November has been a Scouting month -- first our association's AGM,
electing a new board and voting on various changes to our by-laws,
and since then my on-site participation in the 1st World Scout
Education Congress. As a consequence of all this, I have not had
time to read all the Tolkien-related stuff that I would normally
have read, and I do not have the time to catch up, and as a
consequence, this issue of my transactions are going to be rather
I am sorry about the reduced format, but I am sure you will
understand, and I will try to do better in December.
These transactions are posted to the usenet newsgroups
rec.arts.books.tolkien, alt.fan.tolkien, and alt.books.inklings, and
the usenet version can be accessed at
These transactions are also posted on my blog, Parma-kenta (Enquiry
into the books): <http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com
Since there is only a very limited number of items this month, I
have chosen not to divide it into various categories.
MD, Friday, 1 November 2013, ""How to Read Tolkien" lecture from
Carnegie Mellon now on line"
Michael Drout's lecture, on "How to Read Tolkien" is now available
Lynn Forest-Hill, Thursday, 8 November 2013, "First Meeting in
The Southampton Tolkien Reading Group continue their reading of
Tolkien's _The Legend of Sigurd and Gudr�n_. As usual the ensuing
discussions are much too far-ranging to summarize, but very much
worth reading. Also take a look at the later "Last Meeting in
JDR, Friday, 8 November 2013, "The Shippey Festschrift"
On the long-awaited festschrift for Tom Shippey now appearing for
pre-order from McFarland, listed for publication in spring/summer
BBC, Friday, 22 November 2013, "JRR Tolkien film biopic in the
Here the BBC version of the story, which has been on a great many
news outlets. I cannot say that I am thrilled.
Blogs and feeds with Tolkien-related posts this month
Jonathan McIntosh, "The Flame Imperishable"
Joe Gilronan Tolkien Art
Ilverai, "Wandering Paths"
Also, there have been a number of interesting-looking articles on
Medievalist.net with topics that are relevant for Tolkien studies
= = = = The Blog Roll = = = =
These are blogs you really should be following yourself if you're
interested in Tolkien ...
Contents from these blogs will only be reported here if there is
something that I find particularly interesting, or posts that fit
with a monthly theme, but I will here note the number of
Tolkien-related posts in the month covered by these transactions
(while the number of posts with a vaguer relation -- e.g. by being
about other Inklings -- are given in parentheses).
Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (S&H), "Too Many Books and
Tolkien Notes 10 posted in November
Jason Fisher (JF) -- "Lingw� -- Musings of a Fish"
No posts in November
Pieter Collier (PC), "The Tolkien Library"
Pieter has posted a lot in November -- go check it all out!
Douglas A. Anderson (DAA), "Tolkien and Fantasy"
Doug Anderson has a post on C.S. Lewis in November.
John D. Rateliff (JDR) -- "Sacnoth's Scriptorium"
A lot of posts in November -- many of them related to Tolkien or
other Inklings (and some that are related to Peter Jackson or other
Marcel Aubron-B�lles (MB), "The Tolkienist"
Nine posts in November, most of which deal with Tolkien fandom more
than Tolkien and his work.
David Bratman (DB), "Kalimac"
and the old home:
A single Tolkien-related posts in November -- the "Tolkien headdesk"
of the 24th.
Jenny Dolfen (JD), "Jenny's Sketchbook"
A single Hannibal posting in November
Holly Rodgers (HR), "Teaching Tolkien"
A single post in November
Anna Smol (AS), "A Single Leaf"
Four posts in November, about Tolkien on various conferences next
year and a call for papers.
Various, The Mythopoeic Society
A call for papers and a call for nominations posted in November.
Morgan Thomsen (MT), "Mythoi"
No posts in November
Emil Johansson (EJ), "LotR Project Blog"
No Tolkien-related posts in November
Michael Martinez (MM), "Middle-earth"
A lot of Tolkien-related posts in November, mostly story-internal /
Ardalogical in outlook.
Bruce Charlton (BC), "Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers"
Three Tolkien-related posts in November
= = = = Sources = = = =
No new sources in November
For older sources, see <http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com/p/sources.html
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we have no measurements, scientific investigation is not
useful. No math, no science. When we do have
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