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BnF Chroniques magazine (Sep-Dec 2019) review

Yesterday - By Urulókë

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The Bibliothèque nationale de France puts out a magazine covering their exhibitions and other events three times per year. The most recent issue number 86, covering September through December 2019, features their Tolkien exhibition, "Voyage en Terre du Milieu" (Journey in Middle-earth) on both front and back covers, and has significant coverage on pages 6 through 13.

Inside the magazine, we learn a little more about the forthcoming Exhibition Catalogue, in that it is 304 pages long and has 200 illustrations from the exhibits. The exhibition itself will have almost 300 items on display, with approximately 200 from Tolkien himself, and the remainder from other items in the BnF collection that show context and historical references around Tolkien's life and the mythologies and histories he drew from.

Tolkien illustrations reproduced in the magazine are:
* A full two page spread of a 1972 photograph of Tolkien smoking a pipe by Billet Potter, P. 6-7
* The Doors of Durin (Bodleian collection, 1953), p. 9
* Halls of Manwe on the Mountains of the World above Faerie (Bodleian collection, 1928), p. 10 (full page)
* Conversation with Smaug (Bodleian collection, 1937), p. 11
* The first Father Christmas Letter (Bodleian collection, 1920), p. 11
* The Annotated Map of Middle-earth (Bodleian collection, 1969), p. 13
* Map of Rohan, Gondor and Mordor (Bodleian collection, 1944), p. 13

Pages 8-9 have an in-depth interview with Vincent Ferré and Frédéric Manfrin, the organizers of the exhibition. Page 11 is an interview with Baille Tolkien, where she expresses her happiness at the reception Tolkien has had in France, and the respect with which is writings have always been treated and especially in the preparations for the current exhibition. She also talks about Christopher and the Father Christmas Letters, and a brief overview of Christopher's role as literary executor for JRRT's estate. Page twelve has two brief pieces written by French authors influcenced by Tolkien - Pascal Bacqué and Thomas Reverdy. All content is, of course, in French.

The magazine can be downloaded as a pdf directly here or from the home page of the Chroniques magazine here.

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Tolkien - Voyage en Terre du Milieu - details starting to emerge

Sep 15 - By Urulókë

The first glimmers of additional information are starting to emerge about the BnF exhibition Tolkien - Voyage en Terre du Milieu de Ferre which will run October 22nd through February 16, 2020.

BnF has stated that the exhibition will showcase "close to 300 items spread out over 1000 square meters" of space. As a way of comparison, The Bodliean exhibition for Maker of Middle-earth last year had around 200 items, and just over half of that was shown in the Morgan exhibition earlier this year.

From the initial press materials, items that will be shown at BnF (not shown in MoMe exhibitions) include:
* Book 1, Chapter 1, "A Long-Expected Party" manuscript page, December 1937 (Marquette)
* Earliest sketch of Minas Tirith, October 1944 (Marquette)
* Orthanc I sketch (Bodleian Library)
* Shelob’s Lair sketch and manuscript page (Bodleian Library)
* I Eldanyare : The History of the Elves (Silmarillion title page) 1937-8 (Bodleian Library)

I hope to have more to share quite soon. Anyone here planning to attend the opening?
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BnF Catalogue - Tolkien - Voyage en Terre du Milieu

Sep 14 - By Trotter

Some information on the Catalogue for the exhibition at the BnF in Paris.

Title, Tolkien - Voyage en Terre du Milieu
Authors, Vincent Ferré, Frédéric Manfrin
ISBN(EAN) 9782717728064
Publication 17th October 2019

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I've bought a copy, really looking forward to this.

Should have stated that if you already own the excellent Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, then you may be interested in this book, as different items from The Bodleian and Marquette University will be on display at this exhibition.

You can see some of the book here,

Look for a review between the two books after the launch next month
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Beyond Bree 2020 Calendar announcement

Aug 30 - By Urulókë

Below is the official press announcement for the calendar. Hopefully Beyond Bree will be able to keep the calendars going for many more years to come.

Beyond Bree

is happy to announce its

2020 Calendar

If it has passed from the high and the beautiful to darkness and ruin,
that was of old the fate of Arda Marred...
To mark the passing of the torch
from Daniel Smith to new calendar editor Jeremy Edmonds,
Beyond Bree is turning to the First and Second Ages of Middle-earth
as interpreted by artists from around the globe - Emily Austen, Jenny Dolfen,
Anke Eissmann, Donato Giancola, Jian Guo, Sylvia Hunnewell,
Jay Johnstone, Nancy Martsch, and Gordon Palmer.

