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  • The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien FAQ
    with his sister Nienor and ultimately ending with suicide by his sword Gurthang after having slain Glaurung As a point of reference regarding the names of the main characters In this story Túrin renames himself Turambar meaning Master of Doom in the High Elven speech with a vow to turn aside from the darkness that had ruled his early life His sister Nienor is also called Níniel meaning Maid of Tears She is renamed by Turambar himself after he finds her alone and in distress in the woods Only much later does he learn her real name and origins The section ends with the Elves calling them by the names of Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga as the slayer of the Dragon Glaurung and Nienor Níniel The story of the Narn continues in the Later Narn which you can read in the Unfinished Tales The last part of the story published as the Wanderings of Húrin a text which was found to be too different in style from the rest of the Silmarillion but which continues the Narn past Túrin s death and ends with Húrin s eventual release and the bad deeds which come from that read in The War of the Jewels part 11 of the History of Middle earth series Q Have excerpts of teh Children of Hurin been published before Of course excerpts of The Children of Húrin have been published before namely in The Silmarillion prose Unfinished Tales prose in The Book of Lost Tales partII prose in The Lays of Beleriand verse in allitterative long lines and the most recent in 1994 in The War of the Jewels prose but this part will not be inside the new The Children of Hurin In the body of The Silmarillion we find it as the second of the three tales which Tolkien wrote in succession while on medical leave from the British army during 1917 through the spring of 1918 Of Beren and Luthien Of Turin Turambar and Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin In Unfinished Tales we have a detailed though unfinished and in parts interrupted narrative version of the poetic tale about the Children of Húrin told once long ago by the poet Dírhavel and called Narn i Hîn Húrin Sindarin for The Lay of the Children of Húrin The present narrative is the Tolkien father and son tandem s version of the story In 1984 we find excerpts in The Book of Lost Tales Part II the second volume of The History of Middle earth as Turambar and the Foalókë and The Nauglafring The Lays of Beleriand the third volume of The History of Middle earth consists of two extensive poems by J R R Tolkien having to do with the Eldar Days They are the Lay of the Children of Húrin and the Lay of Leithian The first of the poems the Lay of the Children of Húrin his early but most sustained work in the ancient English meter intended to narrate on a grand scale the tragedy of Turin Turambar More on Húrin can be found in The War of the Jewels the eleventh volume of The History of Middle earth series published in 1994 in The Wanderings of Húrin These additional narratives involving Húrin and the tragedy of his children The Wanderings of Húrin is the conclusion to the Narn It was not included in the final Silmarillion because Christopher Tolkien feared that the heavy compression which would have been necessary to make it a stylistic match with the rest of the book would have been too difficult and would have made the story overly complex and difficult to read These will for the same reason not be included in the Children of Hurin The Tale about the Children of Húrin comes from the ancient times of the First Age and is a beautiful and touching story about the tragic fate of Húrin s family from the house of Hador Goldenhead the Lord of the Edain Húrin was the Man who dared directly defy Melkor and was cruelly punished for this by the mighty Vala It tells the account of the killing by Turin of his friend Beleg as well as a unique description of the great redoubt of Nargothrond Q What formats will The Children of Húrin be available in The Children of Húrin will be simultaneously published in two editions a standard hardback edition at 18 99 ISBN 0 00 724622 6 and a de luxe slipcased edition at 60 00 ISBN 0 00 725223 4 Q What will be included in the hardback book The book will include the first standalone tale of Middle earth since 1977 the complete version of Tolkien s most dramatic tale A specially written introduction by J R R Tolkien s son Christopher Appendices on the history of the tale also written by Christopher Tolkien Exclusive new two colour fold out map of Beleriand and the lands to the north More than 30 new paintings and drawings by award winning illustrator Alan Lee Three genealogical tables specially drawn by Christopher Tolkien for this new work Q What will be the table of contents for the children of Hurin Contents data are machine generated based on pre publication provided by the publisher and info was recovered from the Library of Congress Contents may have variations from the printed book or be incomplete This table of content comes from The Children of Hurin first proofs 10 1 07 16 15 of the Houghton Mifflin Edition CONTENTS Preface 7 Introduction 13 Note on Pronunciation 28 NARN I CHIN HURIN 31 The Tale of the Children of Húrin I The Childhood of Húrin 33 II The Battle of Unnumbered Tears 52 III The words of Húrin and Morgoth 61 IV The Departure of Túrin 66 V Túrin in Doriath 80 VI Túrin among the Outlaws 98 VII Of Mîm the Dwarf 121 VIII The Land of Bow and Helm 141 IX The Death of Beleg 151

