RE: [mythsoc] Following Gandalf, and
> *** Which ones didn't you like? My favorite was Leslie Donovan's "TheI haven't read the book; I heard most of these papers delivered at Kalamazoo a few years back. I have to say that my assessment is much like David's, though I don't know which ones he didn't like and would be curious.
> Valkyrie Reflex", which is already being cited in one of the essays on
> Jackson's depictions of the female characters for the _Tolkien on Film_
> book. I agree on the Fleiger (both of them) and Chism pieces. I also
> liked Michael Maher's essay on Marian imagery in the depiction of
> Galadriel, though it seems to me I have seen some of this material
> But I still liked _Following Gandalf_ better as a whole, though that may
> be because I am just personally more interested in Tolkien's thoughts on
> war and on free will than in his medieval roots.
> And I have to agree with the criticisms of the review of _Artist and
> Illustrator_. It seemed like the reviewer read a different book from
> the one I have found so interesting and useful!
> Janet Brennan Croft
Having said that, I have to say that unless the Valkyrie article has been substantially revised in the printed version, I can not recommend it. At the time that I heard it read, I thought it a very poorly argued piece, no matter how much others are citing it. Now I'll have to get the book and give it a read.
I was delighted to see that Nagy's article made it; at the time he was a graduate student in Hungary. I know he has done subsequent work on Tolkien in Chance's Kalamazoo sessions too, so hopefully we'll be seeing more from him in print in the near future.
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