The color and black and white calendar will be 11 x 8 ½ inches,
opening to 11 x 17 inches. It will have both Middle-earth and real world holidays.

Pricing: $20 plus shipping - USA $2.00, the rest of the world $5.00.
For large orders, please inquire for details.

For PayPal orders please add $1.00. Send payment (in USD) to: (this is a name, not a link).

Send check or postal money order (in USD drawn on a US bank) to:
Nancy Martsch, PO Box 55372, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA.
You may send US currency, at your own risk, in a sturdy envelope.

For more information please e-mail:

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Tolkien2019 videos

Aug 16 - By Trotter

Decided to move the videos to a separate post, to make it easier for people to see them all. Please add any more videos to this thread.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook live interview at Tolkien 2019 - A chat with Jeremy & Andrew from Tolkien Collector's Guide. Left to right Alan Sisto from the Prancing Pony Podcast, Jeremy Edmonds (Urulókë) from and Andrew Ferguson (Trotter) from

Tolkien scholar Christina Scull presents "'I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me': Natural Growth in Writing The Lord of the Rings" at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Writer Brian Sibley presents "The Hobbits and I: My Travels in Middle-earth" at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Alan Lee shares some of his illustrations at Tolkien 2019. Some new illustrations from The Hobbit are shown at the end of the video.

Panel discussion on The Lord of the Rings on Prime held during Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham. I think one of the people may be loosely involved with the site

Dimitra Fimi presents her paper "Tolkien, Folklore, and Foxes: a thoroughly vulpine talk in which there may be singing!" at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham during August 2019.

Jay Johnstone presents his paper "Pauline Diana Baynes: an artist's inspiration" at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham during August 2019.

The Illustrating Tolkien Panel at Tolkien 2019 - held in Birmingham during August 2019 - featured Shaun Gunner, Alan Lee, Anke Eißmann, Jenny Dolfen, Ted Nasmith and Jay Johnstone.

The Tolkien Society's take on the BBC radio show "Just a Minute" featuring Lyn Wilshire, Maggie Bailey, Shaun Gunner, Neil Anderson, Marcel Aubron-Bülles, and Tom Shippey.

The rules of Just a Minute

Ted Nasmith shares some of his illustrations at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Tom Shippey presents his paper "Heirs of Tolkien? The Major Contenders" at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham during August 2019.

Wayne G. Hammond presents his paper "Tolkien and His Publishers" at Tolkien 2019, held in Birmingham during August 2019.

Tolkieniano The full video of the speech Tom Shippey gave in Birmingham for the presentation of my work, "Tolkien's Library".

Michael Flowers did a talk on Tolkien in East Yorkshire, which was not recorded at Tolkien2019, but the content was 85% the same as this previous talk, Michael has informed me

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook live interviews from Tolkien2019 - A day 1 visit with Marcel Aubron-Bülles ( and Luke Shelton ( about the talks they'd be giving at Tolkien 2019.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook from Tolkien2019 - chat with Ted Nasmith We visit with Ted Nasmith (, gifted Tolkien artist, perhaps most well-known for his work on The Silmarillion.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Facebook from Tolkien2019 - sitting down with Andrew Higgins! We sit down with Dr. Andrew Higgins -- who was part of the very first interview episode we did back in episode 20. ... -fimi-and-andrew-higgins/

A video from ... iz-birmingema-den-vtoroj/ of the People's Orchestra at Tolkien2019

This talk was originally presented at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham, UK on 8th August 2019. Quite a few people who missed the talk or couldn't attend the event asked if we could make it available, including all audio samples, online. Happy to oblige we arranged for Paul to come into our studio to record this and now we make it available to you all.

Prancing Pony Podcast 15th September 2019

Alan and Shawn reunite in person for a live recording from Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham, England! We interviewed several special guests at the conference, including returning guests (Marquette University archivist Bill Fliss, authors Dimitra Fimi and John Garth) and some first-timers: legendary artist Ted Nasmith, Richard Medrington — the man behind the one-man theatrical production of Leaf By Niggle — and dramatist Brian Sibley of the Lord of the Rings BBC radio play! Plus live questions from our panel audience, questionable wardrobe choices, and some other unquestionably good stuff!

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