Sunday, 18 September 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXXII

August 2016

I had these transactions something like 80% done before going to Oxonmoot, but couldn't get the last bit finished due to my other preparations. Now, however, I wish to get it out – to get it off my mind, so that I can work on other things (such as e.g. a report from my first Oxonmoot). This means that most entries will appear without commentary, and that there will be things I ignore simply because I haven't the time to dig out all my notes (if anything important turns up later, I will of course include it in a later issue).

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: Other Stuff
9: In Print
10: Web Sites
11: The Blog Roll
12: Sources
Radagast the Brown
by Joe Gilronan

News

David Oberhelman, Mythopoeic Society, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘Mythopoeic Awards: 2016 Winners Announced
Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

Bradley Barth, SC Magazine, Monday, 8 August 2016, ‘Lord of the spy ring: Strider APT cites Tolkien, found snooping on Russian targets
Finally some solid evidence linking Tolkien to spying! … 43 years after his death, and spyware rather than military intelligence, but still :-) Have ‘Elansea’ turned hackers to build their otherwise non-existent case?

Tom Cowie, The Age, Thursday, 11 August 2016, ‘One ring to fool them all: court orders destruction of fake Tolkien jewellery
In cases like this, I generally find myself siding with the Estate on moral grounds …


Events

Reports & comments on past events
5–8 August 2016, San Antonio, Texas, US, ‘Mythcon 47’, The Mythopoeic Society. The 2016 theme is ‘Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern’
David Bratman, Tuesday, 2 August 2016, ‘Mythcon pre-port
Lynn Maudlin, Mythopoeic Society, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘CONGRATULATIONS, 2016 Mythopoeic Award Winners
David Bratman, Tuesday, 9 August 2016, ‘Mythcon report, part 1’ (also see part 2, part 3, and part 4)
John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 13 August 2016, ‘MythCon and the MythSoc Awards


Info on upcoming & on-going events (as of 1 September)
26 April 2016 – 27 February 2017, Various, Staffordshire, ‘Exhibition: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915 – 1918’, The Haywood Society
3–4 September 2016, Sarehole Mill, UK, ‘Middle-earth Festival
Justine Halifax, Birmingham Mail, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘Fans of Tolkien are in for a treat at Middle Earth Festival in Birmingham

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society

24–25 September 2016, Newcastle Castle, ‘Tolkien Weekend 2016’, Time and Tide Events
Will also feature the Illuminating Tolkien exhibition of art and illustration.

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


Essays and Scholarship

The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival (B/W proof)
by Tomás Hijo
Simon Cook, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Tolkien: Christianity and Paganism
and Simon Cook, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Heathen kings under a swift sunrise
I find these two posts very interesting. There are so many things to take into consideration here, that trying to grasp these issues, I usually feel as if I was trying to hold on to too many bits and pieces, so that whenever I try to hold on to something new, I drop something that I had already gotten a hold on. Sometimes I feel convinced that there is a way to hold on to them all, while at other times, I wonder if Tolkien's own ideas are too diverse to all fit in one way. Still, discussions such as these help, so keep up the good work!

Bradford Lee Eden, Journal of Tolkien Research, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘A newly-discovered transcript: The 1995 Patrick Hobson Memorial Lecture of Rev. John F.R. Tolkien

Stuart Lee, BBC Radio 4, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘Tolkien: The Lost Recordings
The show that was announced last month. Still available for listening on 17 September ...

Elizabeth Hasseler, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘‘Do You Not Know I am a Healer?’ Royal Authority and Miracles of Healing in High Medieval Lives of Kings
While Aragorn's healing powers, within the Tolkien's sub-creation itself, stems from his descendance from Lúthien, in external terms, they place him firmly in medieval tradition.

Anna Smol, Sunday, 7 August 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: Patrick Curry on Enchantment & Hypermodernity

Edmund Weiner, Monday, 8 August 2016, ‘Did Tolkien invent Fonwegian?
The discussion is carried on in Edmund Weiner, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Fonwegian—a rejoinder
This is something I would have liked to be able to address at some greater length, but maybe later …. So far, I am leaning towards Weiner's position on this: given the evidence so far, the explanation offered by Fimi and Higgins just doesn't ‘feel right’ to me (which is absolutely not a scientific argument at all!)

Anna Smol, Tuesday, 16 August 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: Dimitra Fimi on Tolkien & Childhood Studies

Sophia Cornelia Mösch, Medievalist.net, Sunday, 21 August 2016, ‘Augustine of Hippo and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period
A 2015 Ph.D. dissertation from King's College London.

Douglas A. Anderson, Saturday, 27 August 2016, ‘Tolkien's Desks


Commentary

John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘Tolkien & Burroughs, Lupoff & Green

Lynn Forest-Hill, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Last Meeting in July

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Ace vs. Ballantine, 1962

Lynn Forest-Hill, Sunday, 14 August 2016, ‘First Meeting in August
Also see the two following posts, which contain comments to this part.

