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Last chance to pre-order discounted The Return of the Ring proceedings from The Tolkien Society

May 24, 2016 — Submitted by Urulöké

The Return of the Ring proceedingsThe Tolkien Society is just about to publish the proceedings of the 2012 Tolkien Society Conference in two volumes, with a lot of very interesting materials available for the first time:

The first volume focuses primarily on Tolkien’s life, examining the influence of war, philosophy, and religion on his mythology. The second volume is much more diverse, covering themes from medievalism and romanticism through to fantasy and modernity. With contributions from the likes of John Garth, Colin Duriez, Ronald Hutton, and Janet Brennan Croft, The Return of the Ring: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Conference 2012 is essential reading for scholars and casual readers alike.

The publication date is just a few weeks away now on June 9th, and if you pre-order before then you can save £5 on the books. With all profits from the work being donated to Tolkien to the World, there is more than one good reason to support the editorial staff, the Society, and your own reading pleasure.

Publication Information (from https://www.tolkiensociety.org/society/publications/sales/return-of-the-ring/)

Publication Date: 9 June 2016
Publisher: Luna Press Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1-911143-02-4 and 978-1-911143-03-1
Page Numbers: 276 and 216

Volume 1

  • “Foreword” – Shaun Gunner
  • “Introduction” – Lynn Forest-Hill
  • BIOGRAPHY

  • “Tolkien’s Birmingham” – Robert S. Blackham
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘second father’ Fr. Francis Morgan and other non-canonical influences” – José Manuel Ferrández Bru
  • “Tolkien’s Oxford” – Robert S. Blackham
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien and the origins of the Inklings” – Colin Duriez
  • WAR AND ITS EFFECTS

  • “Robert Quilter Gilson, T.C.B.S.: A brief life in letters” – John Garth
  • “Tolkien: the War Years” – Robert S. Blackham
  • “Sauron Revealed” – LeiLani Hinds
  • “Clean Earth to Till:A Tolkienian Vision of War” – Anna E. Thayer (née Slack)
  • “The Importance of Home in the Middle-earth Legendarium” – Sara Brown
  • PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS

  • “Tolkien versus the history of philosophy” – Franco Manni
  • “Tolkien’s Boethius, Alfred’s Boethius” – Gerard Hynes
  • “Teaching Leadership and Ethics through Tolkien” – Laura Miller-Purrenhage
  • RELIGION AND ITS DISCONTENTS

  • “Tolkien – Pagan or Christian? A proposal for a ‘new’ synthetic approach” – Claudio A. Testi
  • “A Latter-day Saint reading of Tolkien” – James D. Holt
  • “Tolkien’s Magic” – Ronald Hutton
  • THE MYTHIC DIMENSION

  • “Cyclic cataclysms, Semitic stereotypes and religious reforms: a classicist’s Númenor” – Pamina Fernández Camacho
  • “From 2012 AD to Atlantis and Back Again – Tolkien’s Circular Journey in Time” – Xavier de la Huerga
  • “The Notion Club Papers: A Summary” – David Doughan
  • “Myth-Making: How J. R. R. Tolkien Adapted Mythopoeia from Old English” – Zachary A. Rhone
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Mythopoeia and Familiarisation of Myth: Hobbits as Mediators of Myth in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings” – Jyrki Korpua
  • “White riders and new world orders: Nature and technology in Theodor Storm’s Der Schimmelreiter and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings” – Larissa Budde
  • Volume 2

  • “Introduction” – Lynn Forest-Hill
  • MEDIEVALISM

  • “Tolkienesque Transformations: Post-Celticism and Possessiveness in ‘The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun’” – Yoko Hemmi
  • “Tolkien’s Devices: The Heraldry of Middle-earth” – Jamie McGregor
  • “Tolkien and the Gothic” – Nick Groom
  • “Frodo and Faramir: Mirrors of Chivalry” – Constance G.J. Wagner
  • FANTASY

  • “An Old Light Rekindled: Tolkien’s Influence on Fantasy” – Anna E. Thayer (née Slack)
  • “‘In the memory of old wives’: Old Tales and Fairy-stories in Middle-earth” – Troels Forchhammer
  • DIVERSITY

