The Eighteenth Roving Ranger


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


The International Medieval Congress will be online next year; the Tolkien sessions will be happening, of course!

The World Fantasy Awards have been, yes, indeed, awarded.

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

Dimitra Fimi has another great essay with her blog: The Raw and the Cooked: William Morris’s Dwarf in The Wood Beyond the World, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gollum.

One of the questions I had always asked myself in the last 30+ years: Evidence that hobbits didn’t have daylight saving time.

Reviews and Book News

The review is up with the Journal of Tolkien Research of A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger (2018), edited by John D. Rateliff.

In other news

Sean Connery has passed away, a man known by many for his James Bond. However, he also played parts in many fantasy and science fiction productions; Steve Verlieb names many of those. Why he forgot to mention Highlander is a mystery, though.Many publishing houses post massive sales thanks to renewed interest in reading (presumably.) It would be nice to see they shared those with authors, editors, illustrators, bookshops etc.

George R.R. Martin certainly has a heart for hilarious costumes. He did a cameo with GoT that got cut.

The quote may not be quite right but hey, if selling singer-songwriter Shayna Adler’s latest album Wanderer has a Tolkien mention in it I am here to share it. And P.S., yes, she does play the whole fantasy card.

A really nice write-up on the recently gone Sean Connery that has a connection to Tolkien.
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.