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  • The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun FAQ - new book by J.R.R. Tolkien
    superior editions of J R R Tolkien s work This will very much look like the other deluxe editions but will have a brown colour Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Deluxe Edition Hardback and slipcase Extent 384 pages Format 143x222mm Publisher HarperCollins Publication date 05 05 2009 UK Language English ISBN 10 0007317255 ISBN 13 978 0007317257 Also the audio book fans will not be forgotten also on 5 May there will be released a 5CD version and the new Tolkien book will be sold as a downloadable audiobook There will even be a version for sale for Iphone users The audio book will be read by Brian Denis Cox born June 1 1946 who is a BAFTA and Emmy Award winning Golden Globe nominated British actor Cox narrated an abridged audio book version of Sir Walter Scott s novel Ivanhoe and an unabridged audio book of JRR Tolkien s The Silmarillion Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Unabridged edition edition CD audio 5 CDs Publisher HarperCollins Publication date 5 May 2009 Language English ISBN 10 0007318820 ISBN 13 978 0007318827 Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Unabridged Windows Media edition Downloadable audio Publisher HarperCollins Publication date 5 May 2009 Language English ISBN 10 0007318847 ISBN 13 978 0007318841 Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Unabridged Audible edition Downloadable audio Publisher HarperCollins Publication date 5 May 2009 Language English ISBN 10 0007318839 ISBN 13 978 0007318834 Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Unabridged OMA Mobile edition Downloadable audio Publisher HarperCollins Publication date 5 May 2009 Language English ISBN 10 0007318855 ISBN 13 978 0007318858 Will the new Tolkien book also be released in the US According to Associated Press The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun will be published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type hardcover Estimate 384 pages Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date 5 May 2009 Language English ISBN 10 0547273428 ISBN 13 978 0547273426 Title The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Type Deluxe edition Estimate 384 pages Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date 2 June 2009 Language English ISBN 10 0547296282 ISBN 13 978 0547296289 A super deluxe edition Next to that there will be available a Super Deluxe Edition limited to 500 copies worldwide signed by Christopher Tolkien Containing five reproductions of original mansucript pages it is hand bound in full goat skin and features raised spine ribs the pages are edged in gold The book is housed in a matching leather traycase lined in real suede and protected in its own shipping carton It will ressemble the signed limited Deluxe edition of The Children of Hurin but will be brown Translations of the new Tolkien book The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Because there will be numerous editions made in several languages I will keep track of these on a different page all translations of the new Tolkien book Foreword by Christopher Tolkien On Amazon there has been released Part I of the foreword for the new book It is brilliantly written by Christopher Tolkien and really makes you want to read the upcoming book Here it is reproduced FOREWORD Part I In his essay On Fairy Stories 1947 my father wrote of books that he read in his childhood and in the course of this he said I had very little desire to look for buried treasure or fight pirates and Treasure Island left me cool Red Indians were better there were bows and arrows I had and have a wholly unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow and strange languages and glimpses of an archaic mode of life and above all forests in such stories But the land of Merlin and Arthur were better than these and best of all the nameless North of Sigurd and the Völsungs and the prince of all dragons Such lands were pre eminently desirable That the ancient poetry in the Old Norse language known by the names of the Elder Edda or the Poetic Edda remained a deep if submerged force in his later life s work is no doubt recognized It is at any rate well known that he derived the names of the dwarves in The Hobbit from the first of the poems in the Edda the Völuspá the Prophecy of the Sibyl remarking in a lightly sardonic but not uncharacteristic tone to a friend in December 1937 I don t much approve of The Hobbit myself preferring my own mythology which is just touched on with its consistent nomenclature to this rabble