The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
by Tomás Hijo
Joseph Pearce, The Imaginary Conservative, Tuesday, 16 August 2016, ‘Celebrating Tolkien and Lewis

David Russell Mosley, Patheos, Thursday, 11 August 2016, ‘Darkness in Elfland: Tolkien on Whether Fairies Are Demons and a (Hopefully) Fuller Account of Enchantment

Anna Smol, Friday, 12 August 2016, ‘“something has gone crack”; Tolkien on Rob Gilson & the TCBS, 100 years ago today.

Jacob Clifton, TOR.com, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ‘I Have Forgiven Aslan for Being Jesus, But I Still Hate Fairytales
I am less forgiving (unable to enter the state of Literary Belief – not even by painstaking suspension of disbelief) of Lewis' Narnia books, but on the other hand, I never blamed fairy-stories as such.

Matthew Walther, The Federalist, Friday, 26 August 2016, ‘Tolkien Influenced Rock More Than The Velvet Underground Did

Dimitra Fimi, Monday, 29 August 2016, ‘Paul McCartney's “The Fool on the Hill”, Tolkien's early drawings, and the Rider-Waite Tarot

Lynn Forest-Hill, Tuesday, 30 August 2016, ‘Last meeting in August

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘The Return of "Tolkienian Gloom"

David P. Goldman, PJ Media, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘Why Did Tolkien Care About the Jews?
I wish that people would see Tolkien's comments about Dwarves and Jews for what they are. In his early Silmarillion and in The Hobbit the Dwarves are based on the Dwarves of the Old Norse mythology (their names are a dead give-away, you know). When Tolkien, while writing The Lord of the Rings added some new layers to these Nordic Dwarves (because he needed at least Durin's folk to be less avaricious and vindictive than their Norse models), he probably did so without conscious model at first, but came to realise that he had given them some certain linguistic and cultural characteristics that were reminiscent of the Jews. His comments must be seen in this light – nothing about the Dwarves that is part of their portrayal in the Silmarillion work prior to 1937 and The Hobbit can be used to indicate anything about Tolkien's thoughts about Jews. Nothing!


Reviews and Book News

Michael Straight, New Republic, 16 January 1956, ‘The Fantastic World of Professor Tolkien
On-line reprint of a 1956 review of The Lord of the Rings.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 1 August 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Fall of Arthur"

Andrew Higgins, Journal of Tolkien Research, Wednesday, 10 August 2016, ‘Parma Eldalamberon XXII (2015), by J.R.R. Tolkien

John D. Rateliff, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ‘The New Arrival (LEAF BY NIGGLE)


Tolkienian Artwork

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 1 August 2016, ‘The Man in the Moon was drinking deep

Peter Xavier Price, Monday, 1 August 2016, ‘The Witch-king of Angmar

Thorin's Song – last panel
by Tomás Hijo
Elena Kukanova, Wednesday, 3 August 2016, ‘Angamaitë
Angrod in Valinor ...

Elena Kukanova, Wednesday, 3 August 2016, ‘Irmo Lórien

Tomás Hijo, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Returning to Middle Earth.

Joe Gilronan, Friday, 12 August 2016, ‘Radagast The Brown "In search of enlightenment"..

Tomás Hijo, Saturday, 20 August 2016, ‘The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival
“Proofing my latest piece, wich is for The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival of Clitheroe, Lancashire (UK).”

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 22 August 2016, ‘The Middle-earth Beer & Music Festival

Tomás Hijo, Tuesday, 23 August 2016, ‘Thorin's Song – last panel

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 24 August 2016, ‘Thorin's Song – full print

Elena Kukanova, Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘Forge

Manuel Castañón , Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘Chartreuse

Tomás Hijo, Thursday, 25 August 2016, ‘Good news and bad

Tomás Hijo, Friday, 26 August 2016, ‘The most difficult block ...

Elena Kukanova, Tuesday, 30 August 2016, ‘Ork - sketch

Jenny Dolfen, Wednesday, 31 August 2016, ‘Calendars 2017!


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Michael Martinez, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 2 August 2016, ‘Answers to the Terence Tiller Tolkien Trivia Questions
Clever … :-)

Michael Martinez, Monday, 15 August 2016, ‘Were All the Great Elven Artifacts Evil?

Michael Martinez, Thursday, 18 August 2016, ‘Can Melkor Ever Return?

Éomer
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska

Other Stuff

Marissa Martinelli, Slate, Thursday, 4 August 2016, ‘Stephen Colbert Explains How Gandalf Is a Maia Who's Been in Arda Since Ilúvatar Cried “Eä!”
Colbert's reputation as a Tolkien lover is undoubtedly fully and richly deserved, but his reputation as a Tolkien expert is not quite as justified. Obviously he knows more than his ‘big three’ and he has paid attention to what he has read, but his knowledge is not exhaustive, and his explications are often flawed (as e.g. with details of his earlier comments on Gollum, or in the present clip, his failure to understand the nature of Gandalf's trust in providence or the nature of the Istari's recollection of their time as Maiar) – as is his Elvish, by the way: Do not adopt his pronunciation!
See also John D. Rateliff, Saturday, 27 August 2016, ‘Stephen Colbert is Brilliant (Frodo & the Ring)
Fortunately I can see from the comments-stream that I am not the only one to be somewhat less impressed than Rateliff …


Arwen Kester, Middle-earth News, Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ‘My Own Shire: Living a Hobbit Life in the Modern World
It is curious, interesting, and wonderful how we engage with Tolkien's work in so many different ways. For me, the Shire is a place of insular myopia and narrowmindedness – I can barely stand Sam – but for others it is a place of rest and beauty. I do not wish to imply that there is any right or wrong, but only emphasise the value and wonder of the differences.


