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Binding Them All

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on JRR Tolkien and His Works

Zurich, 2017. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.

This volume "binds" a collection of selected papers that emerged from the J.R.R. Tolkien-lecture-series initiated at the University of Augsburg in 2014. Each of the papers is representative of the editors' interest in the interdisciplinary potentials of Tolkien's works and the joint venture to make his legacy visible and accessible from the viewpoint of numerous academic disciplines. Our contributors are experts as well as junior scholars from the fields of Literature and Linguistics, Geography, History, as well as Communications and Cultural Studies.

Table of contents

Stephan Köser (with Monika Kirner-Ludwig & Sebastian Streitberger)
The Tolkien Journey at the University of Augsburg
1

Thomas Honegger
"Meet the Professor" A Present-day Colleague's View of Tolkien's Academic Life and Work
17

Monika Kirner-Ludwig
A Meta-pragmatic and Discourse-analytical Approach to Tolkien's "Beowulf The Monsters and the Critics": A Deliberate Look at its Edges, not its Center
39

Heike Krebs
"One trailer to bring them all and in the darkness bind them?" Lord of the Rings Trailers and their Communicative Functions
71

Birgit Schwan
Searching "For a Better Rhythm, or a Better Word or Phrase": Tolkien's Re-Telling of the Legend of King Arthur in Alliterative Metre
111

Heike Schwarz
Wounds That Can(not) Be Wholly Cured: Ecopsychology, Solastalgia and Mental Substainability in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
139

Magdalena Spachmann
Ethereal Elvish and Horrid Orkish: An Attempt to Capture J.R.R. Tolkien's Controversial Theory of Linguistic Aesthetics and Phonetic Fitness
169

Sebastian Streitberger
Concepts of Space in Middle-earth‘s Landscapes or the Potential of Fantasy and Film for School Geography
193

Sabine Timpf
Insights into Mapping the Imagined World of J.R.R. Tolkien
231

Carolin Tober
How J.R.R. Tolkien Used Kennings to Make The Lord of the Rings into a Medieval Epic for the 20th Century
253

Oliver M. Traxel
Exploring the Linguistic Past through the Work(s) of J.R.R. Tolkien: Some Points of Orientation from English Language History
279 

Christine Vogt-William
Tolkien's Green Man: The Racialised Cultural Other Within and Green Spaces in The Lord of the Rings
305

Roberto Arduini (ed.), The Broken Scythe

Death and Immortality in the Works of JRR Tolkien

Walking Tree, 2012. 1st edition. Paperback. What is the central theme of The Lord of the Rings? J.R.R. Tolkien's answer to this apparently simple question may surprise some readers: "I do not think that even Power or Domination is the real centre of my story [...] The real theme for me is about something much more permanent and difficult: Death and Immortality" (Letters no. 186). Despite this very clear statement, only a small number of published studies have focused on these two themes. This collection of essays by Italian scholars aims at filling this lacuna in the critical scholarship. The nine papers, introduced by Verlyn Flieger's preface, are the result of a two-year interdisciplinary project that concentrated on death and immortality and provide a fascinating, multi-facetted exploration of these fundamental aspects of Tolkien's work.

A Eulogy of Finitude:
Anthropology, Eschatology and Philosophy of History in Tolkien
Franco Manni

Tolkien's Legendarium as a meditatio mortis
Claudio A. Testi

Tolkien, Death and Time: the Fairy Story within the Picture
Roberto Arduini

On the Edge of the Perilous Realm
Lorenzo Gammarelli

The Wrong Path of the Sub-creator:
from the Fall to the Machine and the Escape from Mortality
Alberto Ladavas

"In the Mounds of Mundburg":
Death, War and Memory in Middle-earth
Simone Bonechi

Death, Immortality and their Escapes:
Memory and Longevity
Andrea Monda

Logic and Theology in Tolkien's Thanatology
Claudio A. Testi

A Misplaced Envy:
Analogies and Differences between Elves and Men on the Idea of Pain
Giampaolo Canzonieri *

Roberto Arduini (ed.), Tolkien and Philosophy

Walking Tree, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann.

"Tolkien and Philosophy" is a theme that has not yet been studied with the "philological" accuracy and the textual knowledge that are required to avoid squeezing the Professor's works inside conceptual frameworks that, rather than exposing their intrinsic value, risk losing both their profound meaning and their inherent beauty. What is the relationship between Tolkien's work and Philosophy? The question, if taken seriously, is by no means trivial. For these reasons we wish this book to become, in both method and content, an essential point of reference for anyone interested in better understanding the significant elements that sometimes link, sometimes divide, the "philologist" Tolkien from proper speculative philosophy.*

Roberto Arduini a.o. (ed.), Tolkien and the Classics

Walking Tree, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann. This collection of mainly short essays, each one exploring a parallel between Tolkien and the Classics of Western Literature, is divided into three sections:

1. Tolkien and Authors from Antiquity (four essays)

2. Tolkien and Authors from the Middle Ages (six essays)

3. Tolkien and Authors from the Modern Period (eleven essays).*

Liam Campbell, The Ecological Augury in the Works of JRR Tolkien

Walking Tree, 2011. 1st edition. Paperback.

This new study, in a clear and engaging tone, explores and unfolds the environmental dimension of Tolkien's work and worldview, not only in terms of the themes observable in his masterwork The Lord of the Rings, but also across his wider fiction, essays and private papers.

With discerning recourse to the work of leading ecologists and ecothinkers, this book argues that Tolkien – in his unfolding narratives of machine against nature, where regimes of power ruthlessly move against the land – holds up a mirror to the ecological crisis of the primary world and offers a vivid depiction of (and thus a warning against) where the reckless abandonment of concern for the green face of the planet may lead. Tolkien, Campbell argues, by virtue of his consistent adherence to such striking and compelling environmental themes, was a visionary defender of nature who, before the emergence of any organised Green Movement, may have anticipated the scale of the environmental emergency that was yet to dawn. In the exploration of Tolkien's green themes and the critical analysis of his tales of Middle-earth and wider fiction, Campbell re-evaluates Tolkien as a contemporary writer, and offers new insights into Tolkien's work and new perspectives on the literature of the fantastic. *

Stratford Caldecott (ed.), Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: Sources of Inspiration

Walking Tree, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann.

In the year after his graduation from Exeter College, Oxford, the great mythopoeic work for which he would become famous was already germinating in Tolkien’s mind. In August 2006 the College offered a week of seminars and papers by leading international specialists on Tolkien’s Exeter years, the influence of the Great War, the healing power of his narrative, and its relevance to religious and linguistic studies, comparative mythology, and history. Priscilla Tolkien, C.S. Lewis’s secretary and friend Walter Hooper, Tolkien’s friend the Jesuit priest Robert Murray SJ, and grandson Simon Tolkien attended as special guests, representing the family and those who knew Tolkien personally. The conference was intended to encourage the growth of Tolkien Studies through international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The papers from this conference have been selected, edited, and supplemented by other essays on complementary themes especially for this volume, in order to reveal the dynamic growth of Tolkien Studies around the world. This book explores the spiritual, poetic, personal, and academic sources of inspiration for what is widely regarded as the greatest book of the twentieth century.*

Janet Croft (ed.), "Something Has Gone Crack"

New Perspectives on JRR Tolkien in the Great War
Walking Tree, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback.

"Something has gone crack," Tolkien wrote about the first death among his tight-knit fellowship of friends in 1916, and the impact of the war haunted his writing for the rest of his life. In Tolkien's body of work, the Great War serves as a source of imagery, motifs, and examples of military operations and strategy; of central themes about conflict, comradeship, duty, and the destruction of the environment; and of personal trauma which he worked out in meaningful symbolic form throughout his life.