of Eddaic named dwarves out of Völuspá newfangled hobbits and gollums invented in an idle hour and Anglo Saxon runes But it is certainly not well known indeed scarcely known at all though it can be discovered from existing publications that he wrote two closely associated poems treating of the Völsung and Niflung or Nibelung legend using modern English fitted to the Old Norse metre amounting to more than five hundred stanzas poems that have never been published until now nor has any line been quoted from them These poems bear the titles Völsungakviða en nýja the New Lay of the Völsungs and Guðrúnarkviða en nýja the New Lay of Gudrún My father s erudition was by no means confined to Anglo Saxon but extended to an expert knowledge of the poems of the Elder Edda and the Old Norse language a term that in general use is largely equivalent to Old Icelandic since by far the greater part of Norse literature that survives is written in Icelandic In fact for many years after he became the professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford in 1925 he was the professor of Old Norse though no such title existed he gave lectures and classes on Norse language and literature in every year from 1926 until at least 1939 But despite his accomplishment in this field which was recognized in Iceland he never wrote anything specifically

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  • A list of all books written by J.R.R Tolkien - bibliography
    Wheeler Oxford University Press Contains essay Appendix I The Name Nodens pp 132 7 1932 Medium Aevum Oxford 1 n 3 Contains essay on Old English Sigelwara Land Part 1 by JJRT pp 183 196 1933 Oxford Magazine 52 n 5 Contains the poem Errantry p 180 1934 Chronicle Convent of the Sacred Heart Roehampton 4 Contains the poem Firiel pp 30 32 1934 Oxford Magazine 52 n 9 Contains the poem Looney p 340 1934 Oxford Magazine 52 n 13 Contains the poem The Adventures of Tom Bombadil pp 464 465 1934 Medium Aevum 3 n 2 Contains the poem Sigelwara Land Part 2 pp 95 111 1934 Transactions of the Philological Society David Nutt Stephen Austin and Sons Contains Chaucer as a Philologist The Reeve s Tale pp 70 1936 Liflade ant te Passiun of Seinte Iuliene S R T O d Ardenne University of Liege 1936 Songs for the Philologists Department of English at University College J R R Tolkien E V Gordon others Contains 13 poems by JRRT 1937 Oxford Magazine 55 n 11 Contains the poem The Dragon s Visit p 342 1937 Oxford Magazine 55 n 13 Contains the poem Knocking at the Door Lines induced by sensations when waiting for an answer at the Door of an Exalted Academic Person p 403 1937 Oxford Magazine 55 n 15 Contains the poem Iumonna Gold Galdre Bewunden p 473 1937 Beowulf The Monsters and The Critics Oxford University Press 1937 The Hobbit George Allen Unwin 1938 The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation Ed T F Higham C M Bowra Oxford University Press 1939 The Reeve s Tale Version Prepared for Summer Diversions Oxford 1940 Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment John R Clark Hall C L Wrenn George Allen Unwin Prefatory Remarks on Prose Translation of beowulf by JRRT pp viii xli 1940 Viga Glums Saga Ed G Turville Petre Oxford University Press Oxford English Monographs 1944 Sir Orfeo The Academic Copying Office 1945 Catholic Herald Contains The Name Coventry Letter to the editor 1945 Dublin Review London January 1945 Contains the story Leaf by Niggle pp 46 61 1945 Welsh Review Cardiff 4 n 4 Contains The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun pp 254 266 1947 English Studies Amsterdam 28 n 6 In collaboration with S R T O d Ardenne Contains ipplen in Sawles Warde pp 168 170 1947 Essays Presented to Charles Williams Oxford University Press Contains On Fairy Stories pp 38 39 1947 1948 Studia Neophilologica Uppsala 20 n s 1 2 In collaboration with S R T O d Ardenne Contains MS Bodley 34 A Re Collation of a Collation pp 65 72 1949 Farmer Giles of Ham George Allen Unwin 1951 Elizabethan Acting Ed B L Joseph Oxford University Press Oxford English Monographs 1952 torgils Saga ok Hafli ta Ed Ursula Brown Oxford University Press Oxford English Monographs 1953 Essais de Philologie Moderne University Of Liege Contains Middle English Losenger 1953 Essays and Studies Ed Geoffrey Bullough The

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  • Tolkien Library - A Guide to Collecting J.R.R. Tolkien books
