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Publication update (Tolkien on Film)

I am happy to announce that the first scholarly anthology on Peter Jackson's film trilogy, Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, edited by Janet B. Croft, is on its way from the printers.


Chapters include the following:

*"Fairy Princess or Tragic Heroine? The Metamorphosis of Arwen Undomiel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Films" by Cathy Akers-Jordan

*"Tales Around the Internet Campfire: Fan Fiction in Tolkien’s Universe" by Susan Booker

*"Summa Jacksonica: A Reply to Defenses of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, after St. Thomas Aquinas" by David Bratman

*"Tolkien’s Women (and Men): The Films and the Books" by Jane Chance

*"Mithril Coats and Tin Ears: ‘Anticipation’ and ‘Flattening’ in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" by Janet Brennan Croft

*"The Transformation of Tolkien’s Arwen and the Abandonment of the Psyche Archetype: The Lord of the Rings on the Page and on the Screen" by Victoria Gaydosik

*"Councils and Counsel in Tolkien’s and Jackson’s versions of The Lord of the Rings" by Judith Kollmann

*"Re-vision: The Creative Process in The Lord of the Rings, In Print and On Screen" by Diana L. Paxson

*"The Lord of the Rings: A Source-Critical Analysis" by Mark Shea

*"The Three Ages of Imperial Cinema: From the Death of Gordon to The Return of the King" by J.E. Smyth

*mine, obviously ->"Make Mine ‘Movieverse’: How the Tolkien Fan Fiction Community Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Peter Jackson" by Amy H. Sturgis (I am happy to say this chapter allowed me to talk about several trends in LOTR fan fiction and discuss works by thrihyrne, baylorsr, and cassieclaire, among many others. It is dedicated to the memory of Ann Zewen, exemplary editor, writer, and fan.)

*"The "Sub-Subcreation" of Galadriel, Arwen, and Éowyn: Tolkien's Women and The Lord of the Rings" by Maureen Thum

*"Frodo on Film: Peter Jackson’s Problematic Portrayal" by Dan Timmons

*"The Epic Hero and the Little Man" by Kayla McKinney Wiggins



Further information, including abstracts of each chapter and early reviews of the anthology, are available here.

The book can be preordered from The Mythopoeic Press now and will soon be available at Amazon.com.

This ends my self-serving public announcement. ;) Thanks for reading!



And now, in the spirit of Tolkien fan fiction, my quote of the day:

As the eyes dry and whither
The blindness lingers on
But I still see your light now you're gone

Just like the sun setting on my shoulder
Galadriel is the embers of the night
And there could be no other
The Shadows run and the days grow colder
Galadriel is the tender autumn light
She is the end of summer


from "End of Summer," by Bob Catley, from his album Middle-Earth

Comments

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estellye
Jan. 2nd, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
Great News, EldritchHobbit! I look forward to owning and reading the anthology! But how do I get my SIGNED copy?
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 2nd, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! ::blush:: You are too kind! I must admit I'm excited, though, because I think any chance to talk about Tolkien in an analytical way helps to reinforce to the "outside world" what a legitimate classic The Lord of the Rings is. Does that make sense? We fans know Tolkien is great, but it's nice to spread the word however we can. :) Anyway, I don't know that I'm exactly autograph-worthy (::wink::), but if you'd like a signed copy, we surely can work something out. It would be an honor. So drop me an email (it's at my website, a link to which should be at the top of this LJ) if you're interested, and we can figure it out! :) Thanks SO much for your kindness and your encouragement. It means a lot to me, believe me. (((Estellye)))
randomalia
Jan. 2nd, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh what a great idea! It sounds very interesting; I especially like the consideration of fanfic/online stuff. It's such a hive of creative... sharing? Quite remarkable really.

I might have to buy a copy. Good luck with it!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 2nd, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I must agree that I'm really thrilled when editors are willing to entertain works that take fan fiction seriously as texts and works of creativity worthy of analysis. (And analysis as literature, and not as symptoms of abnormal behavior!) I've been incredibly fortunate lately; I also have an article entitled "Reimagining Rose: Portrayals of Tolkien's Rosie Cotton in Twenty-First Century Fan Fiction" coming out in the academic journal Mythlore in a couple of months. In both instances, I think interest in Tolkien and Jackson has been just as important as the growing reputation of popular culture studies. So I lucked out in more ways than one. Regardless, it's a good time to be interested in these things.