In Print

My records show that I have received my monthly Beyond Bree, and my July issue of Amon Hen did arrive by mail in August, though I had downloaded it from the Tolkien Society web-site in July. Unfortunately, I have not had time to read these.


Web Sites

Kip Rasmussen: Illustrator


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.

The Man in the Moon was drinking deep
by Tomás Hijo
Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Archive of posts from August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Archive of posts from August 2016

Various, The Mythopoeic Society
News archive

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 August 2016

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from August 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from August 2016
Thorin's Song
by Tomás Hijo

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

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from August 2016

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

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

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

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

Sources

No new sources in August 2016

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

Currently reading:
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Christopher J.R. Tolkien.
Læringsteorier: Seks Aktuelle Forståelser edited by Knud Illeris

The Witch-king of Angmar
by Peter Xavier Price

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Tolkien Transactions LXXI

July 2016

As you will see below, July has been a deliciously busy month with conferences and interesting papers coming up. And due to the summer holiday season in Denmark, I've been able to keep up better than usual.

As I can see that the end of August and start of September is going to be quite busy for me, I had better warn that the next transactions may end up being somewhat delayed. If I haven't posted when I take off for Oxonmoot on the 8th, there is a good chance that I'll merge the August and September issues ...


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
1: Somme Centenary
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, Blogs, Etc.
12: The Blog Roll
13: Sources

Happy 7th Anniversary to Parma Eldalieva!
image by Tsvetelina ‘Elmenel’ Krumova
See also the arts-section below

News

Alison Flood, The Guardian, Friday, 1 July 2016, ‘JRR Tolkien's war experiences inspire novel by his grandson
Marginally relevant, but it ties in well also with the Somme Centenary theme below ... :)

The Guardian, Friday, 15 July 2016, ‘The Hobbit review – Tolkien's epic unfolds in Lancastrian landscape
A nice setting for a ‘stage’ adaptation of Tolkien's children's book (but ... a green Gandalf the Grey??). Personally I could do with more comparison with Tolkien and less with Jackson (two entirely different things, really).

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Friday, 29 July 2016, ‘BBC to broadcast lost Tolkien recordings
Announcing the broadcast of the previously unaired parts of the interview Tolkien gave for the BBC Tolkien in Oxford documentary in 1968 ... to say I am excited doesn't quite fit the bill ...
See also SW, BBC Media Centre, Thursday, 28 July 2016, ‘Tolkien: The Lost Recordings
The programme will be available for listening here for an international audience after being broadcast:
BBC Radio 4, Saturday, 6 August 2016, ‘Tolkien: The Lost Recordings
Also, it is possible to listen live at 8 PM British Summer Time on Saturday 6 August at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 (click “Listen live”).


Somme Centenary

Faramir
by Jenny Dolfen
The Battle of the Somme in in WWI started on 1 July 1916, and though Tolkien was not on the battle field from the beginning, this is where he served and had his front-line experience during the Great War. The battle itself, as well as the participation of Tolkien (and other well-known people) has been commemorated along, of course, with discussions and commentary on how this experience affected his later work.

Joseph Loconte, International New York Times, Thursday, 30 June 2016, ‘How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front
Though dated 30 June, this was put on-line on 1 July, and I wanted to use it to start my Somme section.

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Friday, 1 July 2016, ‘Tolkien fans remember the T.C.B.S. on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme
Also listing other resources, including the video documentaries made for King Edward's School in Birmingham.

John D. Rateliff, Friday, 1 July 2016, ‘The Somme

BBC, Friday, 1 July 2016, ‘In pictures: Battle of the Somme
Not specifically about Tolkien

Michael Warren, Friday, 1 July 2016, ‘The Battle of the Somme and Tolkien, 100 Years Later
Heavily based on the above article from the International New York Times

Sunderland Echo, Friday, 15 July 2016, ‘Revealed: The link between a Sunderland sailor and JRR Tolkien
A sailor on the Hospital Ship Asturias that took young Tolkien home to England after he caught trench fever at the Somme.

Jerry Bowyer, Forbes, Tuesday, 26 July 2016, ‘The Inklings At War: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, And WWI
Mostly included because it is there. In truth, if you want to know about Tolkien and the Great War, read John Garth (and Carpenter, Edwards and Scull & Hammond). I am sure that equally good, and non-tendentious biographies exist for Lewis.


