Tolkien Calendar 2017

  • Filename: tolkien-calendar-2017.
  • ISBN: 0008163391
  • Release Date: 2016-09-22
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author:
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



This year's calendar features black and white paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien himself from the beloved children's classic, The Hobbit. This year's calendar features 13 paintings and illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien himself, which were drawn by Tolkien when writing his beloved children's classic, The Hobbit. They provide a fascinating insight into how Tolkien imagined the world of Middle-earth would look.The images are accompanied by extracts from Tolkien's letters, providing exquisite insight into both the writing process, and the illustrations themselves.

Battles of Tolkien

  • Filename: battles-of-tolkien.
  • ISBN: 1626868530
  • Release Date: 2017-03-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: David Day
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press



The history of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with epic battles in an ongoing struggle between good and evil. The Battles of Tolkien recounts many of the greatest conflicts over thousands of years, from the earliest skirmishes of the Valarian Ages to the defining battles in the War of the Ring. Insightful commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day discusses how the people, tactics, and weapons influenced the outcome of each battle, and also how the legends of Middle-earth relate to the real-world mythology on which Tolkien based his famous literary creation. Maps and full-color illustrations help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages. This work is unofficial and is not authorized by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

A Secret Vice

  • Filename: a-secret-vice.
  • ISBN: 0008131392
  • Release Date: 2016-02-11
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Publisher:



First ever critical study of Tolkien s little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin s Game of Thrones. This is an annotated edition of Tolkien s seminal 1930s essay A Secret Vice, in which he first revealed his vice of inventing languages in his fantasy fiction. Tolkien s linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in A Secret Vice, the making of language and mythology are related functions, in fact coeval and congenital . In the 1930s Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. In 1931 he gave a talk to a philological society entitled A Hobby for the Home . In this talk, later published as A Secret Vice, Tolkien unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art which he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement . A Secret Vice would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion in The Monsters and the Critics and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien s art of inventing languages. But it has often been neglected by critics and this new critical edition will go some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien s mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature. In addition to all previously unpublished notes and essays by Tolkien connected with the essay, the book discusses the subject of Tolkien s languages in the wider context of modern fantasy, including the Peter Jackson Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films and Game of Thrones."

The Story of Kullervo

  • Filename: the-story-of-kullervo.
  • ISBN: 9780544706323
  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



The first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. "Hapless Kullervo," as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates. Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own," and was "a major matter in the legends of the First Age." Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

Perilous and Fair

  • Filename: perilous-and-fair.
  • ISBN: 1887726012
  • Release Date: 2015-01-16
  • Number of pages: 358
  • Author: Janet Brennan Croft
  • Publisher:



Includes seven classic articles as well as seven new examinations of women in Tolkien's works and life bringing together not only perspectives on Tolkien's most commonly discussed female characters -- Éowyn, Galadriel, and Lúthien -- but also on less studies figures such as Nienna, Yavanna, Shelob, and Arwen.

The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun

  • Filename: the-lay-of-aotrou-and-itroun.
  • ISBN: 1508506612
  • Release Date: 2015-02-16
  • Number of pages: 42
  • Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub



The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun by J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien in his famous poem 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun' bespeak Christian mysticism and supernaturalism. The poem was first published in 1945 in the Welsh Review.

Bali 9 The Untold Story

  • Filename: bali-9-the-untold-story.
  • ISBN: 9780730445081
  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Madonna King
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia



When a plan goes badly wrong, nine Australians pay a heavy price On 17 April 2005, nine young Australians were arrested in Bali on charges of drug trafficking. Known as the 'Bali 9', some members received the death penalty for their crimes; others are serving lengthy jail sentences. Journalists Cindy Wockner and Madonna King, who were present at the trials and sentencing, have used their investigative skills to piece together the whole story, from arrest to jail to the harrowing final journey. With the co-operation of several family members of the Bali 9, they explore the histories of the nine to uncover why these young people would take such a perilous risk. they also look at the controversial role of the Australian Federal Police. A compelling, clear-eyed portrait of an unforgettable chapter in Australia's history, Bali 9 features details and photographs from the trials. It also serves as a chilling warning to all parents: this could be your child. With ring-leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran about to face a firing squad after being denied presidential pardons, the story of the Bali 9 is current, compelling and impossible to turn away from.

