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22036Re: Tolkien Studies: an ANNOUNCEMENT

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  • lynnmaudlin
    Apr 5, 2011
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      Irrational endearments are a good thing-- I'm especially fond of Merlin because he makes an excellent singing-dancing music stand ;)

      Congrats, you young whippersnapper!!

      -- Lynn --


      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "David Bratman" <dbratman@...> wrote:
      >
      > "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2008," which has been occupying most of
      > my time and concern for the last couple of months, has been turned in to the
      > publisher. Volume 8 of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, that
      > hardbound journal which has been running my Year's Work pieces, will be out
      > this summer.
      >
      > And so it seems time to make a public announcement on the subject.
      >
      > No, I'm not quitting the gig, or disappearing off to Rivendell.
      >
      > But because I've been doing this for seven years now, and because the 2008
      > coverage was exceptionally large (that being the year that the
      > nearly-hundred-paper Proceedings of the Tolkien Society's 2005 Birmingham
      > conference was published), I have taken on a collaborator.
      >
      > My colleague is Merlin DeTardo, known I think mostly on Tolkien BBs online,
      > but known to me for reviews and other pieces that suggested - accurately, as
      > it turned out - that of the "younger" or "newer" (or whatever less
      > condescending word you want to suggest) Tolkien scholars, he particularly
      > combines the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge in Tolkien to evaluate
      > intelligently the mass of scholarship. He also has the surprisingly rare
      > ability to count the trees without losing track of the forest.
      >
      > Further, he is the only person I've ever met who can name all the Presidents
      > of the United States faster than I can. This has irrationally endeared him
      > to me.
      >
      > We split the subtopics of the Year's Work between us, half to each. The
      > results of our labors - 223 works summarized and discussed, 24,000 words -
      > will be out ... this summer.
      >
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