At any rate, I'm very grateful for your kind words and encouragement about studying this "creative sharing." Thanks so very much! :)
childermass
Jan. 2nd, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
eek! congratulations!!! i've been in need of new books. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 2nd, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
LOL! :) Thanks so much! I appreciate it! (((hugs)))
fungus_files
Jan. 2nd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
How very fine. :)

I'll have to get it and it will be my second aca book about film/pop cultural moments. My first was a gift from my sister: Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (by Carol Clover).

*asks self why one is not working more with things that interest one*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 2nd, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm afraid there will be fewer chainsaws and more Hobbits in this book, so consider yourself warned. :) The Clover book sounds fascinating, though. I don't suppose the author did anything with Re-Animator? (I am a total Jeffrey Combs junkie. Remind me someday to tell you of my most fangirly moment ever. ::wink::) Your encouragement is very much appreciated.

Now back to my economic game theory-meets-Native American federal policy article -- because it can't always be about Elves!!! ;)
lindelea1
Jan. 3rd, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
*sigh*

I suppose it can't always be about Hobbits, either.

Ah, well. At least it can *sometimes* be about Hobbits. And Elves. And whatnot.
aelfgifu
Jan. 2nd, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
I love this idea! and as an academic...

Must....validate....hobby.....
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 3rd, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
LOL! And see, mine isn't even the only chapter on fan fiction! Yea! :) Three cheers for validation... and your hobby! :)
faramirgirl
Jan. 2nd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hello
Love the idea and can't wait to read it. I also want a signed copy. Loved your quote.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 3rd, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
Re: Hello
Thanks so much! :) You've made my day. I don't know that I'm exactly autograph-worthy (::wink::), but if you'd like a signed copy, we surely can work something out. It would be my pleasure. So drop me an email (it's at my website, a link to which should be at the top of this LJ) if you're interested, and we can figure it out! :) Thanks SO much for your nice words.
lindelea1
Jan. 3rd, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Fascinating! Am quite looking forward to investigating this!

Congratulations!
lindelea1
Jan. 3rd, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
...or do I mean "explore"? I either eat a book at a gulp or immerse myself completely...
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 3rd, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
You too, huh?! ::wink:: Thanks again for your kind words!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 3rd, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! :)
pippinswolf
Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
Wow, I know a real literary scholar!!!!
Congratulations, darlin'!!!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
(((hugs))) Thanks so much! :)
sneezythesquid
Jan. 3rd, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
Congrats on being published! It's cool to know a real writer. :)

Promise you'll say nice things about me if I ever make it to the being on dead-trees stage. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 3rd, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Congrats on being published! It's cool to know a real writer. :)

Thanks so much! It's cool to be thought of as cool! (Doesn't happen very often! LOL.) You know, to me it doesn't matter if it's a book or a book chapter or an article or even a little fun piece, the thrill of getting something in black and white for me never goes away. Each time I'm a little kid all over again.

Promise you'll say nice things about me if I ever make it to the being on dead-trees stage. ;)

LOL! Well, I don't know about dead trees (some theorize that hard-copy publications are on the way out, after all), but as far as I can tell, you've already arrived: you're a published writer who's out there taking care of business. But whether your work is online or on the page, I'll be saying good things about you. I know I've really enjoyed your contributions to RevSF!

Thanks again for your kind words! They're very appreciated.
sneezythesquid
Jan. 4th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
LOL! Well, I don't know about dead trees (some theorize that hard-copy publications are on the way out, after all), but as far as I can tell, you've already arrived: you're a published writer who's out there taking care of business. But whether your work is online or on the page, I'll be saying good things about you. I know I've really enjoyed your contributions to RevSF!

GLEE! I'm gonna float around here a bit. I hope you don't mind.

Thanks again for your kind words! They're very appreciated.

Oh, the same right back at you!
semielliptical
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your chapter! And thanks for posting about this, now I can make my library order a copy.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I really appreciate it! :) I'm excited that this is coming out soon enough that everyone (myself included) still feels close to the film experience. Does that make sense? I'm anxious to read it myself, because some of the perspectives sound like they'll be very interesting. Thanks for your kind words! I hope you enjoy the book!
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