Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tolkien's KULLERVO on NPR

So, thanks to Janice for the link to a quite nice book review of Verlyn Flieger's edition of THE STORY OF KULLERVO.  This first appeared in TOLKIEN STUDIES a few years ago, but it's nice to have it in book form: easier access, and a handsome volume in and of itself, w. as an added bonus a nice piece of Tolkien's KALAVALA art on the front cover. Not only did the reviewer appreciate Tolkien's piece but she's also properly appreciative of Verlyn's editing. As usual there are some strange assertions in the comments at the end, alas (Shippey did not take over Tolkien's Oxford chair: that was Norman Davis), but those are easily ignorable.  All in all, nice piece. Congr. to Verlyn.

Here's the link:

--John R.
current reading: THE CHILDREN OF DON by Lord Howard de Walden.

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