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Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)

Subject: Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
by Trotter on 2010/5/1 0:10:17

Issue Four of the Festival in the Shire Journal is now available


"As I write this, I’ve not long returned from giving a talk on Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling and magical creatures as part of St George’s Day events in Lancaster. England’s national day celebrates a dragon-slayer! The occasion made me think once again how rich is the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new issue of the Journal reflects the plenitude of Tolkien’s invention – from demonic Balrogs to Tom Bombadil, “Master of wood, water and hill”. In this issue, visual artists, writers and scholars, all take part in what is a lively and continuing conversation about the creator of Middle-earth and his writings. Contributors range in age from a retired school headteacher to a primary (elementary) school pupil.

After this issue, I’ll be passing the privileged task of editing the Journal to the omni-capable Alex Lewis, a long-time friend who, as writer and scholar, has participated in the Tolkien fan community for many years. I’ll be staying on, however, as a consultant editor and hope to contribute to the Journal from time to time. Other pressing commitments take me from this task, including the completion of my next book!
As editor I’ve experienced once again astonishment at seeing how the work of a pipe-smoking, erudite scholar with an impatience over the increasing presence of Mordor in our midst has the power to bring together a rich diversity of people from around the planet – readers, writers, scholars and fan groups, audiences of many kinds, the young, the old, hobbits and elves. As editor, I’ve also enjoyed being able to write a very long sentence and getting away with it!

Colin Duriez"

I'm very jealous of Brian Sibley’s copy of “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil", a picture of which is included in his article and I also really like the Michael Hordern anecdote in the same article
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