Sunday, 15 January 2017

Tolkien Transactions LXXVI

December 2016

Happy New Year!

Yup, I know: I'm late ... again.
Still, not as much as last month, and things are looking up, and I am now gnawing away slowly at the backlog – the ‘Mountain of Neglects’, as I joined Brenton Dickieson in quoting Tolkien last month. There are still old neglects to catch up on, but they are fewer than they were.

Some of the artworks this month show that I often like my illustrations to try out new routes; to add something new to our perception of Tolkien's work, even if – and perhaps particularly if – it doesn't fit withour usual perceptions or (to be honest) with Tolkien's text. This is also the main reason why I am saddened by the many illustrations trying merely to recreate someone else's vision – it doesn't give us anything personal, just an imitation (which might be flattering to the imitated, but not very interesting), and I am quite unlikely to include such pieces.

Another thing about the images this month is that three of the pictures are of pictures on my wall. For my birthday, my mother gave me a framing of three of my Tolkien pieces, and I have now finally managed to hang them (there have been a bit of problems with the frames and the wall etc.) and I want to show them off. But I do feel that I need to apologise to the artists – not for the frames, nor for wanting to have their art on my wall, but for my poor photography skills. Please believe when I insist that these pictures look much better when seen for real (the photographs were not improved by the fact that I had to take the photos quite close due to my Tolkien book case being about 1.5 metres from the wall). Still, I wanted to share my joy (and, I admit it, pride) in these pictures.

Middle-earth map by Elmenel (Tsvetelina Krumova)
This wonderful map of Middle-earth is astonishing! I am deeply sorry
about the reflections, but I am immensely happy for this wonderful map

As usual, I make or accept no claims 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: Rewarding Discussions
10: Other Reading
11: Web Sites
12: The Blog Roll
13: Sources

Marrer of Middle-earth ...!
by Peter Xavier Price

News

Anabelle Williams, The Times, Friday, 9 December 2016, ‘The story of Lydbrook Farm House
— “A Georgian property with connections to the Tolkien family is for sale”. As is so often seen, the connection to J.R.R. Tolkien quickly becomes rather weak, or even tenuous, but I suppose one cannot blame the seller for trying to cash in a bit on the connection ...
See also Alex Matthews, Daily Mail, Friday, 9 December 2016, ‘It's not quite Middle Earth: House where JRR Tolkien lived in the 1940s goes on sale for £2million

BroadwayWorld, Tuesday, 20 December 2016, ‘Marquette Purchases Rare First Edition, First Printing Of 'The Hobbit'
See also Judith Siers-Poisson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Thursday, 22 December 2016, ‘Rare Edition Of 'The Hobbit' Added To Marquette University Collection

Clive Hammond, Basingstoke Gazette, Thursday, 29 December 2016, ‘Basingstoke composer Joseph Purdue completes dream to take 'Tolkien' to the West End


Events

Reports & comments on past events
14 April–10 June 2016, Various locations, Scotland (and 10 September, St. Anthony's College, Oxford), ‘Leaf by Niggle’, Puppet State Theatre Company.
Elspeth, The Puppet State Blog, Monday, 12 December 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle Reflections
Reflections on the stage play of Leaf by Niggle which conquered the Tolkien Society at Oxonmoot this year. It was truly a privilege to be able to watch this play, and not least to be able to do so in the company of my Tolkien Society friends. Thanks to the Puppet State Theatre and to all those from the Society involved in getting this enchanting experience to Oxonmoot. Thank you!


Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 January)
Bilbo and the Red Book by Jay Johnstone
Another piece that I am very pleased with. I
bought it early in 2016, and now I can finally
do it justice, having put it in a proper frame.
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society
Staffordshire Newsletter, Wednesday, 28 December 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien exhibition comes to Stafford
Deniz Bevan, Wednesday, 28 December 2016, ‘Tolkien in Staffordshire and Birthday Toast
Jon Cook, A Little Bit of Stone, Thursday, 29 December 2016, ‘Tolkien exhibition celebrates link with Staffordshire

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

3 January 2016 and later, Lord of the Rings Online, ‘Explore "The Lord of the Rings" – On Location’, Signum Univiersity
8 April 2017, Burlington, Vermont, ‘Tolkien in Vermont’, Tolkien at University of Vermont
Anna Smol, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘CFP: Romances in Middle-earth

11–14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, ‘International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo)’, Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute
Anna Smol, Tuesday, 29 November 2016, ‘New! Tolkien Symposium in Kalamazoo

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?

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


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


Essays and Scholarship

Eleanor Parker, Friday, 20 December 2013, ‘The Anglo-Saxon O Antiphons: O Oriens, O Earendel
Retweeted for the holiday, and thus I saw it ... :-)

John Garth, The Telegraph, Thursday, 8 December 2016, ‘When JRR Tolkien bet CS Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings
A very interesting article written with John Garth's usual clear and approachable style, pinning down the wager between Lewis and Tolkien that directly gave us Out of the Silent Planet as well as The Lost Road and, as Garth argues, indirectly led to The Lord of the Rings. I am very much looking forward to see John Garth's upcoming Tolkien book, Tolkien's Mirror: Creation in the Catastrophic 20th Century.

John Garth, Friday, 9 December 2016, ‘Tanks at Gondolin
An excerpt from John Garth's superb Tolkien and the Great War. If you haven't got that book yet, read here to get a sampling of John Garth's ability to present his research in a very readable and engaging form.

Amanda Gilmore, Medievalist.net, Sunday, 11 December 2016, ‘Trees as a Central Theme in Norse Mythology and Culture
Trees and Old Norse mythology – how could that not have Tolkienian relevance :)

Matthew Firth, Medievalist.net, Sunday, 11 December 2016, ‘Allegories of Sight: Blinding and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Dimitra Fimi, Saturday, 31 December 2016, ‘“Twas the Night Before Christmas” and J.R.R. Tolkien's Tinfang Warble
A comparison of two poems covering metre, imagery, phrasing and other elements. Very interesting, indeed!

Tom Bombadil by Anke Eissmann
I bought this piece at Oxonmoot after wavering back and forth about this
work and one or two others. Fortunately I had brought my daughter, who was
not in doubt, and so I bought this wonderful piece by Anke Eissmann.

Commentary

T.J. West, Tuesday, 6 December 2016, ‘The Pleasures of Reading Tolkien Criticism
Some thoughts on Tolkien criticism ...

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Saturday, 10 December 2016, ‘December
Discussing ‘The Pyre of Denethor’ (V,7).

