- Editors’ Introduction
- In Memoriam: Pauline Baynes and Derek Brewer
- Conventions and Abbreviations
- John D. Rateliff — “A Kind of Elvish Craft”: Tolkien as Literary Craftsman
- Douglas A. Anderson — John D. Rateliff: A Checklist
- Ármann Jakonsson — Talk to the Dragon: Tolkien as Translator
- Jill Fitzgerald — A “Clerkes Compleinte”: Tolkien and the Division of Lit. and Lang.
- Stefan Ekman — Echoes of Pearl in Arda’s Landscape
- Judy Ann Ford and Robin Anne Reid — Councils and Kings: Aragorn’s Journey Towards Kingship in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings
- Cynthia M. Cohen — The Unique Representation of Trees in The Lord of the Rings
- Josh Long — Clinamen, Tessera, and the Anxiety of Influence: Swerving from and Completing George MacDonald
- Verlyn Flieger — The Music and the Task: Fate and Free Will in Middle-earth
Notes and Documents
- J.R.R. Tolkien [Edited by Carl F. Hostetter] — Fate and Free Will
- Stuart D. Lee — J.R.R. Tolkien and The Wanderer: From Edition to Application
- Christopher Gilson — Essence of Elvish: The Basic Vocabulary of Quenya
- Book Reviews
- The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies
- Bibliography (in English) for 2007
I know (or think I know) a few of the books being reviewed, but since the reviews comprise a much more fluid section of the volume, I have learned that it’s better not to talk too much about them before they appear. I have also heard that there is supposed to be a comprehensive index of volumes 1–5 published in this issue. We’ll see. I hope so.
If the pieces by Verlyn Flieger and Carl Hostetter sound familiar, then you were either at Mythcon last year, or you read my follow-up discussion (or both). It’s nice to see both of these published, even if Carl was unable to provide the commentary he had hoped. I still have my fingers crossed that he will find the time to write it one of these days. The lead essay by John Rateliff may also sound familiar. He delivered a version of it as the Blackwelder Lecture at Marquette University in October, 2007. I could not be there, so I’m really looking forward to reading the essay now.
Once I’ve read and digested the issue, I’ll share my thoughts about it, as I hope some of you will too. In the meantime, back to The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún …