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Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur

The cover of Tolkien’s forthcoming “The Fall of Arthur.”

The Guardian reports that HarperCollins will be releasing Tolkien’s latest posthumous work, The Fall of Arthur, this coming May. … [The] article quotes Christopher Tolkien:

It is well known that a prominent strain in my father’s poetry was his abiding love for the old Northern alliterative verse. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight he displayed his skill in his rendering of the alliterative verse of the 14th century into the same metre in modern English. To these is now added his unfinished and unpublished poem The Fall of Arthur. …

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Tolkien, Iceland, and trolls

Arndís “Adda” Þorbjarnardóttir, Tolkien’s au pair from Iceland, with Edith, Christopher, John, Michael, and Priscilla Tolkien. From the Icelandic paper Morgunblað, 1999-02-28, p. 26

In a post titled Bilbo’s Ride through Iceland,” our neighbor (give or take twenty miles), Nancy Marie Brown, recently wrote about the influence William Morris’s Journals of Travel in Iceland, 1871 – 73 may have had on Tolkien’s visualization of portions of Middle-earth — drawing particularly from Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Marjorie Burns. As is usual with Nancy’s blog (God of Wednesday), the comments are interesting and informative. Specifically, Þóra Magnúsdóttir includes a link to an article in the 1999-02-28 issue of the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblað: Barnfóstran frá Islandi og Tolkien-fjölskyldan” (“Au pair from Iceland and the Tolkien Family”) in which Linda Ásdísardóttir interviews Arndís Þorbjarnardóttir, one of the Icelandic nannies who lived with and worked for the Tolkiens in the late 20s.…

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En route to Tolkien at UVM conference

Mark, Andy, Ray, I and Marc setting out...
2012 Tolkien in Vermont conference poster

The topic of this year’s Tolkien at UVM conference (the 9th annual) was Tolkien’s Bestiary”; again, it was hosted and organized by UVM professor Chris Vaccaro. We hosted former Tolkien As Translator” classmates Mark Kaminsky, Andrew Peterson, and Ray Saxon — as well as our professor, Dr. Marc Zender. As you can see from the conference poster, Andy, Ray, and Marc all gave presentations.…

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Conference on Middle-earth

Mark, Sandy, Andy, Marc, and me — on my birthday!

Friends and colleagues Mark Kaminsky, Sandy Bolm, Andrew Peterson, Dr. Marc Zender, and me at the third Conference on Middle-earth. Thanks, Andy, for the photo! …

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