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Forthcoming essay collection - Verlyn Flieger - There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien - Dec 17, 2017

November 7, 2017 — Submitted by Urulöké

Verlyn Flieger - There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien
On December 17th, Kent State University Press is releasing a new collection of essays from noted Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger. http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com/2016/there-would-always-be-a-fairy-tale-2/

Devoted to Tolkien, the teller of tales and co-creator of the myths they brush against, these essays focus on his lifelong interest in and engagement with fairy stories, the special world that he called faërie, a world they both create and inhabit, and with the elements that make that world the special place it is. They cover a range of subjects, from The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings and their place within the legendarium he called the Silmarillion to shorter works like “The Story of Kullervo” and “Smith of Wootton Major.”

From the pen of eminent Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger, the individual essays in this collection were written over a span of twenty years, each written to fit the parameters of a conference, an anthology, or both. They are revised slightly from their original versions to eliminate repetition and bring them up to date. Grouped loosely by theme, they present an unpatterned mosaic, depicting topics from myth to truth, from social manners to moral behavior, from textual history to the micro particles of Middle-earth.

Together these essays present a complete picture of a man as complicated as the books that bear his name―an independent and unorthodox thinker who was both a believer and a doubter able to maintain conflicting ideas in tension, a teller of tales both romantic and bitter, hopeful and pessimistic, in equal parts tragic and comedic. A man whose work does not seek for right or wrong answers so much as a way to accommodate both; a man of antitheses.

Scholars of fantasy literature generally and of Tolkien particularly will find much of value in this insightful collection by a seasoned explorer of Tolkien’s world of faërie.

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: The Kent State University Press
Release Date: December 17, 2017
MSRP: $24.95
ISBN: 160635308X / 978-1606353080

  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Style, Usage, and Abbreviations xiii
  • Note to the Reader xvii
  • Part One: “A Perilous Land”: Defining Faërie 1
  • “There Would Always Be a ‘Fairy-tale’”: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Folklore Controversy 5
  • But What Did He Really Mean? 17
  • Re-creating Reality 32
  • War, Death, and Fairy Stories in the Work of J. R. R. Tolkien 49
  • Eucatastrophe and the Dark 59
  • Part Two: “Faërie Begins”: The Nuts and Bolts of Sub-creation 67
  • Words and World-making: The Particle Physics of Middle-earth 71
  • Myth, History, and Time-travel: The Lost Road and The Notion Club Papers 76
  • Politically Incorrect Tolkien 90
  • The Jewels, the Stone, the Ring, and the Making of Meaning 100
  • Making Choices: Moral Ambiguity in Tolkien’s Major Fiction 113
  • Part Three: “Arresting Strangeness”: Making It Different 125
  • The Forests and the Trees: Sal and Ian in Faërie 129
  • How Trees Behave—Or Do They? 145
  • Myth and Truth in Tolkien’s Legendarium 157
  • Fays, Corrigans, Elves, and More: Tolkien’s Dark Ladies 165
  • Part Four: Boiling Bones; Serving Soup 179
  • Tolkien, Kalevala, and Middle-earth 183
  • Tolkien’s Celtic Connection 196
  • Tolkien’s French Connection 203
  • Drowned Lands 213
  • Voyaging about : Tolkien and Celtic Navigatio 221
  • Permissions and Acknowledgments 229
  • Notes 231
  • Works Cited 240
  • Index 248

Sotheby's, November 7 Auction - Some interesting Tolkien books

November 4, 2017 — Submitted by Urulöké

An interesting lot coming up this week at Sotheby's London auction "The Library of an English Bibliophile Part VII". In this lot are two uncommon first editions, and two much more scarce offprints. For those looking to expand beyond Middle-earth and have some important works of J. R. R. Tolkien in your collection, you could do much worse than these.

Sothebys Nov 7 2017 Lot 286 Tolkien Books

Lot number 286 : "Tolkien, J.R.R. Four Volumes, Comprising:"

'Middle English "Losenger"', Essais de Philologie Moderne. Paris: Societe d’edition "Les Belles Lettres", 1953, 8vo (243 x 160mm.), separate offprint, "FROM THE LIBRARY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN" booklabel on upper wrapper, original printed wrappers, [cf Hammond B20], some creases;

'Some Contributions to Middle-English Lexicography', The Review of English Studies. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1925, 8vo (229 x 159mm.), separate offprint, original printed wrappers, [cf Hammond C17];

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1962, 8vo (221 x 142mm.), FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (‘Cat’ on p. [48]), original pictorial boards, DUST-JACKET, [Hammond A6(a)], minor tear to head of upper panel of dust-jacket;

Smith of Wooton Major. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1967, small 8vo (149 x 106mm.), FIRST EDITION, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards (first state), [Hammond A9(a)], extremities slightly worn, spine faded;

all within collector’s chemise and red-morocco backed slipcase (4)

Estimate £500 — £700

Update: LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Beyond Bree 2018 Calendar "Tolkien's Poetry" available for order

October 20, 2017 — Submitted by Urulöké

[Update] The calendar is now printed and available for shipping, so get your order in!

The JRR Tolkien newsletter "Beyond Bree" is producing a new Calendar for 2018. The theme is "Tolkien's Poetry": sing with the elves, men, hobbits and even trolls as the beloved poetry of Tolkien’s works is interpreted by an international range of artists from across the globe! Orders are being taken for the "Beyond Bree" 2018 Calendar. PayPal is accepted, too. Please spread the word. If you would like to know more about the Calendar or "Beyond Bree", contact Nancy Martsch at beyondbree@yahoo.com

2018 Beyond Bree Calendar
Beyond Bree
is happy to announce its
2018 Calendar

Hey come, derry dol, merry dol, my darling! We are delighted to celebrate
the poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth in the 2018 calendar!
It is time to go from The Shire to Mordor and sing with elves, men, hobbits
and even trolls as the beloved poetry of Tolkien’s works is interpreted by an
international range of artists from across the globe.

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 so you
can follow the travels and adventures of your favorite characters.

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. When using PayPal, log onto your account and
enter your payment amount by using the “Pay or Send Money” button. Make payments in
US Dollars by entering the Beyond Bree e-mail address beyondbree@yahoo.com and $21
plus your shipping fee of either $2 or $5.
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: beyondbree@yahoo.com

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