Sunday, 3 July 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXX

June 2016

I seem to spend a lot of space here apologising for, or complaining about, my lack of time, though the first half of this year seems to have been worse than usual (hopefully culminating in June). My available time seems unlikely to change much, so the reduced commentary this month is likely to stay the norm, at least for a while.
AS usual I make no claims about newness, completeness or relevance of any of this, and I reject any other implication of responsibility :-)

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

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

Defenders of Gondor
Bergil and his company (Patreon commission)
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

News

David Oberhelman, Thursday, 2 June 2016, ‘2016 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists Announced
With the Inklings Studies Scholarship award finalists including Verlyn Flieger (The Story of Kullervo) and Christopher Tolkien (Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary). Now for waiting for the announcement of the winners from MythCon later this summer.

Leon Siciliano, The Telegraph, Sunday, 5 June 2016, ‘Tolkien fans dress up and do battle in a Czech forest
See alsoTVNZ, Sunday, 5 June 2016, ‘Ever wanted to see a Tolkien battle in real life? Head to Prague
And Daily News & Analysis, Saturday, 11 June 2016, ‘In Pictures | Fans recreate epic battle sequence from Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'

Andrew Collins, iTech Post, Saturday, 11 June 2016, ‘Meet Hobbits in Real Life: What Tolkien's Creatures Were Really Like
Despite the rather bad headline (hopefully done by an editor), this is an article about the Homo Floresiensis, interesting in this context mainly because of the ill-composed headline ...

Fine Books Magazine, Monday, 13 June 2016, ‘Rare Map of Middle-earth Goes on Display at the Bodleian Libraries
The display was on 23 June, but we have been told that the map will be on display again in September for Oxonmoot, which is really good news!

Francesca T. Barbini, SciFiFantasy Network, Wednesday, 22 June 2016, ‘Tolkien In The Great War
About the excellent Instagram / Twitter project that the Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft is currently running to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and Tolkien's involvement therein.

What's on? – Bodleian Libraries, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘Middle-earth map annotated by JRR Tolkien
The Bodleian Libraries' notification of the exhibition of the map.
BBC Radio 4, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘Today
Starting about 1h 21m, there is a piece of about 5 minutes on the exhibition of the Tolkien/Baynes map, including an interview with Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections for the Bodleian Library, who tells that they “do have plans for major Tolkien exhibition in 2018, so people will be able to see it again then.” The programme will be available for international listening until 23 July.
See also Duncan Kennedy, BBC, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings ‘Middle-earth’ unveiled,
Naomi Herring, Oxford Times, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘Rare map of Middle-earth goes on display for Tolkien fans for one day only,
and BBC Oxford, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien's annotated Middle-earth map on show at Bodleian
This one is not bad – even has some relevant background information ...

Gunnar Bjornson, Friday, 24 June 2016, ‘What would J.R.R. Tolkien say about Brexit?
Time to once more comment on the basic fallacy – not to say fraud – inherent in any claim to know what Tolkien might say to this or that political issue. It is quite likely that, if Tolkien had been asked in 1970 whether he would wish the UK to enter into en EU-like cooperation with consequent surrender of sovereignty, he would have refused, but the world of 2016 is very different from the world of 1970, and claiming to be able to extrapolate is clearly fallacious.

Lynn Maudlin, Saturday, 25 June 2016, ‘Remembrance of Things Past While Looking Forward--
New blog from the Mythopoeic Society – and first post is about the new Mythopoeic Society website.

Noldolantë
by Jenny Dolfen

Events

Reports & comments on past events
17–19 June 2016, Leiden | Den Haag, ‘Lustrum 2016: Unlocking Tolkien, Unquendor – The Dutch Tolkien Society
Photos from Lustrum 2016 by Bart Spee: ‘Lustrum Unquendor 2016 Den Haag-Leiden


Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 July)
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society
See also: Staffordshire Newsletter, Tuesday, 28 June 2016, ‘Tolkien Exhibition reveals how Somme shaped Middle-Earth[sic]

3 July 2016, Hilton Hotel, Leeds, ‘the Tolkien Society Seminar 2016’, the Tolkien Society
This year's theme will be ‘Life, Death, and Immortality’ in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. See also Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 3 May 2016, ‘Programme announced for the Tolkien Society Seminar 2016
Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 26 June 2016, ‘Don't miss out on the best Tolkien event this summer

4–7 July 2016, Leeds University, ‘International Medieval Congress’, Institute for Medieval Studies

16 July 2016, National World War I Museum, Kansas City, ‘How the Ghosts of World War I Came Back to Haunt The Lord of the Rings’ a talk by John Garth, The National World War I Museum and Memorial

16 July 2016, Baruch College, New York City, ‘New York Tolkien Conference
Jacob Keener (‘Nolondil’), Wednesday, 1 June 2016, ‘NY Tolkien Conference Programs

18–20 July 2016, University of Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany, ‘International Conference on Medievalism – 2016: Tradition or Myth’, International Society for the Study of Medievalism &ndash: I am not sure if there will be anything specifically Tolkienian at this conference, but looking at the theme of the 2016 conference, I would very much expect that Tolkien will be mentioned ... more than once.

5–8 August 2016, San Antonio, Texas, US, ‘MythCon 47’, The Mythopoeic Society. The 2016 theme is ‘Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern’
Lynn Maudlin, Mythopoeic Society, Tuesday, 15 March 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Room & Board packages available.
Lynn Maudlin, Monday, 21 March 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Progress Report #1 Available

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society — I have booked! :-)
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Monday, 27 June 2016, ‘Bodleian to exhibit annotated Middle-earth map during Oxonmoot’ ... YAY!


Essays and Scholarship

Robert Foster, Random House, ‘Teacher's Guide to The Hobbit
Random House appears to have made the full text, including lesson plans, from Robert Foster's 1981 teacher's guide available on their web-site.

Parma Eldaliéva I, p.163
by Tsvetelina Krumova (‘Elmenel’)
Carl Hostetter, ‘Tolkienian Linguistics: The First Fifty Years
This paper was first published in Tolkien Studies IV from 2007. In it, Hostetter describes the evolution of the study of Tolkien's languages (the ‘Tolkienian Linguistics’ of the headline) from its first steps with enquiries sent by interested readers to Tolkien himself. Hostetter also gives an account of the discussions that have divided the Tolkienian linguists. I am once more struck by the many parallels between the specific study of Tolkien's languages, and the broader study of Tolkien's Middle-earth writings.

Simon J. Cook, Academia.edu, Tuesday, 7 June 2016, ‘How to Do Things with Words: Tolkien's Theory of Fantasy in Practice
(Login required) A copy of Cooks recent paper for the Journal of Tolkien Research (vol. 3, issue 1)

Nelson Goering, Academia.edu, Sunday, 19 June 2016, ‘Old Mercian in Tolkien's Rohan and in Beowulf
A slide set from a talk given on 18 June. Unfortunately (for those of us who couldn't be present) uploaded without slidenotes

Katherine Langrish, TOR.com, Wednesday, 22 June 2016, ‘Faerie-led: Thoughts on Writing Meaningful Fantasy
Also includes video of Terri Windling's 2016 Tolkien lecture at Pembroke College.

Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘Lord of the Rings Comparison 3
Another of the great posts from Scull and Hammond detailing the textual minutiae of recent editions of The Lord of the Rings – highly recommended, if not mandatory, reading for anyone who cares about the text of their book ...

Edmund Weiner, Saturday, 25 June 2016, ‘Odd words from the Essex Wills
One of Weiner's posts about the language of Essex ...

Marianne Petra Ritsema van Eck, Medievalist.net, Tuesday, 28 June 2016, ‘Baptism in Anglo-Saxon England
This Master's thesis one caught my eye – I couldn't help but wonder if Tolkien would not have found the topic interesting.

