Hey, I'm on vacation, I don't have to think for five whole days yet!!!
Ok, seriously, I don't know what the time frame has to do with it. Beowulf and the Critics was published in 2002, The Two Towers came out at Christmas 2002. On a general note, I know of no scholar who when one project is at press isn't already neck deep in the next project and has material in various stages of production on the next 2 or 3 projects. So I'm not at all sure why the general timeline I gave isn't applicable.
On a specific note, read http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/archive.php?view=0&show=&file=essays/drout37_3.txt
I note as you do that Mike has removed his comments, but the essential story is still on the blog: controversy and misquotation specifically on Slashdot.com apparently created some bad press and concern.
I found the following doing a google search to find the entry in Mike's blog:
> That's really a pity- not just because the project is on
> indefinite hold, but because it's painful in the way that two
> friends' divorce is painful. From his blog Mike Drout seems to
> be a nice enough guy, but on the other hand CRT is hardly an
> I can't google up any of this "teapot tempest"- in any event,
> "about the time of the movies" seems too early, given the
> publication of Beowulf and the Critics during that time-frame.
> Can you point me to anything? (I note that Mike has tactfully
> removed from his blog anything relevant).
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Larry Swain" <theswain@...>
> > As memory serves from Mike's blog and an article in OEN, I
> believe the issue revolved around some statements that Mike was
> misreported as saying around the time of the movies, and these
> misstatements made it around the Internet and created a minor
> teapot tempest that got back to the Estate and created concern,
> enough to pull the plug. So sad too--Mike is great for such a
> project and it would be a great service to both fans and the
> field of Beowulf studies.
> > Larry Swain
> > > > > > Does anyone know whatever happened to Mike Drout's edition
> > > > Tolkien's translation of Beowulf?
> > > > The last I heard -- and this is basically gossip, and *old*
> > > at that, so please treat it as such -- was that Mike had
> > > offended or irritated Christopher (or "confusticated and >
> > bebothered" him maybe, hehe), who had responded by revoking
> > > (i.e., the Estate's) permission for the project to proceed.
> I'm not
> > > sure what the offense was or whether Christopher's response
> > > justified, so I can't comment any further on that. The last
> time I
> > > asked Mike about it (quite a long time back, around the end
> > > 2004), he said he felt confident they'd be able to work it
> out at
> > > some point. Now that the Encyclopedia has been completed, it
> > > be time to inquire with Mike again ...
> > > > Jason Fisher
> > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> > > > > > The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
> > > Yahoo! Groups Links
> > > > > >
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