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Mythlore 124 Table of Contents -- at the printer

April 9, 2014 — Submitted by Urulöké

Janet Croft sends along the contents of the latest issue of Mythlore - looking like a lot of good reading material! You can order a copy through the Mythopoeic Society webpage - while you are there, consider becoming a member of the organization if you aren't already.

Mythlore

A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Issue 124                    Volume 32, Number 2                 Spring/Summer 2014

Editorial

Janet Brennan Croft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Tolkien in Love: Pictures from Winter 1912-1913

Nancy Bunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Divine Surgeons at Work: The Presence and Purpose of the Dream Vision in Till We Have Faces

Erin K. Wagner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Tolkien’s Faërian Drama: Origins and Valedictions

Janet Brennan Croft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Subverting Mythopoeic Fantasy: Miyuki Miyabe’s The Book of Heroes

Grzegorz Trębicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

“They Have Quarreled with the Trees”: Perverted Perceptions of “Progress” in the Fiction Series of C.S. Lewis

Deborah Klein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Artemis at Ragnarok: E.R. Eddison’s Queen Antiope

Joseph Young . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

From Children’s Book to Epic Prequel: Peter Jackson’s Transformation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Frank P. Riga, Maureen Thum, and Judith Kollmann . . . . . . .97

Pillaging Middle-earth: Self-plagiarism in Smith of Wootton Major

Josh B. Long. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

The Art of Detection in a World of Change: The Silver Chair and Spenser Revisited

Charles A. Huttar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137

Reviews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Items reviewed in this issue include:George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity by Daniel Gabelman; The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy by Monika B. Hilder; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as translated by John Gardner; Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal by Joseph Campbell; The Riddles of the Hobbit by Adam Roberts; The Modern Literary Werewolf by Brent Stypczynski; Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings, edited by Susan Redington Bobby; C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos, edited by Judith Wolfe and Brendan Wolfe; The Ideal of Kingship in the Writings of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien by Christopher Scarf; The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver et al; J.R.R. Tolkien: The Forest and the City, edited by Helen Conrad O’Briain and Gerard Hynes; and two journal issues, Tolkien Studies X and Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review 30.

Fan Publication - "The Hobbit, An Art Book by Octo"

April 7, 2014 — Submitted by Urulöké

Octo Kwan's anime/manga style Tolkien-inspired artwork has been featured in Mallorn, Amon Hen and Beyond Bree, and has been exhibited in Hong Kong and in England. This book is an oversized softcover, with text in English and Chinese. I have not yet ordered a copy so I cannot comment on shipping costs to the USA (or elsewhere) yet - if you have placed an international order, can you share what the shipping costs are please? Reports I have heard from people who have seen the book is that it is quite nice.

I don't see the book listed on the publisher's website yet but it should be there soon: Sole Culture of Hong Kong.

The price is HK$199 (approximately US$26 / £15.50 / €18.75).

Octo Kwan Flyer Hobbit Art Book

Bloomsbury Hobbit Auctions, April 11th

April 6, 2014 — Submitted by Urulöké

Bloomsbury Book Auctions is having a Modern Literature auction on April 11th, 2014. Included in this auction are two copies of The Hobbit - a first edition, first impression in good dustjacket, and a first edition second impression copy in much nicer dustjacket. Unfortunately the auction house has misspelled Tolkien's name in both lots (I've submitted a request to fix this, hopefully they update soon). [Update: they fixed it.]

Modern Literature sale
Friday April 11, 2014, 1:00 PM
London, England

Bloomsbury Hobbit 1st impressionLot 139
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
"First edition, first impression with plain plates , frontispiece, plate and 8 illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, original decorative cloth , slightly cocked, corners a little bumped, otherwise excellent, first issue dust-jacket with ms. correction on lower inside flap , spine very slightly darkened , spine ends and corners a little chipped, small 1/5" portion of loss to head of spine, closed tear to head of loser panel with tape repair to verso, a few small chips and short closed tears to head and foot, insect damage to head of upper flap, split to foot of upper fore-edge , 8vo, 1937."
Estimate £15,000–20,000
Sold for £15,000

Bloomsbury Hobbit 2nd impressionLot 140
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
"First edition , second impression, colour frontispiece, 4 plates including 3 colour, 8 illustrations, some full-page, map endpapers, 2pp. advertisements, stain affecting top-half fore-edge of all up to B1 and rear free endpaper, original pictorial cloth, in very good condition, dust-jacket, some very light spotting to panels, slight browning to spine, skillfully restored at corners, foot of spine and section of lower panel near spine, in affect an unusually attractive example of a scarce dust-jacket, 8vo , 1937."
Estimate £4,500–5,500
Unsold

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