Events

Reports & comments on past events
The Dwarves of yore made mighty spells
by Tomás Hijo
3 July 2016, Hilton Hotel, Leeds, ‘the Tolkien Society Seminar 2016’, the Tolkien Society
Dimitra Fimi, Saturday, 9 July 2016, ‘Leeds 2016: Tolkien Society Seminar and IMC
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Sunday, 10 July 2016, ‘7 videos from The Tolkien Society Seminar 2016

4–7 July 2016, Leeds University, ‘International Medieval Congress’, Institute for Medieval Studies
Anna Smol, Saturday, 2 July 2016, ‘Tolkien events in Leeds
Dimitra Fimi, Saturday, 9 July 2016, ‘Leeds 2016: Tolkien Society Seminar and IMC

16 July 2016, Baruch College, New York City, ‘New York Tolkien Conference
Joe Hoffman, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘Notes from the NY Tolkien Conference
Including videos of several presentations.


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
Leek Post and Times, Tuesday, 5 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Exhibition reveals how horrors of the Somme shaped Middle-Earth
Craig Campbell, Sunday Post, Wednesday, 27 July 2016, ‘It's time to celebrate Staffordshire – the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's books

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, The Horn of Rohan Redux, Tuesday, 5 July 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 - Progress Report #2 now available’ – Read about the 47th Mythcon; what you are going to experience, or what you'll be hoping to see some good reports about :)
Lynn Maudlin, The Horn of Rohan Redux, Monday, 11 July 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Tshirts & Totes Available
Lynn Maudlin, Wednesday, 13 July 2016, ‘Room & Board deadline for Mythcon 47
Lynn Maudlin, Thursday, 21 July 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Day Rates and At-the-Door Prices
Lynn Maudlin, Wednesday, 27 July 2016, ‘Mythcon 47 Program Schedule Now Available’ –
I certainly hope that those who speak on Tolkienian topics will keep in mind that the Journal of Tolkien Research publishes conference papers ... (looking at the papers and presenters, many of them should certainly meet the academic requirements of the Journal).

8–11 September 2016, Saint Anthony's, Oxford, ‘Oxonmoot 2016’, The Tolkien Society — I have booked! :-)
Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Monday, 25 July 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle comes to Oxonmoot’ – and the Bodleian will be displaying the Tolkien / Baynes annotated map ... you're reading the words of a very happy man with a ticket to Oxonmoot 2016! :-)

24–25 September 2016, Newcastle Castle, ‘Tolkien Weekend 2016’, Time and Tide Events
Will also feature the Illuminating Tolkien exhibition of art and illustration.


Essays and Scholarship

The Tolkien Society, YouTube, Wednesday, 6 July 2016, ‘Dimitra Fimi - Joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Dimitra Fimi's paper from the Tolkien Society's seminar in Leeds. An excellent paper, that I enjoyed quite a lot.

Sue Bridgwater, Academia.edu, Friday, 8 July 2016, ‘“Fairest of all”: Tolkien's Lúthien Tinúviel and Tennyson's Guinevere
In essence a literary comparison of the two characters – their similarities and their differences.

The Man in the Moon
by Tomás Hijo
Lynn Forest-Hill, Academia.edu, Monday, 11 July 2016, ‘Tolkien, Lydney and the Vyne: patterns of loss and discovery
A paper on the so-called Vyne ring, and the possibility of a connection with Tolkien and, more specifically, the Master Ring in The Lord of the Rings. The analysis is OK, but I have to say I disagree with Forest-Hill's assessment of the probabilities involved. Given the utter lack of evidence for it, I would certainly not agree that it is likely that Tolkien heard about the ring at all – it may be possible (as he did have access to people who did know about it), but that is it. The connections between the Master Ring and the Nodens curse tablet from Lydney (which Tolkien certainly did know) are, in my opinion, already tenuous (there are other possible sources that could inspire the same narrative elements and which are known to have influenced Tolkien), and trying to extend them to the Vyne ring requires, in my opinion, rather more speculative extrapolation than is sound.

Anna Smol, Monday, 18 July 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: summer series. Flieger on Kullervo
Anna Smol resumes her series of podcasts & videos with scholars talking about Tolkien. In this second series, she starts with Verlyn Flieger speaking about Kullervo at Exeter College in October last year. Flieger is as brilliant as ever, and I think the power of her lecturing style, drawing the audience in, translates quite well on the audio.

Danièle Cybulskie, Medievalist.net, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘Did Medieval People Believe in King Arthur?
An interesting question and a fine introduction to the discussion. In my mind this also ties up with some of Tolkien's internal discussions (e.g. in the ‘Myths Transformed’ texts) in which he seems to think that his mythology needed to be in some sense believable even for modern people (“When however […] it is the general belief that we live upon a 'spherical' island in 'Space' you cannot do this [flat earth made round, red.] any more.”). I have always felt that Tolkien was wrong here – what mattered is rather what people believe that their ancestors were willing to believe. And discussions such as this imply that even our ancestors may have had a more refined outlook, being able to distinguish between what we might call the historical truth and the mythological truth.

