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F E A T U R E S
I N T E R V I E W S
Tolkien's Balrog, and Peter Jackson's
Barry Livingstone

A notable and praiseworthy feature of Peter Jackson’s trilogy is the respect ...

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Sarehole Dreams (Tom Bombadil alive and well)
Jodi Storer

Poem

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THE TOLKIEN PROFESSOR
Smith of Wootton Major
Corey Olsen

Smith of Wootton Major is first and foremost a fairy tale.  Indeed it is more than just an example of a fairy tale ...

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R E V I E W S
Verlyn Flieger
Inking and Mapping the Inklings of Oxford: a review
Chad Chisholm

When my wife and I arrived in Oxford, England in September of 2007, I was probably unconsciously expecting it to be more similar to Oxford, Mississippi...

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T O L K I E N ' S . P L A C E S
Verlyn Flieger
Interview with Tim Tolkien
Sarah-Jane Lynch

The acclaimed writer’s great nephew Tim Tolkien, is an established artist and sculptor. He has been commissioned to create a memorial statue in honour of his great uncle in the Moseley area of Birmingham...

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Verlyn Flieger

From a 'magical' place: Interview with Alex Lewis

Alex Lewis a writer of fiction, novels and composer of songs. Much of his work is inspired by Tolkien and endued with the spirit of one of the places especially associated with the creator of Middle-earth: Oxford...

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Verlyn Flieger
The Douglas Anderson interview Corey Olsen

“I do wish that more critical attention was paid to what Tolkien accomplished in The Hobbit....

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Verlyn Flieger
Celebrating Tolkien and popular media: Interview with Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley is a writer and broadcaster who famously adapted Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings for BBC Radio...

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Narrowing the gap between artist and public: An interview with Peter Pracownik and Nicola-Clare Lydon

Nicola-Clare Lydon and Peter Pracownik  share a gallery, “Another Green World”, based in historic Tintagel, Cornwall...

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Another hand and mind: Interview with Ruth Lacon

There are few if any other modern writers who give you that sweep, that scope, that room for ‘other hands and minds’, as Tolkien himself put it. If you want that, and I do, then apart from Tolkien you pretty much have to go back to the likes of Geoffrey of Monmouth and Homer.

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E D I T O R I A L Issue Four April 2010

From the Editor – Colin Duriez

As I write this, I’ve not long returned from giving a talk on Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling and magical creatures as part of St George’s Day events in Lancaster. England’s national day celebrates a dragon-slayer! The occasion made me think once again how rich is the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new issue of the Journal reflects the plenitude of Tolkien’s invention – from demonic Balrogs to Tom Bombadil, “Master of wood, water and hill”. In this issue, visual artists, writers and scholars, all take part in what is a lively and continuing conversation about the creator of Middle-earth and his writings. Contributors range in age from a retired school headteacher to a primary (elementary) school pupil.

After this issue, I’ll be passing the privileged task of editing the Journal to the omni-capable Alex Lewis, a long-time friend who, as writer and scholar, has participated in the Tolkien fan community for many years. I’ll be staying on, however, as a consultant editor and hope to contribute to the Journal from time to time. Other pressing commitments take me from this task, including the completion of my next book!

As editor I’ve experienced once again astonishment at seeing how the work of a pipe-smoking, erudite scholar with an impatience over the increasing presence of Mordor in our midst has the power to bring together a rich diversity of people from around the planet – readers, writers, scholars and fan groups, audiences of many kinds, the young, the old, hobbits and elves. As editor, I’ve also enjoyed being able to write a very long sentence and getting away with it!

Colin Duriez

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Publisher: Mark Faith faith@festivalintheshire.com
on behalf of Festival in the Shire

Editor: Colin Duriez duriez@festivalintheshire.com

Design and Production: Paul Girling www.greystokegraphics.co.uk

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Festival in the Shire Journal - the magazine discussing all things Tolkien. News, interviews, music and art relating to Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other J.R.R. Tolkien stories

This months articles - Tolkien's Balrog, and Peter Jackson's Barry Livingstone | Sarehole Dreams (Tom Bombadil alive and well) Jodi Storer Smith of Wootton Major | Corey Olsen Inkling and Mapping the Inklings of Oxford: a reviewChad Chisholm Interview with Tim Tolkien Sarah-Jane Lynch | | | From a 'magical' place: Interview with Alex Lewis The Douglas Anderson interview Corey Olsen Celebrating Tolkien and popular media: Interview with Brian Sibley Narrowing the gap between artist and public: An interview with Peter Pracownik and Nicola-Clare Lydon Interview with Ruth Lacon

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