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Verlyn Flieger
Tom Bombadil A Romantic Hero For Our Times

J.Storer (with A.Taylor, T.Tailby)

“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things …”

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Morning Star, Evening Star
Peter Kenny


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Farmer Giles of Ham

Corey Olsen

Farmer Giles of Ham is the delightful story of a farmer who, through a mixture of good fortune and shrewdness, becomes King of the Little Kingdom ...

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T O L K I E N ' S . P L A C E S
Verlyn Flieger
Christchurch Meadows

This famout flood meadow  is a popular walking and picnic spot in Oxford, and is also a place where JRR Tolkien and his friend CS Lewis used to go for walks...

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Verlyn Flieger
Interview with Edouard Kloczko

Edouard Kloczko writes books, teaches and lectures. Born in in 1963 in Lviv. He spent his childhood in Riga and Warsaw.

Professor of Comparative Literature (Paris) and Linguistics (Aix-en-Provence), he is one of the very few linguists with a deep interest in the Constructed Tongues of J.R.R. Tolkien...

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Interview with Sam Roads

“My father read the Hobbit to me, then we read it together. I was a bit early with my reading, so this was aged 4...

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Verlyn Flieger
Aberystwyth - An overview of the town nearest the Festival of the Shire - Part two, the history

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Verlyn Flieger
Tolkien On Fairy-stories;
Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson

Arriving with little fanfare in 2008, I believe that this is in fact one of the most important Tolkien-related publications of recent years...

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E D I T O R I A L Issue Six June 2010

From the Editor – Alex Lewis

So, here we are with the June issue of the journal of the Festival of the Shire - and I am following hot on the heels of the May issue so that readers can receive another two monthly issues before the Festival takes place from 13th to 15th August. Having an online journal which appears monthly means that we can respond quickly to events as they happen and I hope we will do so with news of any kind. So hot off the presses as it were, it is my great delight to announce that Dimitra Fimi's  book  'Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits'  has been shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies this year. She is in good company, as Michael Ward who is the author of Planet Narnia has also been shortlisted.  There will be more very interesting news regarding Dimitra Fimi and Tolkien related activities in the next journal. I would also like to make an announcement regarding the dates for the 2011 Festival in the Shire - it will be held from 12th - 15th August. More details of that event are on the website, and we look forward to this annual event growing from strength to strength.

I am pleased to include more from the Tolkien Professor on the lesser known works of Tolkien. Last month it was On Fairy Stories and this month we have his exegesis on Farmer Giles of Ham. We have an interview with Edouard Klotzko the French Tolkien linguist who is an expert on the elven languages, giving us his thoughts on Tolkien’s legacy, and an interview with Sam Roads of the gaming company Microcosm Games Ltd. about their products. I shall be reviewing the Lord of the Rings Facebook online game in the next issue....

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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 - Tom Bombadil A Romantic Hero For Our Times | Morning Star, Evening Star Peter Kenny | Farmer Giles of Ham | Christchurch Meadows | Interview with Edouard Klotcko | Interview with Sam Roads | Aberystwyth - An overview of the town nearest the Festival of the Shire - Part two, the history | Tolkien On Fairy-stories;Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson

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