Simon J. Cook, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘Death and the Tower
A very good article by Simon Cook about an aspect of Tolkien's long-standing ‘meditation upon death’, which Cook observes stands ‘[a]t the root of Tolkien's fantasy’. To me, this piece sparked thoughts on Tolkien's use of water (and in particular the Sea). I have often seen in popular expositions of our early medieval history (say, the latter half of the first millennium) that, water was the connecting parts of geography, while land, with all the huge forests, the Myrkviðr, were the barriers, the no-man zones where the boundaries lay. This idea of water, and particularly the sea, as that which connects us to others, and which may bring us to new and strange lands (think Leifr Eiríksson, Odysseus, Gulliver, etc. etc.), seems to be present in many ways in Tolkien's work.

Gandalf Pipe-Weed
by Joe Gilronan

Dennis Wilson Wise, Journal of Tolkien Research, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘Harken Not to Wild Beasts: Between Rage and Eloquence in Saruman and Thrasymachus
In The Hobbit Tolkien (through Bilbo) notes that the good things are soon told about, while the uncomfortable parts make for a longer telling. I really enjoyed reading this paper by Wise, and I think he has some very excellent points that are in no way undermined by my minor complaints below. The overarching theme of looking at Saruman's speech from a rhetorical perspective and applying the framework of Plato's arguments against rhetorics works really fine, and his inclusion of thymos is enlightening.
Wise appears to overlook the first mention of Saruman, which (besides Tolkien's foreword) occurs already in the second chapter, ‘The Shadow of the Past’ when Gandalf says things like ”I might perhaps have consulted Saruman the White, but something always held me back” and “I let [Gollum] go; for I had much else to think of at that time, and I still trusted the lore of Saruman” It is a pity, for I think these instances would strengthen his argument.
On the other hand, Wise also claims that Tolkien, in a statement in the published letters, “states that there is nothing magical about Saruman’s Voice.” This is a strong overstatement of what Tolkien actually says anywhere in the letters. The implications in the book is that Saruman's voice does have a power that the Hobbits would most likely describe as ‘magic’ – a power that “corrupted the reasoning powers” and thus undermines the will, making it more difficult (but not impossible) to reject his voice (there is more to it than that). I suppose that it is possible to read the book as saying that there is nothing magical about Saruman's voice, but I do not agree that it is a reasonable reading to claim that “Anyone with skill, talent, and patience can learn the speech-craft possessed by Saruman.”(9) In this connection, it is worth remembering that Tolkien also often uses his magic (or whatever you wish to call it – what the Hobbits would call ‘magic’, anyway) to emphasise the natural causality of the Primary World, strengthening a causal relation by magic to make also the natural connection appear more obvious. Thus the indications of something magical about Saruman's voice are, in my opinion, in many ways a stronger argument in favour of Wise's overall ideas than his (Wise's) insistence that Saruman's voice is not magical (because it, in my opinion, shows Tolkien emphasising this aspect of causation).
See also Dennis Wise, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘A Good Week For Publication

Renée Vink, Academia.edu, Saturday, 23 July 2016, ‘Human-stories or Human Stories?
Renée's paper from the 2015 Tolkien Seminar in Aachen. The paper takes its outset from Tolkien's remark in On Fairy-stories that “the human stories of the elves are doubtless full of the Escape from Deathlessness.” This starts an investigation to see which of Tolkien's stories might qualify as examples of this. Renée concludes that the story of Beren and Lúthien is probably the best example (probably with Aragorn and Arwen coming in second). I like that she also notes that if enchantment is a part of the Faërie of the fairy-stories of humans, then some kind of disenchantment should be part of the human stories of the Elves. I think, however, that the specifik context in which Tolkien uses the term would suggest something other than then usual interpretation of this phrase, but rather something that would be an antithesis to his concept of the enchantment of the Elves (something akin to, but stronger than, Secondary Belief).

Anna Smol, Kristine Larsen, Sunday, 24 July 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: Kristine Larsen on the Inklings & Science
Kristine Larsen's keynote speech, “Lewis, Tolkien, and Popular Level Science: What the Well-Educated Inklings Actually Knew about the Universe (As Reflected in the Details of Narnia, Middle-earth, and Other Secondary Worlds)” from the New York Tolkien Conference. Larsen clearly prefers to keep her titles in the tradition of the sciences – precise rather than poetic ... :-) Oh, and the talk, despite some sound buffering problems, is really good!

Pippin Comforts Merry
by Peter Xavier Price
Andrew Higgins, Journal of Tolkien Research, Tuesday, 26 July 2016, ‘'Those Who Cling in Queer Corners To The Forgotten Tongues and Memories of an Elder Day': J.R.R. Tolkien, Finns and Elves
A longer version of Andrew Higgins' paper from the Leeds conference, in which Andy explores the connections between Tolkien's early fascination of the Finnish Kalevala and his Book of Lost Tales. The connections explored range from the conceptual over the narrative to the lingustic, and are followed by some interesting commentary. A really fine paper!
I am, however, a little curious about what constitutes a ‘primitive’ language in modern linguistic research? Andy seems to accept Max Müller's 1881 description, leading to his assertion, that “Therefore Finnish and Qenya both represent the most primitive of these phases in language.” I am curious whether this also reflects the modern linguistic view (I wouldn't say that I don't speak a word of Finnish – I speak six. But I have had a life-long contact with Finnish, and I wouldn't have thought of the language as primitive).

