Llyfrawr, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. Signed by the author.
The essays range from Tolkien's probable literary sources, to his historical allusions; from his philological jests, to his serious linguistics.*
Walking Tree, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback.
In this collection of his published essays, Patrick Curry explores two themes in Tolkien’s great work: enchantment, the Elves and Faërie, and the natural world of Middle-earth. He considers their different effects on both readers and literary critics, and brings to light the deep connections between these two subjects, as well as between them and Tolkien's ultimate concern, 'Death and the desire for deathlessness.' Also illuminated, in contrast, is magic, as epitomised by the One Ring. Finally, he argues that the hobbits are exemplars of how to live in relation to enchantment: neither pursuing, nor avoiding, but honouring it.*
Routledge, 2013. 1st edition thus. Paperback. A detailed work of reference and scholarship, this one volume Encyclopedia includes discussions of all the fundamental issues in Tolkien scholarship written by the leading scholars in the field. Coverage not only presents the most recent scholarship on J. R. R. Tolkien, but also introduces and explores the author and scholar's life and work within their historical and cultural contexts. Tolkien's fiction and his sources of influence are examined along with his artistic and academic achievements- including his translations of medieval texts- teaching posts, linguistic works, and the languages he created. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics: · Adaptations· Art and illustrations· Characters in Tolkien's work· Critical history and scholarship· Influence of Tolkien· Languages· Biography· Literary sources· Literature· Creatures and peoples of Middle-earth· Objects in Tolkien's work· Places in Tolkien's work· Reception of Tolkien· Medieval scholars· Scholarship by Tolkien· Medieval literature· Stylistic elements· Themes in Tolkien's works· Theological/ philosophical concepts and philosophers· Tolkien's contemporary history and culture· Works of literatureThe work is edited by Michael D.C. Drout, from Wheaton College, with the participation of Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Marjorie Burns, and Douglas Anderson.*
Amstel Music, 2014. 1st edition. Large size hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated.
This 25th Anniversary Edition of Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings contains the original manuscript score, articles, photos and a CD with the world premiere recording, performed by The Band of the Royal Belgian Guides, March 15, 1988.
Interview with Johan de Meij by Anthony Fiumara (fragment)
‘You are working on a 45-minute symphony for wind orchestra? Forget it, nobody is going to play that.’
Some 30 years ago, when Johan de Meij conceived the idea to write his first symphony, many people advised against it. The fact that it would be his Opus 1 also did not inspire much confidence. After 25 years, thousands of performances and dozens of recordings, we now know that those friendly warnings were totally off the mark. In one fell swoop, his Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings, made de Meij's name world renowned as a top composer for wind orchestra, a rank he retains to this day with his later symphonies and other works.
In an interview with his colleague and good friend Anthony Fiumara, the composer looks back on one of the most successful musical works ever written. What gave Johan de Meij the idea to put Tolkien's epic novel to music? How did he proceed? Did he find his voice the moment he started to compose? And finally, what are his thoughts about his ‘first-born’ with the benefit of 25 years of hindsight?*