An introduction to the 2020 illustrated edition of Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

40 years ago Christopher Tolkien published Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, a collection of fragments of various lengths concerning topics of interest for in-depth readers of The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

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Oxonmoot 2020: a complement to my talk about the BnF Tolkien exhibition

This week-end, from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September 2020, the Tolkien Society is hosting their first online Oxonmoot. Much like the in-person version, it is a whirlwind of talks, workshops and occasions to engage in very deep or very light conversations with persons you’ve just met.

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L’autre « Silmarillion » illustré : Francis Mosley pour la Folio Society

Cet article est la traduction de ma communication intitulée « The other illustrated Silmarillion: Francis Mosley for the Folio Society », donnée lors du Tolkien Society Seminar le 4 juillet 2020. Vous pourrez retrouver la vidéo de mon intervention tout en bas de cet article.

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Francis Mosley and The Silmarillion – a talk in video

As I wrote about here, my paper was selected for the Tolkien Society Seminar 2020. The overall theme of the event was “Adapting Tolkien”, which could hardly be more fitting for my research. I took this opportunity to focus on a lesser-known illustrated book in my PhD corpus: The Silmarillion illustrated by Francis Mosley for the Folio Society in 1997.

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Middle-earth in Paris

From October 22 to February 16, a portal to Middle-earth is set up along the Seine. The BnF – French national Library – is hosting one of the largest exhibitions about Tolkien ever. It is the first time this institution celebrates a foreign writer, and, as its director told the first lucky visitors (among which I was), they didn’t choose Shakespeare, Goethe, Dante or Cervantes. They chose Tolkien.

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