Nelson Goering, Journal of Inklings Studies (Academia.edu), Friday, 29 July 2016, ‘The Fall of Arthur and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún: A Metrical Review of Three Modern English Alliterative Poems
A very interesting article, which I dare say though I haven't finished it yet (I need to concentrate and take it slowly, OK :-) ). Nelson analyses the three long, narrative alliterative poems by Tolkien that have been published in recent years (two in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and one in The Fall of Arthur) for their metrical structure, showing both haw Tolkien stayed within the medieval tradition, though at times tweaking it a bit to accomodate the needs of modern English.

Nelson Goering, Transactions of the Philological Society (Academia.edu), Friday, 29 July 2016, ‘Early Old English Foot Structure
I have not had time to read this paper, but check the abstract yourself ...

Anna Smol, Irina Metzler, Sunday, 31 July 2016, ‘Talks on Tolkien II: Irina Metzler on Tolkien & Disability Studies
From the 2016 Tolkien Society seminar. Also see elsewhere.


Commentary

Thranduil & Legolas
by Katarzyna ‘Kasiopea’ Chmiel-Gugulska
Konstantin Kakaes, Slate, Tuesday, 5 July 2016, ‘The Magic of the Lord of the Rings Books
An excellent reading / review, and I do not think that I can add anything to David Bratman's comments in
David Bratman, The Tolkien Society, Wednesday, 6 July 2016, ‘today's article on Tolkien
Bratman responds to the discussion of his critique of Kakaes' use of the word ‘fight’ to describe the scene when Gandalf comes to Isengard and is put on the pinnacle of Orthanc after a discussion with Saruman David Bratman, The Tolkien Society, Saturday, 9 July 2016, ‘word fight
While I accept that the word may be ... not inappropriate in an informal modern vernacular, I would still never dream of describing this scene as a fight (not even a quarrel), as there is no aggression, no raised voices, and despite scoffing and scorn, only hints at an underlying anger, and ultimately Gandalf resigns to go quietly with the people who put him at the pinnacle.
Further commentary on both Kakaes' piece and Bratman's reaction can be found be here,Dennis Wise, Monday, 11 July 2016, ‘Tolkien on the Webz

Lynn Forest-Hill, Sunday, 10 July 2016, ‘First meeting in July
This month starts with ‘The Stairs of Cirith Ungol’ (TLotR IV, 8)

Tim Lomas, Scientific American, Tuesday, 12 July 2016, ‘The Magic of "Untranslatable" Words
Though it doesn't mention Tolkien, I think there is something very Tolkienian about this article. I certainly think that discussing this over a pint (or perhaps a ‘pant of Thong-ale’) with good Tolkien friends would be hyggeligt ... :-)

Michael Flowers, Tuesday, 12 July 2016, ‘A Weekend in Tolkien's Staffordshire
The story of a very special magical trip ... Unfortunately I am unlikely to be able to visit Staffordshire anytime soon, but one day ...

Simon J. Cook, Monday, 18 July 2016, ‘The Shadow in the Nameless East
A commentary on the on-line essay, All the East is moving by Tom Holland. Holland mentions Tolkien in the essay, and Cook finds that “in general this seems to me yet another case of someone using Tolkien's fantasy for their own ends”. Having read the essay I agree with Cook's assessment of the invokation of Tolkien – also that some of the parallels might be worth investigating in context without the personal political agenda.

Bruce Charlton, Tuesday, 19 July 2016, ‘The next step in Inklings studies? The Inklings as group complementarity
I will leave assessing the scholarly value of this commentary on the Inklings to those more knowledgeable about this club-group-whatever – I found it interesting without being immediately compelling, and certainly thought-inspiring.

John D. Rateliff, Friday, 22 July 2016, ‘Did Tolkien Read Burroughs?
A question arising from a reading of the extended Smith of Wootton Major (edited by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson – an absolute must-have gem, by the way!).
Rateliff answers the titular question himself in John D. Rateliff, Monday, 25 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Definitely Read Burroughs

Tom Hillman, Thursday, 28 July 2016, ‘'Radagast The Bird-Tamer!' and the Characterization of Saruman (FR 2.ii.238-39)
An interesting observation on Saruman's rhetorical tricks when insulting Radagast and glorifying himself.


Reviews and Book News

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 4 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "Unfinished Tales" (30th Anniversary Hardback Edition)
Another description of a delightful Tolkien hardback edition.

'Trotter', Tolkien Collector's Guide, Thursday, 7 July 2016, ‘Sotheby's Auction
A number of Tolkien lots up for auction at Sotheby's on 12 July.

