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24 Jun, 2011
2011-6-24 8:34:08 AM UTC
Looks very nice. Really looking forward to this one!
2 Aug, 2011
2011-8-2 4:46:02 PM UTC
Interview with Wayne & Christina on the Art of the Hobbit on Beren's website
2 Aug, 2011 (edited)
2011-8-2 5:41:18 PM UTC
Some more new books

Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays

Jason Fisher ... isher_Tolkien_Sources.php


J. R. R. Tolkien

Mark Horne

I'd recommend reading John Rateliff's reviews before considering purchasing this book.
8 Sep, 2011
2011-9-8 4:34:15 AM UTC
Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays

Jason Fisher

From Jason's Blog ... excerpt-from-my-book.html

Book Excerpt

McFarland works closely with Google Books to provide previews of the titles they publish. I’m happy to report you can now read an excerpt from my book, Tolkien and the Study of His Sources, online. Just point your browsers here. The amount you’ll get to read may vary depending on where in the world you are, but if you can see what I am seeing right now, then you’ll be getting the preface, all of Tom Shippey’s essay, the first couple of pages of E.L. Risden’s essay, and some of the front matter (copyright, abbreviations, acknowledgements, table of contents, epigraph). A little more than a month out, the book seems to be selling well, as near as I can judge. It is starting to appear in library catalogs. Thirteen now report having it on their shelves, a new one every two or three days, though the nearest to me so far is more than 500 miles away! And I’m starting to hear from people who have read it. As of today, there are four reviews at, all of them five stars. There is another at GoodReads, also five stars. I’ve been getting some private email about the book as well — please keep the feedback coming! Reader reactions so far are overwhelmingly positive, which I find extremely gratifying. I’ll be sharing published reviews as they appear. The first of these are likely to be in the monthly periodicals, Mythprint and Amon Hen, with Mythlore following this fall, and other journals such as Tolkien Studies in the new year. If anybody sees a review somewhere, or a mention of the book that goes beyond merely listing it, I’d really appreciate hearing from you.
30 Sep, 2011 (edited)
2011-9-30 5:07:53 PM UTC
A new book by Liam Campbell, ‘The Ecological Augury in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien' (launched at Oxonmoot last week) was published today.

Article from the Derry Journal

Have to question this though "The front cover photograph is actually a quite rare photo of Tolkien which has never been seen before."? It is a Pamela Chandler photo and has been available for a very long time and most people probably have a copy of it including the National Portrait Gallery

Liam explains the particular angle taken by the book: “Through a close analysis of not only his fiction, but also his private papers, my book unfolds the ecological dimension of Tolkien’s work and worldview.

“The work primarily asserts that by virtue of his consistent portrayal of such striking environmental themes, where machine-laden regimes of power move against the land, Tolkien was a visionary defender of nature who, before the emergence of any organised Green Movement, may have predicted the scale of the environmental emergency that modern generations now face.”

“I have no doubt,” Liam adds, “that the Green dimension of Tolkien’s fiction has fed into its enduring popularity.” The book also traces aspects of Tolkien’s work such as the influence of Celtic myth and re-evaluates Tolkien, not as an escapist writer of fantasy, but as a contemporary writer responding to the defining crises of his time.

Speaking of the Oxford launch of the book, Liam says: “It was all quite humbling for this Derry man, who first got interested in fantasy literature and Tolkien after reading The Hobbit as a boy, to find myself up behind the lectern of such a prestigious and historic establishment preparing to speak. This was especially true given that Tolkien himself was a professor of Oxford University and lived and worked there for much of his adult life.” ... _works_of_jrr_tolkien.php

Anybody know anything about this "The Oxford and Tolkien connection continues for Liam as he has been invited to contribute a chapter to a new Oxford based encyclopaedic reference book on Tolkien which is to be released in 2012 to coincide with Peter Jackson’s new The Hobbit films."?
21 Oct, 2011 (edited)
2011-10-21 5:15:55 PM UTC
The History of the Hobbit (One Volume Edition) arrived today.

I have to say that I much prefer this edition to the original two separate editions, very similar in layout to the Companion and Guide from Findegil.
23 Oct, 2011
2011-10-23 8:19:54 AM UTC
Quite a pointless article from the Independent as the author neglects to mention the name of the book they are plugging. ... irst-showing-2374676.html
23 Oct, 2011
2011-10-23 10:01:13 AM UTC
Did I miss something --what's being published this week?

23 Oct, 2011 (edited)
2011-10-23 10:03:50 AM UTC
I think they are referring to this eagerly awaited book (released on the 27th October 2011).

Wayne and Christina, Is this date correct? ... 10/the-art-of-the-hobbit/
23 Oct, 2011
2011-10-23 11:53:31 AM UTC
Is that out next week? Totally forgot; thought it was late November for some reason. Also, A Tolkien Tapestry (Hb) is shipping next week, now that I look at my back orders.

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