Tolkien and Philosophy
16th July 2014: Announcing Tolkien and Philosophy
"Tolkien and Philosophy" is a theme that has not yet been studied with the "philological" accuracy and the textual knowledge that are required to avoid squeezing the Professor's works inside conceptual frameworks that, rather than exposing their intrinsic value, risk losing both their profound meaning and their inherent beauty. What is the relationship between Tolkien's work and Philosophy? The question, if taken seriously, is by no means trivial. For these reasons we wish this book to become, in both method and content, an essential point of reference for anyone interested in better understanding the significant elements that sometimes link, sometimes divide, the "philologist" Tolkien from proper speculative philosophy.
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From Peterborough to Faëry
14th May 2014: From Peterborough to Faëry
In order to recognise Dr. Allan G. Turner on his approaching 65th Birthday, Walking Tree Publishers honoured him by inviting his friends and colleagues to write essays on a variety of topics. The volume was presented to him as a surprise at the recent Tolkien Conference in Jena, Germany.
The book is included in the Cormarë Series as number 31. More information is available here.
The pictures below show the book being presented to Allan Turner (on the left in all four views) by his Jena colleague (and co-editor of the book), Dirk Vanderbeke. The pictures can be enlarged by clicking.
A pdf preview with the cover, table of contents and introduction is also available here (ca 1.2MB).
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Musik in Mittelerde
25th February 2014: Musik in Mittelerde published
Musik in Mittelerde and Music in Middle-earth were produced as a joint effort by Edition Stein und Baum and Walking Tree Publishers, with those articles originally written in English translated into German and vice versa. Due to unforeseen delays, the German version could not be launched jointly with Music in Middle-earth as initially planned. However, we are very pleased to announce that Musik in Mittelerde is now available.
Our page on the English language version, Music in Middle-earth, is here.
The covers of both versions feature Anke Eißmann's picture, Daeron and Lúthien.
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In the Nameless Wood, Explorations in the Philological Hinterland of Tolkien's Literary Creations
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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O What a Tangled Web, Tolkien and Medieval Literature, A View from Poland
23rd June 2013: New publication – O What a Tangled Web, Tolkien and Medieval Literature, A View from Poland
The nine articles of stimulating literary criticism collected in this volume view Tolkien's work from a variety of medieval perspectives: the device of entrelacement employed in Arthurian romances is used to throw light on the narrative design of The Lord of the Rings; the cultures of Middle-earth are described with the aid of medieval orality and literacy studies; the epic figure of the queen is recalled to reveal the significance of women in Tolkien's trilogy; the character of Éowyn is analyzed in terms of the epic warrior code and the romance chivalric ethos; the role of Elbereth is shown to ... (more)
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2nd April 2013: New publication – Tolkien's Poetry
J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his prose work, especially his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Although there are many poems included in his novels that add depth to the narrative, Tolkien's talent as a writer of poetry has scarcely been appreciated and in-depth studies of Tolkien's verses are rare. This collection edited by Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner presents ten papers and an introduction by Michael Drout that deal with specific aspects of Tolkien's poetry. Some papers focus on one particular poem, while others examine a group of poems with a specific thematic approach [read more]
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Sub-creating Middle-earth – Constructions of Authorship and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
20th November 2012: New publication – Sub-creating Middle-earth
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 it, involves an abundance of traditions, including different modes of authorship and literary creation – and some depart strikingly from the common modern notions. Instead of proposing a unified perception, the six articles in this collection therefore examine the web of authorial presence and authorship concepts in Tolkien's works from diverse angles, to trace a polyphonous dialogue between the writer of the texts and the many voices within that shape Middle-earth in concert. [read more]
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Wagner and Tolkien: Mythmakers
20th June 2012: New publication – Wagner and Tolkien, Mythmakers
"Both Rings were round and there the resemblance ceases", wrote J.R.R. Tolkien about the rings in his epic The Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner's opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung. Or did he? The answer is not as straightforward as many Tolkien fans believe, whether they agree with the statement or consider it misguided. Nor is the statement itself as transparently defensive as some Wagner buffs suggest.
Much has been said and written about Wagner and Tolkien, a subject that tends to generate a certain amount of heat, mostly due to the former's controversial status as Hitler's favourite composer. But until now the various, often contradictory opinions and the facts and perceptions on which they are based were rarely discussed at length or analysed in depth. [read more]
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This book is the second of a pair that explores the Tolkien and Wagner topic.
The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
9th June 2012: New publication – The Broken Scythe
The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
What is the central theme of The Lord of the Rings? J.R.R. Tolkien's answer to this apparently simple question may surprise some readers: "I do not think that even Power or Domination is the real centre of my story [...] The real theme for me is about something much more permanent and difficult: Death and Immortality" (Letters no. 186). Despite this very clear statement, only a small number of published studies have focused on these two themes. [read more]
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Tolkien and Wagner: The Ring and Der Ring
25th February 2012: Tolkien and Wagner now available
Walking Tree Publishers are pleased to announce the publication of Tolkien and Wagner: The Ring and Der Ring by Christopher MacLachlan.
Tolkien famously rejected comparison of his Ring with Wagner's, though there is good evidence that Tolkien knew much more about Der Ring des Nibelungen than he let on after the publication of The Lord of the Rings. Analysis of that work from a Wagnerian point of view enables consideration of it in a new way. (read more)
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This book is the first of a pair that explores the Tolkien and Wagner topic.