    on every single book ever written try Songs for the Philologists privately printed in 1936 13 or so copies believed to exist or the Leeds University Verse anthology from 1924 containing three poems by Tolkien or you are simply trying to read everything he wrote your quest will everytime seem endless Finding even a well read copy of The Devil s Coach Horses a discussion on a point of Anglo Saxon translation in the 1925 Review of English Studies Volume 1 Number 3 is going to be very hard due to the fragile nature of the object And if you find one up for sale be ready to pay a lot of money Most people however whilst admiring Tolkien s academic achievements are primarily interested in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings And since the last couple of years Peter Jackson s movies have added an enormous amount of new Tolkien collectors who are all eager to get their hands on as much precious Tolkien as possible This of course changed the prices of collectible Tolkien books If you plan to collect the best known First Editions of The Hobbit Allen Unwin 1937 The Fellowship of The Ring Allen Unwin 1954 The Two Towers Allen Unwin 1954 The Return of The King Allen Unwin 1955 in fine or near fine condition you are going to need really a lot of money For The Lord of the Rings around 10 000 17 000 and for a nice copy of The Hobbit somewhere in the 20 000 Still you do not need to despair since there are so many beautiful collectible Tolkien books out there which are easy to find and some very cheap Among my favourites are the first editions of Farmer Giles of Ham Smith of Wootton Major

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  • Interview with John D. Rateliff - the author of the History of the Hobbit
    be compared with the History of Middle earth series Or more like the Annoted Hobbit It s not a biography although I think it sheds a good deal of light on Tolkien as a writer but a textual study deliberately modeled on Christopher Tolkien s example with the History of Middle earth series It s quite different from The Annotated Hobbit but the existence of Doug Anderson s book meant I didn t have to cover some topics because he d already done so definitively for example listing all the post publication changes made in the various editions during Tolkien s lifetime I consider his book and mine to be complementary any reference to the published book I make is to Doug s edition Q We know Santoski was preparing this book Are there any parts left from his hand Very little unfortunately most of Taum s commentary would have been linguistic in nature but he put very little of it down on paper I have quoted him on some points where his insights illuminate some feature of the text but there are all too few such citations Q To write the study do you work alone or do you have help from others like fe Christopher Tolkien or Wayne Hammond I work alone but I ve benefitted greatly from consulting with Tolkien experts of all types as well as experts in other fields Q Will there be many parts which have not been published before Will there be many maps or other drawings which were never published I m not certain how many of the draft maps will make it in but certainly the original version of the Mirkwood chapter which lacks the Enchanted Stream interpolation and Tolkien s 1960 re write of the first few chapters have never seen print before Q We heard rumours about this book a long time ago how long are you working on the book Is the book near completion or is a lot of writing and research still going on Yes it s been in the works for a long time The idea was first mooted in 1987 though we didn t get down to work until the next year I dropped out in 1989 see above and then returned to the project in 1991 getting back to work in earnest in 1992 Unfortunately throughout most of the time since I ve had to work on it during the spare time from my day job so it s taken me a long time to get it done It s all done now but the Index Q We saw some covers on the net already Do you choose the cover artist or is this in the hand of the publishers I suggested the cover art using Tolkien s own draft of the cover illustration for this edition of the draft of the book just seemed appropriate somehow and the publishers found a way to make that work I think they did a wonderful

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  • Interview with Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull - authors of the J.R.R. Tolkien Companion & Guide (16.04.07)
    us if we would be interested in submitting a proposal for this project Of course we were happy to do so We thought very hard how such a book might be presented if we were to repeat the format of The Annotated Hobbit with entries in the margins beside the text The Lord of the Rings would probably require six or seven folio volumes and both we and the publisher were doubtful about the selling appeal of such a product because of its size and cost but especially as most prospective buyers would own at least one copy of The Lord of the Rings already Therefore we decided that the best approach would be to prepare a volume of annotations without the actual text but keyed to a new fiftieth anniversary edition of Tolkien s work as well as to the standard hardback setting that was published through about 1990 HarperCollins and the Tolkien Estate honoured us by printing a Tolkien design on the cover and issuing our book in a boxed set with the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings Q How was its title chosen We and HarperCollins thought long and hard about a title which would convey that the contents clearly The Annotated Lord of the Rings or The Lord of the Rings Annotated might wrongly suggest that the book contained Tolkien s text as well as our annotations The Lord