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12 Sep
2023/9/12 20:24:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here are the listings for the William Morrow Beren&Luthien and Fall of Gondolin to match

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Beren and Lúthien (U.S. PB)

William Morrow Paperbacks (2024-02-20)


$19.17 Blackwell's (paperback) - Availability: Unknown
$18.99 Amazon.com (Paperback) - Availability: Preorderable


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The Fall of Gondolin (U.S. PB)

William Morrow Paperbacks (2024-02-20)


$18.93 Blackwell's (paperback) - Availability: Unknown
$18.99 Amazon.com (Paperback) - Availability: Preorderable
13 Sep (edited)
2023/9/13 12:27:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
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Actually not an "upcoming book". The preview pages look interesting. And I learnt Jane Neave's Bag End was recorded as "Bag End House" in Transactions of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, new series Vol 3, 1927. And it can be traced back to at least 1763.

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13 Sep
2023/9/13 22:16:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
C.S. Lewis's Oxford (Hardcover) due 3 Jun. 2024 from the Bodleian.

The fantastical fictional land of Narnia, famously reached via a magical wardrobe, has many connections to the world in which its creator C.S. Lewis lived. The influence of Oxford can be seen not only in medieval buildings and towers but also in the literature which Lewis encountered there, through a lifetime’s reading and teaching of classical, medieval and renaissance literature. This book examines the role Oxford, its colleges, libraries, chapels, clubs, common rooms and pubs, played in fostering the work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers and thinkers. It brings to light a number of new archival discoveries, including letters, tutorial reports and even an unpublished poem, as well as offering new insights into Lewis’s Oxford life, his transition to Cambridge, his Christian faith and his global influence today. It also takes a fresh look at his extensive involvement in Oxford’s various clubs and societies, including the Coalbiters, the Socratic Club and, of course, the Inklings, whose distinguished members coalesced around him and his great friend, J.R.R. Tolkien. Written by an expert in medieval literature who teaches at Magdalen College, where Lewis himself taught, this book, illustrated with letters, manuscripts and Oxford landmarks, helps us understand the author of the Narnia stories and of The Screwtape Letters as a student, scholar and teacher in greater depth.

This sounds very interesting and will no doubt be a worthwhile read for many of us here.



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C.S. Lewis's Oxford

Bodleian Library (2024-06-13)


$38.35 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Unknown
£30.00 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable

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28 Sep
2023/9/28 2:15:33 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Eric Reinders, Reading Tolkien in Chinese: Religion, Fantasy and Translation (Perspectives on Fantasy)
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Reading Tolkien in Chinese

Bloomsbury Academic (2024-04-18)


$108.65 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Unknown
$115.00 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable
£85.00 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable
28 Oct
2023/10/28 2:32:24 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
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The History of Middle-earth Box Set #2: The Lays of Beleriand / The Shaping of Middle-earth / The Lost Road (The History of Middle-earth Box Sets, 2)

William Morrow (2024-03-19)


$139.77 Blackwell's (Unknown) - Availability: Unknown
$100.00 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable


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Maps of Tolkiens Middle Earth

Not Avail (2024-04-09)


$Unknown Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Unknown
$30.00 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable
£23.75 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable
28 Oct
2023/10/28 6:54:28 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think the Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth is a re-release of the John Howe maps with commentary by Brian Sibley. Brian said that this was happening.
15 Nov
2023/11/15 4:08:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
To be reissued on June 4, 2024
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The Inklings

HarperCollins (2006-01-02)


$12.03 Blackwell's (paperback) - Availability: Usually dispatched within 10 days
$13.68 Amazon.com (Paperback) - Availability: Now
£8.99 Amazon.co.uk (Paperback) - Availability: Now
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27 Nov (edited)
2023/11/27 3:10:28 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks to David Haden's blog I've seen this two-volume series on Tolkien by Peter Critchley called J.R.R. Tolkien: Tales for Our Times was released this month:

Volume 1:

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN : TALES FOR OUR TIMES: VOLUME 1 ART, NOT POWER

Independently published (2023-11-15)


$23.00 Amazon.com (Paperback) - Availability: Now
£19.99 Amazon.co.uk (Paperback) - Availability: Now


Volume 2:

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J.R.R. Tolkien: Tales for Our Times: Volume 2: Fellowship and Flourishing

Independently published (2023-11-16)


$27.77 Amazon.com (Paperback) - Availability: Now
£21.99 Amazon.co.uk (Paperback) - Availability: Now


I would be curious to know if anyone knows anything about these books? They seem to be self-published, but, needless to say, a combined 800+ pages of self-published work is not usually the norm. Typically, self-published books of analysis are in the 100-250 pages range. Reasonable prices for the number of pages, but I'm always hesitant to buy when I have no clue as to the quality of the content.
27 Nov
2023/11/27 3:50:33 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Tuor son of Huor wrote:

Thanks to David Haden's blog I've seen this two-volume series on Tolkien by Peter Critchley called J.R.R. Tolkien: Tales for Our Times was released this month:

Volume 1: https://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-TOLKIEN-T ... collsguid-20&linkCode=osi

Volume 2: https://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-T ... collsguid-20&linkCode=osi

I would be curious to know if anyone knows anything about these books? They seem to be self-published, but, needless to say, a combined 800+ pages of self-published work is not usually the norm. Typically, self-published books of analysis are in the 100-250 pages range. Reasonable prices for the number of pages, but I'm always hesitant to buy when I have no clue as to the quality of the content.

I haven't heard of these before, so thanks for the mention at the very least!

Here is the author biography from Amazon:
Peter Critchley is a PhD philosopher and historian who has spent the past quarter of a century examining the nexus of Being and Place in all its manifold dimensions. He is an intellectual range-rider whose research interests combine breadth and depth across the fields to offer an integral philosophy for living. He has written on philosophy, ethics, politics, economics, technics, social theory, literature, ecology, spirituality, nature, the city, music, art and psychology.

Peter is also an advocate for autism acceptance. His 'Writing Voice' publication venue honours the struggles of those who, confronted by challenges in social communication and interaction, turn to other modes of expression in order to liberate their inner potentials.

In this expansive body of work, Peter seeks to establish the conditions for fellowship and flourishing in the world.

From that, and due to not having run across Peter Critchley before in Tolkien studies, I am of the personal opinion that these books are using Tolkien as a framework for his ideas, rather than being something that adds to Tolkien scholarship. Still could be interesting to someone, but I will definitely wait to hear a recommendation from someone I trust before I buy these myself.

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