T.J. West, Monday, 12 December 2016, ‘Why Are Tolkien's Villains So Compelling?
T.J. West, Thursday, 15 December 2016, ‘Reading “The Lord of the Rings”: “The Taming of Smeagol,” “The Passage of the Marshes,” and “The Black Gate is Closed”
T.J. West, Monday, 19 December 2016, ‘Reading “The Lord of the Rings”: “Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit.”
These are some of the reflections by T.J. West during his ‘Tolkien Appreciation Month’ as he re-read The Lord of the Rings. You will find more on his blog.
Simon J. Cook, Monday, 19 December 2016, ‘the week before christmas – the story of the Ring begins
On the 79th anniversary (at the latest) of Tolkien setting pen to paper to begin the ‘second Hobbit’.

Tom Hillman, Monday, 19 December 2016, ‘The Price of Ilúvatar's Gift?
An interesting juxtaposition of On Fairy-stories and the Ainulindalë. I am not convinced (meaning, of course, that I am somewhat sceptical) that ideas and concepts expressed in On Fairy-stores can be ported to Tolkien's Silmarillion sub-creation in quite the way that Hillman, at least as I read it, proposes here, but I quite agree that it could be interesting to see where such enquiries might lead.

Number 3 Bagshot Row
by Joe Gilronan
Simon J. Cook, Tuesday, 20 December 2016, ‘LOTR – the very first pages
Cook continues his exploration of the earliest writings on The Lord of the Rings, and adds some very interesting comments along the way. When, for instance, he notes that “At this point in time, we must remember, Tolkien was very much in the world of The Hobbit and not at all in that which we now know as The Lord of the Rings.”, he also, almost incidentally, points out the vast difference between the worlds of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – differences that Tolkien ‘solved’ by the expedient, but brilliant, way of just ignoring them and ultimately only merging / importing those aspects of The Hobbit that were consistent with his Silmarillion world and The Lord of the Rings (a few hints of something else can, as Simon points out, be found in the early chapters – the thinking fox is an example of that).

Elin Nyberg, ScienceNordic, Tuesday, 20 December 2016, ‘The names of Tolkien's universe explained
A bit of etymology for a few of the names we meet in Tolkien's works.

Simon J. Cook, Wednesday, 21 December 2016, ‘LOTR: January & February 1938
Simon J. Cook, Saturday, 25 December 2016, ‘LOTR: Christmas 1937 to March 1938
Cook continues his explorations of the earliest work on The Lord of the Rings as the story slowly and with many false starts evolves ...

Edmund Weiner, Wednesday, 21 December 2016, ‘Hope and Leadership in The Lord of the Rings
Philogist Edmund Weiner has posted a blog post on the hard choices facing Aragorn from the fall of Gandalf in book 2 to Gandalf's return in book 3. Having been lucky enough to hear Liz Wright speak about Aragorn's leadership at Oxonmoot this year I couldn't help but compare the two approaches. Where Wright based her talk on modern leadership theory, Weiner is mainly focused on words, focusing on how Tolkien uses the word ‘hope’.

Bruce Charlton, Wednesday, 28 December 2016, ‘Tolkien and Barfield, Fantasy and Imagination - unexplored links

Tom Hillman, Wednesday, 28 December 2016, ‘The Uncouth Name of Shire
What, Hillman asks, is so ‘uncouth’ about the Shire?


Reviews and Book News

Dennis Wise, Friday, 2 December 2016, ‘3 1/2 Straussian readings of Tolkien!!!!
Mostly a review (sort of) of an article by Mary Keys

Brenton Dickieson, Monday, 19 December 2016, ‘Christmas With J.R.R. Tolkien: The Father Christmas Letters

John D. Rateliff, Thursday, 22 December 2016, ‘My Latest Publication (on THE FALL OF ARTHUR)
On Rateliff's essay, ‘“That Seems to Me Fatal”: Pagan and Christian in The Fall of Arthur’ in Tolkien Studies vol. 13.

Dennis Wise, Saturday, 24 December 2016, ‘And the newest issue of Tolkien Studies is out!


Tolkienian Artwork

The wall behind me as I sit at my computer
writing up these transactions ... I have just
to swirl my chair to find this kind of inspiration.
Peter Xavier Price, Saturday, 3 December 2016, ‘Marrer of Middle-earth ...!
Húrin cursing the Morgoth ...

‘aegeri’, DeviantArt, Sunday, 4 December 2016, ‘Steward of Gondor

Joe Gilronan, Monday, 5 December 2016, ‘Number 3 Bagshot Row

‘Alystraea’, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 6 December 2016, ‘Glorfindel With Battle Hair

‘Yeldabon’, DeviantArt, Saturday, 10 December 2016, ‘The Brandywine Bridge

‘Alystraea’, DeviantArt, Monday, 12 December 2016, ‘When Eowyn met Glorfindel

Tim Catherall, DeviantArt, Wednesday, 14 December 2016, ‘Wood elf

‘Szpondi’, DeviantArt, Thursday, 15 December 2016, ‘Unwanted guest

Gonzalo Kenny, DeviantArt, Friday, 16 December 2016, ‘Between the Nazgul and his prey

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 19 December 2016, ‘Work in progress
Not sure entirely which Tolkienian tower this is, but I look forward to seeing more.

Peter Xavier Price, DeviantArt, Saturday, 24 December 2016, ‘Young Turin and Beleg

‘AncaXBre’, DeviantArt, Sunday, 25 December 2016, ‘Bilbo and Lindir

‘Chechula’, DeviantArt, Monday, 26 December 2016, ‘Caradhras

‘Blacksanz’, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 27 December 2016, ‘The Great Horn

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Wednesday, 28 December 2016, ‘The Swan-Maiden of Alqualonde

Magda Zwierzchowska, DeviantArt, Thursday, 29 December 2016, ‘Smaug


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, Monday, 5 December 2016, ‘What Happened to the Dúnedain after the War of the Ring?

Hawke, Monday, 12 December 2016, ‘Preview Review of Adventures in Middle-earth Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player's Guide

Michael Martinez, Friday, 16 December 2016, ‘Did Sauron Really Believe the One Ring Had been Destroyed?
One of the great discussions, and one that requires a bit of careful tracking of who knew what when in order to discuss. Martinez, in my opinion, does a good job (of course it also helps that I agree with his conclusion :) )

Jeff LaSala, Wednesday, 21 December 2016, ‘The Eagles of Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Special Ops
Possibly the most irritating of the Great Debates for me – why bother with something nobody would actually want to happen, when there are so many (and, frankly, quite obvious) reasons it would not be a good idea? Still, LaSala does a quite good job at it, including the role of the Eagles in the wider legendarium.


