This issue of my summary of Tolkien related ‘goings-on’ on the 'net is long overdue. The delay is, I hope, fully explained by the fact that I came back from my Easter holidays (spent off-line in camp) to the announcement that Nokia is closing down all R&D activities in Copenhagen during 2012, which includes my own job. Popping up to the surface again after this announcement, and catching up with everything else, has unfortunately taken me until now.
For this reason, I have also chosen to limit myself rather more than usual, and to occasionally pass on a link merely with a headline and no further description of the contents. The items, however, still have to fulfill the three strict criteria: 1: it has some relevance to Tolkien, 2: I have seen it, and 3: I've decided that it's interesting enough to pass it on here.
As always, disclaimers apply about newness, completeness and relevance (or any other implication of responsibility) :-)
= = = = News = = = =
Tyler Kepner, N.Y. Times, Saturday, 30 April 2011, ‘R.A. Dickey's Well-Named Arsenal’
Along with this piece:
Ben Yakas, Monday, 8 May 2011, ‘Is This The Greatest NY Times Correction Of All Time?’
Just a bit of a laugh, really ;-)
Josh Vogt, Monday, 18 April 2011, ‘Open enrollment for online courses on J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth’
Not really sure that I want to advertise this — mostly because I'll be terribly envious of anyone who do participate in Dimtra Fimi's on-line courses from the University of Wales :-)
John di Bartolo, Tuesday, 19 April 2011, ‘MyMiddle-earth.com: More than a remnant of the faithful!’
= = = = Essays and Scholarship = = = =
BC, Saturday, 9 April 2011, ‘Tolkien's Notion Club Papers completed... (a speculative treatment)’
Bruce Charlton here gives his best guess at how a hypothetical finished version of the Notion Club Papers might have looked like. Interesting idea with some clever commentary regardless of whether one agrees or not.
JF, Thursday, 14 April 2011, ‘Umlaut and Tolkien’
If you think that the Germanic i-mutation is a challenge, then Jason's essay, complete with examples from Tolkien's work, is a great help.
BC, Thursday, 14 April 2011, ‘Tolkien as a Lucid Dreamer of Faery’
A bit speculative, I'd say, but still possible . . . 1
JF, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, ‘Early responses to “Goblin Feet”’
BC, Thursday, 28 April 2011, ‘Can *elves* repent?’
JF, Friday, 29 April 2011, ‘Ye, Yea, Yay, Yeah’
Jason lays down the law regarding ye, yea, yay and yeah — and nay, ye need not fear that I am kidding you (even more oddly it appears that ye / you swapped sense, gramatically, in the change from Middle English to (Early-ish) Modern English — my use is, I believe, Middle English).
= = = = Announcements and Reviews = = = =
H&S, Sunday, 10 April 2011, ‘The Art of _The Hobbit_’
Perhaps the most important bit of news this April — Wayne and Christina will be publishing a book titled The Art of "The Hobbit". From the comments it is evident that I am not the only one looking very much forward to this book. See also
H&S, Friday, 15 April 2011, ‘The Hobbit 75th Anniversary’
Josh Vogt, Tuesday, 19 April 2011, ‘The Tolkien Professor announces upcoming Exploring the Hobbit book’
Another promising-looking book coming out in association with the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit.
PC, Tuesday, 26 April 2011, ‘The History of the Hobbit: Revised and Updated One Volume Edition’
PC, Wednesday, 27 April 2011, ‘Tolkien publications for 2011 by Harper Collins - Q&A with David Braw’
= = = = Other Stuff = = = =
JF, Tuesday, 5 AprilL 2011, ‘Another last-minute conference schedule’
Anyone knowing the annual Tolkien conference at the University of Vermont? Anyone who knows of a report of this year's conference?
Sean Kirst, Thursday, 7 April 2011, ‘Tolkien Reading Day 2011: Green trees, great books, old friends’
A report from a Tolkien Reading Day event.
JDR, Tuesday, 12 April 2011, ‘A Day at Marquette’
One day I'd like to be able to spend a day — or maybe a few — doing Tolkien research at the Marquette . . .
JF, Wednesday, 13 April 2011, ‘A Description of C.S. Lewis's Lost Aeneid’
AK, Friday, 15 April 2011, ‘EXCLUSIVE: Q&A Interview with Dr. Dimitra Fimi’
A moderately interesting interview with links to some very interesting articles by Fimi, a couple of which are available for free.
LS, Saturday, 16 April 2011, ‘A Small Tolkienish/Old English thang’
DB, Thursday, 28 April 2011, ‘it's the bashers again’
David Bratman responds to the claim of ‘racial essentializing’ of The Lord of the Rings. All I can say is ‘Well said!’ Or, in Danish, ‘Godt brølt, løve!’ (Well roared, lion!)
BC, Saturday, 30 April 2011, ‘NCPs and The Dark Tower by C.S. Lewis’
A comment on the possible connections between Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers and Lewis' posthumously published The Dark Tower.
= = = = Web Sites = = = =
= = = = Sources = = = =
John D. Rateliff (JDR) — ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium’
Jason Fisher (JF) — ‘Lingwë — Musings of a Fish’
Michael Drout (MD) — ‘Wormtalk and Slugspeak’
Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull (H&S) — ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough’
Pieter Collier (PC) — ‘The Tolkien Library’
Douglas A. Anderson (DAA) et Al. — ‘Wormwoodiana’
Corey Olsen (CO), ‘The Tolkien Professor’
David Bratman (DB), ‘Calimac’
Larry Swain (LS), ‘The Ruminate’
‘Wellinghall’, ‘Musings of an Aging Fan’
Various, ‘The Northeast Tolkien Society’ (NETS), ‘Heren Istarion’
Bruce Charlton (BC), ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers’
Andrew Higgins (AH), ‘Wotan's Musings’
Sam Bosma (SB), ‘Sam Blogsma’
John Howe (JH), ‘John Howe’
Various, The Mythopoeic Society
Troels Forchhammer (TF), ‘Parmar-kenta’
Arwen Kester (AK), ‘Middle-earth News’
Mythprint — ‘The Monthly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society’
Amon Hen — the Bulletin of the Tolkien Society
— and others