Dimitra Fimi, Wednesday, 29 June 2016, ‘Researching Tolkien's ‘Secret Vice’
A very interesting description of elements of collaborative research work that went into the recent critical edition of Tolkien's A Secret Vice. The diagram of the contents of MS Tolkien 24 is quite interesting. I do wonder at many points what made exactly these folios end up in exactly that folder in that sequence? Do we really see Tolkien's mind jumping about, or is this appearance of disorder a result of later meddling with the sheets (whether by Tolkien himself or others who have sorted his material).
See also Dimitra Fimi, Thursday, 30 June 2016, ‘Tolkien's A Secret Vice: first reviews

Anna Smol, Thursday, 30 June 2016, ‘Kzoo 2017 calls for Tolkien papers


Commentary

Brett and Kate McKay, Tuesday, 31 May 2016, ‘Against the Cult of Travel, or What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Hobbit
I am always a bit sceptical when people claims to know what “everyone gets wrong” (or what everyone misses). In this case, I would say that my scepticism is justified – where the authors are not merely repeating well-known facts, their extrapolations generally seem very tenuous. Thus they seem, for instance, though writing about The Hobbit and travelling, to completely ignore the fact that parts of the book are inspired by Tolkien's own trip to Switzerland as a young man.

John D. Rateliff, Thursday, 2 June 2016, ‘Inquiries while at Marquette
Textual enquiries at the Marquette (on behalf of readers of the blog), trying to decipher Tolkien's handwriting.

Caranthir
Patreon commission.
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska
Zebbie Watson, Inverse, Friday, 3 June 2016, ‘How 'Warcraft' is Rewriting Tolkien's Fantasy World Invention, The Orc
Not just Warcraft, though. This rewriting has been going on for a long time.

Tom Hillman, Monday, 6 June 2016, ‘In the Dead Marshes We Hear No Larks at Morning
On larks. Their role in English literature, and Tolkien's twist.

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Saturday, 11 June 2016, ‘First meeting in June
This month (including the 29 June post about Last meeting in June) moves the reading group through ‘The Forbidden Pool’ (IV, 6) and ‘Journe to the Cross-roads’ (IV, 7) with some few comments pertaining to ‘The Stairs of Cirith Ungol’ (IV, 8).

Bruce Charlton, Thursday, 30 June 2016, ‘Transition from French-Norman to Germanic romance in The Notion Club Papers


Reviews and Book News

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Wednesday, 1 June 2016, ‘Contents of “Tolkien Studies” volume 13 announced

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 5 June 2016, ‘“Leaf by Niggle” to be published in its own volume

Francesca T. Barbini, SciFiFantasy Network, Tuesday, 7 June 2016, ‘Tolkien's “The Return Of The Ring” – 9th of June Release
To be fair, this is about the release of the proceedings from the Return of the Ring conference held in Loughborough in 2012.
See also Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 9 June 2016, ‘“The Return of the Ring” proceedings published

John D. Rateliff, Thursday, 9 June 2016, ‘Keeping it close to his chest . . .
Comments (rather than a proper review) of Raymond Edwards' book, Tolkien, a biography from 2014. Helpful commenters have posted references to proper reviews of this, and of Edwards' earlier, shorter, book on the subject.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Friday, 10 June 2016, ‘"The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun"
I was extremely pleased to hear of the publication this autumn of The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, which will also include Tolkien's ‘Corrigan poems’. Edited by Verlyn Flieger and with a prefatory note by Christopher Tolkien, we can look forward to this book, which will fill another of the holes in the available works by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Tuesday, 14 June 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Lord of the Rings" (Revised Edition Hardback Box Set, or, 60th Anniversary)
This time about the wonderful 60th anniversary boxed hardback set ... (which I got for Christmas, and have recently finished reading ... blissful!)

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 20 June 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Hobbit" (70th Anniversary Hardback Edition)
As this deals mostly with the physical book, I think it is better placed here.

David Bratman, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 21 June 2016, ‘Three Tolkien novels
That is, not three novels by Tolkien, but three novels featuring Tolkien as a character.

The Second Sorrow of Túrin
by Peter Xavier Price
Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 27 June 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Silmarillion" (30th Anniversary Hardback Edition)


Tolkienian Artwork

Tomás Hijo, Friday, 3 June 2016, ‘The Man in the Moon

Peter Xavier Price, Sunday, 5 June 2016, ‘The Second Sorrow of Túrin
When Thingol's messengers returned from Morwen in Hithlum, but without Morwen, “this was the second sorrow of Túrin.”

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 6 June 2016, ‘The Thorin Song
Far over the misty mountains cold

Elena Kokanova, Wednesday, 8 June 2016, ‘Namo Mandos

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 8 June 2016, ‘Thorin Song Printed

Graeme Skinner, Thursday, 30 June 2016, ‘Star Gazing in the Shire


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, Monday, 6 June 2016, ‘Are Orcs, Trolls and Dragons Immortal, Unless Killed?
A discussion of some of the philosophical problems that Tolkien's approach to the Fates of Men and Elves create. There are questions that, while they are quite natural to most readers, simply cannot be discussed in a meaningful way from a story-internal perspective. Martinez does a good job at showing the uncertainty without getting into the underlying criticial and philosophical (and, indeed, theological) discussions.

John Howe, Wednesday, 15 June 2016, ‘A Few Words About Dragons
‘The Dragons of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth[sic]’ An excellent, mostly story-internal, article with a high degree of accuracy. Overall, I think it is a pity to limit the discussion only to the dragons of Middle-earth (and Howe is not entirely consistent in this delimitation), which cuts out Tolkien's own treatment of the mighty dragon of Norse legend, Fáfnir.
Tom Hillman, Tuesday, 28 June 2016, ‘Getting to the Bottom of Celeborn


Other Stuff

Beth Carswell, ‘Here Be Dragons in Literature
Books with dragons ...

The Thorin Song
by Tomás Hijo
Andy Ffrench, Oxford Times, Thursday, 23 June 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien's grandson Simon talks to us about his new novel No Man's Land based on his famous grandfather's experiences at The Somme.
Not so much for the book itself, but for fragments of Simon Tolkien reminiscing on his grandfather.

David Wilcock, The Independent, Wednesday, 29 June 2016, ‘Battle of the Somme: From Adolf Hitler to JRR Tolkien – the battle's most famous combatants

Deniz Bevan, Wednesday, 29 June 2016, ‘Oxford! Part II Tolkien
From a trip to Oxford ...


Rewarding Discussions

The Lord of the Rings Plaza, ‘Reading the books
Some discussion of the language and archaisms of The Lord of the Rings


In Print

I had lost track a bit, so I went back to see what I reported last month ...

Mythprint 53:2 (#377) – Summer 2016
This landed in my inbox on the last day of June. It contains news on MythCon 47 (now just a month away – I hope that everybody will have a fantastic Con), and the Mythopoeic Awards finalists (see elsewhere). The new Mythopoeic Society Social Media Manager, Alicia Fox-Lenz, introduces herself (welcome, and thank you for taking on this important role!), and David Oberhelman advertises for his successor as Mythopoeic Awards Administrator (a bit of a tough decision here – being too honest in the praise of David's effort might scare away others who might think themselves unable to lift the baton). Janet Brennan Croft announces that the the Mythlore index plus can be downloaded for free as searchable PDF at http://www.mythsoc.org/press/mythlore-index-plus.htm.

Beyond Bree June 2016
To be perfectly honest, I found this issue of Beyond Bree to be ... not what I am subcribing to Beyond Bree for.

