Monday, November 27, 2023

Tolkien Studies 20: an announcement

On behalf of myself and my co-editors, Michael D.C. Drout and Verlyn Flieger, here are the expected contents of volume 20 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 in a few months.

As previously announced, Verlyn Flieger is retiring as co-editor of Tolkien Studies as of the publication of volume 20. Yvette Kisor is joining the editorial team with volume 21. - David Bratman, co-editor

Tolkien Studies 20 (2023)
  • David Bratman, "Charles E. Noad, 1949-2023"
  • John M. Bowers, "Durin's Stone, the Ruthwell Cross, and the Dream of the Rood"
  • Verlyn Flieger, "Tolkien's Great Tales"
  • Thomas P. Hillman, "The Great Tales, Tragedy, and Fairy-story in 'The Choices of Master Samwise'"
  • John F. Whitmire, Jr., "An Archaeology of Hope and Despair in the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  • Kenton L. Sena, "Ecological Memory in Middle-earth: Environmental Legacies of Abuse and Care in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien"
  • Steven Kielich, "The Many Eyes of Middle-earth: Looking at the Gaze in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings"
  • Ben Reinhard, "The Pillars of Atlantis: Christopher Dawson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Shadow of World War II"
  • Patrick Lyon, "Though You Travel Every Road: Heraclitean Paths in Middle-earth"
  • Seth Kreeger, "Metaphysical Considerations of Eä: Creation and Providence in Tolkien and Aquinas"
Notes and Documents
  • Peter Gilliver, "Caught in the Philological Net: Tolkien's Lexicographers"
  • Samuel Cardwell, "A Second Source for Samwise?"
Book Reviews
  • The Battle of Maldon: Together with The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son and 'The Tradition of Versification in Old English,' by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Peter Grybauskas, reviewed by Michael D.C. Drout
  • The Great Tales Never End: Essays in Memory of Christopher Tolkien, edited by Richard Ovenden and Catherine McIlwaine, reviewed by Grace Khuri
  • The Fall of Númenor and Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Brian Sibley, reviewed by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
  • Tolkien Dogmatics: Theology Through Mythology with the Maker of Middle-earth, by Austin M. Freeman, reviewed by The Rev. Tom Emanuel
  • Tolkien's Library: An Annotated Checklist, 2nd edition, by Oronzo Cilli, reviewed by David Bratman
  • Cami D. Agan, David Bratman, Kate Neville, Jennifer Rogers, Jonathan Evans, John Wm. Houghton, and John Magoun, "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2020"
  • David Bratman, "Bibliography (in English) for 2021"
  • "Errata: Chronology of The Lord of the Rings, TS 19 Supp."


  1. A few months is fairly soon. Thanks, Bruce

  2. Has there been any movement on behalf of the publisher? I cannot see the volume on Project Muse. I know publishing is not instant, but it has indeed now been a few months.

    1. Unfortunately the publisher is under-staffed and we're still in the proofs stage. That's why I left it vague at the time of the announcement. I would now hope it will appear by the end of March, but I can't guarantee that.

    2. Thanks! I know how painstaking academic publishing can be, and we are always grateful for the time of volunteer editors.

      (Sorry for slow acknowledgement, but only just remembered to come back and check for a response)