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The Walking Tree Publishers collect and publish essays, papers and monographs from a broad range of different authors covering an equally diverse palette of topics, ranging from linguistics to theology.
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17th December 2013: In the Nameless Wood reviewed in Beyond Bree
Beyond Bree is the newsletter of the Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa. Subscriptions are open to all lovers of Tolkien's Middle-earth, Mensan and non- Mensan alike. For more information on Beyond Bree, please visit http://www.cep.unt.edu/bree.html
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=96 )
16th September 2013: Call for papers
Tolkien's portrayal of nature in Middle-earth has been interpreted in a variety of ways, often depending on the context of the reading. Some have seen Middle-earth and its potential destroyer, the Ring, as an allegory of the European continent under the threat of the atomic bomb, while others have embraced it as an artistic expression of the Green movement's agenda in the face of industrial abuse. Some have read nature in Tolkien's work in terms of old myths and religion; yet others take the exhaustive descriptions of the physical environment, textual and cartographic, as a sign that Middle-earth itself is the central protagonist of the stories. Tolkien himself leaves the field open for interpretation, as long as we do not single out one particular perspective as more valid than another —as he states in his famous 1966 foreword to The Lord of the Rings, applicability not allegory is key to the understanding of his literature.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=95 )
11th September 2013: New book – In the Nameless Wood
Following in the footsteps of the previous publication, Tolkien's View: Windows into his World, Professor J.S. Ryan in this latest collection of essays pursues Professor Tolkien's narrow path through the Nameless Wood of uncharted territory between academic research and mythcreation culminating in the writing of the 20th century's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.
Having himself studied under Professor J.R.R. Tolkien and having written for no less than 50 years on his inspirational teacher, his sources and the applicability of his writings, J.S. Ryan is uniquely placed to reflect not only on Tolkien the Scholar or Tolkien the Author, but equally on Tolkien the Man. ... (more)
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Today's selection ...
Authorship in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is a subject of many facets. Within the mythology and history of Middle-earth, many story-tellers, bards, annalists and poets contribute to the weaving of an enormous tapestry of tales. Sub-creation, as Tolkien practiced ... (read more)
(A different book or paper from our portfolio is featured here every day. This publication is featured on 18th December 2013. Click here if this is not today's version.)