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20th November 2012: New publication – Sub-creating Middle-earth

Sub-creating Middle-earth - Constructions of Authorship and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien 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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13th November 2012: Oxford Tolkien Spring School

Link directly to announcement on the website of the University of Oxford, Faculty of English.

Date: 21 March 2013 - 23 March 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best known authors of the twentieth century, and his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have entertained and intrigued readers alike for decades, becoming some of the most popular books of all time. Many people will have read these novels, or seen the filmed adaptations, but have had little opportunity to take their interests further. To meet this need the Oxford Tolkien Spring School is being organised by the University of Oxford's English Faculty (where Tolkien taught for most of his career), aimed at those who have read some of Tolkien's fiction and wish to discover more. A series of introductory lectures by world-leading Tolkien scholars have been assembled, to take place in the English Faculty, University of Oxford, over the 21-23 March, 2013. Talks will cover Tolkien's life, his work as an academic, his mythology, the influences of medieval literature on his fiction, his languages, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and his other lesser known works. There will also be panel discussions looking at Tolkien's place in the the literary canon. There will also be opportunities to see the sights of Oxford that were so important to Tolkien and his colleagues, as well as an introduction to some of the Tolkien collections at the University.

The School is open to members of the public, and is aimed particularly at those who have read some of Tolkien's fiction but are now seeking an introduction to his mythology, further areas of study, and a deeper critical appreciation.

Speakers include:
- John Garth on 'Tolkien's Life'
- Thomas Honegger on 'Tolkien as an Academic'
- Carl Phelpstead on 'Tolkien's Mythology'
- Elizabeth Solopova on 'Tolkien's Languages'
- Mark Atherton on 'Tolkien and Medieval Literature (Old English)'
- Stuart Lee on The Hobbit
- Anna Caughey on The Lord of the Rings
- Maria Artamonova on 'Tolkien's Other Fiction

More information here (from the University of Oxford, Faculty of English)

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1st November 2012: Book reviews in Mythlore

Mythlore, in its edition 31 (Fall/Winter 2012) has published reviews of no less than three of our books: the recently published The Loss and the Silence as well as the recently republished volumes, Translating Tolkien and Tolkien in Translation. The reviews are reproduced with kind permission on this website here.

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.

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8th October 2012: Book review in Beyond Bree

A review of Liam Campbell's The Ecological Augury in the Works of JRR Tolkien has been published in Beyond Bree. The review can be read here.

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


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30th August 2012: Review of Roots and Branches

Franco Manni has written a review of Tom Shippey's Roots and Branches on, which we are able to reproduce on this website with kind permission of the author.

More on Roots and Branches.

Read Franco Manni's review here.

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30th July 2012: Return of the Ring (reminder)

Return of the Ring Loughborough 2012
Here is a reminder to those who are are still undecided or have yet to book: The Tolkien Society are hosting The Return of the Ring, a five day event in Loughborough, England from 16-20th August.

The event includes special guest talks, a banquet, gaming, parties, art show, papers, quizzes, live music, costumes, workshops, storytelling, book signings, a ceilidh, Middle-earth re-enactment and much more!

Members of Walking Tree Publishers will be present and are organising their Arda Slam, which will take place on Sunday 19th at 15:30. They are also taking part in a panel titled Editing, Translating and Publishing (on) Tolkien on the same day at 13:45 (all times provisional). Furthermore, several of our authors will be present at the event and holding presentations and/or participating in signing sessions.

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20th June 2012: New publication – Wagner and Tolkien, Mythmakers

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.

9th June 2012: New publication – The Broken Scythe

The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Roberto Arduini and Claudio A. Testi (editors)
With a preface by Verlyn Flieger

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

A review of Liam Campbell's The Ecological Augury in the Works of JRR Tolkien has been published in Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung. The review (in German) can be read here.

Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung is the journal of Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung e.V.,

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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 .

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