Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tolkien Studies 7 — table of contents announced!

Courtesy of co-founding editor Doug Anderson, we now know that Volume 7 of Tolkien Studies, “the largest volume ever” at some 400 pages, has gone to press at last. At his blog, Doug shares the news, and equally welcome, the table of contents. Particularly exciting is some previously unpublished material by Tolkien on The Kalevala (transcribed and edited by Verlyn Flieger). The issue also looks to be one of the most multicultural we’ve seen yet. Tolkien Studies seems to be rapidly becoming a truly international publication.

Word of a few of these essays had appeared here and there on the internet already, but here’s the balance of what we can look forward to:

Tolkien Studies, Volume 7 (2010). Features:
  • “The Books of Lost Tales: Tolkien as Metafictionist”, Vladimir Brljak
  • “Faërian Cyberdrama: When Fantasy becomes Virtual Reality”, Péter Kristóf Makai
  • “Coleridge’s Definition of Imagination and Tolkien’s Definition(s) of Faery”, Michael Milburn
  • “‘Strange and free’ —On Some Aspects of the Nature of Elves and Men”, Thomas Fornet-Ponse
  • “Refining the Gold: Tolkien, The Battle of Maldon, and the Northern Theory of Courage”, Mary R. Bowman
  • “Fantasy, Escape, Recovery, and Consolation in Sir Orfeo: The Medieval Foundations of Tolkienian Fantasy”, Thomas Honegger
  • “Elladan and Elrohir: The Dioscuri in The Lord of the Rings”, Sherrylyn Branchaw
  • “Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and His Concept of Native Language: Sindarin and British-Welsh”, Yoko Hemmi
  • “‘Monsterized Saracens,’ Tolkien’s Haradrim, and Other Medieval ‘Fantasy Products’”, Margaret Sinex
  • “Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien’s Morwinyon, Telumendil, and Anarríma”, Kristine Larsen
Notes and Documents:
  • “‘The Story of Kullervo’ and Essays on Kalevala”, J.R.R. Tolkien; transcribed and edited by Verlyn Flieger
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Fairies”, John Garth
Book Reviews:
  • Tom Shippey on Tolkien’s The Lay of Sigurd and Gudrún
  • John Garth on Tolkien’s Tengwesta Qenderinwa and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets Part 2 [Parma Eldalamberon XVIII]
  • John D. Rateliff on The Hobbitonian Anthology by Mark T. Hooker
  • Arden R. Smith on Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fiction by Elizabeth Solopova
  • John D. Rateliff on Tolkien’s View: Windows into His World, by J. S. Ryan
  • “Book Notes”, Douglas A. Anderson
  • “The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies 2007”, David Bratman
  • “Bibliography (in English) for 2008” Compiled by Rebecca Epstein, Michael D.C. Drout, and David Bratman


  1. At last! I was beginning to wonder. BTW, loved the Jef Murray art on the cover of Mythprint.

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie :)

  2. Can't wait to get my hands on it. Some very interesting topics and fresh viewpoints.

  3. Hooray! I look forward to the review of Elizabeth Solopova's book. And glancing at your sidebar, I look forward to your comments on Dimitra Fimi's book, too. Great to see it coming out in a paperback.

  4. Is that Mr. Kinch, or M. R. Kinch? In either case, thanks for the comment. Yes, I was very glad to see that Dimitra’s book has now come out in softcover; the price of the hardcover is simply astronomical ($90, list). Not that it isn’t a great book, but who can afford that? Not even many libraries these days. So, it’s reassuring to see that Palgrave Macmillan is offering a less expensive softcover. That’s one of the things I like about that publisher; many others never take that second step.