Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tolkien Studies 18: an announcement

On behalf of myself and my co-editors, Michael D.C. Drout and Verlyn Flieger, here are the expected contents of volume 18 of the journal Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review. All of the works are now in the hands of our publisher, West Virginia University Press, and the volume is scheduled to be published in softcover and on Project MUSE later this year. - David Bratman, co-editor

Tolkien Studies 18 (2021)
  • John D. Rateliff, "Richard C. West, 1944-2020"
  • Douglas A. Anderson, "Richard C. West: A Checklist"
  • Yvette Kisor, "'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun': Sexuality, Imagery, and Desire in Tolkien's Works"
  • Curtis A. Weyant, "'A translator is not free': J.R.R. Tolkien's Rules for Translation and Their Application in Sir Orfeo"
  • Josh B. Long, "Faery, Faith, and Self-Portrayal: An Allegorical Interpretation of Smith of Wootton Major"
  • Magne Bergland, "'This gift of freedom': The Gift of Ilúvatar, from Mythological Solution to Theological Problem"
  • Douglas C. Kane, "Túrin the Hapless: Tolkien and the Sanctification of Suffering"
  • Joshua T. Parks, "Speculative Mythology: Tolkien's Adaptation of Winter and the Devil in Old English Poetry"
  • Stentor Danielson, "'To trees all Men are Orcs': The Environmental Ethic of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The New Shadow'"
  • Michael A. Moir, Jr., "'What a lot of things you do use Good morning for!': Gandalf the Wandering Deconstructionist in The Hobbit"
  • Dennis Wilson Wise, "Depth, Globalization, and the Domestic Hero: The Postmodern Transformation of Tolkien's Bard in Peter Jackson's Hobbit Films"
Notes and Documents
  • Amber Dunai, "Wið or mid? A Glimpse into Treebeard's Diachronic Perspective"
Book Reviews
  • The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth, by John Garth, reviewed by Matthew A. Fisher
  • Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages, by Holly Ordway, reviewed by Zachary D. Schmoll
  • Utopian and Dystopian Themes in Tolkien’s Legendarium, by Mark Doyle, reviewed by Jay Rimmer
  • Tolkien’s Cosmology: Divine Beings and Middle-earth, by Sam McBride, reviewed by Alyssa House-Thomas
  • Music in Tolkien’s Work and Beyond, edited by Julian Eilmann and Friedhelm Schneidewind, reviewed by David Bratman
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Toby Widdicombe, reviewed by David Bratman
  • David Bratman, Kate Neville, Jennifer Rogers, Robin Anne Reid, Jason Fisher, John Wm. Houghton, and John Magoun, "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2018"
  • David Bratman, "Bibliography (in English) for 2019"


  1. Proud and humbled to be in such fine company!

    1. Not sure why I am listed as "Unknown" but this is Doug Kane. :-)