Paperback. Reprint of issue 43 and 44. Contains among others Tolkien's "Words of Joy: Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya". *
Paperback. Reprint of issue 45 and 46. Contains addenda and corrigenda to the Etymologies. *
2011. 1st edition. Paperback.
The concept of "subcreation" is a key to understanding what J.R.R. Tolkien was attempting to do in his fantasy works. Subcreation, or the idea that the creatures God makes are themselves able to create within the boundaries that God has set, but not necessarily in the same way He Himself actually did things, puts many of Tolkien's seeming theological novelties into perspective and helps us to better appreciate his faithful literary artistry. As well, by coming to grips with this concept as it appears in Tolkien's works, we may be able to find inspiration for our own subcreative works done for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.*
2012. 1st edition. Paperback.
Is Tolkien Actually Any Good? Did Gandalf Torture Gollum? Did Susan Go To Hell? Who Wrote The Poems of C.S. Lewis? Did C.S Lewis really have a marriage of convenience? Andrew Rilstone answers thirteen important questions about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus reviews and critiques of books, stage-shows and those god-awful movies Every Inklings-related word that Andrew has published since 1999. *
Lord of the Things is a parody of J R R Tolkein's great work, "Lord of the Rings". This is the first book covering events from the beginning of the quest in Hobbiton to splitting up of the fellowship of the ring. Expect plenty of bad puns, wordplay, pop culture references and alliteration! (You have been warned...)*
Hilarious parodies of Lord of the Rings, the Bourne trilogy, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Total Recall, I, Robot, and the Die Hard trilogy. Or as I call them, Load of the Rings, Harpocrates, Xenon, Porn Born, starring Chasten Porn (nothing naughty, just a name), Totally Reek, Y'all, Diet Hard, and My Robot.*
2014. 1st edition. Paperback.
What if the Lord of the Rings was set in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia? Where does Dangalf the Fully Sic get his threads? How do you return the One Ring to the pawn shop it was forged in? Read on & enjoy this ridiculously hilarious short tale!*
In Masculinity in Tolkien, Rost argues that despite Tolkien's often conservative views when it comes to sex and gender, a closer look at how masculinity is performed in his works actually shows the social criticism hidden within, the rejection of the heroic code and the search for a hero and a masculinity which is built on love and loyalty, not the excess of courage and pride of heroic poetry.*
Oloris, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Ted Nasmith.
Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by Dr. Deborah A. Higgens, PhD will add to the field of Tolkien scholarship a detailed study of how Tolkien entered into the community of Anglo-Saxon storytellers as a scholar and critic, but also as an insider.
Embracing elements of a lifestyle he valued, yet which he viewed as diminishing in modern-day England and in the rest of the world, J.R.R. Tolkien hearkens back to a literary community shrouded in mystery and Faërie, from Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon poetry to medieval legend. Tolkien enters that community both as a critic, examining lost elements of a heroic society, and as an insider, recasting, as did ancient authors, the elements of Story, to create his own great fairy-story.
While much has been written on medievalism in Tolkien’s works, this research adds to the field a detailed explanation of the Anglo-Saxon mindset in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (LOTR). In his sub-creation, Tolkien draws from the same Cauldron of Story from which the Anglo-Saxon poets drew, as illustrated by an examination of Tolkien’s two critical essays: “On Fairy-Stories” and “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Tolkien discusses the manner in which the Beowulf poet created his poem, and it is evident that the same principles can be applied to demonstrate how Tolkien created his own great fairy-story as he integrates the ancient themes of the Anglo-Saxon mead hall, the lord as gift-giver, and the comitatus bond in his creation of the Rohirrim. In the role of the cup-bearer, Old English poetry predominately reflects aristocratic women, and Tolkien illustrates this aspect in LOTR through the characters of Galadriel and Éowyn. Tolkien’s work is as original as that of medieval authors because he built on ancient themes and structure, used their modes and genres, and chose similar mythic elements to weave his own tale. The decline of mead-hall society is reflected in Old English poetry, and Tolkien’s fiction embodies a sense of that loss, preserving for his audience, as did the Beowulf poet, this ancient society and its heroic values.*
Oloris, 2015. 1st edition. Oblong paperback. Poems inspired by Tolkien. Illustrated with photo's and artwork by John Cockshaw.
Emotional and evocative, the poetry of Janet Nelson-Alvarez takes the reader on the fundamental heroic journey. The rough path under the hero's feet and the hardships faced are detailed with the same stunning beauty and insight as the soft whispers of a mother murmuring tales to her sleepy child. Illustrated by the beautiful art of John Cockshaw, this collection is a stunning masterpiece of the distilled beauty of poetry.
About the Author
It must have been an omen of some sort that Janet Nelson-Alvarez was born in the very year that J.R.R.Tolkien’s “Fellowship of the Ring” was first published. And it didn’t hurt, either, that she had an aunt who fueled her love of imaginary realms and impossible places, many times by speaking to her (and insisting upon an answer) in rhyme.
The world of the 60’s was a fantastic, exciting place to grow up. So much wonder to throw into the stew-pot of a writer’s mind. And yet, at the end of the day, for Janet, it all came back to the far-off and yet resonatingly close world of Tolkien.*
Walking Tree, 2015. 1st editon. Paperback. Contains 9 articles.
Tolkien's portrayal of nature in Middle-earth has been interpreted in a variety of ways, often depending on the context of the reading. Some have seen Middle-earth and its potential destroyer, the Ring, as an allegory of the European continent under the threat of the atomic bomb, while others have embraced it as an artistic expression of the Green movement's agenda in the face of industrial abuse. Some have read nature in Tolkien's work in terms of myth and religion; yet others take the exhaustive descriptions of the physical environment as a sign that Middle-earth itself is the central protagonist of the stories. All in all, nature in Middle-earth plays a crucial role not only in the creation of atmospheres and settings that enhance the realism as well as the emotional appeal of the secondary world; it also acts as an active agent of change within the setting and the story. This collection of essays explores Middle-earth as an ecological entity, a scene for metaphysical speculation, an arboreal depository of cultural memory and a reflection of real-world natural and imperialistic processes.*