of the Rings Fifty Years would have tied our book too closely to the anniversary A Lord of the Rings Vade mecum or The Lord of the Rings An Enchiridion using old words for handbook would have been too obscure or scholarly From our other suggestions HarperCollins chose The Lord of the Rings A Reader s Companion Although they realized that this might cause some confusion with The J R R Tolkien Companion and Guide they felt that the titles were sufficiently different to distinguish the two works The latter title could not be changed as it had already been advertised Q How did you come also to edit the new edition of The Lord of the Rings HarperCollins specified in our contract for the book of annotations that we also edit The Lord of the Rings to remove typographical errors and deal with outstanding discrepancies This was an essential prerequisite to the notes that they be keyed to an accurate text It took several months to compile a master list of textual changes errors corrections etc known to have been made in the history of The Lord of the Rings and to check them against the many editions and printings in our personal Tolkien library In addition we read the latest edition of The Lord of the Rings that HarperCollins had published as they intended to revise that typesetting for the new copies We found that many new errors had been introduced in that edition and that some very old errors still persisted after some fifty years Christopher Tolkien approved almost all of our suggestions for change in the text or that the text not be changed as the case may be The study and close reading that all of this entailed ensured that The Lord of the Rings was fresh in our minds when we came to write our annotations Q Now back to The J R R Tolkien Companion and Guide could you say in a few words what the Companion and Guide is about The Companion and Guide is meant to be a basic reference book for the study and appreciation of the works of J R R Tolkien Not a replacement for other books but perhaps a source that one might look at first of all The first of its two volumes is an extensive chronology of Tolkien s life and works together with family trees and checklists of Tolkien s published writings and art his poems and translations of his works The Chronology at times provides almost a day by day account a picture of an extraordinarily busy man as we say in our preface Tolkien the scholar Tolkien the teacher and administrator Tolkien the husband and father Tolkien the creator of Middle earth The second volume is a long encyclopedia with articles on Tolkien s writings on people places and institutions important in his life on the academic world of Leeds and Oxford and on themes and ideas in his works such as allegory free will and fate the environment women war Each volume shares a list of works consulted and a comprehensive index Q What prompted you to write this book After we finished Artist and Illustrator we were encouraged by Rayner Unwin to suggest other Tolkien related books for publication These included to cite only two the annotated Lord of the Rings we ve mentioned and an enlarged edition of Letters which HarperCollins and the Tolkien Estate chose to decline However when we visited HarperCollins offices in London David Brawn showed us Walter Hooper s then newly published C S Lewis A Companion and Guide and asked if we would like to produce a similar book on Tolkien He pointed out that it would offer the opportunity of including extracts from previously unpublished letters and other material which would be some compensation for no new edition of Letters at that time We were interested indeed and agreed to submit a proposal In the event we did not do so for some time as HarperCollins was more immediately interested in our editing Tolkien s then unpublished children s story Roverandom 1998 and the fiftieth anniversary edition of Farmer Giles of Ham 1949 Even so while doing work on these volumes at Oxford and at Marquette University we also found time to begin to do research for the Companion and Guide HarperCollins ultimately approved our proposal for the latter and we signed a contract in 1999 Q Was it originally the idea to make a two volume book No our contract was for a single volume about the same length as Hooper s Lewis Companion and Guide which has 940 pages That book is divided into a biography 120 pages a chronology 6 pages accounts of Lewis s writings subdivided into juvenilia poetry autobiographical novels theological fantasies theology Chronicles of Narnia and literary criticism key ideas a who s who a what s what everything else including places recordings Lewis societies and their publications and a Lewis bibliography This was our initial model But very early on we made two decisions One was that we did not want to follow the organization of Hooper s book which we found cumbersome in comparison to the single alphabetical sequence we chose to use Second as we did not want to produce yet another reduction of Humphrey Carpenter s standard biography of Tolkien we decided that in place of Hooper s biography and chronology we would