This month's challenge asks you to create a fanwork that shows a meeting between characters of two or more cultures. Find the full challenge guidelines and prompts on our Challenges page.
Read the Breaking Boundaries challenge entries and please consider letting the author know if you enjoy their work!
Backup Character Bios Needed
We are looking for people who might be interested in writing backup character biographies for when our intrepid lead biographer Oshun needs a month off. Site News in our January newsletter for more information.
February 2018 Newsletter
Our February newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Gethron by Oshun, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Gethron by Oshun. Gethron of the House of Hador safely delivered a young Turin to Doriath and embodies the value of courage in the face of great obstacles. Read the biography of Gethron.
Elemmírë by Oshun
Tilion by Silver Trails
Ancalagon by Oshun
Dorlas by Himring
Anárion by Oshun
All Character of the Month Biographies
Around the World and Web
Bibliographic Resources for Literature Searches on J.R.R Tolkien
This guide is designed to help the student, scholar, or thesis writer begin an in-depth literature search on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This guide is geared towards the English-speaking, North American user, but I have attempted to include European sources as well when I am aware of them. As this is a field friendly to independent scholars not attached to a university or college, I am addressing their information needs as well.
Read Janet Brennan Croft's compilation here.
Seeing and Studying Tolkienís Art
Beginning with an essay on Tolkien as artist and writer Anna Smol and Jeff McLeod examine Tolkien's use of art as a coherent part of his subcreative endeavours, from Tolkien's artwork itself as interspersed into narratives and texts themselves to his (as they dub it) "painterly style" of impressionistic landscape description that often relies on light and colour (thearrogantemu reaches a similar conclusion on tumblr). In Seeing and Studying Tolkien's Art, Anna Smol compiles further sources for those interested in studying Tolkien's art, and expresses her excitement about the upcoming Bodleian Tolkien exhibition.
Beleriand Light & Power: Or Musings on the Silmarils, Capital-L Light, and the Hoarding of Resources in The Silmarillion
The possession of Light, in particular in the shape of the Silmarils, is the driver of the great conflicts of the Silmarillion (and, in many cases, replicates in fandom). In Beleriand Light & Power, Dawn Felagund builds a case that perhaps the struggle for the ownership of the primal light of Arda stems from the fundamental mistake to think that it could (or should) be owned in the first place.
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