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Festival Journal - the Tolkien magazine
F E A T U R E S
I N T E R V I E W S
Meeting Professor Tolkien
(and Tom Bombadil)
Jodi Storer

It may be thirty-seven years since J.R.R. Tolkien left earth for a journey to rejoin Edith ...

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THE TOLKIEN PROFESSOR
Leaf By Niggle
Corey Olsen

Leaf by Niggle is the story of a painter named Niggle, a “very ordinary ...

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R E V I E W S
“One of the most illuminating books on Tolkien so far to be published”
A review of Dimitra Fimi’s Tolkien, Race and Cultural History
Charles E. Noad

The impact of The History of Middle-earth on Tolkien studies has been slow in developing...

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Verlyn Flieger

Engaging with other worlds: An interview with Verlyn Flieger

“Tolkien is both nostalgically romantic for a lost past and ‘thoroughly modern’ in that he spoke to the world around him, the world he lived in.”

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Dimitra Fimi
Tolkien: British at heart? An interview with Dimitra Fimi

“I don’t think I can quantify Tolkien’s Celtic sources in a meaningful way, but I can definitely argue that Celtic influences...

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Stephen Walsh
Imagined history: An interview with Stephen Walsh

“The larger the amount of reality in a picture the more successful the fantastical elements will be.”

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Michael Drout Interview
Corey Olsen

“I tell my students: make your scholarship as technical as you possibly can, but don’t lose your literary insight...

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E D I T O R I A L Issue three

From the Editor – Colin Duriez

In our last issue we focussed upon several important Tolkien artists. In this new issue we listen to what some formative scholars have to say about his writings and literary achievement. We feature Verlyn Flieger, whose views pioneered an examination of Tolkien as a maker of myth, appealing to what is universal in our human makeup. She continues to stimulate and shape thinking about Tolkien, in for example her recent study of Tolkien’s seminal essay, “On Fairy Stories” with Douglas A. Anderson. We also have interviews from two scholars representing in their various ways something of a new wave of scholarship: Michael Drout and Dimitra Fimi. Dimitra’s study of Celtic and Welsh elements in Tolkien are part of the inspiration for Festival in the Shire. A major review of her ground-breaking study, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits also appears in this issue.

This does not mean we’ve ignored the impact of Tolkien-inspired art. The Journal has interviewed Tolkien artist Stephen Walsh about his distinctive work, and much-praised director and producer of the film Born of Hope, Kate Madison, who is also among the cast. (The Times gave the film 4 stars.) Chad Chisholm also has viewed the film for us, following his review of another Tolkien “fan movie” in the last issue.

The Tolkien Professor continues his series of lucid and concise introductions to Tolkien’s writings with one on “Leaf by Niggle,” illuminating one of the most personal of his fictions. Our youngest contributor – Jodi Storer of Ironville & Codnor Park Primary School – tells us of a magical visit to the Bodleian Library and one of Tolkien’s Oxford colleges, and reveals future plans of her school’s Myth & Magic Tolkien Reading & Language Fellowship. Jodi and her fellow-pupil Abbie Taylor (who was originally going to write this article for the Journal, but was prevented by illness) are among the speakers at the conference during the Festival in the Shire.

I’m looking forward to re-reading all the pieces in this issue after our designer Paul Girling has worked his magic on the Journal.

Colin Duriez

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Publisher: Mark Faith on behalf of Festival Art and Books

Editor: Colin Duriez

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

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