have only a chronology in which we could report Tolkien s life without having to interpret his actions and which at the very least would allow us to present known material in a new and different form We were pretty sure that we would be able to discover new material but this turned out to be far greater than we expected so much that when set in type it would be almost as long as the whole of our intended volume Happily in 2002 HarperCollins agreed to expand our work to two volumes so that we did not have to omit or cut at least half of the information we had gathered Q Did you pick the names for the two volumes yourselves Our original overall title for a single volume was J R R Tolkien A Companion and Guide after the title of Hooper s book A couple of years before our work was published interest in Tolkien as a result of the films led to a flood of books many of which did little more than rearrange or regurgitate previously published information Since some of these included Guide or Companion in the title HarperCollins decided that our comparatively lengthy and more extensively researched work should be called The J R R Tolkien Companion and Guide the initial The suggesting the primacy of a book on Tolkien from his authorized publisher When our work became two volumes Chronology was a straightforward descriptive choice for the first part For the second there was no obvious choice but we decided that Reader s Guide would do reflecting the Guide of the overall title Q The book had been announced for many years and it seems that the original book grew much bigger than expected Our original contract called for delivery in September 2000 later revised for a work in two volumes to June 2003 We made a desperate attempt to meet that second deadline but failed The work did as you say grow much bigger than either we or our publishers expected The only way we could have finished on time was to have severely limited its scope and left out much of interest Those who complained when the book failed to appear on schedule could not know what a magnum opus it had become and we ourselves weren t sure how big it would get in the end In the event we had to lay the Companion and Guide aside temporarily in order to edit the more time sensitive Lord of the Rings compile a new expanded index to that work and write The Lord of the Rings A Reader s Companion all for publication in 2004 5 and the Reader s Companion itself grew to more than twice its expected length During this period we did only minimal work on the Companion and Guide such as undertaking new research when visiting Oxford or Marquette University and entering newly discovered or newly published information in the Chronology It was only after a gap of two years that we were able to return to it in autumn 2005 and it took us a little while to pick up the threads again Q How do you feel about the result Although we regret not finishing the work earlier the Companion and Guide as published includes information not known to us in 2003 and it benefits from the close attention we had to pay to The Lord of the Rings while writing the Reader s Companion We also regret that Christina s heart attack on 1 August 2006 just as we were completing the index and her consequent open heart surgery meant that there was no time to check or add certain last minute details if the book was to be published that autumn But in general we feel very happy with having been able to provide those who are interested in Tolkien and his works with so much new information and analysis We are also very pleased with HarperCollins jacket and box design Q Will there be made a reprint of the Companion and Guide and if so will it be just a reprint or can we expect changes Indeed would you add any more things or make further changes if you had the chance A reprint of the Companion and Guide would depend of course on how well it sells If the initial printing sells quickly HarperCollins or Houghton Mifflin might choose to reprint to satisfy demand But then it would up to the publisher also to decide whether to allow changes beyond the correction of simple typos since anything more extensive would involve the expense of making new plates and in the case of the Reader s Guide our text and related matter ran to the limit of pages that could be bound in one volume on the thin but opaque paper HarperCollins chose If however we could have a reprint we would add for instance an entry on Christopher Tolkien s latest work The Children of Húrin Having no knowledge of that then forthcoming work we chose in the Companion and Guide to use The Children of Húrin to refer to Tolkien s alliterative poem about Túrin We would also include something that we had prepared but had to cut for lack of space a list of the topics covered in the Reader s Guide available however on our website http mysite verizon net wghammond We were also forced to omit a series of maps and to forego a few entries which would have gathered together information dispersed in the Chronology or elsewhere in the Guide such as a survey of interviews and an examination of Tolkien s methods