  • “Tolkien and Nonsense” – Maureen F. Mann
  • “Stars Above a Dark Tor: Tolkien and Romanticism” – Anna E. Thayer (née Slack)
  • “The Ainulindale and Tolkien’s Approach to Modernity” – Reuven Naveh
  • “Tolkien, the Russians and Industrialisation” – Jim Clarke
  • “Legal bother: Law and related matters in The Hobbit – Murray Smith
  • “Tolkien’s Faërian Drama: Origins and Valedictions” – Janet Brennan Croft
  • “Tolkien’s women of Middle-earth” – Chris Barclay
  • “Colours in Tolkien” – Christopher Kreuzer
  • “Thirty Years of Tolkien Fandom” – Nancy Martsch
  • https://www.tolkiensociety.org/society/publications/sales/return-of-the-ring/

    Tolkien Audiobooks on Humble Bundle

    March 9, 2016 — Submitted by Urulöké

    Hobbit Audiobook Cover
    Humble Bundle is an online charitable service that offers content from various ebook, audiobook and computer software companies at very low prices, with a portion of all sales going to charity. This week's book bundle includes The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings books, and two other secondary collections - Tolkien and the West and The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (note that last one clocks in at over 26 hours of audiobook content!). Depending on what you pay, you get some or all of these titles, but you can have all of them for a minimum donation of $15.

    The editions for the primary titles are all the original American full cast dramatizations as broadcast on National Public Radio.

  • The Hobbit - 4.25 hours
  • The Fellowship of the Ring - 3.5 hours
  • The Two Towers - 3.5 hours
  • The Return of the King - 3.5 hours
  • The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West: Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe

    The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are quite possibly the most widely read pieces of literature written in the 20th Century. But as Professor Michael Drout illuminates in this engaging course of lectures, Tolkien's writings are built upon a centuries-old literary tradition that developed in Europe and is quite uniquely Western in its outlook and style. Drout explores how that tradition still resonates with us to this day, even if many Modernist critics would argue otherwise. He begins the course with the allegory of a tower - a device which Tolkien himself crafted in one of the most famous academic works of all time - as a way to illuminate how Tolkien's works continue and build upon a tradition that goes back as far as Beowulf itself. Drout's lectures take us on a literary journey that explores Tolkien's most celebrated writings: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. As he brings these works life, he explains Tolkien's technique and themes, which he shows reverberate all the way back though the western literary tradition. In the end Drout shows us how J.R.R. Tolkien crafted literary worlds that the reader cares desperately about and wishes to save.

    The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

    A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis C.S.

    Lewis is the twentieth century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism.

    In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years--and did so.

    https://www.humblebundle.com/books/lord-of-the-rings-audiobooks

    Tales Before Tolkien (signed or inscribed) offer from Douglas Anderson

    January 11, 2016 — Submitted by Urulöké

    Tales Before Tolkien

    In case you missed Doug's offer on his blog, he has extra hardcover copies of Tales Before Tolkien that he edited, and he is offering them for $13 postpaid (to USA, inquire for international shipping costs) for the month of January.

    Here is the table of contents:

    Introduction
    “The Elves” by Ludwig Tieck
    “The Golden Key” by George Macdonald
    “Puss-Cat Mew” by E. H. Knatchbull-Hugessen
    “The Griffin and the Minor Canon” by Frank R. Stockton
    “The Demon Pope” by Richard Garnett
    “The Story of Sigurd” retold by Andrew Lang
    “The Folk of the Mountain Door” by William Morris
    “Black Heart and White Heart: A Zulu Idyll” by H. Rider Haggard
    “The Dragon Tamers” by E. Nesbit
    “The Far Islands” by John Buchan
    “The Drawn Arrow” by Clemence Housman
    “The Enchanted Buffalo” by L. Frank Baum
    “Chu-bu and Sheemish” by Lord Dunsany
    “The Baumoff Explosive” by William Hope Hodgson
    “The Regent of the North” by Kenneth Morris
    “The Coming of the Terror” by Arthur Machen
    “The Elf Trap” by Francis Stevens
    “The Thin Queen of Elfhame” by James Branch Cabell
    “The Woman of the Wood” by A. Merritt
    “Golithos the Ogre” by E. A. Wyke-Smith
    “The Story of Alwina” by Austin Tappan Wright
    “A Christmas Play” by David Lindsay
    Author Notes and Recommended Reading

    Having ordered an inscribed one myself, my next goal is to get all of the contributors to sign it as well.

    http://tolkienandfantasy.blogspot.com/2016/01/tales-before-tolkien-hardcover-special.html

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