article is relating and comparing Iris Murdoch and J.R.R. Tolkien. Good stuff.

Apart from these, I am still working my quiet way through Tolkien's Beowulf, while also keeping up with various non-Tolkienian reading (I've recently bought a couple of books by Lord Baden-Powell, Rovering to Sucess and Lessons from the Varsity of Life, and I also still have some books in Danish from my birthday to get through – one a Danish translation of I am Malala). Good days ahead :)

Web Sites

Ryszard Viajante Derdzinski, ‘Tolknięty
A blog on the genealogy of Tolkien. Derdzinski believes to have traced the family of J.R.R. Tolkien to Danzig (modern day Gdansk) in what was, at the time, eastern Germany. I haven't had time to read the most recent posts, but he has promised to post some more convincing evidence of the link from London to Danzig, and I look forward to seeing more from this very interesting research.

Elrond and Elros
by Jenny Dolfen

The Blog Roll

These are blogs you really should be following yourself if you're interested in Tolkien ...
Contents from these blogs will only be reported here if there is something that I find particularly interesting, or posts that fit with a monthly theme. However, you will find below links to monthly archives of posts for months where the blog has featured interesting posts with at least some Tolkien connection. In some cases you may find a headline for a post, if I wish to recommend it particularly.

John D. Rateliff -- ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium
Archive of posts from January 2017

Jonathan S. McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable
Archive of posts from January 2017

David Bratman, ‘Kalimac's Journal
Archive of posts from January 2017

Jenny Dolfen, ‘Jenny's Sketchbook
Archive of posts from January 2017

Anna Smol, ‘A Single Leaf
Archive of posts from January 2017

Annalisa Palmer, her blog
Archive of posts from September 2016

Various (Bradford Eden, ed.)Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Archive of contributions for the on-going volume 3, issue 3

Various, The Tolkien Society (TS)
Archive of posts from January 2017

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from January 2017

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from January 2017

Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux
Archive of posts from January 2017

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from January 2017

Tom Hilman, ‘Alas, not me
Archive of posts from January 2017

Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth
Archive of posts from January 2017

Grey Havens Group, ‘The Grey Havens Group
Archive of posts from January 2017

Bruce G Charlton, ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers
Archive of posts from January 2017

Various, ‘Middle-earth News
Archive of posts from January 2017

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, ‘Expressions of Substance
Archive of posts from January 2017

Sources

New sources in January 2017
Ryszard Viajante Derdzinski, ‘Tolknięty
Archive of posts from January 2017


For older sources, see http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com/p/sources.html