Sunday 18 September 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXXII

August 2016

I had these transactions something like 80% done before going to Oxonmoot, but couldn't get the last bit finished due to my other preparations. Now, however, I wish to get it out – to get it off my mind, so that I can work on other things (such as e.g. a report from my first Oxonmoot). This means that most entries will appear without commentary, and that there will be things I ignore simply because I haven't the time to dig out all my notes (if anything important turns up later, I will of course include it in a later issue).

All the usual disclaimers apply about newness, completeness and relevance (or 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: In Print
10: Web Sites
11: The Blog Roll
12: Sources
Radagast the Brown
by Joe Gilronan


David Oberhelman, Mythopoeic Society, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘Mythopoeic Awards: 2016 Winners Announced
Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

Bradley Barth, SC Magazine, Monday, 8 August 2016, ‘Lord of the spy ring: Strider APT cites Tolkien, found snooping on Russian targets
Finally some solid evidence linking Tolkien to spying! … 43 years after his death, and spyware rather than military intelligence, but still :-) Have ‘Elansea’ turned hackers to build their otherwise non-existent case?

Tom Cowie, The Age, Thursday, 11 August 2016, ‘One ring to fool them all: court orders destruction of fake Tolkien jewellery
In cases like this, I generally find myself siding with the Estate on moral grounds …


Reports & comments on past events
5–8 August 2016, San Antonio, Texas, US, ‘Mythcon 47’, The Mythopoeic Society. The 2016 theme is ‘Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern’
David Bratman, Tuesday, 2 August 2016, ‘Mythcon pre-port
Lynn Maudlin, Mythopoeic Society, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘CONGRATULATIONS, 2016 Mythopoeic Award Winners
David Bratman, Tuesday, 9 August 2016, ‘Mythcon report, part 1’ (also see part 2, part 3, and part 4)
John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 13 August 2016, ‘MythCon and the MythSoc Awards

Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 September)
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society
3–4 September 2016, Sarehole Mill, UK, ‘Middle-earth Festival
Justine Halifax, Birmingham Mail, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘Fans of Tolkien are in for a treat at Middle Earth Festival in Birmingham

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society

24–25 September 2016, Newcastle Castle, ‘Tolkien Weekend 2016’, Time and Tide Events
Will also feature the Illuminating Tolkien exhibition of art and illustration.

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

Essays and Scholarship

The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival (B/W proof)
by Tomás Hijo
Simon Cook, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Tolkien: Christianity and Paganism
and Simon Cook, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Heathen kings under a swift sunrise
I find these two posts very interesting. There are so many things to take into consideration here, that trying to grasp these issues, I usually feel as if I was trying to hold on to too many bits and pieces, so that whenever I try to hold on to something new, I drop something that I had already gotten a hold on. Sometimes I feel convinced that there is a way to hold on to them all, while at other times, I wonder if Tolkien's own ideas are too diverse to all fit in one way. Still, discussions such as these help, so keep up the good work!

Bradford Lee Eden, Journal of Tolkien Research, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘A newly-discovered transcript: The 1995 Patrick Hobson Memorial Lecture of Rev. John F.R. Tolkien

Stuart Lee, BBC Radio 4, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘Tolkien: The Lost Recordings
The show that was announced last month. Still available for listening on 17 September ...

Elizabeth Hasseler, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘‘Do You Not Know I am a Healer?’ Royal Authority and Miracles of Healing in High Medieval Lives of Kings
While Aragorn's healing powers, within the Tolkien's sub-creation itself, stems from his descendance from Lúthien, in external terms, they place him firmly in medieval tradition.

Anna Smol, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: Patrick Curry on Enchantment & Hypermodernity

Edmund Weiner, Monday, 8 August 2016, ‘Did Tolkien invent Fonwegian?
The discussion is carried on in Edmund Weiner, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Fonwegian—a rejoinder
This is something I would have liked to be able to address at some greater length, but maybe later …. So far, I am leaning towards Weiner's position on this: given the evidence so far, the explanation offered by Fimi and Higgins just doesn't ‘feel right’ to me (which is absolutely not a scientific argument at all!)

