Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tolkien Encyclopedia: Many Fewer Remaining Entries

**UPDATE, 7.22.2005: List below updated to reflect most recent acceptances, etc. "NEW" means 'new to the list', not 'new to the Encyclopedia'**

That was fast! The response to my post on the remaining entries was fast and furious, with people just snapping them up. I'm really impressed by the quality of work that people sent via links in order to support their bona fides. There is so much good on-line Tolkien material (the problem is separating it out from the less good when all most folks use is the blunt tool of Google).

Since the list below was getting cluttered with cross-outs, here is a new, revised list (I've added a couple of categories, in particular one for parodies--including Bored of the Rings and The Soddit,).

NEW Artists and Illustrators' Influence on Tolkien 700
NEW *Carolingians 250
Cumberlege, Geoffrey 250
*Danish Language 500
*Denmark: Reception of Tolkien 500
NEW Dramatizations: Stage and Spoken 1000
German Folktale: Deutsch Mythologie 600
Grammar 500
Greece: Reception of Tolkien 500
Grove, Jenny 250
Old High German Literature 500
Parodies: Bored of the Rings, The Soddit, and others 1000
Penance 1000
Priestman, Judith 250
*Russian Language 500
NEW *Taniquetil 500
NEW Television: BBC Specials 750
Vale of the White Horse 500

Entries marked with an asterisk have been offered to someone but I haven't heard back from the person yet and so it is likely that these will open up. Other entries may open up as people who have accepted change their minds. Deadlines for entries are generally going to be in the early to mid fall.

Also, if you have suggestions for illustrations, I would love to hear them. There are to be 100 illustrations in the Encyclopedia, and I want them to be useful as well as beautiful. For example, there is going to be a map of Oxford with Tolkien's colleges, homes, Eagle and Child pub, etc. marked. There will be pictures of Pembroke and Merton colleges. There will be an illustration of hemlock umbels (not the coniferous tree, by the way) so everyone will finally know what Luthien was dancing under. Obviously there will be beautiful Ted Nasmith paintings and important illustrations, but I would love suggestions for materials that would help people improve their understanding of Tolkien's primary and secondary worlds, both England in the 20th century and Middle-earth.

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