Other Stuff

T.J. West, Saturday, 3 December 2016, ‘Reading Tolkien in the Time of Trump
Starting his annual ‘Tolkien Appreciation Month’ at his blog, Queerly Different (likely to extend a bit into January), West shares some thoughts on setting out on his re-reading of The Lord of the Rings. As for the political application ... well, I suppose you all know where I stand with regards to mapping Tolkien to contemporary political questions and divisions.
This goes into my collection of articles tagged “Political Tolkien” that I created at one point when I dreamed of one day having something intelligent to say about the use of Tolkien or his works to promote this or that modern political point of view (beyond the fairly basic ‘such is a pointless exercise in futile foolishness’). I no longer have such ambitions, but I do maintain the list. I have found that regardless of whether I agree or disagree with the political opinion being argued, I invariably disagree with the reading of Tolkien used to make him relevant to the specifics of the argument (I am all for the relevance of Tolkien and his applicability to modern life in a far broader sense).

Dan Trynoski, Medievalist.net, Saturday, 3 December 2016, ‘Want a new Medieval LEGO kit? Vote now!
Just because ... :-) (and it is, indeed, a very nice set!)

Stephen C Winter, Tuesday, 6 December 2016, ‘The Siege of Gondor: A Word to Those For Whom Hope Has Gone
This is a bit too ‘preachy’ for my tastes, but I'll leave it here for those who like this sort of thing ...

Young Turin and Beleg
by Peter Xavier Price
Eric Grundhauser, Altas Obscura, Wednesday, 7 December 2016, ‘Why do Dwarves Sound Scottish and Elves Sound Like Royalty?
Though the author advices us to “Blame Tolkien and time”, I cannot see what Tolkien has to do with it (look at Khuzdul – does that look like something that would yield a Scottish accent? And does Royalty sound Welsh? Because then I might understand it ...). I think it is better to look elsewhere, and ‘the times’ gets blamed for so much that a little more won't make much of a difference ...

Dimitra Fimi, Monday, 12 December 2016, ‘First impressions count? On academic book covers
I was not surprised to see this call for getting engaged from Dimitra Fimi. Her own enthusiasm and engagement is certainly contagious (not least in person), and her caring about the impression her book covers give rhymes well with my impression of a genuinely warm and caring person (which, in the end, is more important than being a brilliant scholar – which she of course also is).

John D. Rateliff, Monday, 19 December 2016, ‘Tollers and Jack
Follow-up on the earlier post about a stage play focusing on the friendship between Tolkien and Lewis.

Michael Martinez, Thursday, 22 December 2016, ‘Did Tolkien's Legendarium Have Anything to do with the Occult?
I cannot help but wonder about the specific questions and talking points – and the reason for asking. But that is not really relevant, and I think Michael Martinez does an excellent job at an explanation, with which I agree.

Nico Salvatori, Erie Times, Friday, 23 December 2016, ‘Nico Salvatori: Christmas with Tolkien


Rewarding Discussions

Tolkien Collector's Guide, ‘Collecting and sales
A question from Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull in preparation for the upcoming (is it September soon?) new edition of their J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide.

LotR Plaza, ‘Humour in 'The Silmarillion'
On examples of wit and humour in Tolkien's Silmarillion tradition (not all in the published Silmarillion).

Other Reading

J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary
It is taking me quite a bit of time to get through Tolkien's Beowulf as I am, almost exclusively, reading on my Kindle in my lunch breaks, which means some 20 minutes per day (unless someone is keeping me company). Still, the pace suits me well, and allows time for reading other things when at home. I have finished the translation itself and am now reading Tolkien's comments.

Nancy Bunting, ‘Tolkien and the Boy Scouts’ in Lembas Extra 2015, edited by Cécile van Zon and Renée Vink.
Renée kindly pointed out this essay for me, and of course I had to get the collection for that :-)
The essay sums up what little is known about Tolkien's stint with the Boy Scouts (very little) and recounts a few things about the history and ideals of the early Scout Movement (probably good thing it wasn't me writing that essay – I probably would have had a bit more to say on those ;-) ). Bunting also tries to show how the Boy Scout motto, ‘Be Prepared’, can be seen as an undercurrent in Tolkien's work. Though I do not think we should look for a source connection here, I think that it would be worth doing more on the parallels between Tolkien and Baden-Powell simply seeing the latter as an exponent for some more general trends – after all, the Scout movement got a lot of early and eager support from all parts of society, which seems to indicate that Baden-Powell managed to connect to the zeitgeist of pre WWI England.


Web Sites

Baillie Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, ‘Letters from Father Christmas
An article by Baillie Tolkien about the Letters from Father Christmas, which she prepared. Note to self: remember to browse the Estate website more often ...


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.

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough
Archive of posts from December 2016

Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from December 2016

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

John Garth, ‘John Garth
Archive of posts from December 2016

Jonathan S. McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable
Archive of posts from December 2016

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from December 2016

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

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from December 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from December 2016

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from December 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Sources

No new sources in December 2016

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

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXXV

November 2016

I will start this month with a post that I felt that I could have written myself, except for the details of the neglects
Brenton Dickieson, Tuesday, 22 November 2016, ‘Battling a Mountain of Neglects with J.R.R. Tolkien
The fact that it is (at the point of writing this) less than a week until Christmas is, I suppose, telling of my own situation. I have often enough thought of Tolkien's letters when writing these introductions, and Dickieson's clever use of Tolkien's phrase, and his elegant weaving together of his own situation and Tolkien's struck me as particularly apt.
For this reason, you will probably find that more of the links are given without comment than I usually do – even in months when I have been busy, but I hope you will nontheless find them interesting. This month I have also re-used a few of the best pieces of art-work that I have been permitted by the artists to use this year.

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: Web Sites
9: The Blog Roll
10: Sources

The Rescue of Maedhros
by Peter Xavier Price

News

David Oberhelman, Tuesday, 1 November 2016, ‘Mythopoeic Awards 2017: Call for Nominations
Also, The Mythopoeic Society, Tuesday, 1 November 2016, ‘Mythopoeic Awards 2017: Call for Nominations

The Bodleian Libraries, Thursday, 3 November 2016, ‘Editor and Scholar Christopher Tolkien awarded Bodley Medal
Once more, my heartfelt gratitude and warm congratulations to Christopher Tolkien!

Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline, Monday, 7 November 2016, ‘James Strong Set To Direct J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic ‘Middle Earth’; Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne Producing
I have been debating with myself what to do with this. It has been carried by countless news outlets, and they all seem to be purporting the same errors, so presumably errors are by the film producers, and not the individual journalist's (though many do quote this article).
There is also the commentary by John D. Rateliff, Friday, 11 November 2016, ‘Another Tolkien BioPic Project
Noting that the very short paragraph from the above about the plot “bears only a passing similarity to reality”. Yes, exactly.
However, see also Adam King, Ohio State Univdersity, day, 12 February 2015, ‘Telling Tolkien's story
This does sound a little more promising, and we may hope that the other stuff is just a garbled version of something that is more historically correct ... However, to tell the truth, I rather think I'll lean back and await the reviews by other Tolkienists with a solid knowledge of Tolkien's biography before changing my mind and going to see this film.

Callum Keown, Oxford Mail, Wednesday, 9 November 2016, ‘Son of JRR Tolkien welcomes highest honour of the Bodleian Libraries

Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean, Sunday, 13 November 2016, ‘David Payne launches inaugural 'Lewis-Tolkien Festival'
On the Z. Alexander Looby Theater in Nashville staging a couple of Lewis & Tolkien inspired plays starring David Payne.


Events

Reports & comments on past events
29 November 2016, Pembroke College, Oxford, ‘A Secret Vice: 85 Years On’, Pembroke College
Gabriel Schenk, Pembroke College, Thursday, 30 November 2016, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien's 'A Secret Vice': 85 Years On


Middle-earth Beer & Music Festival
by Tomás Hijo
Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 December)
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society

3 December 2016, The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham, ‘Yulemoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society

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

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

11–14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, ‘International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo)’, Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute
Anna Smol, Tuesday, 29 November 2016, ‘New! Tolkien Symposium in Kalamazoo

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?

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

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


Essays and Scholarship

Tolkien on Academia.edu
A sampling of papers uploaded to Academia.edu in November (probably ... or thereabouts, the exact upload date is generally not available). Where a paper is indicated as having been previously published in a journal, this is included here:
Sara Brown, , ‘Stirring the Alembic. Alchemical Resonances in The Lord Of The Rings
Thomas Honegger, , ‘Laughter in Middle-earth: Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Thom Foy, , ‘Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien adapted for Readers' Theater by Thom Foy

The full list of papers tagged “J.R.R. Tolkien’ includes many that are not in English and some highly interesting papers for which only the abstract is uploaded (I've just ordered Hither Shore no. 12 as a result of one of these ...), so I can recommend taking a look at the list.
Edmund Weiner, Sunday, 13 November 2016, ‘Diction and narrative in The Lord of the Rings
“A paper given at the Tolkien Day, Liverpool Hope University, 11 November 2016”

Thijs Porck, Sunday, 13 November 2016, ‘The Medieval in Middle-earth: The Anglo-Saxon Habits of Hobbits

Trish Lambert, Thursday, 17 November 2016, ‘Friendship over Family in the Lord of the Rings
Some very interesting musings of the loyalties, and love, of friendship and family in The Lord of the Rings. I am not entirely sure that I agree entirely, though. Family ties play an important role in motivating characters in The Lord of the Rings, but there are no (close) family relations between the primary characters of the Company of the Ring, and therefore family ties do not appear so much in the forefront of the plot.

Juričková Martina, Saturday, 19 November 2016, ‘Boromir: The Misunderstood Hero?

Sverre Bagge, Sunday, 27 November 2016, ‘The Making of a Missionary King: The Medieval Accounts of Olaf Tryggvason and the Conversion of Norway

Karl E. H. Seigfried, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, ‘Wyrd Will Weave Us Together
As the Old Norse wyrd is among the inspirations for Tolkien's multi-faceted use of fate, I thought it appropriate to include this piece here.


Commentary

Bilbo and the Red Book
by Jay Johnstone
Dennis Wise, Tuesday, 1 November 2016, ‘Tolkien and Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha
Following on from John Garth's excellent piece ...

Emily Asher-Perrin, TOR.com, Friday, 4 November 2016, ‘We Can Probably Blame the Tarantula That Bit J.R.R. Tolkien For Most Giant Spiders in Fantasy
As a good friend often says, “He could of!” I'm afraid that I find this kind of amateur pseudopsychological jumping to conclusions to be examplifying poor critical thinking. The problem is that they move from "proposition A cannot be refuted" to "proposition A is true" with only a brief detour to "I would like proposition A to be true".

Lynn Forest-Hill, Saturday, 12 November 2016, ‘First meeting in November
Lynn Forest-Hill, Saturday, 26 November 2016, ‘Last meeting in November
Taking two meetings to get through ‘The Battle of the Pelennor Fields’ seems to me entirely justified.

Tom Hillman, Monday, 21 November 2016, ‘The Fairy King's Honor and the Elven King's Shame
A comparison on one aspect of the Fairy King in Sir Orfeo and Tolkien's Thingol.

Jonathan McIntosh, Monday, 28 November 2016, ‘Ilúvatar's critique of socialism
Leaving aside the erroneous coupling of socialism with centralised totalitarianism, there is no doubt that was very much opposed to the idea of ‘governing’ as a central power dominating the minds of the subjects.


Reviews and Book News

C.R. Wiley Patheos, Tuesday, 1 November 2016, ‘Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle: What Will Become of Our Work?

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 3 November 2016, ‘The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun published

John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 8 November 2016, ‘The New Arrival: THE LAY OF AOTROU & ITROUN
John Rateliff likes The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun ... which is, of course, not a huge surprise, but still ... :)

John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 12 November 2016, ‘a second Tolkien film (TOLKIEN'S ROAD)
A review of a half-hour amateur ‘biopic’ of Tolkien. Let's just say that it does not come with Rateliff's recommendation.

Dennis Wise, Saturday, 12 November 2016, ‘REVIEW (Part 1): Special Issue of Journal of Tolkien Research 3.3
And Dennis Wise, Monday, 14 November 2016, ‘REVIEW (Part II): Special Issue of Journal of Tolkien Research 3.3
I am very grateful to Dennis Wise for providing a review of this issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research from a far more sympathetic view point than I would be able to. The first part deals with what Wise describes as “what may be one of the best -- if not the best -- article on Tolkien written this year” (till date). I will certainly look into ‘Attainable Vistas: Historical Bias in Tolkien’s Legendarium as a Motive for Transformative Fanworks.’ by Dawn M. Walls-Thumma (at least the first half). The second part of Wise's review is dedicated to rather shorter reviews of the other articles belonging to this special issue.

