Sunday 1 December 2013

Tolkien Transactions XLIII

November 2013

November has been a Scouting month — first our association's AGM, electing a new board and voting on various changes to our by-laws, and since then my on-site participation in the 1st World Scout Education Congress. As a consequence of all this, I have not had time to read all the Tolkien-related stuff that I would normally have read, and I do not have the time to catch up, and as a consequence, this issue of my transactions are going to be rather different.

I am sorry about the reduced format, but I am sure you will understand, and I will try to do better in December.

These transactions are posted to the usenet newsgroups rec.arts.books.tolkien,, and alt.books.inklings, and the usenet version can be accessed at
These transactions are also posted on my blog, Parma-kenta (Enquiry into the books):

Since there is only a very limited number of items this month, I have chosen not to divide it into various categories.

MD, Friday, 1 November 2013, ‘"How to Read Tolkien’ lecture from Carnegie Mellon now on line"
Michael Drout's lecture, on ‘How to Read Tolkien’ is now available on YouTube

Lynn Forest-Hill, Thursday, 8 November 2013, ‘First Meeting in November’
The Southampton Tolkien Reading Group continue their reading of Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. As usual the ensuing discussions are much too far-ranging to summarize, but very much worth reading. Also take a look at the later ‘Last Meeting in November’.

JDR, Friday, 8 November 2013, ‘The Shippey Festschrift’
On the long-awaited festschrift for Tom Shippey now appearing for pre-order from McFarland, listed for publication in spring/summer next year.

BBC, Friday, 22 November 2013, ‘JRR Tolkien film biopic in the pipeline’
Here the BBC version of the story, which has been on a great many news outlets. I cannot say that I am thrilled.

Blogs and feeds with Tolkien-related posts this month

Mythgard Institute

Jonathan McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable’

Joe Gilronan Tolkien Art

Ilverai, ‘Wandering Paths’

Also, there have been a number of interesting-looking articles on with topics that are relevant for Tolkien studies

= = = = 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, but I will here note the number of Tolkien-related posts in the month covered by these transactions (while the number of posts with a vaguer relation — e.g. by being about other Inklings — are given in parentheses).

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (S&H), ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough’
Tolkien Notes 10 posted in November

Jason Fisher (JF) — ‘Lingwë — Musings of a Fish’
No posts in November

Pieter Collier (PC), ‘The Tolkien Library’
Pieter has posted a lot in November — go check it all out!

Douglas A. Anderson (DAA), ‘Tolkien and Fantasy’
Doug Anderson has a post on C.S. Lewis in November.

John D. Rateliff (JDR) — ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium’
A lot of posts in November — many of them related to Tolkien or other Inklings (and some that are related to Peter Jackson or other non-Tolkienian matters).

Marcel Aubron-Bülles (MB), ‘The Tolkienist’
Nine posts in November, most of which deal with Tolkien fandom more than Tolkien and his work.

David Bratman (DB), ‘Kalimac’
and the old home:
A single Tolkien-related posts in November — the ‘Tolkien headdesk’ of the 24th.

Jenny Dolfen (JD), ‘Jenny's Sketchbook’
A single Hannibal posting in November

Holly Rodgers (HR), ‘Teaching Tolkien’
A single post in November

Anna Smol (AS), ‘A Single Leaf’
Four posts in November, about Tolkien on various conferences next year and a call for papers.

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
A call for papers and a call for nominations posted in November.

Morgan Thomsen (MT), ‘Mythoi’
No posts in November

Emil Johansson (EJ), ‘LotR Project Blog’
No Tolkien-related posts in November

Michael Martinez (MM), ‘Middle-earth’
A lot of Tolkien-related posts in November, mostly story-internal / Ardalogical in outlook.

Bruce Charlton (BC), ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers’
Three Tolkien-related posts in November

= = = = Sources = = = =

No new sources in November

For older sources, see