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
"The Hobbit" and Tolkien's Mythology (2014), ed. Bradford Lee Eden
The Hobbit Party (2014) by Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards
John D. Rateliff
Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape (2015) by E.L. Risden
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.