James Moffat, Saturday, 12 November 2016, ‘Approaching Tolkien: The Lay of Aotrou & Itroun
A favourable review of The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun by a young reader whose approach to Tolkien appears to be mainly through his enthusiasm for the New Line Cinema films (also seen in few mistakes regarding the nature and editor of the present book).

John Garth, The Telegraph, Wednesday, 16 November 2016, ‘Unseen Tolkien: sex, infertility, adultery and the birth of Galadriel
An excellent review by John Garth of The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun. I have not had the time to read this work yet, and so I cannot agree or disagree about specific points. I look forward to seeing how the link is presented between the Corrigan of the Lay and the Noldorin noble-woman, Galadriel. John Garth's phrasing (“The Corrigan [...] leads us all the way to Galadriel herself”) seems carefully guarded, as there can be many ways to lead the way, not all of which imply a direct causal connection.

Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, Thursday, 24 November 2016, ‘Tolkien Notes 14
News of Tolkien items at auction, of a new four volume set of critical essays on Tolkien (reprinted from older works) and a note on a reduced price on The Art of The Lord of the Rings on Amazon UK (though the reduced price seems to have expired as the price is now £17).

Lee, Tuesday, 29 November 2016, ‘The Story of Kullervo


Tolkienian Artwork

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 1 November 2016, ‘Return
A vision of Finrod and Amarië after his return from Mandos.

Smaug
by Jenny Dolfen
Peter Xavier Price, DeviantArt, Saturday, 5 November 2016, ‘The Rescue of Maedhros

Peter Xavier Price, Monday, 7 November 2016, ‘Taniquetil

Francesca Baerald, DeviantArt, Monday, 7 November 2016, ‘The Shire - Lord of the Rings
A map of the Shire that seems to me wonderfully appropriate for the myopic and insular self-satisfied views of the Hobbits, but therefore also, despite the hint of danger represented by a single dragon lurking in a corner, to represent all the ... I don't know ... ‘tweeness’ or ‘cutesy’ that frustrate me so much about the Shire …. All in all, very well done!

Elena Kukanova, Monday, 21 November 2016, ‘Fen of Serech
An illustration of Finrod in the Fen of Serech

Miruna Lavinia, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 22 November 2016, ‘Black Riders
I quite like this piece. It hints without being too definite in shaping the viewers ideas.

Fiona Dahmen (Alagvaile), DeviantArt, Friday, 25 November 2016, ‘Bilbo

Janet Georgiou West (Rearda), DeviantArt, Sunday, 27 November 2016, ‘Sam's shears


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, Monday, 14 November 2016, ‘Do the Nazgûl, Barrow wights, and Dead Men of Dunharrow have Physical Bodies?
Interesting reflections from Michael Martinez on this question. Personally I disagree with his assessment of the Ringwraiths, who certainly did have physical bodies, and while they may not have been ‘living’ in the normal sense, they were definitely not ‘dead’ in any sense (I even presented at the Oxonmoot on this very topic). As for the Barrow-wights, I think they are, to some extent, caught up between the earlier tradition in the independent poem about Tom Bombadil, and the later tradition making them servants of the Witch-king. The Dead Men of Dunharrow were indeed dead and had no physical bodies. Thus they could simply float across the water at Pelargir contrary to the Ringwraiths at the Ford of Bruinen where there physical bodies were caught in the flood.

Michael Martinez, Thursday, 17 November 2016, ‘What Were the Seven Stars Elendil brought to Middle-earth?
An interesting heraldic discussion ...

Michael Martinez, Monday, 21 November 2016, ‘Could Sauron have Unmade the One Ring?
I do recommend these posts by Michael Martinez, whose knowledge of Tolkien's writings, as well as of Tolkien criticism, is very great. Quite often Michael's answers fall in that category where the story internal, or Ardalogical, answer requires an amount of acute critical reading as well, and thus these small essays are not just relevant for those wanting to know ‘what really happened’.


Web Sites

Tom Harper, British Library: Maps, ‘What is a fantasy map?
Brilliant article on fantasy maps. And yes, Tolkien does of course get a mention.

Richard Derdzinski (galadhon), ‘Tolknięty
Derdzinski is pursuing Tolkien's German roots in Danzig (now Gdansk in Poland). While this blog in general is in Polish, the posts on Tolkien's ancestry are in English and can be found using the tag “Tolkien Ancestry”.


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.

Taniquetil
by Peter Xavier Price
Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough
Archive of posts from November 2016

Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from November 2016

John D. Rateliff -- ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium
Archive of posts from November 2016 – Rateliff has recently been investigating biographical dramatizations of Tolkien's life, and there are some further posts on this topic that are not listed in the above.

John Garth, ‘John Garth
Archive of posts from November 2016

Jonathan S. McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable
Archive of posts from November 2016

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

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

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from November 2016

Robin Anne Reid, her blog
Archive of posts from November 2016

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
News archive

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

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from November 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from November 2016

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

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from November 2016

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

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

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

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

Sources

New sources in November 2016

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

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXXIV

October 2016

There is nothing new, really. Except, perhaps, that I have managed (apparently without any permanent injury) to pass, as my children lovingly remind me, a farthing score decades …. Personally I like the slow polysyllabic distinguishedness to semicentenarian :) Tolkien obviously featured on my wish list, and my own present for myself, Jenny Dolfen's brilliant Songs of Sorrow and Hope arrived just a few days after, with more to appear at a later date. My pre-order of the second edition of Scull & Hammond's J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide probably being last to arrive as it will not be released until September next.
As in other recent months, you will find quite few posts with thorough commentary, some with some small commentary, and many with no commentary at all from my part. As long as nobody interprets my silence as consent, this shouldn't be a huge problem (something with which you disagree can sometimes be more enlightening than something you just nod to).
As always, I claim nothing about newness (items dating back more than three years), completeness (but I do proudly claim incompleteness!), 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: Beren and Lúthien
2: The Bodley Medal
3: News
4: Events
5: Essays and Scholarship
6: Commentary
7: Reviews and Book News
8: Tolkienian Artwork
9: Story Internal (Ardalogy)
10: Other Stuff
11: Rewarding Discussions
12: In Print
13: Web Sites
14: The Blog Roll
15: Sources

Leaf by Niggle V
by Riana

Beren and Lúthien

On the 18th and 19th of October, the news hit the Tolkien world that the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers were going to issue a stand-alone edition of the story of Beren and Lúthien, Beren and Lúthien in May 2017. Obviously this has been widely commented and shared, and a full list of articles is both impractical and impossible. Therefore I will share only a few links, and explain what sets these apart.

Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, Wednesday, 19 October 2016, ‘Beren and Lúthien
Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull were the first of the Tolkien world to comment on this, and their unrivalled Tolkien expertise along with their good relations with both the Estate and the publishers ensure that their comments are always worth reading.

John Garth, Wednesday, 19 October 2016, ‘Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication
The recognised expert on the earliest years of Tolkien's writing career, including the writing of The Book of Lost Tales, John's musings on the possible contents of the upcoming Beren and Lúthien are highly interesting!

Nelson Goering, LotR Plaza, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘Beren and Lúthien: Five Questions
Philologist Nelson Goering's five-question FAQ about Beren and Lúthien is excellent, and the ensuing discussion thread makes this an even better read.

Troels Forchhammer, Wednesday, 19 October 2016, ‘On Beren and Lúthien
My own musings on the possible contents of the book (including some comments on what some of the above had said) are supplemented with a long list of references, updated as of 5 November, including many news articles of ... variable worth. The links are grouped, and the main articles should be possible to read (they include, of course, all of the articles listed above).


The Bodley Medal

Leaf by Niggle I
by Riana
Another piece of news to hit us this month was the announcement that the Bodleian Libraries have decided to award Christopher Tolkien with the Bodley Medal “for bringing his father's literary legacy to the public”. This honour is richly deserved for Christopher Tolkien's work as both scholar and editor and both my warm congratulations and sincere gratitude go out to Mr Tolkien for his great work!

The official description states that “The Bodley Medal is awarded by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds in which the Bodleian is active including literature, culture, science and communication.” To say that Christopher Tolkien has made an outstanding contribution seems to me a bit of an understatement, actually.


The Bodleian Libraries, Thursday, 3 November 2016, ‘Editor and Scholar Christopher Tolkien awarded Bodley Medal
Though it wasn't published until 3 November, I believe that the official announcement from the Bodleian Libraries belongs here (don't be surprised to see it again next month, though :-) ).

Natasha Onwuemezi, The Bookseller, Monday, 31 October 2016, ‘Christopher Tolkien awarded the Bodley Medal

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Monday, 31 October 2016, ‘Christopher Tolkien awarded Bodley Medal


News

Leah Schnelbach, TOR.com, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘Gandalf Brings Street Magic to Middle-earth!
Just for fun ...

Blackmore Vale Magazine, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘On This Day... it will be 61 years since The Return of the King was published

Tamlyn Jones, Birmingham Mail, Friday, 21 October 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien's childhood church added to 'At Risk' register
About parts of the Birmingham Oratory being deemed as ‘in danger’ by Historic England (a UK public body).
See also Express & Star, Monday, 24 October 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien's childhood church on 'at risk' list


Events

Reports & comments on past events
Lynn Forest-Hill, Friday, 28 October 2016, ‘Wessexmoot 2016
About the 2016 ‘Wessexmoot’ on 22 October.


Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 November)
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society
Andy MacDonald, A Little Bit of Stone, Monday, 3 October 2016, ‘Exhibition celebrates Tolkien's link with Staffordshire
Lichfield Mercury , Monday, 31 October 2016, ‘A treat for fans of Lord of the Rings as JRR Tolkien exhibition heads to Lichfield

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

5 November 2016, Champaign, Illinois, USA, ‘Urbana Theological Seminary: fifth annual Tolkien conference’, Urbana Theological Seminary

10 November 2016, The British Library, London, ‘Fantastic Maps: From Winnie the Pooh to Game of Thrones’, The British Library

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

3 December 2016, The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham, ‘Yulemoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society

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

11–14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, ‘International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo)’, Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute

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

3–6 July 2017, Leeds, ‘International Medieval Congress’, University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies

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


Essays and Scholarship

Markus Altena Davidsen, Academia.edu, date unknown, ‘The Spiritual Tolkien Milieu: A Study of Fiction-based Religion
A dissertation for the doctor's degree at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). The author's own description is as follows:
“This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the organisation and development of the spiritual Tolkien milieu, a largely online-situated network of individuals and groups that draw on J.R.R. Tolkien's literary mythology for spiritual inspiration. It is the first academic treatment of Tolkien spirituality and one of the first monographs on fiction-based religion, a type of religion that uses fiction as authoritative texts. Adopting a semiotic approach to religion, the book raises questions about the persuasive power of narrative, about religious blending, and about rationalisation of beliefs. How can some readers come to believe that supernatural agents from fictional narratives are real? How do fiction-based religions emerge when their authoritative texts lack important religious building-blocks, such as descriptions of rituals? And how do adherents of fiction-based religions legitimise their beliefs, given the fact that their religion is based on fiction? In short, with Tolkien religion as a case the dissertation aims to uncover the semiotic structures and processes involved in the construction and maintenance of fiction-based religion, and the social structures that sup¬port the plausibility of such religion.”

Hurin of the Keys
by Peter Xavier Price
Emine Çiftçi, Academia.edu, date unknown, ‘The Signs of On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Pan

Kevin Hensler, Academia.edu, date unknown, ‘Consideration of Gender-Embodiment in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien – Conference Abridgement

Stephen Mirarchi, Academia.edu, date unknown, ‘Intellect, Will, and Assent in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. St. Austin Review 16:4 (July/August 2016): 22-26.

Thomas Honegger, Academia.edu, Tuesday, 5 April 2016, ‘'We don't need another hero' – Problematic Heroes and their Function in Some of Tolkien's Works

Thomas Honegger, Academia.edu, Saturday, 8 October 2016, ‘‘Fantastic Animals, Animals in the Fantastic’, Fastitocalon – Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern Vol. VI, 2016, Issue 1 & 2
The editorial introduction to this issue of Fastitocalon dealing with animals in relation to the fantastic.

