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Beyond Bree 2020 Calendar would make a great gift!

Yesterday - By Urulókë

One final reminder/announcement as we are coming close to the end of the year...

"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 is 11 x 8 1⁄2 inches, opening to 11 x 17 inches. It has both Middle-earth and real world holidays.

Pricing: $20 plus shipping - USA $2.00, the rest of the world $5.00. See the attached flyer for additional payment information.

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Parma Eldaliéva - Holiday special print sets available

Nov 26 - By Urulókë

Elmenel is a Tolkien-inspired artist focused on calligraphy and map-drawing. I met her at Tolkien2019 (and bought every map of hers I could get my hands on) and highly recommend her to everyone to check out.

For the month of November, she has two limited edition print sets available from her website, shown below. Each set is available in two sizes, and limited to 15 sets each for this sale.

A set of six large (41 x 28.5cm, 300gsm card) prints is €75 including worldwide shipping and small (29 x 20cm, 300gsm card) prints are €50 (also including shipping).

Orders, more information, and additional (wonderful) art can be seen on her website at


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Tolkien Studies Volume 16 is available

Nov 24 - By Urulókë

The West Virginia University Press is now shipping Tolkien Studies Volume XVI (16). These are now only available in paperback sadly, but the content in each year's issue is always quite good.

(Note that the WVU website says there is a 30% off coupon for all their books, but Tolkien Studies counts as a "journal" not a book so the coupon does not apply).

Price is $60 (individual, USA), $70 (individual, international) and higher for institutions.
Website to order is

  • Editors' Introduction
  • by Michael D. C. Drout, Verlyn Flieger, David Bratman, p. 1
  • Acknowledgements, p. 2
  • In Memoriam [of Jared C. Lobdell]
  • by Richard C. West, pp. 3-4
  • Conventions and Abbreviations, pp. 5-8
  • Enta Geweorc and the Work of Ents
  • by Luke J. Chambers, pp. 9-20
  • Tolkien's Treasures: Marvellous Objects in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  • by Marie H. Loughlin, pp. 21-58
  • Flowers and Steel: The Necessity of War in Feminist Tolkien Scholarship
  • by Anika Jensen, pp. 59-72
  • The Kings of the Mark: Tolkien's Naming Process and His Views on Language Evolution
  • by J. M. Silk, pp. 73-89
  • The Art of Eternal Disaster: Tolkien's Apocalypse and the Road to Healing
  • by Megan N. Fontenot, pp. 91-109
  • Mother Music
  • by John Rosegrant, pp. 111-131
  • A Letter from Father Murray
  • by Richard C. West, pp. 133-139
  • Not Where He Eats, but Where He Is Eaten: Bilbo's Bread and Butter Simile
  • by Thomas P. Hillman, p. 141
  • Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth by Catherine McIlwaine, and: Tolkien Treasures by Catherine McIlwaine (review)
  • by Denis Bridoux, pp. 143-170
  • The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R Tolkien (review)
  • by Jennifer Rogers, pp. 170-174
  • Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien's Work, Its Precursors, and Its Legacies ed. by Dimitra Fimi and Thomas Honegger (review)
  • by David Bratman, pp. 174-178
  • The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2016
  • by David Bratman, Jason Fisher, John Wm. Houghton, John Magoun, Kate Neville, Robin Anne Reid, pp. 179-254
  • Bibliography (in English) for 2017
  • by David Bratman, pp. 255-271
  • Notes on Contributors, pp. 273-275
  • Errata, p. 277

  • [Edit - updated to clarify the In Memoriam article is about Jared C. Lobdell and by Richard C. West. All contents come from Project MUSE]

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    Palgrave Macmillan book sale

    Nov 22 - By Urulókë

    Palgrave Macmillan is having a site-wide sale where all of their books (hardcover, softcover or ebooks) are all priced 10.00 each in your local currency (so for me they are $10 each, in the UK they are £10 each, in the EU they are €10 each, etc.) Worldwide shipping is included in the price and there is no limit to the number of titles you may purchase as far as I can tell. I don't have information for how long this sale lasts, but I will update this post if I can find out.

    The price may not reflect the sale price immediately, but if you add books to your cart and then apply the code "CYBER19PAL" from the cart, they will adjust accordingly before you check out.

    Do note I am focusing on the Tolkien related titles in this post (for obvious reasons) but everything they publish is on sale.

    You can see all the Tolkien related titles from this search page:

    Some highlights (note that links currently go to the US version, but the site will let you set your locale once the page loads).

    Dimitra Fimi, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History:

    Stuart Lee & Elizabeth Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth:

    Jane Chance, Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages:

    Dimitra Fimi, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy:

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    Adam Tolkien speaks at the BnF

    Nov 14 - By Urulókë

    Adam Tolkien is speaking at the BnF in one hour ( 6:30 PM UTC+1 Thursday), and for those who are not in Paris, they are live-streaming on YouTube! Link is available on their info page here ... arte-blanche-adam-tolkien
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