In this volume, we collect a variety of perspectives on the war's impact on Tolkien's writing, building upon earlier work in this area by filling in gaps in the scholarship and incorporating new material. We trace major themes in Tolkien's legendarium that had their roots in, or were heavily influenced by, his war experiences. It is essential to any study of the Great War not to assume that only the most frequently heard voices are important; the experiences and viewpoints of participants outside of the mainstream are also necessary to give us a full picture of the impact of war, and were not neglected by Tolkien. We therefore also explore issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

At this point in the study of J.R.R. Tolkien's life and works, the centrally important topic of his Great War experience is by no means exhausted. Our hope is that this collection is not the last word on the topic, but instead sparks new ideas and future scholarship. *

Patrick Curry, Deep Roots in a Time of Frost

Essays on Tolkien

Walking Tree, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback.

In this collection of his published essays, Patrick Curry explores two themes in Tolkien’s great work: enchantment, the Elves and Faërie, and the natural world of Middle-earth. He considers their different effects on both readers and literary critics, and brings to light the deep connections between these two subjects, as well as between them and Tolkien's ultimate concern, 'Death and the desire for deathlessness.' Also illuminated, in contrast, is magic, as epitomised by the One Ring. Finally, he argues that the hobbits are exemplars of how to live in relation to enchantment: neither pursuing, nor avoiding, but honouring it.*

Julian Eilmann & Allan Turner, Tolkien's Poetry

Walking Tree 28. 2013. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann. J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his prose work, especially his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Although there are many poems included in his novels that add depth to the narrative, Tolkien's talent as a writer of poetry has scarcely been appreciated and in-depth studies of Tolkien's verses are rare. This collection edited by Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner presents ten papers and an introduction by Michael Drout that deal with specific aspects of Tolkien's poetry. Some papers focus on one particular poem, while others examine a group of poems with a specific thematic approach. Among other topics, this collection highlights Tolkien's development as a writer of alliterative verse, the relationship between poetry and faith, or the function of poems in the narrative of The Lord of the Rings. In addition this volume takes a critical look at the use of poetry in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, illustrating how Tolkien's verses contribute to a contemporary adaptation of this literary classic. *

Julian Eilmann, J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet

Cormarë Series No. 36

Zurich, 2017. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann.*

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. 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. *

Julian Eilmann (ed.), Music in Tolkien's World and Beyond

Walking Tree, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann.

"I love music" (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Music plays a crucial role in Tolkien's mythology, and his tales contain many songs as well as mentions of musicians and instruments.

The present book edited by Julian Eilmann and Friedhelm Schneidewind is the successor to the well-received 2010 volume Music in Middle-earth, No. 20 of the Cormarë Series, which drew the attention of Tolkien scholarship to the importance and nature of music in Tolkien's work. As the title of this volume suggests, Music in Tolkien's work and Beyond simultaneously follows the path of analyzing the use and significance of music and musical elements in Tolkien's literary texts while also considering the broader context, such as adaptations and other authors and composers.

The 21 articles feature a multitude of different academic approaches, e.g. musicological, philosophical or theological, which not only look at music itself but also at poetry, song and instruments and even the musicality of Tolkien’s prose. the contributions are divided into five sections: 'Tolkien and Music', 'The Power of Music', 'Music of Different Texts and Characters', 'Instruments in Middle-earth' und 'Music beyond Tolkien'. *

Fimi/Honegger (ed.), Sub-creating Arda

Walking Tree, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Jay Johnstone.

J.R.R. Tolkien's literary cosmos may not be the most elaborate of the imaginary worlds in existence, it is certainly the most influential. The posthumous editorial work of Tolkien's son Christopher has also shown that Arda remains unrivalled in its consistency and complexity. Additionally, the re-publication of Tolkien's Andrew Lang lecture 'On Fairy-stories' (originally delivered 1939) and its interpretation within the discourse of literary fantasy has further strengthened his position as one of the foremost proponents of literary world-building or, as he himself preferred to call it, (literary) subcreation.

