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26th April 2016: Tolkien Conference Jena

Just a reminder that the Tolkien Seminar is taking place in Jena, Germany from 6th to 8th May 2016. For more information, please consult this page on the Deutsche Tolkiengesellschaft website.

Tolkien’s Philosophy of Language

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26th April 2016: Pre-publication offprints

The digital revolution seemingly knows no bounds, and although we at Walking Tree Publishers remain dedicated to the print medium, we have decided to also test the waters of digital distribution.

How will these digital releases fit into our portfolio? We are presently preparing the paper publication of a volume entitled Humour in and around the Works of JRR Tolkien. However, with some papers long ready and awaiting publication whereas others are still in progress, we have decided to make some of the completed papers available in the interim.

These documents are presently available for free download. This system may change at some point in the future.

Presently available are:

Chapter 4
Plain Ignorance in the Vulgar Form: Tolkien's Onomastic Humour in Farmer Giles of Ham
Łukasz Neubauer
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Chapter 5
"This of course is the way to talk to dragons": Etiquette-Based Humor in The Hobbit
Laura Lee Smith
[-> download]

Chapter 6
Strategies of Humour in The Stupid Ring Parody
Sherrylyn Branchaw
[-> download]

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8th December 2015: Book reviews in Beyond Bree

Reviews of two of our books have been published in recent editions of Beyond Bree:

- Christopher MacLachlan, Tolkien and Wagner: The Rind and Der Ring (read as pdf)
- Patrick Curry, Deep Roots in a Time of Frost: Essays on Tolkien (read as pdf)

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

The reviews are reproduced on this website with kind permission.

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23rd August 2015: Tolkien Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Tolkien's Philosophy of Language

The topic of the 2016 Tolkien Conference will be "Tolkien's Philosophy of Language". The event will be held in the University of Jena from 6-8 May 2016. The Tolkien Conference is an annual event co-organized by Deutsche Tolkiengesellschaft and Walking Tree Publishers. A call for papers has been published. Read more here (pdf) or on the website of Deutsche Tolkiengesellschaft.

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7th July 2015: Representations of Nature in Middle-earth published

Representations of Nature in Middle-earth Walking Tree Publishers are proud to announce the publication of a new book Representations of Nature in Middle-earth. This collection of nine essays is edited by Martin Simonson.

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 myth and religion; yet others take the exhaustive descriptions of the physical environment as a sign that Middle-earth itself ... [read more]

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26th June 2015: Tolkien's Poetry reviewed in Journal of Tolkien Research

A review by Andrew Higgins has been published in Journal of Tolkien Research.

Link to article here.

Link to journal here.

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23rd June 2015: In the Nameless Wood reviewed in Mythlore

J.S. Ryan's In the Nameless Wood Explorations in the Philological Hinterland of Tolkien's Literary Creations has been reviewed in Mythlore

The review is reproduced here with kind permission.

Mythlore is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Mythopoeic Society that focuses on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and the genres of myth and fantasy.

Link to the website of the Mythopoeic Society.

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