of writing i e ink over pencil Q Perhaps a solution might be found to the difficulty experienced by some readers in wanting to find a particular alphabetical entry in the Reader s Guide though this stimulates people to search through the volume and they often find other interesting entries on the way Wayne who designed and typeset the Companion and Guide always planned to insert running heads in the Reader s Guide as navigational aids Final writing and revision of our text obtaining permissions to quote crafting a 6 page copyright statement and compiling a 60 page index however took us nearly to our final deadline and then came Christina s unexpected heart attack and surgery Wayne revised the index and produced final printer s copy while sitting with Christina in hospital or caring for her on our return home In the circumstances there was no time also to create individual headings for more than a thousand pages if the Companion and Guide was to be published in autumn 2006 Should there ever be a reprint of course we would certainly ask our publisher about the possibility of such an improvement In the meantime the reader might add a form of thumb indexing using small sticky notes or similar products as tabs Q The Companion and Guide for sure has become the standard reference on Tolkien and his work Where do you place the book yourselves We meant it to be a standard reference for Tolkien and it is but it s not the only one We certainly didn t intend to replace for instance Carpenter s excellent biography which every serious reader of Tolkien should have on the shelf That said we ve heard from several people who have found it a very useful reference one which contains the answers to most questions of fact about Tolkien and his works that come to mind Q What special qualifications do you have for making the Companion and Guide What makes you different from your colleagues Both of us have been reading and studying Tolkien for decades Indeed we re old enough to have absorbed new works by Tolkien and many about him on their first publication For instance both The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion were firmly in our minds before Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle earth appeared We find it hard to imagine what it must be like for readers who have come to Tolkien later and are faced at once with such a bewildering and complex variety of writings Together and separately we have written a great deal about Tolkien and have edited some of his works Wayne wrote the standard descriptive bibliography of Tolkien for which he was allowed to read Tolkien s correspondence with his publisher George Allen Unwin and Christina produced among much else a series of lengthy reviews of the History of Middle earth volumes for Beyond Bree Such work along with our expertise in art history led Christopher Tolkien to ask us to produce J R R Tolkien Artist and Illustrator the first of our joint publications Also we are both librarians with skills in research and in the recording and organization of facts We felt right at home while working in the many libraries and archives that we used for the Companion and Guide and in writing a reference book We ourselves have a significant collection of works by and about Tolkien and related books and magazines on which much of the Reader s Companion and Companion and Guide were based Q You say that you re concerned with facts Does that mean that you avoid speculation Not entirely But we do try to curtail speculation on subjects such as Who is Tom Bombadil which could be answered definitively only if an unpublished Tolkien letter or document were to come to light In the Companion and Guide as elsewhere we concern ourselves primarily with Tolkien Studies rather than Middle earth Studies to use John Ellison s distinction We avoid assumptions such as Tolkien read this or must have read this therefore it influenced a particular aspect of his writings Often those making such assertions don t explore similar examples or even consider that an idea may have arisen in Tolkien s mind quite independently We try not to make a definite statement unless the evidence for it is clear cut and in such cases where evidence is lacking or contradictory but a statement must be made we try to give as much evidence as there is on both sides Good examples of this are in our Companion and Guide article on The Hobbit Indeed we became more cautious as our work proceeded as we found contemporary written evidence contradicting memory Even Tolkien himself sometimes misremembered or misdated events for instance his remarkable lapse in the Foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings in which he dated the origin of that work to before the publication of The Hobbit Q To write the two volumes did you work just the two of you or did you have help from others All of the writing is by us but we were helped by a great many people There is a long list of acknowledgments in the front of each volume We conferred with Douglas Anderson for example about Tolkien s poetry and John Garth gave us references to relevant

