The Fourteenth Roving Ranger


a warm welcome to this, the fourteenth Roving Ranger newsletter.


The German Tolkien Society offers a podcast episode recorded at the 2019 Birmingham Tolkien Conference, interviewing outstanding Tolkien experts Christina Scull & Wayne Hammond.

I would highly suggest to you to look up the International Tolkien Fellowship Facebook group for Tolkien-inspired events the world over.

Essays & Scholarship

Luke Shelton, the new Editor-in-Chief with the Tolkien Society’s journal Mallorn, has put together an impressive editorial board on its way to become a fully peer-reviewed publication.

Dimitra Fimi really had to hide this wonderful little piece of research for two years! Epaminondas: Who was he, and why was Tolkien interested in him? (or, what’s different in the paperback edition of A Secret Vice?)

Rachel A. Fletcher has just published a piece with the Journal of Tolkien Research on Tolkien’s work with the OED.

Reviews and Book News

Jeremy Edwards of the TolkienGuide has an interview with the three artists to the 40th Anniversary edition of Unfinished Tales.

David Bratman has a few interesting links.

Other Stuff

Max McLean, the man behind the theatre play C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert, is in Oxford right now as the play is now turned into a feature film. He is sharing pictures via his Facebook account.

If you like good cartons you may have already heard about Tom Gauld – who certainly has a liking for either Austen or Tolkien.

Peter Gilliver of The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary did an Eleventy tweet on September 22nd.

John D. Rateliff has a lovely Tolkien-themed item to show.

Film franchise, merchandise and Amazon series

A short video clip of Sir Alec Guinness made the internet rounds in which he noted that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings did have their impact on Star Wars.

In recent months the Twitter account of eminent film trilogies’ fansite has shared some very, very odd statements and last week I’ve had it when they suggested that a single line in some casting call would show the upcoming series to have dwarves, hobbits and whatnot run around stark naked à la Game of Thrones.

Every moviegoer has seen his face but probably never fully realised it: Kiran Shah: The hero with a thousand faces.

Fisher-Price used September 22nd to the fullest by promoting a line of film-inspired figurines with serious cuteness overload.

Weta Workshop has put together a video of putting together their minatures.

Deadline noted that actual filming has resumed on the upcoming series.

In other news

I am asking for social media magic to help me find the person responsible of putting a Nathaniel Hawthorne quote onto a Tolkien film poster. [Instagram/ tumblr/ Facebook.]

One of those name generator thingies made the rounds on the net again:

Your Hobbit name
Your first name [a herb or spice that begins with the first letter of your first name]
Your last name [your favourite liquor + a baked good OR
[a body part that currently hurts + a landform]


Game designer Rhianna Pratchett in an interview with the Guardian; ‘Dad would be smiling to see my name on a book.’

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.