Thursday 6 October 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXXIII

September 2016

I begin to feel that I am copying Tolkien with my perpetual excuses about time – having too much to do and too little time to do it. But a lack of time (or, rather, an excess of things to do) is nonetheless a very real part of my life, so my usual disclaimers apply about newness, completeness and relevance (or any other implication of responsibility) are as pertinent as ever (all errors, omissions, inaccuracies etc. are of course my own). One way that I indent to deal with this is to leave more entries uncommented, and merely trust that you can judge the merits for yourselves :-)

In September, I was off to Oxonmoot with my daughter, and we had a wonderful time! I do intend to write up some kind of report (I had hoped to have it done by now, but ...) to appear at a later time. Though I am very fond of Frodo, Merry and Pippin, I am somewhat more restrained in my enthusiasm for Hobbits in general, and I the September celebration of hobbit characters is the one Tolkienian event that I don't really care about, but it's good and fine that many enjoy it. October is the month of my own birthday (towards the end of the month), and I am getting to the age of adventure (at least according to Tolkien), so if my blogging suddenly stops within the next year, don't be too alarmed: I may just be off on an adventure and return after a year or two to settle down again.

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: In Print
11: Web Sites
12: The Blog Roll
13: Sources

Starlight Shire
by Joe Gilronan


Swissinfo, Monday, 5 September 2016, ‘Cashing in on Tolkien's Switzerland

Elena Koshy, New Straits Times, Saturday, 17 September 2016, ‘World commemorates death anniversary of Lord of the Writers, JRR Tolkien

Clayton Utz, Lexology, Monday, 19 September 2016, ‘One infringement to rule them all: Federal Court finds jewellery infringes copyright in Lord of the Rings
All thoughts of law and justice aside, I cannot help but find it oddly appropriate to rid this world of a few more copies of a symbol of the uttermost evil – symbolic of the desire for power over others, for power to make others into will-less slaves ...

Arwen Kester, Wednesday, 21 September 2016, ‘Happy Hobbit Day!
See also
Amy Sturgis, Thursday, 22 September 2016, ‘Long live the Halflings!
Marcel Aubron-Bülles, Thursday, 22 September 2016, ‘Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins
Well, yeah, happy birthday, Bagginses!
Alya Rehman, USC News, Thursday, 22 September 2016, ‘Happy birthday to J. R. R. Tolkien's Bilbo and Frodo
Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Thursday, 22 September 2016, ‘Happy Hobbit Day!

Bonnie North, WUWM, Monday, 26 September 2016, ‘Milwaukee Documentarian Explores True 'Myth' in 'Tolkien & Lewis'


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’

3–4 September 2016, Sarehole Mill, UK, ‘Middle-earth Festival
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Friday, 2 September 2016, ‘Middle-earth Festival returns to Sarehole Mill this weekend
Graham Young, Birmingham Mail, Sunday, 4 September 2016, ‘Watch how Tolkien inspired Middle Earth Festival is fun for all the family – whatever the weather

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society
Andrew Wells, Sunday, 11 September 2016, ‘Three good things: Sunday’ ('twas good to see you, too!)

24–25 September 2016, Newcastle Castle, ‘Tolkien Weekend 2016’, Time and Tide Events
Francesca Barbini, SciFiFantasy Network, Tuesday, 20 September 2016, ‘Tolkien Weekend 2016
Francesca T. Barbini, SciFiFantasy Network, Saturday, 24 September 2016, ‘“Illuminating Tolkien” Exhibition’ – I think it was a good thing for our savings-account that I was unable to go to Newcastle ...

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
Express and Star, Thursday, 29 September 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien display on show

5 November 2016, Oxford, ‘Not Oxonmoot-moot’, The Tolkien Society

11 November 2016, Liverpool Hope University, ‘Tolkien Day 2016’, Liverpool Hope University

3 January 2017, World-wide, ‘Tolkien Birthday Toast 2017’, The Tolkien Society

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

Essays and Scholarship

by Jenny Dolfen
Yes, I discovered that I had forgotten the papers uploaded to in August. Please note that one does need to have an account and to sign in for downloading the papers at this site. The papers listed below are only a subset of the papers reported to the “J.R.R. Tolkien” research interest, others being excluded e.g. for being in languages I don't speak, or for just making an abstract available.

Rolf Bremmer,, Upload date unknown, ‘Across Borders: Anglo-Saxon England and the Germanic World
Bremmer, Rolf Jr. ‘Across Borders: Anglo-Saxon England and the Germanic World’ in The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, ed. Clare A. Lees (Cambridge: CUP, 2012), pp. 185-208

Nataša Tučev,, Upload date unknown, ‘The Knife, the Sting and the Tooth: Manifestations of Shadow in The Lord of the Rings
Tučev, Nataša. ‘The Knife, the Sting and the Tooth: Manifestations of Shadow in The Lord of the Rings’ in Linguistics and Literature Vol. 3, No 1, 2004, pp. 111 - 121

Janet Brennan Croft,, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘Doors Into Elf Mounds
Slide show on “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Introductions, Prefaces, and Forewords”

Janet Brennan Croft,, Friday, 12 August 2016, ‘"Perilous and Fair, Ancient and Modern, Luminous and Powerful" : Critical Directions for the Study of Tolkien's Women in the 21st Century
An author talk given at Rutgers University on 27 July, based on the introduction (co-written with Leslie Donovan) to the book Perilous and Fair: Women in the Life and Works of JRR Tolkien.

Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 3, issue 3, Thursday, 1 September 2016, ‘Authorizing Tolkien: Control, Adaptation, and Dissemination of J.R.R. Tolkien's Works
The peer-reviewed articles of issue 3 (vol. 3) of the Journal of Tolkien Research have a theme introduced by Robin A. Reid and Michael D. Elam. I have to admit that though I do consider the study of ‘fan’ activities a relevant area of academic research, I have never found that it relates very well to the research on the specific franchise. In other words, I have skipped these articles as not telling us anything worth-while about Tolkien or his works. Others will certainly disagree, and I'll welcome comments about what this may tell us about Tolkien and / or his works, but given my lack of interest, I don't have the time to engage with these articles myself.

Annalisa Palmer, Friday, 9 September 2016, ‘Tolkien and Fairy-Story
An interesting commentary on Faërie in The Lord of the Rings. Though I do not agree with everything, and have found a couple of mistakes, I found it a good and interesting post.

Donald E. Warden,, Friday, 9 September 2016, ‘The Extent of Indigenous-Norse Contact and Trade Prior to Columbus
Merely because I think the topic and the developments in recent years would have interested Tolkien.

Annalisa Palmer, Sunday, 18 September 2016, ‘Hobbits and Heroes
An excellent look at the Four Travellers as modern heroes (many will probably have realised that I do not much admire Samwise ‘Halfwit’ Gamgee, but perhaps especially therefore it is good to read analyses that value him more than I do myself).

Nelson Goering, Journal of Tolkien Research, Friday, 23 September 2016, ‘Tolkien and Sanskrit (2016) by Mark T. Hooker
A very excellent review (and discussion) by Nelson Goering of Mark Hooker's book, Tolkien and Sanskrit.

Tom Hillman, Monday, 26 September 2016, ‘These Are Not The Elves You're Looking For. (I)
Fascinating! I certainly look forward to seeing the next steps.

Edmund Weiner, Tuesday, 27 September 2016, ‘Devilry in the Lord of the Rings
On Tolkien's use of the word devilry in The Lord of the Rings.


The King of the Golden Hall
by Peter Xavier Price
Matthew Walter, The Federalist, Friday, 26 August 2016, ‘Tolkien Influenced Rock More Than The Velvet Underground Did
Though I do, of course, sympathise with the idea that Tolkien's influence is staggering and reaches unexpected areas, this article, however, leaves me unconvinced. While it is true that Tolkien did become an exponent for, and to some extent shaped, the rise of fantasy and medievalism, these themes would, in my considered opinion, have emerged also without Tolkien, and in forms only slightly different from what we saw. The world was ready for these (as it is still), and if not Tolkien, then some other authors would have been its exponents (there were precursors to Tolkien, just as there were both contemporary and later authors who were uninfluenced by him). However, while I think the article exaggerates Tolkien's thematic influence, the listing of his more direct influence is still impressive.

James, Friday, 16 September 2016, ‘Northern Courage, Ofermōde and Thorin Oakenshield's last stand
While I can see the temptation, I think it is a misunderstanding to see Thorin's attack in the Battle of Five Armies as an example of ofermod (modern Danish, overmod) – certainly in Tolkien's interpretation of the word.

Tom Hilmann, Thursday, 22 September 2016, ‘In Dwimordene, In Lórien (TT
On the word Dwimordene.

Brandon TheGrey, Friday, 23 September 2016, ‘A Hobbit on the Western Front: JRR Tolkien's First World War
A rather short (as it must be for a blog post), but seemingly reasonably accurate (I haven't had time to read it in detail) summary based, of course, on John Garth's brilliant Tolkien and the Great War. Perhaps a post for those who haven't read Garth's book and wish a taste of what it may reveal.

Rostislav Kurka, SciFiFantasy Network, Friday, 23 September 2016, ‘The Temptation of Power, Bombadil, and the Bendu
Curious – in many ways it is more about Star Wars than about Tolkien, but the parallels are striking and well-made.

Dennis Wise, Saturday, 24 September 2016, ‘Tolkien and Sidney on Rhetoric?
A reference to and a very short discussion of an article by Tanya Caroline Wood in Tolkien and His Literary Resonances.

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Tuesday, 27 September 2016, ‘September
Now on book V, discussing ‘The Muster of Rohan’ and ‘The Siege of Gondor’.

