The Twentieth Roving Ranger


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


French Tolkienist group Tolkiendil have invited John Garth for a chat this Friday. Join their discord for a talk about his latest book, Tolkien’s Worlds.

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

Essays & Scholarship

If Eomonachus belegaerensis sounds Tolkienian to you, then you are right. A nice write-up tells you the basics, or you are lucky enough to have access to the Proceedings of the Royal Society‘s First monk seal from the Southern Hemisphere rewrites the evolutionary history of true seals.

In case you ever needed to do some research on Tolkien in Birmingham, the Library offers this introduction: Researching Birmingham Newspapers – your options.

You really should know more about snergs: When the Snergs book is NOT the Snergs book.
Reviews and Book News

Review on Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. Lewis, by Gina Dalfonzo.

Author Nina Stibbe mentions her mother reading The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to her at bedtime.

The UK publishers of Tolkien have informed fans of another edition of The Silmarillion. It does look gorgeous!

Franchise, merchandise and Amazon series

If you are interested in sharing your stories/ work/ poetry based on Tolkien has put out a call for writers.

Other stuff

Really nice post: A guided walk of Tolkien’s original Shire, in Birmingham.

Love that Tolkien is taken care of (don’t click the link if you are afraid of snakes!)

David Bratman went out and had a look around the places that inspired Ursula K. Le Guin after the devastating fires of the last months.

In other news

I am really sorry this Kickstarter about Harry-Potter-style real flying brooms did not work out.

John D. Rateliff has some great news on a forthcoming Dungeons & Dragons anthology.
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.