Anna Smol, Tuesday, 16 August 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: Dimitra Fimi on Tolkien & Childhood Studies

Sophia Cornelia Mösch,, Sunday, 21 August 2016, ‘Augustine of Hippo and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period
A 2015 Ph.D. dissertation from King's College London.

Douglas A. Anderson, Saturday, 27 August 2016, ‘Tolkien's Desks


John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘Tolkien & Burroughs, Lupoff & Green

Lynn Forest-Hill, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Last Meeting in July

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Ace vs. Ballantine, 1962

Lynn Forest-Hill, Sunday, 14 August 2016, ‘First Meeting in August
Also see the two following posts, which contain comments to this part.

The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
by Tomás Hijo
Joseph Pearce, The Imaginary Conservative, Tuesday, 16 August 2016, ‘Celebrating Tolkien and Lewis

David Russell Mosley, Patheos, Thursday, 11 August 2016, ‘Darkness in Elfland: Tolkien on Whether Fairies Are Demons and a (Hopefully) Fuller Account of Enchantment

Anna Smol, Friday, 12 August 2016, ‘“something has gone crack”; Tolkien on Rob Gilson & the TCBS, 100 years ago today.

Jacob Clifton,, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ‘I Have Forgiven Aslan for Being Jesus, But I Still Hate Fairytales
I am less forgiving (unable to enter the state of Literary Belief – not even by painstaking suspension of disbelief) of Lewis' Narnia books, but on the other hand, I never blamed fairy-stories as such.

Matthew Walther, The Federalist, Friday, 26 August 2016, ‘Tolkien Influenced Rock More Than The Velvet Underground Did

Dimitra Fimi, Monday, 29 August 2016, ‘Paul McCartney's “The Fool on the Hill”, Tolkien's early drawings, and the Rider-Waite Tarot

Lynn Forest-Hill, Tuesday, 30 August 2016, ‘Last meeting in August

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘The Return of "Tolkienian Gloom"

David P. Goldman, PJ Media, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘Why Did Tolkien Care About the Jews?
I wish that people would see Tolkien's comments about Dwarves and Jews for what they are. In his early Silmarillion and in The Hobbit the Dwarves are based on the Dwarves of the Old Norse mythology (their names are a dead give-away, you know). When Tolkien, while writing The Lord of the Rings added some new layers to these Nordic Dwarves (because he needed at least Durin's folk to be less avaricious and vindictive than their Norse models), he probably did so without conscious model at first, but came to realise that he had given them some certain linguistic and cultural characteristics that were reminiscent of the Jews. His comments must be seen in this light – nothing about the Dwarves that is part of their portrayal in the Silmarillion work prior to 1937 and The Hobbit can be used to indicate anything about Tolkien's thoughts about Jews. Nothing!

Reviews and Book News

Michael Straight, New Republic, 16 January 1956, ‘The Fantastic World of Professor Tolkien
On-line reprint of a 1956 review of The Lord of the Rings.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 1 August 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Fall of Arthur"

Andrew Higgins, Journal of Tolkien Research, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Parma Eldalamberon XXII (2015), by J.R.R. Tolkien

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ‘The New Arrival (LEAF BY NIGGLE)

Tolkienian Artwork

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 1 August 2016, ‘The Man in the Moon was drinking deep

Peter Xavier Price, Monday, 1 August 2016, ‘The Witch-king of Angmar

Thorin's Song – last panel
by Tomás Hijo
Elena Kukanova, Wednesday, 3 August 2016, ‘Angamaitë
Angrod in Valinor ...

Elena Kukanova, Wednesday, 3 August 2016, ‘Irmo Lórien

Tomás Hijo, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Returning to Middle Earth.

Joe Gilronan, Friday, 12 August 2016, ‘Radagast The Brown "In search of enlightenment"..

