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Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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I have no problem with controversy and don't take offense easily. In fact, I agree that the body of secondary material has grown far too fast during the last couple of years. But since you attach no value at all to literary criticism, Stu, it is really hard to argue. After all, we are talking about a whole academic field here (a very old one, indeed, and one Tolkien himself was engaged in). "[Creating] something new of their own" is also a delicate matter. A good scholar is not automatically a good creative writer, and vice versa. Personally, I'd rather read a good piece of Tolkien criticism than a bad novel.

But let's not drift too far from the original topic. Some of the available secondary material is certainly very expensive for the interested but casual reader (like me) but that's because it's academic specialist literature. Academic publications really shouldn't become collector's items though. I like Khamûl's point that secondary material shouldn't be way more expensive than primary material (or collector's editions of primary material at least). It think, I better give up on the idea of getting the out-of-print volumes of Tolkien Studies at reasonable prices and instead spend my money on something else.

Posted on: 2/4 15:21:20


Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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Sorry guys, it wasn't my intention to start an argument about what's worth collecting and whether there is any value in secondary material. The reasons people collect things are manifold and often highly subjective. In my case, I'm primarily interested in the contents of Tolkien Studies but I also want to physically own the books I'm interested in. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer a bound book to an e-book or a printout. However, I too am not willing to pay an unreasonable amount of money for a piece of Tolkien criticism that should have never become a collector's item in the first place. I really don't understand why WVUP let some of the volumes of Tolkien Studies go out-of-print at a time where everything Tolkien-related is sales gold but they must have had their reasons. The topic has been discussed enough. Btw, the articles of Volume 1 are freely available on Project MUSE, which is probably why Volume 1 isn't up for sale on WVUP Online.

Now to Stu. You can't just say that all academic material is "dull and - for the most part - completely and utterly pointless" as if this were objective fact. It's perfectly alright if people "just [read] the books if they enjoy them". But there is so much more to explore. Tolkien's whole life (personal experiences, academic interests, creative ideas, etc.) is - sometimes more, sometimes less apparently - woven into his legendarium. As for me, Christopher Tolkien and many gifted Tolkien scholars (including the editors of Tolkien Studies) have opened up a whole new level of enjoyment of J.R.R. Tolkien's works. That being said, I have to agree that some of the secondary material available isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Finally, the last volume of HoMe was published in 1996 and unpublished primary material is still surfacing these days. So it's not like nothing has been going on since the release of LotR.

Posted on: 2/4 12:09:26


[WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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I'm looking for reasonably priced hardback copies of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI). Are there still any around, and if so, where can I find them? Maybe someone on the forum has one of these volumes for sale.

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