Reviews and Book News

Lee WL, Tuesday, 6 September 2016, ‘Roverandom

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Wednesday, 7 September 2016, ‘"The Lay of Aortrou and Itroun" Full Details’ [Sic]
Some details on the forthcoming edition of The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun (edited by Verlyn Flieger), including the publisher's blurp. The blurpish insistence on creating specific links to Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium is perhaps regrettable as the book will surely sell well enough without such claims (I will, in any case, be sure to get one).

Lee WL, Sunday, 18 September 2016, ‘Smith of Wootton Major

Kitty, SciFiFantasy Network, Monday, 19 September 2016, ‘On Eagles' Wings – Thayer on Tolkien
An interview with Anna Thayer, in particular about her book On Eagles' Wings: An exploration of Eucatastrophe in Tolkien.

Brenton Dickieson, Wednesday, 28 August 2016, ‘Bandersnatch and Creative Collaboration by Diana Pavlac Glyer
A self-proclaimed “glowing review” of Diana Pavlac Glyer's Bandersnatch by a “fan of Glyer’s work”

Tolkienian Artwork

Maria Tsianti, DeviantArt, Monday, 5 September 2016, ‘Smaug the Stupendous

The Great Goblin
by Tomás Hijo
Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Thursday, 8 September 2016, ‘Haleth – sketch
I like this :-)

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Thursday, 8 September 2016, ‘Maglor
I think this must be a portrait of Maglor after he and Maedhros had realised that they had forfeited all claim to the Silmarils … singing in pain and regret.

Tomás Hijo, Friday, 16 September 2016, ‘The Great Goblin

Peter Xavier Price, DeviantArt, Sunday, 18 September 2016, ‘The King of the Golden Hall

James Turner Mohan, Sunday, 18 September 2016, ‘The First Men
In the style of concept sketches for the three tribes and some of their artifacts ...

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Friday, 23 September 2016, ‘Caranthir – sketch

Joe Gilronan, Monday, 26 September 2016, ‘Starlight Shire

Miruna Lavinia, DeviantArt, Monday, 26 September 2016, ‘Emyn Muil
An unusual topic, but quite nicely done!

Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Tom Hillman, Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘The Last Temptation of Galadriel -- Catechism, Gospel, and Fairy-story in 'The Mirror of Galadriel'
A discussion placed in that intersection of story-internal and story-external concerns; where you need to draw on story-external knowledge in order to understand and contextualise what his going on within the story. I do tend to like these discussions on the marches of Faërie ...

Jeff LaSala,, Wednesday, 14 September 2016, ‘Lúthien: Tolkien's Badass Elf Princess
A retelling of the story of Lúthien and Beren in a modern (and, I would say, simpler) vernacular and with comments by the reteller.

Other Stuff

Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Monday, 5 September 2016, ‘Imaginary Maps in Fantasy Fiction
A summary of a series of articles by the Library of Congress titled Imaginary Maps in Literature and Beyond. It should be fairly easy to find the specific article dealing primarily with Tolkien, but the whole topic is of course relevant, and later authors in the fantasy genre have had to at least consider his statement that “I wisely started with a map, and made the story fit (generally with meticulous care for distances).” (Letter to Naomi Mitchison).

Marcel Aubron-Bülles, Saturday, 10 September 2016, ‘Why J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would never have been friends in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp
There's a Danish expression that applies in situations such as this, and which translates to ‘Well roared, lion!’ It needed to be said, it is well said and to the point – thank you, Marcel!

Myla Malinalda, Middle-earth News, Friday, 16 September 2016, ‘TOLKIEN: The Musical

Rewarding Discussions

LotR Plaza, ‘A Secret Vice
I which I managed go get myself entangled in a discussion with a philologist on the likelihood of Tolkien having invented Fonwegian (one would think I had somewhere managed to get to know better, but alas …)

LotR Plaza, ‘Goldberry and the water lillies
Worth browsing even if only to go watch the video that user ‘Dorwiniondil’ links to on 29 September …

In Print

Once more I have not had time yet to read what I have received (the latest issue of Beyond Bree). In my (upcoming) Oxonmoot report, I will write about the treasures that my daughter and I brought back from Oxford.

Web Sites

Stephen Walsh – Fantasy Artist
I saw his pencil Éowyn at Oxonmoot and was impressed, and many of his other Tolkienian works are also excellent.

Annalisa Palmer
A relatively new (August 2016) blog with Tolkienian contents.

Lee LW, ‘Tolkien Read Through
Lee LW blogs as he works his way through the Tolkien's works.

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.

More of Me
by Jenny Dolfen
Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from September 2016

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

Marcel Aubron-Bülles, ‘The Tolkienist
Archive of posts from September 2016

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from September 2016

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 2, issue 1

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

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from September 2016

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from September 2016

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

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

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

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, ‘Expressions of Substance
Archive of posts from September 2016


See section “Websistes” for new sources in September 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

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