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Arda Philology Volume 5

October 6, 2015 — Submitted by Urulöké

Arda Philology 5

Omentielva is the familiar name for the International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Invented Languages. The proceedings of each Omentielva conference is published in volumes titled Arda Philology.

Arda Philology 5, the Proceedings of Omentielva Lempea, was published in September 2015. This volume from the fifth conference contains five papers and three haiku in Quenya:

  • J. ‘Mach’ Wust: The Sindarin Tengwar Modes
  • Måns Björkman: “On the Points of Her Toes”: Some Notes on the Development of “Nieninque”
  • Valeria Barouch: Lifehouses, Houselights and Other Encounters
  • Roman Rausch: Explanation of the Word hobbit
  • Helge K. Fauskanger: Note on the Cross-compatibility of Quenya Vocabulary from Different Stages
  • Marianne Larose, Sascha Mücke, Roman Rausch: Haiku
  • Omentielva Otsea, The Seventh International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Invented Languages will be held on 10 – 13 August 2017 in California. Go to the Omentielva website for more information and to order a copy of the latest (and some back issues of) Arda Philology.

    Letter explaining creation of Estella Brandybuck up for auction on October 22

    September 30, 2015 — Submitted by Urulöké

    Estella Bolger Letter
    By request I am republishing this article from The Tolkien Society below - this is an interesting little piece of the creation of the history of Middle-earth, in Tolkien's own handwriting.

    Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are auctioning a letter which explains the creation of Estella Brandybuck née Bolger, the wife of Meriadoc Brandybuck, on the 22nd October 2015.

    When The Return of the King was published in 1955, Tolkien created Appendix C which did not contain a wife for Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry). In the Note on the Text by Douglas Anderson in recent published copies of The Lord of the Rings, Douglas wrote "Soon after this he sent a small number of further revisions to Ballantine for the appendices, including the now well-known addition of ‘Estella Bolger’ as wife of Meriadoc in the family trees in Appendix C."

    Additional information on Estella Bolger is given in note one of The Family Trees chapter of The Peoples of Middle-earth (edited by Christopher Tolkien) "On one of his copies of the First Edition he added to the genealogy of the Tooks… ‘Estella’ as the sister of Fredegar and her birth-date 1385; and to the Brandybuck genealogy he added to Meriadoc ‘= Estella Bolger 1385’, noting beside this that he told a correspondent in 1965 that ‘I believe he married a sister of Fredegar Bolger of the Bolgers of Budgeford’."

    Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are auctioning the letter mentioned in The Peoples of Middle-earth on the 22nd October 2015 in their 20th Century Books and Works on Paper sale in London.

    The auction gives some additional detail on how Tolkien created the character of Estella. The letter was dictated, typed and signed by Tolkien’s secretary of the time, Baillie Knapheis, and the typed text stated "Your question about who Merry married is an interesting one, but unfortunately the answer is not recorded."

    While the letter was being typed Tolkien appears to have decided that the answer should be recorded i.e. Merry should be married and that a suitable candidate would be the sister of one of Merry’s best friends, Fredegar (Fatty) Bolger.

    Tolkien came up with the name, Estella and also added her to the Bolger and Brandybuck family trees in The Lord of the Rings. Estella’s name was also underlined, indicating that she had been a guest at Bilbo’s party. Due to various publication problems, Estella has only recently appeared in all copies of the Appendix C of The Return of the King.

    The Landscapes of Middle-earth - Announcing the Beyond Bree Calendar for 2016

    September 14, 2015 — Submitted by Urulöké

    Farewell Frodo by Jian Guo Beyond Bree 2016

    I must say that I have to now get a copy of the Chinese Lord of the Rings with the cover art pictured above by Jian Guo, it is just stunning! Of course, I will (again) be getting this edition of the Beyond Bree calendar as they are always well constructed, well edited, and full of beautiful art work year in and year out. These are published in small numbers, so get your pre-order in as soon as you can.

    Press release:

    Take a journey through the Landscapes of
    Middle-earth with the

    Beyond Bree Calendar for 2016

    Beyond Bree celebrates its 35th anniversary
    with fantastic art from around the world.

    Come delight to the works of your favorite artists such as Anke Eissmann, Tim Kirk,
    Octo Kwan, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murray, Gordon Palmer, Ted Nasmith, and Colin Williams.
    Thrill as we introduce new artists Joe Gilronan and Glenn Hernandez. And help us
    welcome our special guest artist Jian Guo, cover illustrator of Wen Jing Publishing's
    Chinese language edition of Lord of the Rings (pictured above) as we travel through
    the landscapes of JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth!

    The colour and black & white calendar will measure 11 x 8 ½ inches, opening to 11 x 17 inches.
    Pricing: $20 plus shipping, USA $2.00, the rest of the World $5.00. Please inquire for larger
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    The Shire and Mordor by T Kirk Beyond Bree 2016

    [The Shire and Mordor by Tim Kirk]

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