Wayne G. Hammond, Friday, 8 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Biographies Continued, Part Three
A review of a new ‘biography’ by Currie and Lewis, On the Perilous Road: An Unauthorised Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien. The review is sharp and to the point, though it is also my impression that it is rather patient and generous towards the book and the idiosyncracies of the authors.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 11 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Children of Hurin"
On the hardback Children of Húrin

Under the Sign of the Prancing Pony
by Tomás Hijo
Alison Flood, The Guardian, Thursday, 14 July 2016, ‘Rare JRR Tolkien poem The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun to be republished
A good article – and one for the shelves, obviously :)
I feel somewhat with Ms Flood when I see how her fine article is treated (The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun becoming the ‘Galadriel poem’ in the URL …): Daniel White, Time, Thursday, 14 July 2016, ‘Rare J.R.R. Tolkien Poem Will Be Republished After 70 Years
Alison Flood's article in The Guardian has inspired a number of other articles, that are all depending on the article above such as Carli Velocci, Gizmodo.com (14 July), Nick Romano, Entertainment Weekly (15 July), Carolyn Fox, The Mary Sue (15 July), Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, CNET (17 July), Nate Pedersen, Fine Books & Collections (19 July), , ( July), OK … to be completely honest, they are not all horribly bad, some of them are just ‘meh!’, but as usual I find the interest in Tolkien publications interesting in itself. For a humorous reaction to the hype see Simon Cook's laundry list post under ‘Other Stuff.

Dimitra Fimi, Academia.edu, Thursday, 14 July 2016, ‘Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits
If you have been in doubt on whether to buy this book (I cannot imagine why, but still), Fimi has uploaded the contents and the index to give you an idea of the contents (the short version: if you haven't already, then go buy it – there's also a link to the publisher).

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 18 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "Tales From the Perilous Realm"
Personally I will strongly recommend the expanded editions – do not rob yourself of such gems from Tolkien's pen as “for nowhere does time ‘fly’ so fast compared with daily experience as when sitting and drinking and conversing with dear friends in an inn.” and “The love of Faery is the love of love: a relationship towards all things, animate and inanimate, which includes love and respect, and removes or modifies the spirit of possession and domination.“ ... Expanded editions, friends!

John Rateliff, Thursday, 21 July 2016, ‘THE LAY OF AOTROU AND ITROUN (Next New Tolkien Book)
Discussing the news about the upcoming relase of The Lay of Autrou and Itroun (also see above).

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Friday, 22 July 2016, ‘"The Story of Kullervo" Paperback
On the August 2017 of the paperback version of The Story of Kullervo.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, Monday, 25 July 2016, ‘Tolkien Tuesday: "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun"

Dimitra Fimi, Mallorn (Academia.edu), Thursday, 28 July 2016, ‘Tolkien and Folklore: Sellic Spell and The Lay of Beowulf
Dimitra Fimi's review from Mallorn 55 (Winter 2014) of Beowulf – A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien.

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Wednesday, 27 July 2016, ‘Facsimile first edition of The Hobbit to be published on 22 September
This time the release date is reportedly firm and certain … almost … sort of … perhaps …. As this book has been promised for something like 2½ years with a release date constantly on the move, I'm solidly in the ‘let's wait and see’ camp.

Daniel Helen, The Tolkien Society, Thursday, 28 July 2016, ‘Leaf by Niggle published in its own volume


Tolkienian Artwork

Tomás Hijo, Tuesday, 12 July 2016, ‘Restocking
It would seem that Hijo's Smaug image is one of those being restocked ...

Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska, Tuesday, 12 July 2016, ‘Thranduil & Legolas

Peter Xavier Price, Wednesday, 13 July 2016, ‘Pippin Comforts Merry
... in Minas Tirith after finding him in an alley after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

Tomás Hijo, Friday, 15 July 2016, ‘Crossing fingers for this new ultra secret project.
No hints at what this ‘ultra secret project’ might be unless there is a hint in the picture, which illustrates a couple of lines from the Dwarves' song in The Hobbit (Far over the misty mountains cold).

The Witch-king
by Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska (Kasiopea)
Manuel Castañón, Saturday, 16 July 2016, ‘The Dragon and the Star
A quite good depiction of the fight between Ancalagon the Great and Eärendil in Vingilot.

Tsvetelina Krumova, ‘Elmenel’, Monday, 18 July 2016, ‘Happy Seventh Anniversary to the "Parma Eldaliéva" Project!
First, congratulations on the anniversary to Elmenel (Tsvetelina)! May the stars and moon continue to light up your beautiful calligraphy! Secondly I'll encourage anyone with a bit of monthly surplus to consider supporting one or more of the fantastic Tolkien-related artists on Patreon (I'm sure that there are other, similar, sites that I don't know), such as e.g. Tsvetelina's amazingly beautiful Parma Eldaliéva project. (Post restricted to patrons)

Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska, Tuesday, 19 July 2016, ‘Witch-king

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘Under the Sign of the Prancing Poney
Celebrating the first anniversary of the coloured version of Hijo's award-winning piece, Under the Sign of the Prancing Pony.

