Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tolkien Estate's New Website (quick guide)

So, finding that the new Tolkien Estate website* is chock-full of good things, I thought a little cheat sheet might help folks see just how much is already up on the site. Accordingly, I've taken their sitemap** that comes at the bottom of their list of links and expanded it out by adding the author's names, where I knew them, next to the titles of individual pieces on specific works. Here's the result. Hope it's helpful.

Tales of Middle-earth
The Hobbit— John D. Rateliff
The Lord of the Rings—???
The Silmarillion—Christopher Tolkien (1977)
Unfinished Tales—Christopher Tolkien (from introduction)
The History of Middle-earth—David Bratman
The Children of Hurin—???

Other Tales and Poetry
Farmer Giles of Ham —Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil—Daniel Lauzon
Leaf, by Niggle —Priscilla Tolkien; also Vincent Ferre and Nadia Drici [to come]
Smith of Wootton Major—Verlyn Flieger
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth—Thomas Honegger
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun—Christopher Tolkien (website special)
The Fall of Arthur—Christopher Tolkien (from Foreword)
Beowulf: Translation & Commentary[to come]

Tales for Children
Letters from Father Christmas—Baillie Tolkien
Roverandom—Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond
Mr. Bliss—Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond
The Hobbit—John D. Rateliff

Translations, Essays
The Monsters and the Critics—T. A. Shippey
On Fairy Stories—Verlyn Flieger
Translations and Editions of Medieval Texts*—T. A. Shippey
J. R. R. Tolkien in Translation—JRRT, ed. CT

*covers Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo, Ancrene Wisse, The Old English Exodus, and Finn & Hengest

The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
[section contains six major letters by JRRT]

Language and Writing Systems
Writing Systems—Arden Smith
Tolkien's Invented Languages—Carl Hostetter

Tolkien and Visual Arts
Tolkien's Art—Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond

Thoughts and Studies
Studies on Tolkien: English—David Bratman
Studies on Tolkien: French—???
Translating Tolkien‑Vincent Ferre
Discussion with Christian Bourgeois
Tolkien and Nature—Patrick Curry
Tolkien and Philology—T. A. Shippey
Reading J. R. R. Tolkien—Maxim Hortense Pascal

On Specific Works
Leaf by Niggle: Hidden Nucleus—Vincent Ferre
Leaf by Niggle: Peculiar Tale—Nadia Drici [to come]
The Lord of the Rings: How to Survive Fear and Despair—Dr. Nicole Guedeney [to come]
Lord of the Rings, Book of the Century—T. A. Shippey
The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Story?—Vincent Ferre
Understanding Beowulf—Leo Carruthers (Sorbonne)
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun—Christopher Tolkien (website original)

The Book of Ishness
Pictures from Father Christmas
Website illustrations

—Biographical information
J. R. R. Tolkien and Fantasy
Literary Questions
Invented Languages and Names
Permissions and Requests
Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Publishers and Periodicals
Medieval Texts
Modern Texts
Sigurd and Gudrun
Art and Artists
Biographical links

Downloads  [to come]
Using Our Website
Credits and Contact

--I've already found a lot that looks v. interesting, and wish I weren't in the middle of a deadline and so had time to give it the close look it deserves. But then I suspect I'll be coming back to this website a lot in the years to come.

--John R.



Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles said...

I am really glad to see that the website has been greatly enlarged - in our times such a presence is desperately needed.

Thanks for the cheat sheet!

Unknown said...

Thanks for this overview of the new site. It's like a third reference encyclopedia on Tolkien and his work, shorter and easier to navigate, to supplement Hammond & Scull's Companion and Guide and Drout's JRRT Encyclopedia.