The Sixth Roving Ranger


a warm welcome to this, the sixth Roving Ranger newsletter!


The Tolkien Society (UK) has announced their keynote speakers and panels for their first ever online Oxonmoot.

WorldCon 2020 happened in New Zealand, the first ever fully virtual WorldCon due to the restrictions imposed by the battle against the global pandemic. During ConZealand the Hugo Awards were given out, congratulations to all winners.

Did you visit one of the major Tolkien exhibitions which happened in Oxford, New York City and Paris? Their websites are happily enough still online so why not browse the most successful exhibitions the Bodleian Libraries, the Morgan Library & Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France ever had.

Please always refer to the International Tolkien Fellowship Facebook group for Tolkien-inspired events the world over.

Reviews and Book News

For those of you have not had the time yet to read John M. Bowers’ Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer I have found three reviews for you: the Oxonian Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and, highly recommended, the Journal of Tolkien Research.Other Stuff

Neil Gaiman gave an interview with Esquire in which it was said:

Neil Gaiman is trying to work out how to get back to New Zealand. His latest plan is to get a bit-part in Lord of the Rings.

“I could be Neilo Proudfoot, the Jewish hobbit. I’d be in the back, and every now and then people would say, ‘Oh, what a tall hobbit Neil is.'”

Well, there you are.

Film franchise, merchandise and Amazon series

Brotherhood Workshop are back with a parody video on the breathtaking “Gandalf saves Théoden” scene.

In other news

Gaming is a wide field and fantasy settings have been known to sell widely – from World of Warcraft to the Witcher. Some top tier execs at Ubisoft obviously thought things needed “to be better than Tolkien.” As the opinion here quotes an essential J.R.R. Tolkien text I wanted to share it.

When I recently did a small survey on the future of cinemas in Germany with my German twitter account half of those who voted believed there is a future for cinema. With the following report I believe cinemas are going out of business soon – TV series will kill the movies and therefore cinemas … and that holds true not only for Star Wars.

A German craft brewer who has been suffering from the consequences of the global pandemic is planning to build a hobbit hole. If you ask me: if there ever were an AirBnB offer “Hobbit Hole with beer flat rate” I knew who would book it. [In German]

The Blog Roll

These are blogs you really should be following if you’re interested in Tolkien …

Some of these, you may find, are not as active as one would hope; but even if they have not posted anything new for a long time they are repositories of great essays and research on all things Tolkienian and always worth your time. The blog roll – and this very newsletter! – has been inspired by Troels Forchammer’s Parma-kenta and his excellent Tolkien Transactions he did for seven years – they are still sorely missed!

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough
Dimitra Fimi, ‘Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Jason Fisher, ‘Lingwë — Musings of a Fish
Douglas A. Anderson, ‘Tolkien and Fantasy’
John D. Rateliff — ‘Sacnoth’s Scriptorium
John Garth, ‘John Garth
David Bratman, ‘Kalimac’s Journal
Jenny Dolfen, ‘Jenny’s Sketchbook
Andrew Higgens, ‘Wotan’s Musings
Anna Smol, ‘A Single Leaf
Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog
Robin Anne Reid, her blog
Annalisa Palmer, her blog
Various, The Mythopoeic Society
Various (Bradford Eden, ed.) Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR)
Various, The Tolkien Society (TS)
Southfarthing Mathom
Various, The Mythopoeic Society, ‘The Horn of Rohan Redux
Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn
Tom Hilman, ‘Alas, not me
Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth
Bruce Charlton, ‘Tolkien’s The Notion Club Papers
Various, ‘Middle-earth News
Jeffrey R. Hawboldt, ‘Expressions of Substance
Ryszard Viajante Derdzinski, ‘Tolknięty
Stephen C. Winter, ‘Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings
Troels Forchhammer, ‘Parma-kenta
Marcel Aubron-Bülles, ‘The Tolkienist
Jeremy Edmonds, ‘Tolkien Collector’s Guide
Aubrey, ‘Diverse Tolkien
Elyanna, ‘itariilles

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Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.