Gertie s New Fashion Sketchbook

  • Filename: gertie-s-new-fashion-sketchbook.
  • ISBN: 1617691739
  • Release Date: 2015-09-08
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Gretchen Hirsch
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang



For Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook, Gretchen Hirsch teamed up with illustrator Sun Young Park to reinvent traditional figure templates--known as croquis--for the 21st century. Instead of the unnaturally skinny, tall, and frequently off-balance croquis the fashion industry has been sketching on for decades, this game-changing alternative presents hundreds of realistically sized and proportioned female forms in balanced, lifelike poses. In addition, Park has rendered the croquis with multiple tracing lines, allowing the sketcher to follow the lines that most accurately reflect the body shape desired. Also included are an overview of the design and sketching process and a visual history of garment component styles, all to make it easier to create fashion sketches for women of all shapes and sizes. A body-positive sketchpad to help you achieve your fashion design dreams. Loaded with more than 300 figure templates that are proportionally true to the female form and adaptable to different body types, plus helpful sketching tips and resources. A breakthrough for aspiring and experienced designers tired of the industry standard of sketching clothing on female figures that are unnaturally skinny and tall (and sometimes even off-balance). Printed in a special ink that fades away when you photocopy it.

Flora of Middle Earth

  • Filename: flora-of-middle-earth.
  • ISBN: 0190276312
  • Release Date: 2017-08-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology Walter S Judd
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



Few settings in literature are as widely known or celebrated as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien's major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien's works. And in laying out this continent, Tolkien paid special attention to its plant life; in total, over 160 plants are explicitly mentioned and described as a part of Middle-Earth. Nearly all of these plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles. In Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien's Legendarium, botanist Walter Judd gives a detailed species account of every plant found in Tolkien's universe, complete with the etymology of the plant's name, a discussion of its significance within Tolkien's work, a description of the plant's distribution and ecology, and an original hand-drawn illustration by artist Graham Judd in the style of a woodcut print. Among the over three-thousand vascular plants Tolkien would have seen in the British Isles, the authors show why Tolkien may have selected certain plants for inclusion in his universe over others, in terms of their botanic properties and traditional uses. The clear, comprehensive alphabetical listing of each species, along with the visual identification key of the plant drawings, adds to the reader's understanding and appreciation of the Tolkien canon.

Norse Mythology

  • Filename: norse-mythology.
  • ISBN: 9781408887028
  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling Â? from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page Â? irascible, visceral, playful, passionate Â? and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

No Man s Land

  • Filename: no-man-s-land.
  • ISBN: 9780008100476
  • Release Date: 2016-06-30
  • Number of pages: 576
  • Author: Simon Tolkien
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

A Hobbit a Wardrobe and a Great War

  • Filename: a-hobbit-a-wardrobe-and-a-great-war.
  • ISBN: 9780718021771
  • Release Date: 2015-06-30
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Joseph Loconte
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been noHobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.

On Stories

  • Filename: on-stories.
  • ISBN: 9780547543055
  • Release Date: 2002-10-28
  • Number of pages: 180
  • Author: C. S. Lewis
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



The theme of this collection is the excellence of the Story, especially the kind of story dear to Lewis-fantasy and science fiction, which he fostered in an age dominated by realistic fiction. On Stories is a companion volume to Lewis’s collected shorter fiction, The Dark Tower and Other Stories. Edited and with a Preface by Walter Hooper.

The Dark Tower

  • Filename: the-dark-tower.
  • ISBN: 9780062565525
  • Release Date: 2017-02-14
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: C. S. Lewis
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



A repackaged edition of the revered author’s definitive collection of short fiction, which explores enduring spiritual and science fiction themes such as space, time, reality, fantasy, God, and the fate of humankind. From C.S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—comes a collection of his dazzling short fiction. This collection of futuristic fiction includes a breathtaking science fiction story written early in his career in which Cambridge intellectuals witness the breach of space-time through a chronoscope—a telescope that looks not just into another world, but into another time. As powerful, inventive, and profound as his theological and philosophical works, The Dark Tower reveals another side of Lewis’s creative mind and his longtime fascination with reality and spirituality. It is ideal reading for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis’s longtime friend and colleague.

The Norse Myths

  • Filename: the-norse-myths.
  • ISBN: 0500251967
  • Release Date: 2017-02-02
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Carolyne Larrington
  • Publisher:



The Norse Myths presents the infamous Viking gods, from the mighty Asyr, led by O?inn, and the mysterious Vanir, to Thor and the mythological cosmos they inhabit. Passages translated from Old Norse bring this legendary world to life, from the myths of creation to ragnarok, the prophesied end of the world at the hands of Loki s army of monsters and giants, and everything that comes in between: the long and problematic relationship between the gods and the giants, the (mis)adventures of human heroes and heroines, with their family feuds, revenges, marriages, and murders; and the interaction between the gods and mortals. Photographs and drawings show a range of Norse sites, objects, and characters, from Viking ship burials to dragons on runestones. Dr. Carolyne Larrington describes the Norse myths origins in pre-Christian Scandinavia and Iceland, and their survival in archaeological artifacts and written sources, from Old Norse sagas and poems to the less-approving accounts of medieval Christian writers. She traces their influences into the work of Wagner, William Morris, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and even Game of Thrones in the resurrection of the Fimbulvetr, or Mighty Winter." "

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