Web Sites

Mythsoc – The Mythopoeic Society
The Mythopoeic Society has a nice new web-site which is quite easy to navigate (and wonderfully responsive). Well done!


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 June 2016

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

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

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

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

Kili
by Jenny Dolfen
Jenny Dolfen, ‘Jenny's Sketchbook
Archive of posts from June 2016

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from June 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 1

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

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from June 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from June 2016

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Sources

New sources in June 2016
Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux
“the occasional blog from The Mythopoeic Society”


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

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXIX

(April &) May 2016

As I explained a month ago, I managed to overwrite the work I had been doing on my April transactions, leaving me with just a few scraps. These, then, form the basis for this month's work, along with a few other bits and pieces from April, and, of course, what I have come across during May.

As time is still in very short supply and obligations are in excess, you will find that nearly all links are given without comments. These are links I would either have liked to have time to comment upon, or even that I would have liked to have time to read in full, but which seem interesting enough to share. In other cases, my commentary will be limited. June is promising to be even more hectic, except for the last week, so I hope to be able to use that week to return to normal.

As usual, I make no claims about newness, completeness and relevance, and refuse to accept responsibility of other than my personal idiosyncracies :-)

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

This time it has suited my purposes to sort the contents under the following headlines:
1: News
2: A Secret Vice
3: Kalamazoo
4: Events
5: Essays and Scholarship
6: Commentary
7: Reviews and Book News
8: Interviews
9: Tolkienian Artwork
10: Other Stuff
11: Rewarding Discussions
12: In Print
13: Web Sites
14: The Blog Roll
15: Sources
The Return of Hurin and Huor
by Peter Xavier Price

News

Clive Hammond, Basingstoke Gazette, Monday, 2 May 2016, ‘New musical explores the life of JRR Tolkien

Bodleian Libraries, Tuesday, 3 May 2016, ‘Bodleian Libraries acquires rare map of Middle-earth annotated by Tolkien

Maev Kennedy, Tuesday, 3 May 2016, ‘Tolkien annotated map of Middle-earth acquired by Bodleian library
This is about the copy of CJRT's map of Middle-earth with annotations by both J.R.R. Tolkien and Pauline Baynes.
See also, Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly, Tuesday, 3 May 2016, ‘Newly discovered Middle-Earth map, with annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien, acquired by Oxford
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Wednesday, 4 May 2016, ‘http://www.tolkiensociety.org/2016/05/bodleian-acquires-map-of-middle-earth-annotated-by-tolkien/

La Sociedad Tolkien Espanola, May 2016, ‘Bases del certamen de ensayo "Ælfwine" - Edición 2016 (Rules for the 2016 edition of the ‘Ælfwine’ Essay Award)
English essays are allowed, and the rules can be downloaded at the site in English also.


A Secret Vice

Fingon
by Jenny Dolfen
Curiously, there has been less noise about this book, than I had expected based on my own excitement, but what I have found is listed here.

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 7 April 2016, ‘“A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages” published

Vivien Stocker, Monday, 11 April 2016, ‘Interview of Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins

John Garth, New Statesman, Friday, 15 April 2016, ‘Teach yourself Dwarvish: behind Tolkien's invented languages

Various, Amazon, , ‘Costumer reviews
At the time of writing this, there are five reviews, most of which are helpful, and most of which are very positive.


Kalamazoo

The annual Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo is a huge event that draws a lot of the finest Tolkien scholars from all over the world. The Tolkien track at Kalamazoo is always of a high quality, and very often there is extensive reporting. This year is no different, and therefore I have chosen to put the K'zoo news and reports under a special headline.

Anna Smol, Friday, 29 April 2016, ‘Tolkien Unbound entertainment at Kzoo

John Rateliff, Saturday, 12 May 2016, ‘Vaughn is my Hero!

Larry Swain, Monday, 16 May 2016, ‘Kzoo 2016

John Rateliff, Sunday, 22 May 2016, ‘A picture from Kalamazoo

Anna Smol, Friday, 27 May 2016, ‘Tolkien's King Sheave story
Some comments on Anna Smol's paper on Tolkien's King Sheave story, which is embedded in his Notion Club Papers.


Events

Reports & comments on past events
The Art of Elmenel: Parma Eldaliéva I, p.306
by Tsvetelina Krumova
8–10 April 2016, The Middletons Hotel, York, ‘Springmoot and AGM 2016’, the Tolkien Society
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 8 May 2016, ‘Watch: Alan Lee discusses his artwork at the Tolkien Society Annual Dinner 2016

8–9 April 2016, University of Vermont, USA, ‘Tolkien in Vermont 2016’, Tolkien Club of University of Vermont

26 May 2016, Pembroke College, Oxford, ‘2016 Tolkien Lecture’, Pembroke College
Daniel Helen, Tolkien Society, ‘Tolkien Lecture 2016: Terri Windling

28 May 2016, East Yorkshire, ‘Tolkien Tour: East Yorkshire’, the Tolkien Society
Michael Flowers, Sunday, 29 May 2016, ‘Inaugural East Yorkshire Tolkien Tour


Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 June)
14 April–10 June 2016, Various locations, Scotland, ‘Leaf by Niggle’, Puppet State Theatre Company. You can find the tour plan from there.
See also: Mary Palmer, Daily Record, Tuesday, 1 March 2016, ‘New play based on J.R.R. Tolkien short story to tour Scotland

26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society
See also: Staffordshire Newsletter, Monday, 9 May 2016, ‘Tolkien exhibition comes to Cannock
Ross, Lichfield Live, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, ‘Exhibition exploring JRR Tolkien's link to Staffordshire to visit Lichfield Library

2–5 June 2016, Taylor University, Indiana, ‘C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium 2016’, Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends

17–19 June 2016, Leiden | Den Haag, ‘Lustrum 2016: Unlocking Tolkien, Unquendor – The Dutch Tolkien Society
See also, Francesca T. Barbini, SciFiFantasty Network, Wednesday, 25 May 2016, ‘Lustrum – A Tolkien Gathering in The Hague


3 July 2016, Hilton Hotel, Leeds, ‘the Tolkien Society Seminar 2016’, the Tolkien Society
This year's theme will be ‘Life, Death, and Immortality’ in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. See also Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 3 May 2016, ‘Programme announced for the Tolkien Society Seminar 2016

4–7 July 2016, Leeds University, ‘
International Medieval Congress’, Institute for Medieval Studies

16 July 2016, Baruch College, New York City, ‘New York Tolkien Conference

18–20 July 2016, University of Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany, ‘International Conference on Medievalism – 2016: Tradition or Myth’, International Society for the Study of Medievalism &ndash: I am not sure if there will be anything specifically Tolkienian at this conference, but looking at the theme of the 2016 conference, I would very much expect that Tolkien will be mentioned ... more than once.

A ‘film’ of The Hobbit
by Tomás Hijo
5–8 August 2016, San Antonio, Texas, US, ‘MythCon 47’, The Mythopoeic Society. The 2016 theme is ‘Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern’
Lynn Maudlin, Mythopoeic Society, Tuesday, 15 March 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Room & Board packages available.
Lynn Maudlin, Monday, 21 March 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Progress Report #1 Available

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society — I have booked! :-)


Essays and Scholarship

Edmund Weiner, Friday, 1 April 2016, ‘Tolkien's English and the ‘Fiction of Authenticity’

Dimitra Fimi, The Conversation, Thursday, 7 April 2016, ‘How to invent a Tolkien-style language

Edmond Weiner, Tuesday, 12 April 2016, ‘The Words of Sixteenth Century Essex Woman and Man
The first of a number of posts about the philology of Essex ...

