10th September 2017: Tolkien Conference 2017
The 2017 Tolkien Conference will be held at Augsburg University (Germany) from 27th to 29th October 2017.
Guest speakers include John Garth and Gergely Nagy.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/conference/?year=2017 )
10th September 2017: Laughter in Middle-earth reviewed in Lembas
The review (in Dutch) can be read here (pdf).
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=134 )
21st July 2017: JRR Tolkien - Romanticist and Poet
Sleeps a song in things abounding
Joseph v. Eichendorff's (1788–1857) famous poem "Wünschelrute" expresses what lies at the heart of the romantic weltanschauung: a transcendent secret surrounds us and can be roused by romantic individuals with the help of poetry and art. As a consequence of this romantic perspective the world regains its fundamental magical quality. Although dating back to the first half of the 19th century, the romantic weltanschauung underlies the life and work of many representatives of later periods, J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) amongst them.
This new monograph by Julian Eilmann fills a void in Tolkien scholarship in its analysis and appreciation of the genuinely romantic quality of his legendarium. In context of the historical concepts of Romanticism Eilmann traces these aspects in Tolkien's poetic theory and literary work and especially focuses on Tolkien's often neglected poetry in which the romantic spirit manifests itself most vividly. The book furthermore examines the romantic motifs in classic fantasy novels like George MacDonald's Phantastes (1858) or Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924), thus illustrating the significant influence of romantic aesthetics on modern fantasy literature. Tolkien's defense of romantic imagination and his immense popularity make him one of the most influential representatives of the romantic spirit in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Publication of JRR Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet is planned for this autumn.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=133 )
21st July 2017: Forthcoming and planned publications
Here is an updated list of forthcoming and planned publications.
These books will be announced on this website as they are released.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=132 )
1st May 2017: Another review of Laughter in Middle-earth
The review can be read here here.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=131 )
26th April 2017: Deep Roots in a Time of Frost reviewed in Beyond Bree
A review of Deep Roots in a Time of Frost has been published in the April 2017 edition of Beyond Bree. To see the review, please click here.
An earlier review of the book was published in the August 2015 edition of the same journal.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=130 )
22th March 2017: Laughter in Middle-earth reviewed
The Laughter in Middle-earth Facebook Group is a public group where people can discuss the Walking Tree Publishers book "Laughter in Middle-earth". Contributors to the book are members who can respond to questions about their articles. English is the preferred language over any of the Elvish dialects.
The group is located here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/324159177970965/
The review can be read on this website here.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=129 )
12th March 2017: Two book reviews published in Journal of Tolkien Research
Two book reviews have been published in Journal of Tolkien Research Volume 4 Issue 1
The reviews are of Representations of Nature in Middle-earth and Laughter in Middle-earth: Humour in and around the Works of JRR Tolkien
The articles can be read on the web page of the journal here.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=128 )
23rd February 2017: Call for Papers: Tolkien and Literary Wordbuilding
Celebratory volume on the occasion of the twentieth birthday of Walking Tree Publishers' Cormarë Series (1997-2017)
Read the call for papers here.
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=127 )
24th November 2016: Laughter in Middle-earth published
Walking Tree Publishers are proud to announce the publication of a new book Laughter in Middle-earth: Humour in and around the Works of JRR Tolkien. This collection of nine papers is edited by Thomas Honegger and Maureen F. Mann.
"It is precisely against the darkness of the world that comedy arises, and it is best when that is not hidden."
With these words Tolkien replied to Rayner Unwin's comments upon first reading Book 1 of Lord of the Rings. Rayner had not commented on the comedy of Book 1 but on the overpowering effect of "the struggle between darkness and light", as he put it, and that omission disappointed Tolkien. If this was the response of Tolkien's famous first reviewer, it is not surprising that academic studies have also tended to ... [read more]
(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=126 )
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