Parma Endorion now a free eBook
- More than a year ago I set out to write a new edition of Parma
Endorion: Essays on Middle-earth. I even arranged to have it
translated into French, Spanish, and a third language. Alas! Only
the Spanish translators stayed with the project, and their part of it
is still not complete.
For my own part, I had to stop working on the eBook last Spring,
until someone finally came forward a couple of months ago with an
offer to help complete it (this was all just technical stuff -- the
writing is still mine).
The English-language eBook is now published in Adobe Acrobat format.
If I had had the time, I would have gone back and revised the essays
again, so I suppose there may be a fourth edition somewhere down the
road. Anyway, here is a press release we sent out yesterday. It has
all the URLs and the requisite "someone thinks this is great stuff!"
quote, along with the usual self-aggrandizing hype and hysteria (but
it doesn't use the word "proudly", which if you don't write or review
press releases, probably means nothing to you <g>).
Houston, TX -- January 5, 2002 -- Parma Endorion: Essays on Middle-
earth, 3rd edition, has been published as a free eBook by Michael
Martinez. The new Parma Endorion features selected artwork by Anke
Eissmann and Rich Sullivan and updates essays originally composed for
the original Parma Endorion Web site in late 1996 and early 1997.
Covering topics such as "Planning the Middle-earth Wedding", "The
Wonders of Middle-earth", "What does an Elf do in Aman?", and "What
does a Woodman do all day?", Parma Endorion's award-winning essays
have been utilized by Tolkien scholars, teachers, librarians, and
students around the world. The Web site proved to be so popular it
was redesigned for easier use in 1998, and has been translated in
whole or in part into Polish, French, and Italian. In addition to
new information and corrections, the 3rd edition features fan
artwork. The images used represent some of the best noncommercial
Tolkien-inspired arwork available today.
Martinez is a highly respected Tolkien researcher and commentator.
His work has garnered mentions in TV GUIDE and WIRED magazines, and
he has been interviewed by journalists around the world in their
coverage of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies. Martinez has
been writing a regular column on Tolkien and Middle-earth for
Suite101.com since 1999, and in 2000 he self-published a collection
of essays as Visualizing Middle-earth. Martinez also directed the
Tolkien and Middle-earth programming track for Dragoncon
(http://www.dragoncon.org/), North America's largest fan-run
convention, in 2000 and 2001. The author has also provided
consulting services for several Tolkien-related businesses.
The current Parma Endorion Web site
(http://www.xenite.org/parma/title.htm) was selected by Yahoo!
Internet Life for inclusion in its "Great Lord of the Rings on the
Net Contest" in December 2001, in the "Best Site for Serious Tolkien
Fans" category. The Yahoo! reviewer says, "these pieces don't play
around -- Martinez...can quote chapter and verse from Tolkien's opus"
Artists Anke Eissmann and Rich Sullivan have contributed artwork to
popular Web sites such as Tolkien Online
(http://www.tolkienonline.com/) and TheOneRing.Net
(http://www.theonering.net/), both widely recognized as authoritative
resources for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson's "Lord of the
Rings" movies. The artists were selected from among hundreds of fan
artists who have displayed their skills on numerous sites across the
World Wide Web.
The Parma Endorion eBook is available for free download as an Adobe
PDF file from Free-eBooks.Net (http://www.free-
ebooks.net/fan_fiction.html). Free-eBooks.Net is a member of the
eBooks'n'Bytes network (http://www.ebooksnbytes.com/). A Spanish-
language translation is expected later this year.