Kris Swank, Academia.edu, Monday, 10 October 2016, ‘The Irish Otherworld Voyage of Roverandom
The slides from a presentation. The abstract reads: ‘Signum University M.A. graduate Kris Swank discusses her thesis, “The Irish Otherworld Voyage of Roverandom,” in which she reads Tolkien's children's story, Roverandom, as a modern immram, a type of medieval Irish tale concerned with a sea-voyage to the Otherworld. View the entire presentation @ https://youtu.be/TNvkhtTaVXw

Medievalist.net, Sunday, 23 October 2016, ‘The Mandrake Plant and Six Anglo-Saxon Cures

Debby Banham and Christine Voth, Medievalist.net, Sunday, 23 October 2016, ‘The Diagnosis and Treatment of Wounds in the Old English Medical Collections: Anglo-Saxon Surgery?


Commentary

John Garth, Oxford Today, Saturday, 1 October 2016, ‘Teaching Tolkien in Nevada: Former OT digital editor John Garth on his move to Las Vegas
John Garth tells the story of his year in the USA – or at least some of it. Tolkien, Las Vegas, USA and Garth's excellent journalistic (and storytelling) command of the language blend to a fine article.

David Russell Mosley, Patheos, Monday, 3 October 2016, ‘Can Christians Believe Myths? Looking to Tolkien for Some Answers

Lynn Forest-Hill, Wednesday, 12 October 2016, ‘First in October
The reading group is on book V of The Lord of the Rings, discussing ‘The Siege of Gondor’ and ‘The Ride of the Rohirrim’ (though, having much to say about the former, they only just got started on the latter).

Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative, Thursday, 13 October 2016, ‘Belloc versus Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England
Spurred by a comment in the memoirs of Jesuit Fr. Martin D'Arcy, Joseph Pearce comments on two opposing views of, particularly, the importance of Anglo-Saxon culture on English Christianity.

Tom Hillman, Friday, 28 October 2016, ‘'For some the only glimpse. For some the awaking.'

Mûmak
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

Reviews and Book News

Arwen Kester, Middle-earth News, Monday, 3 October 2016, ‘The Proverbs of Middle-earth, By David Rowe
A pre-review of David Rowe's The Proverbs of Middle-earth from Oloris Publishing.

Wayne Hammond & Christina Scull, Tuesday, 4 October 2016, ‘Tolkien Companion and Guide 2nd Ed.
A second, updated and expanded, edition is being published on 7 September next year. I have pre-ordered (need I say more :-) )
See also Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Wednesday, 5 October 2016, ‘Second edition of “Tolkien Companion and Guide” announced

John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 4 October 2016, ‘"TOLKIEN & LEWIS" film
A review of the Tolkien and Lewis documentary.

Arwen Kester, Middle-earth News, Thursday, 6 October 2016, ‘Kings, Queens, and Halflings: A Historian Looks at Middle-earth, by David Cofield
On the release of Kings, Queens, and Halflings: A Historian Looks at Middle-earth by David Cofield from Oloris Publishing

Joe Gilronan, Wednesday, 12 October 2016, ‘My book "From The Shire To The Sea" released...
Oloris Publishing has published the art book by Joe Gilronan, From The Shire To The Sea

Jenny Dolfen, Saturday, 15 October 2016, ‘ARTBOOK NEWS (FEAT. MAGLOR'S G-STRING)
About the hardback copies of Songs of Sorrow and Hope and a little production glitch ... (spot the issue with Maglor's G-string on the second to bottom book depicted). I have my copy on my shelves to enjoy whenever I wish :-)

Janet Brennan Croft, Academia.edu, Tuesday, 18 October 2016, ‘Seven v. 32 and Waymeet for Tolkien Teachers
A double review from issue 129 of Mythlore

Kris Swank, Academia.edu, Tuesday, 18 October 2016, ‘Book Reviews (Mythlore 129) - "The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction" and "Ransoming the Wasteland: Papers on C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, Chronicles of Narnia, and Other Works"
Another double review from issue 129 of Mythlore

Kris Swank, Wednesday, 19 October 2016, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the voyage of Roverandom
Kris Swank's paper for Mythmoot III in 2015, in which she “Compares C.S. Lewis’ 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' and J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Roverandom,' and the influence on both of medieval Irish immrama”.

The Mythopoeic Society, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘Mythlore 129 published, Table of Contents available
See also Lynn Maudlin, The Horn of Rohan Redux, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘Mythlore 129 published

Dennis Wise, Friday, 21 October 2016, ‘REVIEW: J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, and the Birth of Modern Fantasy by Deke Parsons
The short version: the book left Wise ‘feeling distinctly underwhelmed.’

John Rateliff, Wednesday, 26 October 2016, ‘The New Arrival (2017 Tolkien Calendar)

David Bratman, The Tolkien Society, Saturday, 29 October 2016, ‘a sinister student
About the latest in the series of murder mysteries by Kel Richards, an Australian radio broadcaster and crime novelist, featuring C.S. Lewis as the detective.


Tolkienian Artwork

Joe Gilronan, FineArtAmerica, Sunday, 25 September 2016, ‘Bilbo Baggins

Tobi, John Howe: Flavour of the Month, Wednesday, 5 October 2016, ‘Trees Company

Peter Xavier Price, DeviantArt, Saturday, 8 October 2016, ‘Hurin of the Keys

Peter Xavier Price, DeviantArt, Saturday, 8 October 2016, ‘Eárendil and Elwing

Graeme Skinner, Sunday, 9 October 2016, ‘Mr Beard

CaroB, John Howe: Flavour of the Month, Monday, 10 October 2016, ‘Ent

Elena Kukanova, Friday, 14 October 2016, ‘Arvedui and Firiel
I am growing quite fond of Elena Kukanova's style ...

User ‘persian-pirate’, DeviantArt, Friday, 14 October 2016, ‘Hobbits

Ambra Bigot, DeviantArt, Sunday, 16 October 2016, ‘Sleeping Smaug...

Elena Stewart, DeviantArt, Monday, 17 October 2016, ‘Galadriel

James Turner Mohan, DeviantArt, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘Telerin Portrait
A ‘maiden of Alqualondë’.

User ‘annamare’, DeviantArt, Thursday, 20 October 2016, ‘The First Elves – Cuivienyarna

Leaf by Niggle III
by Riana
Riana, DeviantArt, Saturday, 22 October 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle I
First of three images by Riana. See comments under the third (numbered ‘V’).

