The Hero's Journey
In honor of the (hopefully!) imminent publication of Beren and Lúthien, this month's challenge is a Matryoshka challenge inspired by the hero's journey archetype. Not sure what a Matryoshka challenge is? Want to learn more about how to participate in our challenges? Read the full challenge prompt and the challenge guidelines.
Read the "Hero's Journey" challenge entries ... and please consider letting the author know if you enjoy their work!
May 2017 Newsletter
Our May newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Barahir by Oshun, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Barahir by Oshun. In many ways Barahir embodies the unrelenting and inescapable tragedy that plagues The Silmarillion. But through his son Beren and a legacy that passes through to the Third Age, Barahir also fits into Tolkien's essential concept of eucatastrophe. Read the biography of Barahir.
Arwen by Oshun
Silmariën by Oshun
Saeros by Robinka
Ithryn Luin (Blue Wizards) by Oshun
Emeldir the Manhearted by Robinka
All Character of the Month Biographies
Around the World and Web
Ever Wanted to Go to the Mereth Aderthad?
Dawn will be hosting a Tolkien gathering in her hometown in Vermont this July. If you're interested in learning more or RSVPing to attend, see the Mereth Aderthad site. All fanworks-positive Tolkien fans are welcome!
More about the Bodleian 2018 Tolkien Exhibition
Last month the news broke that "the Bodleian Library is set to release a book – Tolkien: The Maker of Middle-earth – next year to accompany a major Tolkien exhibition due to take place at the Library.
The exhibition, due to take place in June 2018, will feature an unparalleled collection of Tolkien manuscripts, letters, illustrations and other material from the Bodleian’s Archives. The Bodleian houses the majority of Tolkien’s archives, and many of the items have never before been publicly exhibited."
Journal of Tolkien Research Volume 4, Issue 1 (2017) Available
The first 2017 issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research is now available online for free, featuring essays on architecture in Tolkien's works, the question of Hobbits, Eucatastrophe and medieval legend, Tolkien, fairy stories and the Gospel, as well as a number of book reviews of recent Tolkieniana publications. A list of contents of upcoming issues has also been made available.
'She died' -- The Choice of Lúthien and the Destiny of the Elves
Last month's SWG Character of the Month biography featured Oshun's take on Arwen Undómiel; if her work piqued your interest, you may also find this text worth reading to explore the connections between Arwen and Lúthien as well as their impact on and importance for the narrative of The Lord of the Rings not just in a Watsonian sense that influences one of the novel's central characters, but also in the Doylist idea of lending greater depth to the construct of Middle-earth by alluding to the First Age.
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