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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8th June 2012: Book review in Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung
Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung is the journal of Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung e.V., www.fantastikforschung.de
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18th April 2012: Reminder of Jena conference
Just to remind those who are still undecided, that a conference entitled Tolkien's Influence on Fantasy is taking place in Jena, Germany, from Friday 27th April to Sunday 29th April. The conference is co-organised by DTG and Walking Tree Publishers. For more information on this event, please visit the conference website seminar2012.kolbitar.de .
28th March 2012: Book review in Inklings Jahrbuch 29
Inklings Jahrbuch is the journal of the Inklings Gesellschaft, whose website is www.inklings-gesellschaft.de.
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9th March 2012: Tolkien's Influence on Fantasy
The upcoming conference, Tolkien's Influence on Fantasy, now has a poster.
For more information on this event, please visit the conference website seminar2012.kolbitar.de .
To download a printable pdf of the poster (ca. 1.6 MB), click here.
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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.
11th February 2012: Hobbit Place-names now available
Walking Tree Publishers are pleased to announce the publication of Hobbit Place-names, A Linguistic Excursion through the Shire by Rainer Nagel.
J.R.R. Tolkien's giving of names has garnered considerable attention in the linguistic analysis of Tolkien's works. Usually, however, the focus has been on singling out particular names of important individuals and places. Thorough analyses of names (place-names or personal ones) are usually reserved for Elvish names only. (read more)
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30th January 2012: Upcoming publications
Walking Tree Publishers are currently working on the following new publications:
Exploring the domain of Tolkien and Wagner, two books are being prepared:
Furthermore, the following books are also in preparation:
These books will be announced on this website as they are released.
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19th December 2011: Second edition of Inside Language
Walking Tree Publishers are pleased to anounce the publication of a second edition of Inside Language, Linguistic and Aesthetic Theory in Tolkien by Ross Smith.
The entire text has been thoroughly revised and a detailed index has been added. In addition, new material has been incorporated and a number of passages have been reworked in search of greater consistency. The result is a second edition which builds on the strengths of the first to achieve a more robust and coherent work. (read more)
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14th December 2011: Tolkien's Influence on Fantasy
27th-29th April 2012, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
DTG Seminar with the support of Walking Tree Publishers
Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is, of course, neither the earliest nor the only work of fantasy that has exerted an influence on the development of the genre. Yet it is arguably one of the most important sources for many of the key texts of 20th and 21st century fantasy and is very often used as a work of reference (author xy is "the new Tolkien", "the Tolkien of xy" etc.). Its enormous popularity has made it almost impossible to ignore or even to avoid contact with its key-elements and stock-characters, such as maps, magic rings, elves, dwarves, wizards etc. They have been adapted by numerous later writers and artists and have become familiar icons of popular culture. Writing fantasy seemed, for a long time, to offer only two choices: to write in the tradition established by Tolkien, or against it. Recent authors, however, approach the 'tradition' with greater freedom and while acknowledging their debt to Tolkien, they no longer feel bound by the 'authority' of the master. This development has been furthered by a general trend towards the transgression of genre borders and the posthumous publication of much of the background material related to the ?sub-creation« of Middle-earth has opened up new vistas and provided ample opportunities for independent 'sub-creation'.
The Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena is hosting the 9th Seminar of the Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft (DTG) from 27-29 April 2012. The Seminar aims at exploring the various aspects of Tolkien's influence (or, alternatively, non-influence) on the development of fantasy and contributions (either in German or English) not only from scholars but also writers/authors and other artists are welcome.
For more information, please visit the website of the DTG Seminar 2012 Jena (external link).
For information on past and other conferences with Walking Tree Publishes participation, please visit our conferences page.
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