It's also made for a good time to straighten up my Tolkien shelves. By clearing other things away I managed to add a shelf to those dedicated to books on Tolkien, so that I now have eleven shelves of books about Tolkien in my office. At a rough average of about thirty to thirty-five books per shelf, that's a lot of books (somewhere between three hundred and four hundred books). There's a twelfth of my own Tolkien publications (i.e. MR. BAGGINS, WILDERNESS OF DRAGONS, TOLKIEN'S LEGENARDIUM, &c). And this is not counting the shelves of books by Tolkien, shelves for Tolkien journals, a shelf for Tolkien-audio, and a shelf for current projects.*
The main problem with books on Tolkien --and it's a good problem to have-- is that they keep writing new ones. And while I reluctantly gave up trying to get everything a few years ago, there are still interesting and original works coming out that I want to read. So every once in a while I need to integrate the new-ish books into their proper places. I also do some re-arranging to keep essential books, those I frequently consult, ready at hand.
Here's a list of recently added (within the last year or two) or recently moved books:
Amy Amendt-Raduege. THE SWEET AND THE BITTER: DEATH AND DYING IN J. R. R. TOLKIEN'S THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Craig Bernthal. TOLKIEN'S SACRAMENTAL VISION: DISCERNING THE HOLY IN MIDDLE EARTH
John M. Bowers. TOLKIEN'S LOST CHAUCER
Devin Brown. TOLKIEN: HOW AN OBSCURE OXFORD PROFESSOR WROTE THE HOBBIT AND BECAME THE MOST BELOVED AUTHOR OF THE CENTURY [and yes, all that is in his title]
Jane Chance. TOLKIEN, SELF AND OTHER: "THIS QUEER CREATURE"
Christopher Vaccaro & Yvette Kisor, ed. TOLKIEN AND ALTERITY [festschrift for Jane Chance].
Oronzo Cilli. TOLKIEN'S LIBRARY: AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST
Lisa Coutras. TOLKIEN'S THEOLOGY OF BEAUTY: MAJESTY, SPLENDOR, AND TRANSCENDENCE IN MIDDLE-EARTH
Leslie A. Donovan, ed APPROACHES TO TEACHING TOLKIEN'S THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND OTHER WORKS [MLA] [two copies, one hc one tp]
Martha Driver & Sid Ray, ed. THE MEDIEVAL HERO ON SCREEN: REPRESENTATIONS FROM BEOWULF TO BUFFY
Angie Errigo. THE ROUGH GUIDE TO THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Dimitra Fimi. CELTIC MYTH IN CONTEMPORARY CHILDREN'S FANTASY: IDEALIZATION, IDENTITY, IDEOLOGY
Dimitra Fimi & Thomas Honneger, ed. SUB-CREATING ARDA: WORLD-BUILDING IN J. R. R. TOLKIEN'S WORK, ITS PRECURSORS, AND ITS LEGACIES
[here I'm reserving a spot on John Garth's new book, due out the month after next, so I won't have to redo the shelving when it does arrive]
Catherine McIlwaine. TOLKIEN: MAKER OF MIDDLE-EARTH [Bodley catalogue]
Vincent Ferre & Frederic Manfrin, ed. TOLKIEN: VOYAGE EN TERRE DU MILIEU
Verlyn Flieger. THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE A FAIRY TALE: MORE ESSAYS ON TOLKIEN
Philip Ryken. THE MESSIAH COMES TO MIDDLE EARTH: IMAGES OF CHRIST'S THREEFOLD OFFICE IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Toby Widdicombe. J. R. R. TOLKIEN: A GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED
Helen White. RACE AND POPULAR FANTASY LITERATURE: HABITS OF WHITENESS
current reading: Trilobite book.
*Note that this is also the room that's home to most of my rpgs, with two and a half bookcases filled with D&D rulebooks, boxed sets, and modules, plus another bookcase filled with CALL OF CTHULHU