Tomás Hijo, Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘What have I got in my pocket?
“This goes to Newcastle, UK, for the exhibition Illuminating Tolkien ...”

Tomás Hijo, Saturday, 23 July 2016, ‘The Dwarves of yore made mighty spells
Another frame from Hijo's Dwarf-song work.

Tomás Hijo, Monday, 25 July 2016, ‘The Man in the Moon
From Hijo's illustration of the song that Frodo sings in The Prancing Pony ...

Joe Gilronan, Tuesday, 26 July 2016, ‘Gandalf Pipe-Weed

Graeme Skinner, John-Howe.com, Sunday, 31 July 2016, ‘Bookplates
Three ornate, Tolkien-theme bookplates for books from the libraries of some of Tolkien's well-loved characters.


Story Internal (Ardalogy)

Tom Hillman, Sunday, 17 July 2016, ‘Galadriel and the Fall of Gandalf
Hillman continues his close investigation of the reception of the Company of the Ring in Caras Galadhon, particularly what Galadriel knew when about Gandalf's fate (at the time when Celeborn and Galadriel were greeting the Company, Gandalf was still fighting the Balrog in the depths below the mines).

Michael Martinez, Saturday, 25 July 2016, ‘Why Didn't the Elves Sail to Númenor?
Michael discusses this question, and in a following post discusses “What is the significance of height among Númenoreans?”


Other Stuff

John D. Rateliff, Friday, 8 July 2016, ‘'stretches incredulity'
With a few words on what is going to be the contents of Rateliff's next Tolkien-related publication.

Simon Cook, Saturday, 16 July 2016, ‘Tolkien's undiscovered previously discovered laundry list with new annotations
Probably a comment on the comments on the coming release of The Lay Aotrou and Itroun, but I am not entirely sure of the target of the humour – the sometimes horribly poor articles that get written about it, the attempts by the HarperCollins marketing team to tie just about everything Tolkien ever wrote to his legendarium in order, presumably, to boost sales (one could argue that this is to some extent not entirely false, but then it is in a very general, and vague, sense), or the fact of the publication at all?

Anna Faktorovich, Pennsylvania Literary Journal (Academia.edu), Wednesday, 20 July 2016, ‘Interview with Janet Brennan Croft, Editor of Mythlore
This 2011 interview has now been uploaded to Academia.edu by Janet Brennan Croft.

Suzanne Simard TED, Friday, 22 July 2016, ‘How trees talk to each other
Nope, no ‘hoom hom’ or trees moving about. But nonetheless discussing the internet of tree roots ... (mostly for fun)

Dimitra Fimi, Monday, 25 July 2016, ‘Tackling your first academic conference paper: a practical guide
Not Tolkien-related as such, but the Tolkien community has a large number of people presenting papers at various conferences and seminars, many of whom have never given a paper before, and this guide will undoubtedly come in handy for many of those. Thank you, Dimitra!

Michael Martinez, The Tolkien Society, Tuesday, 26 July 2016, ‘The Terence Tiller Tolkien Trivia Quiz
Those are good questions for now – but how long before all the answers are considered ordinary Tolkien trivia? Though I dare say that Terence Tiller will be remembered more for his work for the BBC than for this.


Rewarding Discussions

LotR Plaza, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien Style
On Tolkien prose style.

LotR Plaza, ‘Goblin or Orc
Nothing new, really, unless it be in the specific combination of information :) Still, it does both bear and need to be restated every once in a while.


In Print

Beyond Bree July 2016
Leading with an hypothesis regarding the word Mewlips by Mark Hooker, whose linguistic analyses leave with the overall feeling that “it may well be possible, and while some of them must almost certainly be true, most of them almost certainly aren't” – I just have no idea which are which. Still, the linguistic playfulness is always enjoyable for those who love words. Nancy Martsch reviews A Secret Vice edited by Fimi and Higgins, and Nancy Bunting offers ‘An autobiographical reading’ of Tolkien's Roverandom. All in all a fairly good issue.

Amon Hen 260, July 2016
This issue has not yet reached my door, but I have found it for download at the Tolkien Society web-site (members' section). The main pleasure for me about Amon hen is always to see what is going on in the Tolkien Society – including in on-line discussions I have participated in, but also including fascinating reports from various events (all of them being ‘abroad’ for me, but some also for the UK readers). This time these are complemented by a hilarious article by Kristine Larsen on the structural geology textbook that feature the Bree Creek Quadrangle, and an interesting analysis of Arvedui by Angela Nicholas. Again, July has proven a good month!

The dragon's ire more fierce than fire
by Tomás Hijo

Web Sites, Blogs, Etc.

Dennis Wilson Wise, ‘Stratofanatic's Emporium


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 July 2016

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

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

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

Anna Smol, ‘A Single Leaf
Archive of posts from July 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 2

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

Simon Cook, Ye Machine
Archive of posts from July 2016

Southfarthing Mathom
Archive of posts from July 2016

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

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Archive of posts from July 2016

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

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

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

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

For a full list of sources, see http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com/p/sources.html

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