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21st July 2017: JRR Tolkien - Romanticist and Poet

Sleeps a song in things abounding
that keep dreaming to be heard:
Earth"s tune will start resounding
if you find the magic word.

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. Tolkien6apos;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.

  • Julian Eilmann. J.R.R. Tolkien - Romanticist and Poet
    Publication: October 2017 (Augsburg conference)

  • Claudio Testi. Pagan Saints in Middle-earth.
    Publication: Winter 2017/18

  • There and Back Again. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien and his Works.
    Monika Kirner-Ludwig, Stephan Köser, Sebastian Streitberger (eds.)
    Publication: if possible, October 2017 (Augsburg conference)

  • Music in Tolkien's Work and Beyond
    Julian Eilmann and Friedhelm Schneidewind (eds.).

  • Tolkien and Literary Worldbuilding
    Dimitra Fimi and Thomas Honegger (eds.)
    Publication Spring/Summer 2018.

  • Tolkien and World War I
    Janet Brennan Croft and Annika Röttinger (eds.)

  • Middle-earth or There and Back Again
    Lukasz Neubauer (ed.)

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

A further short review of Laughter in Middle-earth: Humour in and around the Works of JRR Tolkien has appeared. This time on Goodreads.

The review can be read here here.

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=131 )

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‘A Kind of Orpheus-Legend in Reverse’:
Two Classical Myths in the Story of Beren and Lúthien
Miryam Librán-Moreno
 

Myth and Magic: Art according to the Inklings The following essay is an inquiry into the influence of two Greek myths in the shaping of the matter of Beren and Láthien: the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice (Orpheus-legend) and Protesi­laus and Laodameia (Protesilaodameia romance). (read more)

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