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TolkienBooks.net - January 2008 Update
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The latest update at TolkienBooks.net has been completed. There should be something to interest everybody I think!

This latest update to the bibliography covers the period 1925-1937.

Conversational Course: English. 1930Spanning the period from J.R.R. Tolkien becoming a Professor at Oxford until the publication of The Hobbit, this was perhaps the most productive period of his writing life: As well as publishing more than a dozen poems, revising and expanding 'The Silmarillion', and writing The Hobbit, Mr. Bliss and Roverandom, Tolkien was also making his professional name with the publication of an edition of Sir Gawain, and papers on subjects including the 'AB Language’ and Beowulf.

New entries to the 1925-1937 section include:

Conversational Course: English - 1930 - This English language course by Linguaphone includes two recordings by Tolkien and Professor A. Lloyd James.

Tolkien Studies IV - 2007 - As well as reprinting Tolkien's essay The Name ‘Nodens’, this volume also includes extracts from unpublished drafts of The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.

The Life of Joseph Wright - 1932 - This biography includes brief extracts from a letter to Joseph Wright, where Tolkien reveals that it was Wright’s works that had introduced him to philology as a schoolboy.

La Kunularo de l' Ringo - 2007 - This is the updated Esperanto translation of The Fellowship of the Ring. It is prefaced by A Philologist on Esperanto, a reprint of Tolkien’s letter to the secretary of the Education Committee of the British Esperanto Association.

Tolkien and the Spirit of the Age. 1987An Edition of The Life and the Passion of Saint Juliana - 1936 - 1961 - 1990 - Three entries for S.R.T.O. d'Ardenne's thesis have been added. The book is dedicated to Tolkien. D’Ardenne admitted privately that Tolkien should have been credited as a joint editor.

In addition, all images have been replaced with newer, higher resolution scans and many entries have been revised and expanded.

Articles Updated
Christopher Tolkien: A Bibliography - Three additions: Arda 1986 (Contains comments by CRT on The Clerke's Compleinte), Microphones in Middle-earth (A CD including extracts from a tape prepared by CRT to aid pronunciation of names in the BBC's radio serialisation of LotR) and The Children of Húrin (An audio book read by CRT and Christopher Lee).

Tolkien Calendars - The 2008 HarperCollins calendar has been added and the table of equivalent years has been amended and expanded.

Tolkien’s Languages and Alphabets - Details of Issue 17 of Parma Eldalamberon added.

Printing and Binding The Lord of the Rings - Note regarding the 3rd Impression of The Fellowship of the Ring corrected (Re: Quantity of paper used for the cancel leaf).

There have also been a large number of updates elsewhere in the bibliography:

Images Added:
George Allen & Unwin - Summer Announcements 1937The Sunday Telegraph 1963
The Daily Express 1966
Scotsman Week-end Magazine 1967
Beyond Bree May 1985
Weekend Guardian 1991
Vinyar Tengwar Six, Seven & Eight
Tyalië Tyelelliéva One, Fourteen & Sixteen
Tolkien and the Spirit of the Age
[Special thanks to Treebeard for the assistance with the fanzines]

New Entries
There have been 37 new entries to the bibliography. Most of these are new books from HarperCollins and others, but there are also a few 'new' discoveries. Highlights include:

Spring Announcements 1937
Summer Announcements 1937
Autumn Announcements 1937
The Hobbit 2007
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth 1992
The Lord of the Rings 1st State 1978
Mr. Bliss 2007
Parma Eldalamberon 17 2007
George Allen & Unwin - Spring Announcements 1937The Children of Húrin Large Print Edition 2007
The Children of Húrin Limited Edition 2007
The Children of Húrin Deluxe Book and CD Edition 2007
The Silmarillion 2007
The History of The Hobbit Boxed Edition 2007
Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection 2007
Dressed for the Cold 2007
St. Stephen’s Day Party 2007
Treasures from the Misty Mountains 2001
Manuscripts and Autograph Letters 2005
Sport & General Memorabilia 2005
Memories of Childhood and The Perfect Gift 2007
English Literature and History 2007
Literature, Manuscripts and Modern First Editions 2007

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Re: REVIEW: The Silmarillion - Thirty Years On
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Thanks Khamul,
Sigh...another book to add to the list.

