Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Tolkien Transactions XII

Tolkien Transactions XII
April 2011

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’
http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/30/r-a-dickeys-well-named-arsenal/
http://preview.tinyurl.com/44r9hm7
Along with this piece:
Ben Yakas, Monday, 8 May 2011, ‘Is This The Greatest NY Times Correction Of All Time?’
http://gothamist.com/2011/05/08/is_this_the_greatest_ny_times_corre.php
http://preview.tinyurl.com/3ttzq98
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’
http://www.examiner.com/tolkien-in-national/open-enrollment-for-online-course-on-j-r-r-tolkien-and-middle-earth
http://preview.tinyurl.com/5wp9n35
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!’
http://www.examiner.com/lord-of-the-rings-online-in-national/mymiddle-earth-com-more-than-a-remnant-of-the-faithful
http://preview.tinyurl.com/5syme2u


= = = = Essays and Scholarship = = = =


BC, Saturday, 9 April 2011, ‘Tolkien's Notion Club Papers completed... (a speculative treatment)’
http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.com/2011/04/tolikiens-notion-club-papers-completed.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/65nnnz4
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’
http://lingwe.blogspot.com/2011/04/umlaut-and-tolkien.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6bjqswc
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’
http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.com/2011/04/tolkien-as-lucid-dreamer-of-faery.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6kkkslj
A bit speculative, I'd say, but still possible . . . 1

JF, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, ‘Early responses to “Goblin Feet”’
http://lingwe.blogspot.com/2011/04/early-responses-to-goblin-feet.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/3cfuvbw
Very interesting!

BC, Thursday, 28 April 2011, ‘Can *elves* repent?’
http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.com/2011/04/can-elves-repent.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/66mvszn

JF, Friday, 29 April 2011, ‘Ye, Yea, Yay, Yeah’
http://lingwe.blogspot.com/2011/04/ye-yea-yay-yeah.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/68lxhd5
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_’
http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/the-art-of-the-hobbit/
http://preview.tinyurl.com/3m46pmx
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’
http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/the-hobbit-75th-anniversary/
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6xolefm

Josh Vogt, Tuesday, 19 April 2011, ‘The Tolkien Professor announces upcoming Exploring the Hobbit book’
http://www.examiner.com/tolkien-in-national/the-tolkien-professor-announces-upcoming-exploring-the-hobbit-book
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6aawrpo
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’
http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/994-The_History_of_The_Hobbit_One_Volume.php
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6javsdr

PC, Wednesday, 27 April 2011, ‘Tolkien publications for 2011 by Harper Collins - Q&A with David Braw’
http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/995-Interview_David_Brawn_Tolkien_2011.php
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6dlzu3b



= = = = Other Stuff = = = =


JF, Tuesday, 5 AprilL 2011, ‘Another last-minute conference schedule’
http://lingwe.blogspot.com/2011/04/another-last-minute-conference-schedule.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/3c5f64p
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’
http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2011/04/tolkien_reading_day_2011_green.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6gyjqp9
A report from a Tolkien Reading Day event.

JDR, Tuesday, 12 April 2011, ‘A Day at Marquette’
http://sacnoths.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-at-marquette.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/5tbza9k
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’
http://lingwe.blogspot.com/2011/04/description-of-cs-lewiss-lost-aeneid.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6f4hmgm

AK, Friday, 15 April 2011, ‘EXCLUSIVE: Q&A Interview with Dr. Dimitra Fimi’
http://www.middleearthnews.net/2011/04/dr.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/5wa6zzd
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’
http://theruminate.blogspot.com/2011/04/small-tolkienishold-english-thang.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/5wrer3q

DB, Thursday, 28 April 2011, ‘it's the bashers again’
http://calimac.livejournal.com/520977.html
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’
http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.com/2011/04/ncps-and-dark-tower-by-cs-lewis.html
http://preview.tinyurl.com/3qrrvlv
A comment on the possible connections between Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers and Lewis' posthumously published The Dark Tower.


= = = = Web Sites = = = =


Middle-earth Network
http://middleearthnetwork.com/

My Middle-earth
http://mymiddle-earth.com/

Middle-earth News
http://www.middleearthnews.net/


= = = = Sources = = = =


John D. Rateliff (JDR) — ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium’
http://sacnoths.blogspot.com

Jason Fisher (JF) — ‘Lingwë — Musings of a Fish’
http://lingwe.blogspot.com

Michael Drout (MD) — ‘Wormtalk and Slugspeak’
http://wormtalk.blogspot.com/

Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull (H&S) — ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough’
http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/

Pieter Collier (PC) — ‘The Tolkien Library’
http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/

Douglas A. Anderson (DAA) et Al. — ‘Wormwoodiana’
http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.com

Corey Olsen (CO), ‘The Tolkien Professor’
http://www.tolkienprofessor.com

David Bratman (DB), ‘Calimac’
http://calimac.livejournal.com/

Larry Swain (LS), ‘The Ruminate’
http://theruminate.blogspot.com

‘Wellinghall’, ‘Musings of an Aging Fan’
http://wellinghall.livejournal.com

Various, ‘The Northeast Tolkien Society’ (NETS), ‘Heren Istarion’
http://herenistarionnets.blogspot.com

Bruce Charlton (BC), ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers’
http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.com/

Andrew Higgins (AH), ‘Wotan's Musings’
http://wotanselvishmusings.blogspot.com

Sam Bosma (SB), ‘Sam Blogsma’
http://sambosma.blogspot.com/

John Howe (JH), ‘John Howe’
http://www.john-howe.com/news/

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
http://www.mythsoc.org

Troels Forchhammer (TF), ‘Parmar-kenta’
http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com

Arwen Kester (AK), ‘Middle-earth News’
http://www.middleearthnews.net/

Mythprint — ‘The Monthly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society’
http://www.mythsoc.org

Amon Hen — the Bulletin of the Tolkien Society
http://www.tolkiensociety.org/

— and others

1 comment:

  1. Very sorry to hear about your job, Troels. Best of luck finding a new one. And thanks again, especially considering the circumstances, for another wonderful round-up of Tolkieniana.

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