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  • Studying the Event Film: The Lord of the Rings - a new book from Manchester University Press
    it was already announced in 2006 and sounds very promising The book focuses on the business of the event film and includes chapters on techniques and meanings ranging from music to spirituality It offers essays on multimedia products associated with the films and contains a dossier of reviews interviews production details and box office returns Studying the blockbuster event movie is now an enterprise too vast for any individual researcher The complexities and scale of globally released mega movies all the detailed craft that goes into them and the franchises fans and hoopla that accompanies release are simply too big It takes a dedicated and coordinated team to understand the whole cycle of production texts and distribution The editors of the book are Sean Cubitt Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne Australia Barry King Professor of Communications at Auckland University of Technology New Zealand and Thierry Jutel Program Director and Lecturer in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand They are the founding members of the MEDIANZ association for media studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and they have much editorial experience between them including anthologies on The Piano Cambridge The Third Text Reader Continuum Athlone and journal special issues on special effects Screen science fiction Futures and global media arts Third Text Between them they are on the boards of a number of refereed journals including Screen The Journal of Visual Communication International Journal of Cultural Studies and Third Text Book Description Peter Jackson s epic trilogy the biggest film event of the 21st century turned the best selling book of the 20th century into a popular critical and financial success all over again This comprehensive collection draws together twenty five essays on the making the meaning and the reception of The Lord of the Rings The book will fall into two sections It opens with a dossier of production documents press kits interviews reviews box office statistics and examples of both franchise and fan produced merchandise The essays section includes cutting edge analyses of themes and investigates the financial and political aspects of production and distribution and the techniques and organization of production and postproduction the business and the pleasures and meanings of the film in the public realm including marketing and advertising of the film and its multimedia spin offs and audiences from online fandom to the international box office Readers will be urged to understand the relationship between these aspects of film study as the constraints and challenges to creativity among makers and viewers and to increase their enjoyment of the film through a deeper acquaintance with its processes of production and their own processes of understanding More closely integrated and more attuned to the global marketplace than the older blockbusters the event film with its attention grabbing pitch for the status of news will be one of the most influential media forms of the coming years These meticulous essays combine with Peter Jackson s remarkable trilogy to form a unique

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  • Latest The Hobbit Movie News: Guillermo del Toro and Howard Shore on road to The Lonely Mountain?
    mentions that he confirmed that he will be directing both movies so any speculation on whether Peter Jackson would be directing the second movie would be wiped away in one go The French site Tolkien universe com gives even more details A l avant première de la dernière production du réalisateur L Orphelinat à l UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles à Paris Durant un débat avec le public Del Toro a annoncé qu il avait été choisi pour réaliser Bilbo le Hobbit This news could probably be correct but we have to wait for the official announcement For those who don t understand French it says that at the avant premiere of the movie L Orphelinat at the UGC Cinema in Paris Del Toro has announced during a debate with the public that he would direct The Hobbit Personally I don t know what to think about Guillermo Del Toro as a director of the two The Hobbit movies because of the reactions he gave in the interview with the Hollywood Insider I tried my best to read Lord of the Rings the trilogy I could not I could not They were very dense And then one day I bought The Hobbit I read it and I loved it So it would be a privilege But listen I wish I knew At this stage after Hellboy II I m unemployed Laughs It seems to me very strange to have a director for the two The Hobbit movies who found The Lord of the Rings too dense and openly says he was unable to read it especially if the second movie is supposed to make a bridge between the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings where a lot of the dense appendices will need to be used to make a

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