The contributions to this volume by Tom Shippey, John Garth, Mark J.P. Wolf, Kristine Larsen, Andrew Higgins, Allan Turner, Gergely Nagy, Renée Vink, and a dozen other scholars, discuss not only Tolkien's theoretical concepts as well as his literary work but also explore the relationship between Tolkien’s approach with that of other 'literary world-builders' whose imaginary worlds have attracted readers and scholars alike. *

Christopher Garbowski, Recovery and Transcedence for the Contemporary Mythmaker

The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Walking Tree, 2004. Paperback. Second Edition.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Tolkien and Modernity 1

Walking Tree, 2006. 1st edition. Paperback.  The current volume, being the first of two dedicated to ‘Tolkien and Modernity’, grew out of the wish to further the exploration of Tolkien as a ‘contemporary writer’, i.e. an author whose literary creations can be seen as a response to the challenges of the modern world. It comprises papers that focus on the following themes: Tolkien and the 20th century, feminist theory, time, creativity, and freedom. Although one could argue that most of these topics have been discussed since the beginning of literature, it is with the shaping events of the first half of the 20th century – the World Wars, Einstein’s theory of relativity, totalitarianism and the atomic bomb – that they gained a new and immediate relevance.
Nine articles.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Tolkien and Modernity 2

Walking Tree, 2006. 1st edition. Paperback.  The current volume, being the second of two dedicated to ‘Tolkien and Modernity’, grew out of the wish to further the exploration of Tolkien as a ‘contemporary writer’, i.e. an author whose literary creations can be seen as a response to the challenges of the modern world. It comprises papers that focus on the following themes: Tolkien and the 20th century, feminist theory, time, creativity, and freedom. Although one could argue that most of these topics have been discussed since the beginning of literature, it is with the shaping events of the first half of the 20th century – the World Wars, Einstein’s theory of relativity, totalitarianism and the atomic bomb – that they gained a new and immediate relevance.
Seven articles.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Root and Branch: Approaches Towards Understanding Tolkien

Walking Tree, 1994. Contains: "The Monster, the Critics, and the Public: Literary Criticism after the Poll", "The Man in the Moon: Structural Depth in Tolkien", "Tolkien and His Critics: A Critique", "Re-enchanting Nature: Some Magic Links between Margaret Atwood and J.R.R. Tolkien" and "Love Song of the Dark Lord: Some Musings on the Reception of Tolkien in an Indian Context". Only 150 copies printed. 1st edition. Paperback.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), News from the Shire and Beyond - Studies on Tolkien

First Edition

Walking Tree, 1997. 1st edition of this book, which contains an extra article, not reprinted in the second edition ("The Meeting of the Istari"), so six articles on Tolkien and the Middle-earth: The Wizards cardgame. Paperback. Signed by the editors, Thomas Honegger and Peter Buchs.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), News from the Shire and Beyond - Studies on Tolkien

Second Edition
Walking Tree, 2004. Five articles on Tolkien and the Middle-earth: The Wizards cardgame. Paperback.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Tolkien in Translation.

 

Walking Tree, 2011. Reprint with a new cover. Paperback. Six essays: "A Theoretical Model for Tolkien Translation Criticism" by Allan Turner, "A Question of Style. On Translating The Silmarillion into Norwegian" by Nils Ivar Agoy, "Traduire Tolkien en France: On the Translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works into French and their Reception in France", "Begging your pardon, Con el perdon de usted: Some Socio-Linguistic Features in The Lord of the Rings" by Sandra Bayona, "The Treatment of Names in Esperanto Translations of Tolkien’s Work" by Arden R. Smith and "Nine Russian Translations of The Lord of the Rings" by Mark T. Hooker.*

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Translating Tolkien: Text and Film

Walking Tree, 2011. Reprint with a new cover. Paperback.Twelve essay's on translating Tolkien's work and visions on the Jackson movies.*

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Reconsidering Tolkien

Walking Tree Publication, 2005
Nine essays, mainly dealing with Tolkien as a linguist. "Reconsidering the Linguistics of Middle-earth: Invented Languages and Other Linguistic Features in The Lord of the Rings" - Marion Gymnich, "Tolkien as Philo-Logist" - Eduardo Segura en Guillermo Peris, "Tolkien Through the Eyes of a Mediaevalist" - Thomas Honegger, "Thoughts on The Lord of the Rings and History" - Paul E. Kerry, "The Knife, the Sting and the Tooth: Manifestation of Shadow in The Lord of the Rings" - Natasa Tucev, "Mythic Space in Tolkien's Work" - Jean-Christophe Dufau, "Language, Lore and Learning in The Lord of the Rings" - Dirk Vanderbeke, "The Lord of the Rings in the Wake of the Great War: War, Poetry, Modernism and Ironic Myth" - Martin Simonson,  "'A Man, lean, dark, tall': Aragorn Seen Through Different Media" - Connie Veugen. 1st edition. Paperback.

