As I wrote a few weeks ago, Brad Eden’s new collection, Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien, is now available for purchase. To help you decide whether this is a book you’d like to add to your own collection, I’m happy to report that you can now read parts of it online. Thanks to Google Books (or jeers and curses to them, depending on your point of view), you can preview Middle-earth Minstrel before you buy, including the table of contents, the introduction, and the first chapter. The amount you can view may vary, and it may change from day to day for all I know — I would swear I could preview more than this just a few days ago! Check it out while you can.
The chapter you can read online just so happens to be mine, “Horns of Dawn: The Tradition of Alliterative Verse in Rohan” — as of right now, you can basically read the whole thing (everything but the last few end-notes and the bibliography). For anyone who’d like to, point your browsers here, and feel free to share the link. If you do read my essay, I would welcome any feedback, questions, or criticisms. I imagine that copies of the book are wending their way to reviewers even now, so I should be able to share the opinions of others soon. Well, soonish.