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Michael Drout talks about J.R.R Tolkien’s soon-to-be-published Beowulf translation

Beowulf Apparently there is some confusion floating around about Michael Drout’s involvement in the forthcoming publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf translation by Chris Tolkien.

(Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be published on May 22. You can pre-order your hardcover copy now from Amazon by going here.) (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate

TORn Light the Beacons auction: Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Tolkien signed by Dwalin & Bifur, Autographed Official DragonCon Contest 1 Cert by Bifur, Dwalin, Radagast

As you know, we’re currently conducting our pledge drive to raise funds and keep our servers running. We also have some very exciting auctions going on over at Ebay.

There are some fabulous, exclusive pieces up for grabs – including some things which, usually, money can’t buy! Time is running out on some of our auctions too, so best check them out now. Here are just a couple that might tickle your fancy:


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Tom Shippey talks Tolkien and Norse myth

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún In my internet wanderings, I sometime stumble on cool Tolkien things. Not necessarily news, but interesting — like this transcript of a live chat with renowned Tolkien scholar Professor Tom Shippey (author of the acclaimed J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century) over on Tolkien Library to celebrate the release of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun back in 2009.

Yes, we can all agree that’s fairly old.

However, if you’re interested in Norse myth, Shippey’s thoughts on Tolkien’s parallels with other early fantasists such as William Morris, Lord Dunsany and E.R. Eddison, as well as what he thought of meeting Tolkien himself, then you’ll find (like I did) this a worthwhile read. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Other Tolkien books, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien

Video: Tom Shippey’s “Sigurd” Lecture Online

Dr Dimitra Fimi writes: Regarding the announcement of the Tom Shippey lecture you kindly posted a few weeks ago I thought you might like to know that the lecture was recorded, and two video extracts are now available via YouTube here:


Posted in Events, Lectures & Education, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

Live in the UK? Wanna Meet Tom Shippey?

The School of Education at UWIC has the pleasure to present Tom Shippey Professor Emeritus of English,
St. Louis University who will be delivering an Open Lecture entitled: Writing into the Gap: Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún

Tom Shippey has published extensively on medieval literature, and has recently been working on ‘medievalism’ and romantic nationalism, focusing on the work of Jacob Grimm. He established Tolkien scholarship by his acclaimed monograph The Road to Middle-earth, now supplemented by J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. As the foremost Tolkien scholar, he contributed in the documentaries associated with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

Wednesday 23 March 2011,
7 pm Lecture Theatre 4
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff
Admission is free but numbers are limited, to book your place please email: cseenterprise@uwic.ac.uk

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Events, Fans, Lectures & Education, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien

Tom Shippey Reviews Siguard & Gudrún

Kristin wrotes: A review of The Legend of Siguard & Gudrún by Tom Shippey has been posted on the Times Online website. Long, analytical, and very insightful and informative, it reveals just how important Tolkien’s poems are as literature. Tom Shippey Reviews Siguard & Gudrún

Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien

‘Legend of Siguard’ reviews, book on sale today

sigurdJ.R.R. Tolkien’s newest posthumous work lands in retail today. The body of the non Middle-earth tale is told in two narrative poems told in the form of Norse mythology with a Tolkien lecture and an introduction from his son Christopher. Tolkien was a master of the forms of Old Norse and Old Englsih poetry while for most of us, that brilliance is likely to go unappreciated, there is still treasure to be gleaned in understanding the author and the traditions that led him to construct his own cosmology.

The Guardian in the UK published a faxed interview while while reviews are popping up like mushrooms. Read some here, here, and here.

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lectures & Education, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien’s Foreword to ‘Sigurd and Gudrún’!

The Legend of Sigurd and GudrúnThe folks from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt send this bit of coolness to us! They want to whet your appetites for the May 5th release of ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún’, take a look at the foreword written by Christopher Tolkien!

Sigurd and Gudrún on Facebook

Pre-order ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún’ on Amazon.com

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. (more…)

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HC turns Middle Earth digital

From thebookseller.com: J R R Tolkien will move into the digital age as HarperCollins begins selling his Lord of the Rings series as enhanced e-books.

As The Bookseller went to press, the publisher said it was planning to issue Tolkien’s entire back catalogue as e-books, beginning with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit and The Children of Húrin from today [20th April]. The e-books will include the maps and runes contained in the traditional print books and will be on sale at waterstones.com, harpercollinsebooks.co.uk and tolkien.co.uk. Waterstone’s will have a dedicated author page featuring the e-books from today.

David Roth-Ey, director of digital business development, said that the launch was the “most significant e-book initiative” the publisher has done so far. He said: “This is something that the fans so clearly wanted. Releasing Tolkien in e-books is something that has long been a goal of ours and we wanted to create high-quality legal versions of these books. It was a long -process—with the maps and runes, it’s slightly more complicated than [digitising] your average thriller.” HC turns Middle Earth digital

Posted in Books Publications, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Amazon.co.uk Offering ‘Sigurd’ at Discount

The Legend of Sigurd and GudrúnClaire writes: Amazon UK are offering the standard edition of ‘Sigurd and Gudrun’ at half price for pre-order – that’s £9.49 instead of £18.99 (though there’s postage in addition, of course, unless you qualify for one of their free postage deals). The special edition is also being offered at a considerable discount, £34.99 instead of £60.00.

Pre-Order ‘Sigurd and Gudrun’ at Amazon.co.uk

Pre-Order the Hardocer Special Edition of ‘Sigurd and Gudrun’ at Amazon.co.uk

Be sure to join the official ‘Sigurd and Gudrun’ Facebook page here!

Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún Update

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún The folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have allowed us to make the official Facebook page for ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún’! Click on over to get updates and eventually see videos, pictures and other goodies leading up to the books release on May 5th! Sigurd and Gudrún on Facebook

Pre-order ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún’ on Amazon.com

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Brian Cox Voices ‘Sigurd and Gudrun’

Brian Cox reads The Legend of Sigurd and GudrunNeil sends in the good word: Brian Cox to provide his vocal talents for the audio book! (more…)

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