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J.R.R. Tolkien's Christmas letters to his children bring echoes of Middle-earth to the North Pole

Like parents the world over, J.R.R. Tolkien dedicated considerable time and effort to making Christmas a joyful time for his young children. Yet this …

Beren and Lúthien: Some First Thoughts (and radio interview)

J.R.R. Tolkien’s <i>Beren and</i> <i>Lúthien</i>, edited by Christopher Tolkien, was published yesterday. The book is an attempt by Christopher Tolkien to extract …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Literary Tourism: Wales, Land of Legends

Literature Wales (http://www.literaturewales.org/) launched today their new literary tourism website: <b>Land of Legends</b> – …

The book is out! (plus “extended” table of contents!)

This week, the e-book version of my new monograph, <i>Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy</i>, was released. This is my first experience of the …

Article on Invented Languages on the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Online

I have had a new article published today on the <i>Times Literary Supplement</i> (TLS) Online, titled: “Inventing a Whole Language”. In this article I …

Inventions

The History of Middle-earth: Exploring Tolkien’s entire ‘legendarium’

Tolkien’s <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> are, of course, his best-known works, much loved and read (and often re-read regularly!) but countless …

Literature

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Tinfang Warble

Following family tradition, the bedtime book I read to my near-four-year-old son on Christmas Eve was “The Night Before Christmas”, aka “A Visit from …

Literature

First impressions count? On academic book covers

Should you care whether your academic monograph or edited collection has an appealing cover? Does it matter? And can you/should you get involved?<p>My …

Books

An interview with Henry Neff: Celtic myth, liminal times and fantastic creatures

My forthcoming monograph, <i>Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy</i>, examines a number of ‘Celtic’-inspired works of fantasy literature, …

Tolkien Sessions at IMC Leeds, July 2017

*Update – June 2017<p>I am very pleased to announce that all four sessions on J.R.R. Tolkien I proposed for the International Medieval Congress at Leeds …

Literature

Solving a little puzzle in Lloyd Alexander’s Welsh research

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about one of the main authors I have included in my forthcoming monograph (<i>Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s</i> …

Henry Neff’s invented world: myth, legend and the boundaries of fantasy

Last week I blogged about Lloyd Alexander, the American fantasist who creatively reshaped elements from Welsh tradition to create an exciting fantasy …

A Beginner’s Guide to Researching Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain

Well, my new book (third book, but second monograph) is due to appear in the new year from Palgrave Macmillan. It is titled <i>Celtic Myth in</i> …

Paul McCartney’s “The Fool on the Hill”, Tolkien’s early drawings, and the Rider-Waite Tarot

We were having a lazy morning yesterday, in the sunny, warm conservatory, and Andrew was playing <i>The Beatles 1967-70</i> on his turntable, when “The Fool …

Paul McCartney

Tolkien’s A Secret Vice: first reviews

As promised in yesterday’s blog post, I have tried to put together some extracts from the first reviews of <i>A Secret Vice: Tolkien and Invented</i> …

Researching Tolkien’s ‘Secret Vice’

A ‘word cloud’ for _A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages_<p>During the last few months I have been buried in my cave… er… office to finish the …

Authorial control and world-building: Some thoughts on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Catherine Fisher and Umberto Eco

Catherine Butler’s recent blog post about J.K. Rowling’s control over the <i>Harry Potter</i> world and narratives via social media (stemming from her …

Books

Tolkien’s “new” poems: “The Shadow-Man” and “Noel”

Just a very quick post to respond to the recent hype over the discovery of two “new” Tolkien poems. I am sure you will have seen the news on the</i> …

Literature

Two tiny Tolkienian parallels in Susan Cooper’s reflections

As I have written in previous entry, I am currently working on a monograph on <i>Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy</i> for the Palgrave …

Tolkien and the Welsh language (and other news)

I had hoped to post more often on this blog, but this term has been unusually busy. There have been a lot of great opportunities and many exciting …

On Hobbits and Poetry: Musings on Newly Published Letters by Tolkien

Tolkien scholars and fans alike have been extremely lucky to have witnessed a flurry of recent publications of Tolkien’s works such as <i>The Legend of</i> …

Literature