Thursday, December 31, 2015

End of the Year Chatter

Book Reviews

There has been a good number of book reviews posted at Journal of Tolkien Research since I last posted on this blog, and I invite readers to have a look at them. They include:

Smith of Wootton Major: Extended Edition (2015) by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger
Douglas A. Anderson

A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien (2014), ed. Stuart D. Lee, reviewed by Andrew Higgins
Andrew Higgins

"The Hobbit" and Tolkien's Mythology (2014), ed. Bradford Lee Eden
Thomas Honegger

The Hobbit Party (2014) by Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards
John D. Rateliff

Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape (2015) by E.L. Risden
John Houghton

Access all of them, plus articles, via the front page of the journal.  More book reviews are in the works

A Shiver in the Archives

I've started an additional blog to highlight various discoveries (mostly minor) that I've made in my various researches, ones which don't really have a current place to be utilized, but ones which are worth sharing somewhere.  Check it out here

Daniel Grotta (1944-2015)

Daniel Grotta (formerly Daniel Grotta-Kurska), who wrote the first biography of Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth (Running Press, 1976), passed away in Philadelphia on 13 December 2015.  The error in the book's title ("Middle Earth" for "Middle-earth") is a harbinger for the quality of the text inside.  I'll say no more here about my few encounters with Grotta, but refer anyone interested to the comments section to a post from 2012 at Jason Fisher's blog, Lingwë, which you can access here.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Journal of Tolkien Research

In the last few weeks I've posted a couple of new Book Reviews at the Journal of Tolkien Research.  A third review goes live tomorrow (June 1st), and I expect to have enough for new ones to appear weekly through most of June. 

Reviews and articles are now accessible as pdfs, via the front page of the Journal.  Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An updated checklist of Tom Shippey on J.R.R. Tolkien, and Corrections to the printings of TOLKIEN ON FAIRY-STORIES

In Tolkien Studies volume 1 (2004), I published "Tom Shippey on J.R.R. Tolkien:  A Checklist".  An updated version was requested for the festschrift in honor of Shippey, published last summer as Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey (McFarland, 2014).  My updated checklist was initially accepted for the volume, but later un-accepted, and replaced by a short unsigned (not by me)
"Appendix: Recent Work—Shippey on Tolkien Since 2004", which has some mistaken inclusions and a larger number of omissions. My fully-updated "Tom Shippey on J.R.R. Tolkien: A Checklist through mid-2014" is available here as a downloadable pdf, where I hope its does due honor to Tom, despite it not appearing in his festschrift volume. 

Last summer also saw the publication in trade paperback of Tolkien On Fairy-stories, edited by Verlyn Flieger and myself.  Tolkien On Fairy-stories had two hardcover printings, in 2008, and was out of print for some years until the trade paperback appeared in August 2014.  There were a number of problems with the original copy-edited file that necessitated corrections in the various printings, a few of which are significant, so for scholarly reference I made a file of "Corrections to the printings of Tolkien On Fairy-stories" which is similarly available here as a downloadable pdf

Like the above, some of my other writings are available via Check them out here