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REVIEW: The Silmarillion - Thirty Years On
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Just a brief summary for those thinking of buying; thread for comments for those who have read...

The Silmarillion - Thirty Years On
Edited by Allan Turner
Walking Tree Publishers
Pb 162 pp; six articles


This was a good Christmas read; not too heavy, but good scholarship none the less. Focusing only on The Silmarillion.

Opens with Rhona Beare's article A Mythology for England; adapted from her book (J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion; 1999?). Much improved on the small book (if I'm remembering right; I thought it was very plodding & for children?). Touches nicely on the influence of climate on mythology (i.e. the gloomy north); and contributes a 'significant new piece of research' in exploration of the word earendel.

Michael Drout's article Reflections on Thirty Years of Reading The Silmarillion is a very personal account of Drout's own relationship with this book. Odd to see an article written like this by a leading Tolkien Scholar; very good. Covers some familiar ground with nostalgia & death under discussion; gives plaudits to those parts of The Silmarillion, in terms of style & content, that are often the very parts to come under the most criticism.

Anna Slack's Moving Mandos: The Dynamics of Subcreation in 'Of Beren and Luthien' is a rambling article (not in a bad way!) touching on subcreation in Of Beren & Luthien; focusing on the role of oath & song. The spoken word is also discussed in relation to The Gospels and Tolkien's Ainulindale (In the beggining was the Word...)

Allan Turner states in his introduction that the final three articles are concerned with 'the construction of the text'; touching on the editorial role of Christopher Tolkien and the 1977 text proper.

Michael Devaux's article The Origins of the Ainulindale - The Present State of Research (translated from french by the editor Allan Turner) brings together the threads of current research, many of which are French (and have possibly passed those of us in the UK by). Devaux seems to draw on quite a body of (french) research; discussing Tolkien's Catholicity in respect to his creation myth, whilst dissecting all the different elements through all the versions now available to us (through HoME). Although Tolkien's faith is often mentioned in scholarship, this article strikes me as different; perhaps because of the french perspective.

Jason Fisher's From Mythopoeia to Mythology: Tolkien, Lonnrot, and Jerome is the first article (that I've read) that directly & openly discusses Christopher Tolkien's role as author in the writing of The Silmarillion. As often as he is praised for his editorial role in the book's assembly, not many people discuss in detail his role as (essentially) author. Fisher states 'without Christopher, we might have had a 'Silmarillion', in the loosest sense of that term, but we would not have had The Silmarillion'. The Kalevala & The Latin Vulgate Bible are (as is implicit in the title) also disussed.

Nils Ivar Agoy's Viewpoints, Audiences and Lost Texts in The Silmarillion discusses in detail the idea of The Silmarillion coming down to us as a collection of 'lost texts'; both in a secondary way (within the Legendarium) and in a primary way (in the way the texts have physically come down to Christopher Tolkien, and ourselves). Agoy concludes that the 'lost text technique' simply does not work in The Silmarillion as published; whether Tolkien's aim or not; and that the book should be read as a novel by J. R. R. Tolkien.

All in a very good selection of articles; and very current (CoH is mentioned). The book itself is also of good quality; well bound; decent paper. Resonable priced at <£10.

BH

[Thanks to Pieter at TolkienLibrary.com for original recommendation in site updates!]

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Re: Blank / Dummy Silmarillions
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£196 if I recall!

By far the most interesting (from a bibliographical perspective; although haven't seen it) Silmarillion variant to appear on Ebay over the past 3-4 years. (Dummy copies generally don't seem to come up on Ebay that often do they.)

On the subject of Silmarillion's: why on earth are later Folio printings going for so much (I know it was Christmas; & there not that expensive)?? I'm looking for a few of the later impressions; just to examine - but all impressions now seem to be going for £20-50! No bargains seem to be had...

By bargain I mean <£5

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Re: Blank / Dummy Silmarillions
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I bought that one

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