Book Reviews The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Roberto Arduini and Claudio A. Testi. Zurich and Jena: Walking Tree Publishers, 2012. xxviii, 256 pp. $24.30/£15.00 (trade paperback). ISBN 9783905703269. Cormarë Series No. 26. This long-overdue single-topic examination of death and immortality in the works of Tolkien is not simply a collection of thematically linked papers gathered by an editor. Ideas were thrashed out in a string of preparatory meetings among the contributors. It is therefore something of an organic whole, with a complementary set of approaches, philosophical, exegetical, and encyclopaedic. It was, as the editors explain, created to fulfil the need for a scholarly all-Italian book on Tolkien, and although it is too diverse to represent any single `school of thought,' it certainly has a flavour quite distinct from most Tolkien scholarship from Britain and America. The contributors also come from overlapping circles: several are on the committee behind the Italian publisher Marietti's Tolkien e dintorni series of publications, which first published this collection under the title La Falce spezatta: Morte e immortalità in J.R.R. Tolkien (2009). Some are involved in the Tolkien journal Endòre [sic]. Several are professional translators,
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