Thomas Honegger (ed.), From Peterborogh to Faëry

The Poetics and Mechanics of Secondary Worlds

Walking Tree, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann.

Table of contents

Introduction 
i

List of Publications by Allan Turner 
vii

Wolfram R. Keller
Geoffrey Chaucer's Mind Games:
Household Management and Aesthetics in the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women
1

Andrew 'Chunky' Liston
Burns's Bogles
25

Julian Eilmann
Romantic World Building:
J.R.R. Tolkien's Concept of Sub-creation and the Romantic Spirit
37

Tom A. Shippey
Jack Vance: Il ottimo fabbro
57

Doreen Triebel
Stories that Last:
Storytelling in Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
75

James Fanning
Thursday Next, or: Metalepsis Galore – and More
99

Thomas Honegger
From Faëry to Madness:
The Facts in the Case of Howard Phillips Lovecraft
113

Dirk Vanderbeke
The Sub-creation of Sub-London:
Neil Gaiman's and China Miéville's Urban Fantasy*

Thomas Honegger (ed.), Laughter in Middle-earth

Humour in and around the Works of JRR Tolkien

Walking Tree, 2016. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.*

Table of contents

Tom Shippey
Foreword

Maureen F. Mann
"Certainly not our sense": Tolkien and Nonsense

Alastair Whyte
A Fountain of Mirth: Laughter in Arda

Jennifer Raimundo
Mirth's Might: The Tenacity of Humour in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Łukasz Neubauer
Plain Ignorance in the Vulgar Form:
Tolkien's Onomastic Humour in Farmer Giles of Ham

Laura Lee Smith
"This of course is the way to talk to dragons":
Etiquette-Based Humour in The Hobbit

Evelyn Koch
Parodies of the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Sherrylyn Branchaw
Strategies of Humour in The Stupid Ring Parody

Davide Martini
Humour in Art Depicting Middle-earth

Jared Lobdell
Humour, Comedy, the Comic, Comicality, Puns, Wordplay, 'Fantastication', and 'English Humour' in and around Tolkien and His Work, and among the Inklings

Margaret Hiley and Frank Weinreich (ed.), Tolkien's Shorter Works

Essays of the Jena Conference 2007

Tolkien’s Middle-earth and its legendarium have drawn extensive scholarly attention. But there is more to Tolkien than the history and legends of Middle-earth, and there has hitherto been a certain lack of academic criticism focused primarily on his shorter fictional works Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major, Roverandom and his poetry. Although scholarly evaluations of these works exist, they often deal with the shorter texts more as an afterthought, as footnotes to the ‘major’ texts rather than as demanding attention in their own right. This dearth of studies suggests that it is time for a closer look at Tolkien’s 'Shorter Works'. The current volume collects the findings of a joint conference of Walking Tree Publishers and the German Tolkien Society at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany in 2007. Various interesting aspects, details and connections are unearthed which are likely to broaden not simply the understanding of Tolkien’s Shorter Works, but also of the author’s overall fictional work as well as the man and author J.R.R. Tolkien himself. *

Judith Klinger (ed.), Sub-creating Middle-earth

Construction of Authorship and the Works of JRR Tolkien
Walking Tree 27. 2013. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann. Authorship in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is a subject of many facets. Within the mythology and history of Middle-earth, many story-tellers, bards, annalists and poets contribute to the weaving of an enormous tapestry of tales. Sub-creation, as Tolkien practiced it, involves an abundance of traditions, including different modes of authorship and literary creation – and some depart strikingly from the common modern notions. Instead of proposing a unified perception, the six articles in this collection therefore examine the web of authorial presence and authorship concepts in Tolkien's works from diverse angles, to trace a polyphonous dialogue between the writer of the texts and the many voices within that shape Middle-earth in concert. *