Michael Flowers, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 24 April 2016, ‘Tolkien's Tinúviel: The Nightingale in Tolkien's Writings

John Garth, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, ‘Robert Quilter Gilson, TCBS – a documentary

Brenton Dickieson, Tuesday, 17 May 2016, ‘Simone de Beauvoir and the Keyspring of the Lord of the Rings

John D. Rateliff, Friday, 27 May 2016, ‘The Silmarillion at Marquette
A little something about what is hiding in the archives ...

Janet Brennan Croft, Journal of Tolkien Research, Friday, 27 May 2016, ‘Bibliographic Resources for Literature Searches on J.R.R Tolkien
I will turn to Tolkien (unsurprisingly) to express my reaction at being included in this formidable list: “There are no words left to express his staggerment since Men change the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.” Apart from that, this list is an extremely valuable contribution to Tolkien scholarship, simply by guiding scholars and others on how to search for prior work on a topic.

Andrew S. Higgins, Journal of Tolkien Research, Saturday, 28 May 2016, ‘Tolkien's A Secret Vice and 'the language that is spoken in the Island of Fonway'

David Bratman, Monday, 30 May 2016, ‘Tolkien Studies 13: an announcement
And so we can start looking forward to the next volume ...

Kristine Larsen, Journal of Tolkien Research, Tuesday, 31 May 2016, ‘Medieval Cosmology and Middle-earth: A Lewisian Walk Under Tolkienian Skies

Simon J. Cook, Journal of Tolkien Research, Tuesday, 31 May 2016, ‘How to Do Things with Words: Tolkien’s Theory of Fantasy in Practice


Commentary

Azhar Chowdhury, Tuesday, 13 January 2015, ‘Tolkien's Middle Earth: Lessons for the Muslim Reader
A rather interesting alternative take on the applicativity of Tolkien.

Brenton Dickieson, Wednesday, 6 April 2016, ‘The Stories before the Hobbit: Tolkien Intertextuality, or the Sources behind his Diamond Waistcoat

Tom Hillman, Sunday, 1 May 2016, ‘Gollum Could Have Been Even More Appalling -- HoMe VI.264

Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative, Thursday, 5 May 2016, ‘Is “The Lord of the Rings” an Allegory?

Michael Schaub, L.A. Times, Monday, 9 May 2016, ‘School principal: 'Harry Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings' cause brain damage
While the headline is a bit of an exaggeration, there is a very interesting underlying debate here about how to view children. Here it seems to me that Tolkien was also very modern in his views, not seeing children as innocent little, fragile things that had to be protected from the realities of the world, but rather as robust human beings with an appetite for the world. Perhaps it is this underlying attitude towards children that the principal finds hard to accept.

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom, Thursday, 12 May 2016, ‘First meeting in May

David Bratman, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 19 May 2016, ‘oh, Stephen!

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 25 May 2016, ‘HERUMILLION and the Ring of Earth
Regardless of the minor transcription error (should be Heru-i-million or perhaps merely Heruimillion), this really deserves to be highlighted!

'Men proved easier to ensnare'
by Peter Xavier Price
John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 28 May 2016, ‘KEMEN, EAR, & MENEL
A follow-up on the previous post, noting the origianl names for the Three Rings of the Elves.


Reviews and Book News

Christian Kriticos, Tuesday, 5 April 2016, ‘Origin Stories: The Darker Side of J.R.R. Tolkien
Review of The Story of Kullervo

Joseph Bottum, Washington Free Beacon, Saturday, 23 April 2016, ‘Traces of Tolkien
Review of The Story of Kullervo

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 28 April 2016, ‘Pre-order “The Return of the Ring” proceedings today

Mark Sommer, Examiner.com, Sunday, 1 May 2016, ‘Author explores spiritual themes in Tolkien's 'Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings'
A review of Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings by Anne Marie Gazzolo.

Maria Messer, Middle-earth News, Sunday, 1 May 2016, ‘Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tolkien Calendar 2017
The 2017 calendar will feature Tolkien's own art. YES!!

Mark Fisher, Wednesday, 4 May 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle review – Tolkien's lord of small things gets a one-man show
The stage production of Leaf by Niggle has been very well received by both critics and audience. It has been proposed (ahem ...) that it would be a brilliant idea to have the show set up for Oxonmoot ... I really hope this will happen!
Shaun Gunner, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 19 May 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle play continues to popular acclaim

David Bratman, Saturday, 7 May 2016, ‘mythopoeic scholarship
On (unnamed) books nominated for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Awards ...

Tara Creel, Deseret News, Saturday, 7 May 2016, ‘Book review: Tolkien's previously unpublished 'Story of Kullervo' is a diamond in the rough

Sue Bridgwater, Tuesday, 10 May 2016, ‘Deep-Rooted Curry
A review of Patrick Curry's Deep Roots in a Time of Frost: Essays on Tolkien

Mark Sommer, Examiner.com, Saturday, 14 May 2016, ‘Latest Tolkien title explores the roots of Middle-earth
On The Story of Kullervo.

Joseph Reninger, Patheos, Friday, 27 May 2016, ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien

Dimitra Fimi, Journal of Tolkien Research, Sunday, 29 May 2016, ‘The Story of Kullervo (2015) by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger

David Bratman, Monday, 30 May 2016, ‘Tolkien Studies 13: an announcement
And so we can start looking forward to the next volume ...


Tolkienian Artwork

Tomás Hijo, Friday, 1 April 2016, ‘I've made my own trilogy of Hobbit films …

Joe Gilronan, Saturday, 2 April 2016, ‘Rivendell

Tsvetelina Krumova, ‘Elmenel’, Monday, 4 April 2016, ‘"TENGWARIN" ~The Art of Elmenel~ : "The Imladris Edition", Test Booklet

Elena Kukanova, Tuesday, 5 April 2016, ‘Luthien and Huan

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 6 April 2016, ‘Shop restocked!

Dark wings downstream
by Jenny Dolfen
Peter Xavier Price, Sunday, 10 April 2016, ‘The Return of Hurin and Huor

Jenny Dolfen, Thursday, 21 April 2016, ‘Dark wings downstream
Not Tolkien, but ...

Graeme Skinner, Saturday, 23 April 2016, ‘Laurelin

Elena Kukanova, Wednesday, 27 April 2016, ‘Earwen

Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska, Wednesday, 27 April 2016, ‘Is there no other way?

Joe Gilronan, Thursday, 5 May 2016, ‘Rivendell Home Of Elves

Dan Reeder, Sunday, 8 May 2016, ‘Paper Mache Smaug

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 9 May 2016, ‘The man in the moon is coming!
Tomás Hijo is making a cut based on Tolkien's poem, The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late, which Frodo sings in The Prancing Pony in Bree.

Tomás Hijo, Tuesday, 10 May 2016, ‘Upper half ready!

Tomás Hijo, Tuesday, 17 May 2016, ‘YES! ‘The man in the moon’ is ready!

Joe Gilronan, Wednesday, 18 May 2016, ‘The Voyage of Eärendil

Peter Xavier Price, Sunday, 22 May 2016, ‘'Men proved easier to ensnare'

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 25 May 2016, ‘Thorin's Song?
Tomás Hijo writes: “This is the first step of my new project, conceived as the ‘Man in The moon’ twin. No title yet… Maybe ‘Thorin's song’?”


Other Stuff

John Howe, Sunday, 15 May 2016, ‘Journey into Wilderland

Shaun Gunner, Wednesday, 18 May 2016, ‘International Museum Day – a museum for Tolkien?
Yes, please! Preferably in, or close to, Oxford (for the closeness to all the Tolkien papers in the Bodleian Libraries). Also, I think it'd be fair to dedicate a corner to adaptations, but please without giving preference to any of the many adaptations of Tolkien's work!