Tomás Hijo, Saturday, 20 August 2016, ‘The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival
“Proofing my latest piece, wich is for The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival of Clitheroe, Lancashire (UK).”

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 22 August 2016, ‘The Middle-earth Beer & Music Festival

Tomás Hijo, Tuesday, 23 August 2016, ‘Thorin's Song – last panel

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 24 August 2016, ‘Thorin's Song – full print

Elena Kukanova, Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘Forge

Manuel Castañón , Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘Chartreuse

Tomás Hijo, Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘Good news and bad

Tomás Hijo, Friday, 26 August 2016, ‘The most difficult block ...

Elena Kukanova, Tuesday, 30 August 2016, ‘Ork - sketch

Jenny Dolfen, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘Calendars 2017!

Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 2 August 2016, ‘Answers to the Terence Tiller Tolkien Trivia Questions
Clever … :-)

Michael Martinez, Monday, 15 August 2016, ‘Were All the Great Elven Artifacts Evil?

Michael Martinez, Thursday, 18 August 2016, ‘Can Melkor Ever Return?

by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

Other Stuff

Marissa Martinelli, Slate, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Stephen Colbert Explains How Gandalf Is a Maia Who's Been in Arda Since Ilúvatar Cried “Eä!”
Colbert's reputation as a Tolkien lover is undoubtedly fully and richly deserved, but his reputation as a Tolkien expert is not quite as justified. Obviously he knows more than his ‘big three’ and he has paid attention to what he has read, but his knowledge is not exhaustive, and his explications are often flawed (as e.g. with details of his earlier comments on Gollum, or in the present clip, his failure to understand the nature of Gandalf's trust in providence or the nature of the Istari's recollection of their time as Maiar) – as is his Elvish, by the way: Do not adopt his pronunciation!
See also John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 27 August 2016, ‘Stephen Colbert is Brilliant (Frodo & the Ring)
Fortunately I can see from the comments-stream that I am not the only one to be somewhat less impressed than Rateliff …

Arwen Kester, Middle-earth News, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ‘My Own Shire: Living a Hobbit Life in the Modern World
It is curious, interesting, and wonderful how we engage with Tolkien's work in so many different ways. For me, the Shire is a place of insular myopia and narrowmindedness – I can barely stand Sam – but for others it is a place of rest and beauty. I do not wish to imply that there is any right or wrong, but only emphasise the value and wonder of the differences.

In Print

My records show that I have received my monthly Beyond Bree, and my July issue of Amon Hen did arrive by mail in August, though I had downloaded it from the Tolkien Society web-site in July. Unfortunately, I have not had time to read these.

Web Sites

Kip Rasmussen: Illustrator

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.

The Man in the Moon was drinking deep
by Tomás Hijo
Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from August 2016

Douglas A. Anderson, ‘Tolkien and Fantasy
Archive of posts from August 2016

John D. Rateliff -- ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium
Archive of posts from August 2016

David Bratman, ‘Kalimac's Journal
Archive of posts from August 2016

Jenny Dolfen, ‘Jenny's Sketchbook
Archive of posts from August 2016

Anna Smol, ‘A Single Leaf
Archive of posts from August 2016

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from August 2016

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
News archive

Various (Bradford Eden, ed.) Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Archive of contributions for the on-going volume 2, issue 1

Various, The Tolkien Society (TS)
Archive of posts from August 2016

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from August 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from August 2016
Thorin's Song
by Tomás Hijo

Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux
Archive of posts from August 2016

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from August 2016

Tom Hilman, ‘Alas, not me
Archive of posts from August 2016

Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth
Archive of posts from August 2016

Bruce Charlton, ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers
Archive of posts from August 2016

Various, ‘Middle-earth News
Archive of posts from August 2016


No new sources in August 2016

For older sources, see

Currently reading:
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Christopher J.R. Tolkien.
Læringsteorier: Seks Aktuelle Forståelser edited by Knud Illeris

The Witch-king of Angmar
by Peter Xavier Price