Contributor: David Bratman

Next time you’re listening to the 1981 BBC radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, with its music in the English classical tradition written by Stephen Oliver, contemplate the bizarre but interesting fact that the composer was the uncle of John Oliver, of Last Week Tonight.

This was the second year that the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference has had a track in Tolkien Studies, now an official study area of the Association under the chairship of Robin Reid of Texas A&M-Commerce. This year’s conference was held at the Marriott Hotel on the edge of the colorful French Quarter […]

[in honour of Tolkien’s birthday, a reprint of a classic blog post] And this was what the letter said: I read that you were a Tolkien scholar so I was hoping you might be able to answer a question regarding the LOTR story.

This is the latest of several e-mails I’ve gotten from Symphony Silicon Valley: After the breath-taking, sold-out presentation at Lincoln Center in New York City, Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkein’s epic of Middle Earth and one small hobbit’s quest to destroy the Ring of Power comes to San Jose, with Howard Shore’s immortal […]

Was Tolkien the first writer in English to use the word ‘quisling’?

I won’t defile this space with my review of Hobbit III. But I will link to it.

Next time you’re listening to the 1981 BBC radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, with its music in the English classical tradition written by Stephen Oliver, contemplate the bizarre but interesting fact that the composer was the uncle of John Oliver, of Last Week Tonight.

This is the latest of several e-mails I’ve gotten from Symphony Silicon Valley: After the breath-taking, sold-out presentation at Lincoln Center in New York City, Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkein’s epic of Middle Earth and one small hobbit’s quest to destroy the Ring of Power comes to San Jose, with Howard Shore’s immortal […]

This was the second year that the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference has had a track in Tolkien Studies, now an official study area of the Association under the chairship of Robin Reid of Texas A&M-Commerce. This year’s conference was held at the Marriott Hotel on the edge of the colorful French Quarter […]

Was Tolkien the first writer in English to use the word ‘quisling’?

[in honour of Tolkien’s birthday, a reprint of a classic blog post] And this was what the letter said: I read that you were a Tolkien scholar so I was hoping you might be able to answer a question regarding the LOTR story.

I won’t defile this space with my review of Hobbit III. But I will link to it.

About the Author: David Bratman
David Bratman is co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, and former editor of Mythprint, the bulletin of The Mythopoeic Society. He likes to write about Tolkienian biography and bibliography.