Michael Livingston, TOR.com, Tuesday, 31 May 2016, ‘Robert Jordan: America's Tolkien
While I think that both Jordan and Martin would prefer to be the first of themselves, this kind of comparisons also, I think, suggest something about Tolkien's role and status within mythopoeic fiction.

Marcel Aubron-Bülles, Tuesday, 31 May 2016, ‘Support Kickstarter project “BANDERSNATCH Goes Audio!!” today


Rewarding Discussions

LotR Plaza, ‘Why was Nain I not named Durin VII?

LotR Plaza, ‘Ancalagon the Black: a case study


In Print

These two months have brought me my copy of A Secret Vice edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins, which I look very much forward to reading (that will probably be in July), as well as the latest copy of Mythlore (issue 128), which is a rather Lewis-heavy issue, but still with a couple of articles that look interesting.

Amon Hen no. 259 contains reports from the Tolkien Society AGM as well as the regular columns I always read: ‘The Burning Palantír’: news from the Tolkien Society Facebook Group, ‘Behind Glass Doors’: from the board of the society, and ‘Michael's Miscellany’ which collects a lot of Tolkienian stories from the news, including a number that I either don't find or decide to skip. The high point in this issue was, however, Shaun Gunner's masterful review of the latest atrocity (as far as the text goes) from David Day, which I enjoyed reading with my daughter. It seems that one will have to find something very tasteful to cover up all the text in this book, as it is reportedly very beautifully made and illustrated.

In addition to the above, I have also found in my e-mail, the latest issue of Mythprint from the Mythopoeic Society, and two issues of Beyond Bree.


Web Sites

Consequences Generator
From the Cambridge Tolkien Society, Minas Tirith, a random generator for a bit of amusing procrastination.

The man in the moon
by Tomás Hijo

The Blog Roll

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

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

John Garth, ‘John Garth
Archive of posts from April 2016
Archive of posts from May 2016

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

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

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

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from April 2016
Archive of posts from May 2016

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
Archive of posts from 2016

Various (Bradford Eden, ed.) Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Archive of contributions for the on-going volume 3, issue 1

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

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from April 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from April 2016
Archive of posts from May 2016

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from April 2016
Archive of posts from May 2016

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

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

Grey Havens Group, ‘The Grey Havens Group
Archive of posts from April 2016
Archive of posts from May 2016

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

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

Sources

No new sources in April 2016

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

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Ninnyhammer

“You're nowt but a ninnyhammer, Troels Forchhammer!”


I have just accidentally synchronised my Tolkien Transactions in the wrong direction, overwriting a full day's work ...

Attempts to recover this have proved futile.

I will not have time to recreate this – I was already planning to mostly just post links to articles that I would have liked to have time to read, and recreating it will take considerably longer than the original work (as I delete the links from my list as I put them into the transactions).

This means that there will be no Tolkien Transactions for April 2016.

Issue LXIX will be posted at the beginning of June, covering May (and perhaps what is salvageable from April ... insofar as I have time).

The gaffer's paternal word-hoard does come easily to mind at the moment ...

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXVIII

March 2016

Oh, what a month! I had a good, long Easter holiday, getting rested up and re-energized, and on Tolkien Reading Day there was less than a handful of Tolkien-related stories that I hadn't already dealt with, so I thought I was in good time. Then something happened, and what a great week that was. The amount of great stuff that came out over the last week of March was impressive! So if you haven't caught up yet (and I won't blame you, if you haven't), you certainly have something to look forward to.

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: Other Stuff
8: Rewarding Discussions
9: In Print
10: Web Sites
11: The Blog Roll
12: Sources
"TENGWARIN" ~The Art of Elmenel~ : "The Imladris Edition", Test Booklet
by Tsvetelina Krumova – Elmenel

News

Liverpool Hope Library, Friday, 18 March 2016, ‘Unusual Provenance Discovery in Special Collections
About the discovery, in their special collections, of a Latin-English Dictionary owned by Tolkien while at King Edward's School in Birmingham. The book has previously been owned by F. Henry Dudley (Ignatius) Ryder (the book is signed by him in 1859) of the Birmingham Oratory where he died in October 1907 – young Tolkien signed the book (with all his names in full) in 1908.

‘Greywolfe359’, Daily Kos, Friday, 18 March 2016, ‘It's Over Gandalf. We Need to Unite Behind Saruman to Save Middle Earth from Sauron!
An example of people using Tolkienian (or, in this case, perhaps more rightly Jacksonian) references to carry political messages. Whether Tolkien – or the characters referred to – would have any sympathy for the political views expressed generally doesn't seem to concern such authors. From a Tolkienian point of view, this, however, does show how Tolkien's work manages to stay relevant in its applicability for the modern reader (though sometimes one might wish that they'd be just a bit more concerned also with the views of Tolkien himself …).

Alex Wheatle, The Guardian, Tuesday, 15 March 2016, ‘Alex Wheatle: I was mesmerised by Tolkien's inventiveness of language
On how one author of young adult fiction was inspired by Tolkien's ‘inventiveness of language’ and says that ‘it is that force of Tolkien's innovation that has long remained with me.’

Leek Post and Times, Tuesday, 22 March 2016, ‘Three ways to celebrate Tolkien in Staffordshire during the Easter break
Most of these will also be available after the Easter break …

Hanna Somerville, Oxford Mail, Thursday, 24 March 2016, ‘Memorial plaque for J.R.R. Tolkien set to be created at Pembroke College
About the plans for a plaque at Pembroke. There is an error in the article, though: Tolkien was a fellow at Pembroke College from 1925 when he was elected Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford until 1945 when he was elected Merton Professor of English (at which point he became a fellow at Merton College, obviously).


Events

Reports & comments on past events
22 - 25 March 2016, Seattle, WA, USA, ‘PCA/ACA National Conference, PCA/ACA
Anna Smol, Sunday, 20 March 2016, ‘Tolkien Studies at PCA 2016’ – not really a report, but a preview of what I hope to find some reporting / commentary on … and would it be too much to hope for some papers to be put on-line?

25 March 2016, Worldwide, ‘Tolkien Reading Day, Tolkien Society – the 2016 theme is “Life, Death, and Immortality”.
John Ledger, Yorkshire Post, Wednesday, 23 March 2016, ‘A precious Good Friday in store for lovers of Tolkien
Radagast the Brown
by Peter Xavier Price
Anna Swartz, Mic.com, Thursday, 24 March 2016, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2016: Here's the Story Behind the Day Every 'LOTR' Fan Can Appreciate
Anna Smol, Friday, 25 March 2016, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2016
Anthony Venutolo, NJ.com, Friday, 25 March 2016, ‘National Tolkien Reading Day 2016: Celebrate 'Lord of the Rings' author’ – missing an ‘Inter-’ in the title there.
Toni Betzner, Friday, 25 March 2016, ‘Life, Death, and the Immortal Four’ (thanks to Sue Bridgwater to pointing me to this!)
Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly, Friday, 25 March 2016, ‘5 reasons to read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion – It is Tolkien Reading Day, after all.


Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 April)
27 February–9 April 2016, Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton, ‘Dales of a Perilous Realm’, John Cockshaw, Shaun Richardson, Mill Bridge Gallery
See, John Cockshaw, YouTube, Monday, 22 February 2016, ‘INSIDE LOOK: "Dales of a Perilous Realm" Tolkien-inspired exhibition

7 March–24 April, Museum of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, UK, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier recruitment and Myth Maker’, The Haywood Society
‘Greendragon’, One Ring.net, Thursday, 10 March 2016, ‘‘J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker’ exhibition in the UK

31 March–2 April 2016, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, ‘C.S. Lewis & Inklings Society Conference 2016 – ‘Is Man a Myth?’’, John Brown University C.S. Lewis & Inklings Society
Jason Fisher, Thursday, 24 March 2016, ‘Decennial conference

8–10 April 2016, The Middletons Hotel, York, ‘Springmoot and AGM 2016’, the Tolkien Society
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 6 March 2016, ‘Alan Lee to be guest of honour at Springmoot
Francesca Barbini, SciFi-Fantasy Network, Saturday, 19 March 2016, ‘Alan Lee & The Tolkien Society

8–9 April 2016, University of Vermont, USA, ‘Tolkien in Vermont 2016’, Tolkien Club of University of Vermont
Anna Smol, Monday, 19 October 2015, ‘CFP: Tolkien in Vermont 2016

21&ndash22 May 2016, Hayworth, ‘ALS Weekend 2016’, The Alliance of Literary Societies
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, ‘Alliance of Literary Societies AGM

14 April–10 June 2016, Various locations, Scotland, ‘Leaf by Niggle’, Puppet State Theatre Company. You can find the tour plan from there.
See also: Mary Palmer, Daily Record, Tuesday, 1 March 2016, ‘New play based on J.R.R. Tolkien short story to tour Scotland

6–8 May 2016, University of Jena, ‘Tolkien Conference 2016’, Deutsche Tolkiengesellschaft and Walking Tree Publishers. The 2016 theme is ‘Tolkien's Philosophy of Language’

12–15 May 2016, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, , ‘51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (K'zoo '16)’, The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University
John D. Rateliff, Friday, 26 February 2016, ‘Kalamazoo 2016 Tolkien Events schedule

28 May 2016, East Yorkshire, ‘Tolkien Tour: East Yorkshire’, the Tolkien Society

2–5 June 2016, Taylor University, Indiana, ‘C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium 2016’, Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends

17–19 June 2016, Leiden | Den Haag, ‘Lustrum 2016: Unlocking Tolkien, Unquendor – The Dutch Tolkien Society

3 July 2016, Hilton Hotel, Leeds, ‘the Tolkien Society Seminar 2016’, the Tolkien Society
This year's theme will be ‘Life, Death, and Immortality’ in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. See also Daniel Helen, Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 19 January 2016, ‘Call for Papers: Tolkien Society Seminar 2016

4–7 July 2016, Leeds University, ‘International Medieval Congress’, Institute for Medieval Studies

16 July 2016, Baruch College, New York City, ‘New York Tolkien Conference

18–20 July 2016, University of Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany, ‘International Conference on Medievalism – 2016: Tradition or Myth’, International Society for the Study of Medievalism &ndash: I am not sure if there will be anything specifically Tolkienian at this conference, but looking at the theme of the 2016 conference, I would very much expect that Tolkien will be mentioned ... more than once.

5–8 August 2016, San Antonio, Texas, US, ‘MythCon 47’, The Mythopoeic Society. The 2016 theme is ‘Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern’
Lynn Maudlin, Mythopoeic Society, Tuesday, 15 March 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Room & Board packages available.
Lynn Maudlin, Monday, 21 March 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Progress Report #1 Available

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, Tolkien Society — I have booked! :-)


Essays and Scholarship

Medievalist.net, Tuesday, 1 March 2016, ‘The Medieval Magazine: Anglo-Saxon England (Volume 2 Issue 5)
If you wish to learn more about the Anglo-Saxon England that loomed so large in Tolkien's professional life and in his imagination.

Hobbit Maiden
By Jenny Dolfen
Simon J. Cook, Journal of Tolkien Research, Monday, 14 March 2016, ‘Fantasy Incarnate: Of Elves and Men
Simon Cook's essay takes its outset in Tolkien's comments, in ‘On Fairy-stories’, about the relation between language and myth as well as the ideas expressed by Friedrich Max Müller and Owen Barfield. From there, Cook moves through discussions of the capacity for ‘fantasy’ in Men and Elves. Cook's paper is interesting and intriguing, and I think that the overall thrust is going in the right direction, but the going is rough, and the paper seems to me rather uneven, appearing in places very well-thought-out with well-developed arguments, while at other places it reads more as trying out some ideas for crossing some rough ground, and at times taking unnecessary and unconvincing detours. Overall, I am convinced that Cook is moving in the right direction, and that his overall thesis is sound, but there are still elements of the argumentation that fail to convince me, and where I think it would be better to find a different path.
See also Simon J. Cook, Monday, 14 March 2016, ‘Journal of Tolkien Research

Edmund Weiner, Wednesday, 23 February 2016, ‘Tolkien and the aesthetics of philology
This post, originally a talk given to Taruithorn, the Oxford Tolkien Society, in March 2015, explores what Weiner thinks is at the heart of Tolkien's delight in language and in linguistic invention. The post moves from simple delight in the sounds of a language, through enjoying fitting relations between sounds and meaning, to more complex ideas such as Tolkien's concept of ‘native language’, grammatical arrangements, language history, and the conscious construction and controlled change of languages. Weiner ends on the idea of language as music – language not as communication, but as art in and of itself (albeit still art that conveys a meaning, but so may a painting or more conventional music). It is in this way, Weiner argues, that we should understand at least parts of Tolkien's delight in languages, both real and of his own invention.

Edmund Weiner, Friday, 25 March 2016, ‘Wan, dim, and pale: the OED and Tolkien
Weiner continues posting talks about Tolkien and various aspects of language, here a talk about Tolkien's use of words that imply a lessening of light (in amount and / or quality). The three words are all among those that Tolkien have glossed in dictionaries, wan he edited for the OED and he included it in his Glossary to Fourteenth-century Verse and Prose, pale also appears in the Glossary, as does dim. In all three cases Weiner looks at Tolkien's linguistic notes for the word before turning to Tolkien's use of the word in his own writings. I am reminded of Tolkien's comment about wishing rather to “try to wring the juice out of a single sentence, or explore the implications of one word” – here much juice is wrung out of three words.

Dimitra Fimi, Saturday, 26 March 2016, ‘Authorial control and world-building: Some thoughts on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Catherine Fisher and Umberto Eco
A fascinating post by Dimatra Fimi. The discussion of the relative weight of the author's intentions and the reader's perceptions in literary criticism is certainly not new, but the attempts by authors such as Tolkien and Rowling to control the reading (or at least the critical reading) of their own works add another aspect to this discussion.
Personally I am very comfortable giving more weight to the author than to anyone else – actually, more weight than to all else combined. To this there are two reasons. First, the author's intentions is still the only interpretation of the work that is shared by all readers – this is the common starting point, and the only perspective that doesn't make criticism wholly egocentric. And that is the other reason: I would be very uncomfortable with the idea that my personal ‘filters’ should be interesting to others, and, frankly, I am not particularly interested in how you might experience it differently from me.
Also, I think the importance of this personal reconstruction of meaning has been grotesquely exaggerated. Experience shows that words generally do get the meaning across quite well – and when the writer chooses their words with some care, the intended meaning is very nearly completely reconstructed in the mind of the reader (this is obviously even more so in the sciences where mathematical notation helps in making the intended meaning unambiguous).
So I will continue to focus on Tolkien's intention and Tolkien's opinions. Not that I always agree with Tolkien (or that he always agreed with himself, for that matter), but I do think it is important to attempt to understand what he felt about his own work, and it is certainly far more interesting and relevant for me than what any of the rest of us might feel.