Sergiu, John Howe: Flavour of the Month, Saturday, 22 October 2016, ‘Tree

Miruna Lavinia, DeviantArt, Sunday, 23 October 2016, ‘PROJECT LOTR - landscapes

Elena Kukanova, DeviantArt, Monday, 24 October 2016, ‘Morgoth

Joe Gilronan, FineArtAmerica, Monday, 24 October 2016, ‘Good Morning Gandalf

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 24 October 2016, ‘Curiosity killed the cat. Grishnak

Norloth, John Howe: Flavour of the Month, Tuesday, 25 October 2016, ‘Come back to me and say my land is fair

Miruna Lavinia, DeviantArt, Tuesday, 25 October 2016, ‘Gollum's Cave in the Mountains

Francesca Baerald, Wednesday, 26 October 2016, ‘Map of Middle Earth - Lord of the Rings
Wow!

Riana, DeviantArt, Thursday, 27 October 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle III

Riana, DeviantArt, Sunday, 30 October 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle V
I really like these three illustrations for Tolkien's allegorical story, Leaf by Niggle. Riana captures something of the essence of the story in this pictures, the first capturing the obsession of Niggle, the second one of the key moments of the story (the two voices), and the third perfectly summarises the final scene – and particularly the indifference shown by Tompkins and Perkins ... Niggle, who?


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

I do love the attempts to wring out everything from a single sentence, that is at the heart of many story internal discussions. What really happens at this or that point in the story? What is this or that character's personality in this aspect?
Attempts to answer such questions can only rarely stay within the story itself, but will often need to employ various tips and tricks from the toolbox of literary analysis and critique, but always with a view to try to understand better the author's intention with some minute detail.

Tom Hillman, Thursday, 13 October 2016, ‘Hob Hayward, Robin Smallburrow, and the Words of Gildor Inglorion

Tom Hillman, Sunday, 16 October 2016, ‘As One That Returneth from the Dead


Other Stuff

Ian Spittlehouse, Saturday, 1 October 2016, ‘Tolkien and Gordon, the Leeds connection

Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative, Friday, 21 October 2016, ‘In Memory of The Battle of The Somme

Other Minds Magazine, Sunday, 23 October 2016, ‘Other Minds Issue 16 Published!

‘Hawke’, Sunday, 30 October 2016, ‘Adventures in Middle-earth D&D 5e Tolkien-based Gaming


Rewarding Discussions

LotR Plaza, ‘Middle-Earth's Noldor Population in Third Age [sic]
Starting from the question of the Noldorin population in Middle-earth at some point in the Third Age, the discussion moves on to the question of the meaning of the word High-elf (and derivatives). While inconclusive, this kind of thing is interesting also in that it shows that Tolkien's usage was not always consistent – not even within a single work such as The Lord of the Rings (an inconsistency which Tolkien acknowledged in the index).

LotR Plaza, ‘A Secret Vice
Discussions of the interpretations of this book continue with valuable input …


In Print

Amon Hen issue 261, October 2016, Andrew Butler (ed.), The Tolkien Society.
I had the opportunity to sit down and read through this issue of Amon Hen more thoroughly than I have with a number of earlier issues, and I quite enjoyed it. The most important column, by far, for me is ‘Behind Glass Doors’ (reporting on the committee work). A number of other regular columns report on other activities of the Society, such as e.g. ‘The Burning Palantír’ which reports on antics of the Tolkien Society Facebook group, and not least ‘Michael's Miscellany’ which discusses mentions of Tolkien in the general press, and which, with its broader scope, in my own not-too-humble opinion serves as a fine supplement to my own transactions.
This issue also featured an supplement to Michael Flowers' own report on his Inaugural East Yorkshire Tolkien Tour, this one by Catherine Thorn, who didn't feel any restraint in praising the organisers, and Michael in particular, for what was, by all accounts, a truly brilliant experience.
Irina Metzler has written an article, ‘Eloi and Morlocks: The Inspiration for All Things Eldar and Mordor?’, arguing that Tolkien was inspired by the Eloi and Morlocks in Well's The Time Machine for the Elvish roots EL and MOR. The article is well written and interesting, but ultimately not very convincing given the numerous earlier appearances of these phonetic elements in related senses, a tradition that both Wells and Tolkien tapped into, though for Tolkien Wells was of course a (relatively recent) part of that tradition.
Kristine Larsen wrote about polarised moon light in ‘Do Dwarves Wear Their Sunglasses at Night? Pondering the Science of Moon-letters’, which suggests that the moon-letters could be explained (or perhaps rather modelled) scientifically by the polarisation of the light reflected by the moon.
The second part of Angela Nichol's ‘The Tragedy of Arvedui and Its Relevance to The Lord of the Rings’ also appears in this issue, which may, or may not, bring her investigations of Arvedui to a close. While there is little new to people who have carefully read The Lord of the Rings, it is good to see the book being read with this kind of attention to detail and this kind of analytical approach.

Mythprint no. 378, Fall 2016, Megan Abrahamson (ed.), The Mythopoeic Society.
Mythcon, Mythcon and Mythcon … and a few reviews, including Ryder W. Miller's review of Tolkien Among the Moders by Ralph C. Wood (ed.).

Beyond Bree October 2016, Nancy Martsch (ed.), The American Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group
I haven't had time to look through my copy of Beyond Bree this month and there is, unfortunately, no table of contents from which I might at least get an overview.

Web Sites

Eárendil and Elwing’

by Peter Xavier Price
British Library Maps Collection
I don't know if it's for being a Scout ... or a scientist ... or a Tolkienist, but I do love maps and I know a lot of other people who do so as well, including many other Tolkien enthusiasts, so therefore ….
Not least, check out this great article: Tom Harper, Bristh Library – Maps, ‘What is a fantasy map?
And yes, Tolkien does get mentioned along with a lot of other fantasy map makers.

Edward Platt, aeon, 25 july 2013, ‘Out of the deep
“From Atlantis to Noah's Ark, we have long been drawn to stories of submerged lands. What lies beneath the flood myths?”
I'll also put this old article here about the attraction of (some might say obsession with) flood and submersion narratives. The article doesn't mention Tolkien or Númenórë, but it deals with a tradition into which Tolkien's own flood narrative fits nicely.


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.

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough
Archive of posts from October 2016

Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from October 2016

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

John Garth, ‘John Garth
Archive of posts from October 2016

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

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

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
News archive

Various (Bradford Eden, ed.) Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Archive of contributions for the on-going volume 3, issue 3 – no new articles in October 2016.

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

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from October 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from October 2016

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

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from October 2016

Tom Hillman, ‘Alas, not me
Archive of posts from October 2016

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

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

Sources

No new sources in October 2016

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

Nazgûl and Galadriel
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska