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2017

Review of J.R.R. Tolkien. 2016. The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun. Edited by Verlyn Flieger. London: HarperCollins, in Journal of Tolkien Research 4.2 (2017) http://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol4/iss2/4/

2016

‘To whom it may concern – a Reviewer’s Complaint.’ Hither Shore 12:276-277.

Review of Theresa Freda Nicolay. 2014. Tolkien and the Modernists: Literary Responses to the Dark New Days of the 20th Century. Jefferson NC: McFarland, in Hither Shore 12:278-280.

Review of Deke Parsons. 2014. J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy. Jefferson NC: McFarland, in Hither Shore 12:280-281.

Review of Tolkien Studies 11 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 12:281-286.

Review of Edward L. Risden. 2015. Tolkien’s Intellectual Landscape. Jefferson NC: McFarland, in Hither Shore 12:288-292.

Review of Ralph C. Wood (ed.). 2015. Tolkien among the Moderns. Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, in Hither Shore 12:295-299.

2015

Review of Theresa Freda Nicolay. 2014. Tolkien and the Modernists: Literary Responses to the Dark New Days of the 20th Century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, in Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung 6 (2/2015):133-135.

Review of Bradford Eden Lee (ed.). 2014. ‘The Hobbit’ and Tolkien’s Mythology. Jefferson NC: McFarland, in Journal of Tolkien Research 2.1 (2015) Click here for review

Review of Timo Rebschloe. 2014. Der Drache in der mittelalterlichen Literatur Europas. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, in Arbitrium 33.2 (2/2015):147–149, DOI: 10.1515/arb-2015-0011

Keynote Lecture ‘From Fafner to Smaug: Dragons on the Silver Screen’ presented at the Conference on ‘Film in the 21st Century’, 10 July 2015, University of Hamburg Click here for video

Plenary Lecture presented at the International Conference on ‘The Inklings: Fantasy and National Discourse’, 1 April 2015, University of Vitoria-Gasteiz Click here for video

Interview (in Polish) in Aiglos 20 (2015): 274-285.

Interview (in Hungarian) in Lassi Laurië 13 (August 2015): 10-11.

Review of Stefan Ekman. 2013. Here Be Dragons. Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, in Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung 5 (1/2015):139-141.

Review of Timo Rebschloe. 2014. Der Drache in der mittelalterlichen Literatur Europas. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, in Spenser Review 44.3.62 (2015) Click here for review

Review of Stefan Ekman. 2013. Here Be Dragons. Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, in Hither Shore 11:173-176.

Review of Raymond Edwards. 2014. Tolkien. London: Robert Hale, in Hither Shore 11:184-185.

Review of Deborah A. Higgens. 2014. Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. NP: Oloris Publishing, in Hither Shore 11:187-188.

2014

Review of Adam Roberts. 2013. The Riddles of The Hobbit. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in Tolkien Studies 11:247-250.

Review of Ulrike Schenk. 2013. Die mittelenglische Romanze zwischen Imitation und Innovation: Zur Dynamik einer Diskurstradition. Münchener Universitätsschriften 38. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang Edition, in Anglia 132.2 (2014): 393-394.

Interview (in German) on the occasion of the publication of the first volume of The Lord of the Rings 60 years ago in Deutschlandradio Kultur 29 July 2014. Click here for interview

Review of Guillemette Bolens and Lukas Erne (eds.). 2011. Medieval and Early Modern Authorship. SPELL (Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 25). Tübingen: Narr, in Anglistik 25.1 (2014): 197-200.

Review of Arnulf Krause. 2012. Die wirkliche Mittelerde. Tolkiens Mythologie und ihre Wurzeln im Mittelalter. Darmstadt: Konrad Theiss, in Hither Shore 10:230.

Review of Tolkien Studies 9 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 10:231.

Review of Adam Roberts. 2013. The Riddles of the Hobbit. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, in Hither Shore 10:237-240.

Review of Christopher Scarf. 2013. The Ideal of Kingship in the Writings of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Divine Kingship is Reflected in Middle-earth. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, in Hither Shore 10:240-241.

Interview (in French and English) at the Conference ‘Tolkien et les Inklings’ (Cerisy 2012). Click here for interview

Interview (in German) with Jörg Biesler on Elvish languages in SWR2 Matinee 23 March 2014.

‘Fantasyromane – nichts für Christen?’ – Interview (in German) with Erik Brühlmann on the relationship between Fantasy and Christianity. Der Sonntag 10:16-20 and Doppelpunkt 10:16-20.

2013

Review of Neil Cartlidge (ed.). 2012. Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance. Studies in Medieval Romance. Woodbridge: Brewer, in Anglia 131.2-3 (2013): 377-381.

Review of Jane Chance (ed.). 2003. Tolkien the Medievalist. London und New York: Routledge. Paperback edition 2008, in The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms. Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) 18.6 (2013): 774-776. Click here for review

Interview (in German) in Tages Anzeiger / Der Bund. Click here for interview

Interview (in English) in Revista de Letras. Click here for interview

Interview (in German) on ‘Der Hobbit und Tolkiens Mittelerde’ in MDR Radio: Kulturnacht. Broadcast 03 January 2013.

2012

Review of Corinne Saunders. 2010. Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance. Studies in Medieval Romance 13. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, in Anglia 130.3:433-435.

Review of James Wade. 2011. Fairies in Medieval Romance. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave, in Anglia 130.3:435-437.

Review of Eike Kehr. 2011. Natur und Kultur in J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. Studien zur Anglistischen Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft (SALS) 35. Trier: WVT, in Anglistik 23.1:219-221.

Review of Bernd Roling. 2010. Drachen und Sirenen. Die Rationalisierung und Abwicklung der Mythologie an den europäischen Universitäten. Mittellateinische Studien und Texte 42. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010, in Scriptorium 2011.2:219-220.

Review of Melissa Furrow. 2009. Expectations of Romance. The Reception of a Genre in Medieval England. Cambridge: Brewer; Laura Ashe, Ivana Djordjevic & Judith Weiss (eds.). 2010. The Exploitations of Medieval Romance. Cambridge: Brewer; Rhiannon Purdie and Michael Cichon (eds.). 2011. Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts. Cambridge: Brewer, in Anglia 130.2:298-306.

Review of Leonie Franz. 2011. Wahre Wunder. Tiere als Funktions- und Bedeutungsträger in mittelalterlichen Gründungslegenden. (Beiträge zur älteren Literaturgeschichte), Heidelberg: Winter, in Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 47:477-479.

Review of Mark Atherton. 2012. There and Back Again. JRR Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, in Hither Shore 9:178-179.

Review of Vincent Ferré (ed.). 2012. Dictionnaire Tolkien. Paris: CNRS Editions, in Hither Shore 9:179-180.

Review of Verlyn Flieger. 2012. Green Suns and Faerie. Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, in Hither Shore 9:181.

Review of Corey Olsen. 2012. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in Hither Shore 9:186-187.

Review of Elizabeth M. Stephen. 2012. Hobbit to Hero. The Making of Tolkien’s King. Moreton in Marsh: ADC Publications, in Hither Shore 9:189.

Interview (in German) in Tolkiens Welt. Click here for interview

Interview/Blog (in English) in The Tolkienist. Click here for interview

2011

Review of Michael Alexander. 2007. Medievalism. The Middle Ages in Modern England. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, in Das Mittelalter 16:161-162.

Review of Tolkien Studies 8 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 8:301-303.

Review of Carl Phelpsted. 2011. Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, in Hither Shore 8:306-307.

Review of Arne Zettersten. 2011. Tolkien’s Double Worlds and Creative Process. Language and Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in Hither Shore 8:308-310.

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2010

Review of Elizabeth Solopova. 2009. Languages, Myths and History. An Introduction to the Linguistics and Literary Background of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fiction. North Landing: North Landing Books, in Hither Shore 7:241-242.

2009

Review of Alex Lewis und Elizabeth Currie. 2009. The Epic Realm of Tolkien: Parto One – Beren and Lúthien. Moreton-in-Marsh: ADC Publications, in Hither Shore 6:245-247.

Review of Thomas Scholz. 2009. Weit entfernte Wunder. Zur Konstruktion von Raum und Zeit in der englischen Fantasyliteratur am Beispiel von J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit. (ALPH 4). Frankfurt am Main etc.: Peter Lang, in Hither Shore 6:250-251.

Review of Pia Skogeman. 2009. Where the Shadows Lie. A Jungian Interpretation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Publications, in Hither Shore 6:252-253.

Review of Tolkien Studies 6 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 6:255-259.

Review of Dimitra Fimi. 2008. Tolkien, Race and Cultural History. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in Tolkien Studies 6:289-294.

Review of Robert D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork and John D. Niles (eds.). 2008. Klaeber’s Beowulf. (4th edition). Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, in Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 50:323-324.

Review of Richard North. 2006. The Origins of Beowulf. From Vergil to Wiglaf. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Das Mittelalter 14.2:186-188.

2008

Review of Judith E. Tonning and Brendan N. Wolfe (eds.). 2008. The Chronicle of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society. Oxford: The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, in Hither Shore 5:241.

Review of Fanfan Chen. 2007. Fantasticism. Poetics of Fantastic Literature. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, in Hither Shore 5:244-247.

Review of Verlyn Flieger und Douglas A. Anderson (eds.). 2008. Tolkien On Fairy-stories. London: HarperCollins, in Hither Shore 5:248-249.

Review of Lynn Forest-Hill (ed.). 2008. The Mirror Crack’d. Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien’s Major Works. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, in Hither Shore 5:251-254.

Review of Tolkien Studies 5 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 5:259-261.

Review of Dimitra Fimi. 2008. Tolkien, Race and Cultural History. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in Hither Shore 5:266-267.

Review of Robert Allen Rouse. 2005. The Idea of Anglo-Saxon England in Middle English Romance. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, in Das Mittelalter 13.2:176-177.

Interview (in German) in Phantastik Couch. Click here for interview

2007

Review of Janet Brennan Croft (ed.). 2007. Tolkien and Shakespeare. Essays on Shared Themes and Language. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, in Hither Shore 4:207.

Review of Trevor Hart and Ivan Khovacs (eds.). 2007. Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature, and Theology. Waco TX: Baylor University Press, in Hither Shore 4:208-209.

Review of Jane Chance and Alfred K. Siewers (eds.). 2005. Tolkien’s Modern Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in Hither Shore 4:231-234.

Review of Janet Brennan Croft (ed.). 2004. Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. Altadena, CA: The Mythopoeic Press, in Hither Shore 4:234-236.

2006

Review of Tolkien Studies 3 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 3:263-265.

Review of Robert Eaglestone (ed.). 2005. Reading The Lord of the Rings. New Writings on Tolkien’s Classic. London und New York: Continuum, in Hither Shore 3:268.

Review of Stuart D. Lee and Elizabeth Solopova. 2005. The Keys of Middle-earth. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, in Hither Shore 3:274.

2005

Review of Christopher Harper-Bill and Elisabeth van Houts (eds.). 2002. A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, in Das Mittelalter 9:177.

Review of Elaine Treharne (ed.). 2002. Writing Gender and Genre in Medieval Literature: Approaches to Old and Middle English Texts. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, in Das Mittelalter 9:189.

Review of Philippa Hardman (ed.). 2002. The Matter of Identity in Medieval Romance. Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, in Das Mittelalter 9:176-77.

Review of Tolkien Studies 2 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 2:265-268.

Review of Jörg Knobloch (ed.). 2005. Praxis Lesen: z.B. Tolkien. Lichtenau: AOL and Frank Weinreich. 2002. Mentor Lektüre Durchblick: J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings/Der Herr der Ringe. München: Mentor Verlag, in Hither Shore 2:269-271.

Review of Douglas A. Anderson (ed.). 2003. Tales before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy. New York: DelRey, in Hither Shore 2:271-272.

Review of Marjorie Burns. 2005. Perilous Realms. Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in Hither Shore 2:272-273.

Review of Lin Carter. 1969. Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings. Reprinted and revised 2003. London: Gollancz, in Hither Shore 2:274.

Review of Verlyn Flieger. 2005. Interrupted Music. The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, in Hither Shore 2:275-276.

Review of Alex Lewis and Elizabeth Currie. 2005. The Forsaken Realm of Tolkien. J.R.R. Tolkien and the Medieval Tradition. Oswestry: Medea Publishing, in Hither Shore 2:278-279.

Review of Lynnette R. Porter. 2005. Unsung Heroes of The Lord of the Rings. From the Page to the Screen. Westport, CT and London: Praeger, in Hither Shore 2:279-280.

Review of Alexander van de Bergh. 2005. Mittelerde und das 21. Jahrhundert. Zivilisationskritik und alternative Gesellschaftsentwürfe in J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. Trier: WVT, in Hither Shore 2:285.

Review of James Simpson. 2002. The Oxford English Literary History Volume 2 (1350-1547): Reform and Cultural Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Das Mittelalter 10.2:181.

Review of Frederick M. Biggs, Thomas D. Hill, Paul E. Szarmach and E. Gordon Whatley (eds.). 2001. Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. Volume I: Abbo of Fleury, Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Acta Sanctorum. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, in Anglia 123.2:289-290.

Review of Robert G. Benson and Susan J. Ridyard (eds.). 2003. New Readings of Chaucer’s Poetry. Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, in Anglia 123.2:296-298.

2004

Review of Andrew James Johnston. 2001. Clerks and Courtiers: Chaucer, Late Middle English Literature and the State Formation Process. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, in Literaturwissenschatliches Jahrbuch 45:340-343.

Review of Katja Lenz and Ruth Möhligs (eds.). 2002. Of dyuersite & chaunge of langage. Essays Presented to Manfred Görlach on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, in English Studies 85:569-570.

Review of Tim William Machan. 2003. English in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Variations 12:315-317.

Review of John Garth. 2003. Tolkien and the Great War. The Threshold of Middle-earth. London: HarperCollins, in Variations 12:317-318.

Review of Tolkien Studies 1 (University of Virginia Press), in Hither Shore 1:175.

Review of Jane Chance (ed.). 2003. Tolkien the Medievalist. London: Routledge, in Hither Shore 1:177-179.

Review of Jane Chance (ed.). 2004. Tolkien and the Invention of Myth. A Reader. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, in Hither Shore 1:179-181.

Review of Matthew Dickerson. 2003. Following Gandalf. Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, in Hither Shore 1:181-182.

Review of Neil Heims. 2004. Great Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, in Hither Shore 1:184-185.

Review of Edmund Wainwright. 2004. Tolkien’s Mythology for England. A Middle-earth Companion, Firthgarth: Anglo-Saxon Books, in Hither Shore 1:190-191.

Review of Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaac (eds.). 2004. Understanding The Lord of the Rings. The Best of Tolkien Criticism. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, in Hither Shore 1:191-192.

2003

Review of Irma Taavitsainen, Terttu Nevalainen, Päivi Pahta and Matti Rissanen (eds.). 2000. Placing Middle English in Context. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, in Anglia 121:108-110.

Review of Eric Gerald Stanley. 2000. Imagining the Anglo-Saxon Past: ‘The Search for Anglo-Saxon Paganism’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon Trial by Jury’. Cambridge: Brewer, in Anglia 121:643-644.

2002

‘Legends of Middle-earth: two recent scholarly publications on J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings.’ Review of Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter (eds.). 2000. Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth. Westport: Greenwood Press, and George Clark and Daniel Timmons (eds.). 2000. J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: Views of Middle-earth. Westport: Greenwood Press, in Variations 8:157-160.

‘Cross-channel Communications.’ Review of Alan Hindley, Frederick W. Langley and Brian J. Levy. 2000. Old French – English Dictionary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in Variations 9:146-147.

2001

‘Author of the Century? New Publications on Tolkien.’ Review of Harold Bloom (ed.). 2000. J.R.R. Tolkien. (Modern Critical Views). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, and Tom A. Shippey. 2000. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. London: HarperCollins, in Variations 6:192-194.

‘King Arthur and His Neglected Relations – New Publications on Medieval Romance.’ Review of Roberta L. Krueger (ed.). 2000. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and Ad Putter and Jane Gilbert (eds.). 2000. The Spirit of Medieval English Popular Romance. London and New York: Longman, in Variations 7:172-174.

Review of Dorothy Yamamoto. 2000. The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies) 7.1:161-164.

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2000

‘Dem Prozess der Verschriftlichung auf der Spur.’ Review of Christine Ehler. 1999. Verschriftung und Verschriftlichung des Altenglischen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, in Variations 4:168-170.

‘Spice Girls und andere Grenzsituationen.’ Review of Daniel Ammann, Heinz Moser and Roger Vaissière (eds.). 1999. Medien Lesen. Der Textbegriff in der Medienwissenschaft. Zurich: Pestalozzianum, in Variations 5:218-219.

‘Beowulf zum Zweiten.’ Review of R.M. Liuzza. 2000. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. Ontario: Broadview Press, in Variations 5:233-234.

1996

Review of Joyce E. Salisbury. 1994. The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages. New York and London: Routledge, in Studies in the Age of Chaucer 18:283-285.

1995

Review of SPELL 7 (Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature) in Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), 18 February 1995, 48.

Review of Norbert Loacker. Maddalenas Musik. Solothurn and Düsseldorf: Benziger, in Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), 12 October 1995, 48.

Review of Joyce E. Salisbury. 1994. The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages. New York and London: Routledge, in Mitteilungsblatt des Mediävistenverbandes No. 1, Spring 1995, 41-42.