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Tolkien Studies: an ANNOUNCEMENT

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  • David Bratman
    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
    Message 1 of 6 , Apr 1, 2011
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      "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.
    • Larry Swain
      Good choice! Congratulations to Merlin too! -- Larry Swain [1]theswain@operamail.com On Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:14 -0700, David Bratman
      Message 2 of 6 , Apr 1, 2011
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        Good choice!  Congratulations to Merlin too!
        --
        Larry Swain
         
        On Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:14 -0700, "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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      • not_thou
        Thanks very much, David! As it happens, my whole fifth grade class learned to recite the U.S. presidents in order, because the music teacher, Mrs. Nary, had us
        Message 3 of 6 , Apr 2, 2011
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          Thanks very much, David!

          As it happens, my whole fifth grade class learned to recite the U.S. presidents in order, because the music teacher, Mrs. Nary, had us memorize the "Presidential Boogie" (music and lyrics by Roger Lentz).

          Regarding forests and trees, typographical errors typically go unmentioned in the "Year's Work", but a few I encountered were amusing enough to share, so I'll note them here instead (without attribution):

          1. "Even the O have a complex history". (That "O" would be "Orcs".)

          2. Tom Shippey wrote a 1985 article called "Board and Anger". (It's actually called "Boar and Badger".)

          3. Tolkien drew an emblem for the "Flying Corpse" of Mordor. (The phrase he really used was "Flying Corps" -- but given that it refers to the Ringwraiths, the typo almost works.)

          -Merlin


          --- "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....
        • Jason Fisher
          Congratulations, Merlin! I can think of no better partner in crime for David on The Year s Work than you. :) ________________________________ From: David
          Message 4 of 6 , Apr 4, 2011
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            Congratulations, Merlin! I can think of no better partner in crime for David on "The Year's Work" than you. :)


            From: David Bratman <dbratman@...>
            To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Fri, April 1, 2011 1:14:56 PM
            Subject: [mythsoc] Tolkien Studies: an ANNOUNCEMENT

             

            "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.

          • Mike Foster
            Likewise, Merlin and David. Enjoy your fellowship. “The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies” is usually the first section I turn to. Mike From: Jason Fisher
            Message 5 of 6 , Apr 4, 2011
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              Likewise, Merlin and David.  Enjoy your fellowship.  “The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies” is usually the first section I turn to.
               
              Mike
               
              Sent: Monday, April 04, 2011 10:55 AM
              Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien Studies: an ANNOUNCEMENT
               
               

              Congratulations, Merlin! I can think of no better partner in crime for David on "The Year's Work" than you. :)
               

              From: David Bratman <dbratman@...>
              To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Fri, April 1, 2011 1:14:56 PM
              Subject: [mythsoc] Tolkien Studies: an ANNOUNCEMENT

               

              "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.

            • lynnmaudlin
              Irrational endearments are a good thing-- I m especially fond of Merlin because he makes an excellent singing-dancing music stand ;) Congrats, you young
              Message 6 of 6 , 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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