Edmund Weiner, Saturday, 26 March 2016, ‘Sources of Tolkien's language-making
There has long been discussions about the possible sources for Tolkien's linguistic inventions – in a number of cases, a word in one of Tolkien's (sub-)created languages is too close to a real-world word with a similar meaning for this to be accidental (Black Speech nazg for ‘ring’ and Irish nasc for ‘link’ is just one example). In this talk, given to Taruithorn on 13 November last year, Weiner discusses this question, offering numerous examples from several both real-world languages and invented languages. Weiner suggests that Tolkien worked primarily from a sense of phonological aesthetics and a sense of the fitness of the assocition of sound and meaning (see also his earlier talk to Taruithorn, ‘Tolkien and the aesthetics of philology’). All in all a very interesting post (as are, indeed, all of the posts that Weiner has so far posted to his blog).

Edmund Weiner,, Sunday, 27 March 2016, ‘A possibly unnoticed instance of echoes of G. K. Chesterton in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien
Introducing the play Magic by G.K. Chesterton that premiered and was published in November 1913, and noting some thematic parallels between the ‘fantastic comedy by G. K. Chesterton’ and the, mainly poetic, work that Tolkien was doing in the following year, such as the first evidence for his ‘nonsense fairy language’ and the Eärendel poem.

Edmund Weiner, Thursday, 31 March 2016, ‘Tolkien and Language, especially English
Another Tolkien talk that Weiner has given, this one at Nine Worlds Geekfest 11 August 2013, and drawing on an earlier talk, which he has since also published on the blog (on 1 April). Weiner notes that ‘Seasoned Tolkienists will find little here that isn't common knowledge, but it may be of interest to others.’ – doubtlessly Weiner is well aware that his blog, in the few short days since his first post, has already attracted many ‘seasoned Tolkienists’ among its readers. Still, there is a lot to know about Tolkien and language, and I, at least, was reminded of much that I had forgotten. This post works quite well in conjunction with earlier posts about Tolkien's relations to language and language invention, and Weiner here also takes in Tolkien's use of language for the telling of tales (something I suspect Tolkien would have claimed was more than mere communication).

Sauron Brought Werewolves
by Peter Xavier Price
Academia.edu – A (non-exhaustive) list of papers on Tolkienian topics uploaded to the website academia.edu in March
I have not had the time to read through all of these, and so I will merely list them here as relevant. There are likely many more papers uploaded that should appear here, but these are the ones that I have noticed.
For a full list of papers that have been tagged ‘J.R.R. Tolkien’ (without date information), please see www.academia.edu/Documents/in/J._R._R._Tolkien.
Ana María Mariño Arias, ‘Women of Middle-Earth. An approach to the role of women in The Lord of the Rings
Simon Cook, ‘The Tragedy of Cambridge Anthropology:Edwardian Historical Thought and the Contact of Peoples’ in History of European Ideas
Janet Brennan Croft, ‘The Art of the Foreword: Tolkien's Shortest Works
Michaela Eskew, ‘Judging a Cover By Its Book: A Study of the Iconography in J.R.R. Tolkien's Dust Jacket Designs for The Lord of the Rings
Andrew Higgins, , ‘Glossopoeia and World-Building: Exploring J.R.R.Tolkien's Four Key Characteristics for Art-Languages by Other Practioners of the 'Secret Vice'
Thomas Honegger, ‘Splintered Heroes – Heroic Variety and its Function in The Lord of the Rings
William Matross, ‘The Shaved Chin: Cultural Imperialism and Gender Norms in Dwarves


Commentary

Dwight Longenecker, Tuesday, 1 March 2016, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien Was a Great Catholic Evangelist
In some ways, I can understand what would make Longenecker feel the way he does, but at the same time, I have to disagree with him. In my opinion, Longenecker seems to believe that the applicability that he sees in Tolkien's work must be universal rather than accepting that this, as Tolkien pointed out, “resides in the freedom of the reader” and is not “the purposed domination of the author.” Many aspects of Tolkien's work are certainly inspired by his faith-based world-view, but the ‘arrow’ doesn't necessarily point both ways.

Tom Hillman, Sunday, 6 March 2016, ‘'Wraiths!' he wailed. 'Wraiths on Wings' -- (TT 4.ii.629-30)
A commentary & analysis of the situation where Frodo, Gollum, and Sam are passed by a Ringwraith in the Dead Marshes (book IV, ch. 2). Hillman's focus is on the changes this event brings about, particularly in Frodo and Gollum. There are some interesting ideas here, especially about the development of Frodo, though I do think that Hillman goes one or two steps too far in his analysis of Frodo's mental state at the Black Gate (IV,3).

Philip Kosloski, National Catholic Register, Wednesday, 9 March 2016, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien and St. Augustine Knew That We Are Exiles
Reading this as a comparative comment, there are some interesting thoughts. Personally I think that Kosloski applies a bit too much applicability to his reading of Tolkien, which I do not think is entirely consistent with Tolkien's concept of the Gift, but insofar as the comparison does hold, the parallels to Augustine are intersting enough.

Lynn Forest-Hill, Southfarthing Mathom 2012, Saturday, 12 March 2016, ‘First Meeting in March
Discussions of ‘The Palantír’ (book III, ch. 11) and ‘The Taming of Sméagol’ (book IV, ch. 1).

Tom Hillman, Thursday, 31 March 2016, ‘And Yet Remain Evil -- Some Parallels in Tolkien and Sassoon
Tom Hillman has been reading The Memoirs of George Sherston by Siegfried Sassoon, and has there found aspects that remind him of Tolkien, and which Hillman believes stem from the parallel experiences of the two authors in the trenches of the Great War.

Bradley Birzer, The Imaginative Conservative, Tuesday, 29 March 2016, ‘Tolkien & Anglo-Saxon England: Protectors of Christendom
The first parts of this article gives a fine, albeit popularised, account of the origins of Tolkien's legendarium, moving through his fascination with Anglo-Saxon language and culture (though I think his antipathy to things French has been exaggerated), through his academic endeavours to keep language, and not least Old and Middle English, on the syllabus of the Oxford English school. From there Birzer moves on through Tolkien's friendship with C.S. Lewis to his work on his sub-created mythology.
Unfortunately Birzer, from this point, moves on to a special kind of applicability, but presented as if it was the intention of the author – something for which there is no evidence. Specifically, Tolkien's mythology remained very much an English mythology (though the aspect of it being about England largely disappeared). Tolkien is also careful never to preach – the spiritual elements of e.g. The Lord of the Ringscan easily be understood from a Catholic perspective, but they do not force that perspective upon the reader, leaving the reader free to understand the spirituality of the book through whatever religious (or non-religiously spiritual) applicability they would prefer.


Reviews and Book News

John D. Rateliff, Tuesday, 1 March 2016, ‘Flieger Day
On collecting contributions for the upcoming Flieger festschrift, A Wilderness of Dragons. I look forward to see this book, even if one should, of course, remember that the people who contribute to such a festschrift are not the scholar they celebrate. Still, if the Shippey festschrift is anything to go by, there is a very good chance of some first-class papers here.

David Bratman, Sunday, 6 March 2016, ‘at work
I am ... intrigued! My best guess right now would be to look forward to seeing the a list of contents for the Flieger festschrift, and otherwise there might be other projects about that I haven't heard of, which might be an even better thing.

