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Tolkien Studies volume 12 published
Tolkien Studies features a new cover design

Tolkien Studies volume 12 is now available to download from Project MUSE.

Edited by David Bratman, Michael D.C. Drout, and Verlyn Flieger, Tolkien Studies is the leading academic journal in its field. Starting with this edition, physical copies will be softcover rather than the hardcover boards used hitherto. This is also the first edition to feature a new cover design based on Tolkien’s own drawing “The White Dragon Pursues Roverandom & the Moondog” (Bodleian Library, MS Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 3r).

Volume 12 includes a re-print of the “ultra-rare” obituary Tolkien wrote for his former supervisor at the Oxford English Dictionary, Henry Bradley.

The contents, which we reported earlier this year, are outlined below. The main scholarly articles include:

Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley, “‘Mind to Mind’: Tolkien’s Faërian Drama and the Middle English Sir Orfeo”

Kris Swank, “The Irish Otherworld Voyage of Roverandom”

Simon Cook, “The Peace of Frodo: On the Origin of an English Mythology”

Carrol Fry, “‘Two Musics about the Throne of Ilúvatar’: Gnostic and Manichaean Dualism in The Silmarillion”

Alban Gautier, “From Dejection in Winter to Victory in Spring: Aragorn and Alfred, Parallel Episodes?”

Sherrylyn Branchaw, “Boromir: Breaker of the Fellowship?”

In addition to various “Notes and Documents, and “The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies 2012”, it also features reviews of Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Stuart D. Lee, Tolkien: The Forest and the City edited by Helen Conrad-O’Briain and Gerard Hynes, and Tolkien by Raymond Edwards.

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