Smaug
by Jenny Dolfen
Eric Metaxas, Christian Post, Tuesday, 8 March 2016, ‘What Hobbits and Wardrobes Teach About Faith Amid Tragedy
Not really sure what to do with this one ….
This article is an advertisement for a now book, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War, by one Joe Loconte, who writes about C.S. Lewis' and J.R.R. Tolkien's experiences in the Great War. I don't recall hearing about this book elsewhere (anyone who has heard about it?), and I have to admit that I find it rather weakens my confidence to find it advertised like this by a writer who calls the book's author ‘my good friend’ – and the description doesn't really begin to rebuild my interest. I wonder what the author might have to say about Tolkien's WWI experiences that hasn't already been discussed better by John Garth and others. I will certainly steer clear of this book unless it comes with very favourable reviews by reviewers whose good opinion I trust.
Mark Sommer, The Examiner, Saturday, 12 March 2016, ‘A definitive Tolkien biography for a new generation
A very positive review of Colin Duriez' book, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend. It is extremely frustrating to see the reviewer ignore Carpenter's authorised biography and the original research presented by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond in their J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide and the recent (2014) biography by Raymond Edwards, Tolkien, and say that “no comprehensive biography on Tolkien had come forth until now” – an easily refutable claim.
For a different take on Duriez' book, see the December 2015 review by Christina Scull, ‘Tolkien Biographies Continued, Part One

Andrew Higgins, Saturday, 12 March 2016, ‘Tolkien by Raymond Edwards
A review of Edwards' new Tolkien biography at the Goodreads site. Higgins is positive, as are most other readers, ranking the book with Carpenter's authorised biography and Garth's Tolkien and the Great War.

Jenny Dolfen, Wednesday, 23 March 2016, ‘Artbook update!
The forthcoming artbook by Jenny Dolfen, Songs of Sorrow and Hope has been delayed. Not that we're impatient to get it in hand … oh, no, not at all … just get it out yesterday, will you?

Sue Bridgwater, Monday, 28 March 2016, ‘Perilous and Fair
A ‘brief review’, as Bridgwater points out, of the collection Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie A. Donovan. Brief as it is, Bridgwater manages to sneak in phrases such as ‘an outstanding book’ and ‘a turning point in the study of women in Tolkien's life and writing’. High words, indeed, from a well-respected Tolkienist.

John Garth, Wedesday, 30 March 2016, ‘A turbulent darkness: Tolkien's first story
A reproduction of Garth's review of Tolkien's The Story of Kullervo (ed. Verlyn Flieger) from the Mail on Sunday. As Garth points out, “1914 was the Big Bang for Tolkien’s imagination, and in The Story of Kullervo you can just about sense Middle-earth waiting to take shape just months later.” Very perceptive, and I certainly agree.


Tolkienian Artwork

Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska, Sunday, 15 March 2015, ‘Lúthien & Beren
Starting out with a year old picture by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska. This image was one of my top-three candidates for nominating for this year's Tolkien Society Award for Best Artwork (the other two were Cuiviénen by Jenny Dolfen and The Battle of the Pelennor Fields by Tomás Hijo), so when I realised that I hadn't included this work at the time, I just had to.

Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska, Thursday, 3 March 2016, ‘You are not helping me, master Peregrin!
Boromir carrying Pippin through the snow at Caradhras.

Peter Xavier Price, Thursday, 10 March 2016, ‘Radagast the Brown
A glimpse of Radagast seen through the trees.

‘Wait for me beyond the Western Sea ...’
by Peter Xavier Price
Peter Xavier Price, Thursday, 17 March 2016, ‘Wait for me beyond the Western Sea ...
Lúthien's farewell to Beren after Carcharoth's death.

Peter Xavier Price, Monday, 21 March 2016, ‘Sauron Brought Werewolves

Jenny Dolfen, Thursday, 24 March 2016, ‘Smaug
A wonderful picture of Smaug on his hoard (though to my eyes a rather excessive hoard)


Other Stuff

TOR.com, Tuesday, 15 March 2016, ‘Show Off Your Love of Dragons with Wallpaper by Todd Lockwood!
Not really Tolkien, I know … but … but … dragons! :-)

Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer, TOR.com, Tuesday, 15 March 2016, ‘A Horse-lovers' Guide to The Hobbit
While I would certainly agree that it is possible to level some unfavourable criticism at The Hobbit (see for instance Verlyn Flieger's brilliant essay, ‘Tolkien on Tolkien: “On Fairy-Stories,” The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings’ in Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien), and I also acknowledge that people can find any or all of Tolkien's works to be entirely outside their sympathies – unreadable, even – this piece is merely nonsensical. It's like complaining that Bilbo and the dwarves apparently do not use the toilet – pointless.

John D. Rateliff, Sunday, 20 March 2016, ‘Birmingham's Folly (Perriot's Tower)’ [sic]
On the latest round of folly about Perrotts Folly in Birmingham. I would certainly support that Kickstarter without hesitation :-)

‘A Clerk of Oxford’, Wednesday, 23 March 2016, ‘'This doubtful day of feast or fast': Good Friday and the Annunciation
In J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey notes that 25 March was once believed to be the original date of the crucifixion, and thus the original Good Friday, as well as the Annunciation. Having also noted that the Company of the Ring sets out from Rivendell on 25 December, he comments that “The main action of _The Lord of the Rings_ takes place, then, in the mythic space between Christmas, Christ's birth, and the crucifixion, Christ's death.” (p. 208-9)
Having this idea in mind about the symbolism embedded in The Lord of the Rings, I found this article that deals with the Christian symbolism of this date highly interesting. I do not doubt that Tolkien would have known at least the majority of the texts referenced in the article.
Eric, Monday, 28 March 2016, ‘Four dragons
Dragons and intricate devices … though not explicitly Tolkienian, there's enough right there to put it here :-)


Rewarding Discussions

LotR Plaza: ‘Ēarendil and Auzandil
A philological comment …
A philologist in Lejre –Nelson Goering at the site
of the earliest hall found (so far) in Lejre
Photo: Troels Forchhammer

In Print

Amon Hen 258, March 2016
Amon Hen is, to a large extent, the glue that holds our far-flung Tolkien Society together – a large part of our Zusammenhangskraft (or cohesive force). This is where we tell each other what is going on in the society, such as in the column ‘Behind Glass Doors’ (always my first read), ‘The Burning Palantír’ and ‘Mathom’, the newsletter from the Smials. This bulletin is also where members can try out new ideas, as in Anne Marie Gazzalo's piece, ‘The Effect of War on Tolkien's Mythology’ and Ellen Walker's ‘Whatever became of the Stone Giants’. The wider Tolkien world also has a place in Amon Hen, not least in Michael Flowers' collection of Tolkien-releated clippings from both paper and digital editions, ‘Michael's Miscellany’. Thank you, Andrew, for an always enjoyable read!
Beyond Bree, March 2016
The March issue of Beyond Bree has the 21st instalment in Dale Nelson's tale, Days of the Craze, this one subtitled ‘Lord of the Flies: The First Fan-organized Tolkien Conference, Belknap College, 1968, and Beyond’. An article on people trying to (ab)use Tolkien when peddling their pipes and tobacco and some comments on earlier articles completes what has not been dealt with in greater detail elsewhere.

Web Sites

Tsvetelina Krumova, , ‘Elmenel
Please consider supporting Tsvetelina Krumova's work to bring out books of beautiful Elvish calligraphy. I would very much like to think that Tolkien's dream of publishing his book in Elvish would today be possible as a project of art.


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.

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

Jason Fisher, ‘Lingwë -- Musings of a Fish
Archive of posts from March 2016

John D. Rateliff´, ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium
Archive of posts from March 2016

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

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

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

Andrew Higgens, ‘Wotan's Musings
Archive of posts from March 2016

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from March 2016

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
Archive of news

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 March 2016

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from March 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from March 2016

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from March 2016

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

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

Pieter Collier, ‘The Tolkien Library
See the front page for a list of recent posts.

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

Sources

New sources in March 2016:
Sue Bridgwater, Skorn: A world of wanderers, wizards, deserts, seas, forests – and adventure.

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoblog
Philogist at the Oxford English Dictionary, co-author of The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary.

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