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The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies 2011

The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies 2011 Merlin DeTardo om Bombadil still confounds readers. Tolkien scholarship in 2011 T compared Tolkien’s deliberately enigmatic character to Leo Tol- stoy’s Platon Karayatov, John Buchan’s Amos Midwinter, a Buddhist bodhisattva, Hades, the Green Man, and two saints, Guthlac and Ber- nard. With Tolkien adaptations looming again at the cinema (many studies, on all themes, refer to the then-forthcoming Hobbit movies, at that time expected to appear in only two installments), serious at- tention was given this year to the character’s absence from the screen. In popular thought, this is an obsession of Tolkien scholars, but it has actually not been much considered before. These articles appeared in Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy, edited by Janice M. Bogstad and Philip E. Kaveny (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011), among enlightening and frustrating consider- ations of the screen works that began appearing a decade earlier. Im- ages from those movies have become standard illustrations in studies of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (but not in Picturing Tolkien, where they would be more useful); warnings of the movies colonizing the literature were correct. That was one of seven collections for the year, each with a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies 2011

Tolkien Studies , Volume 11 – Nov 27, 2014

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Merlin DeTardo om Bombadil still confounds readers. Tolkien scholarship in 2011 T compared Tolkien’s deliberately enigmatic character to Leo Tol- stoy’s Platon Karayatov, John Buchan’s Amos Midwinter, a Buddhist bodhisattva, Hades, the Green Man, and two saints, Guthlac and Ber- nard. With Tolkien adaptations looming again at the cinema (many studies, on all themes, refer to the then-forthcoming Hobbit movies, at that time expected to appear in only two installments), serious at- tention was given this year to the character’s absence from the screen. In popular thought, this is an obsession of Tolkien scholars, but it has actually not been much considered before. These articles appeared in Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy, edited by Janice M. Bogstad and Philip E. Kaveny (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011), among enlightening and frustrating consider- ations of the screen works that began appearing a decade earlier. Im- ages from those movies have become standard illustrations in studies of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (but not in Picturing Tolkien, where they would be more useful); warnings of the movies colonizing the literature were correct. That was one of seven collections for the year, each with a

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Published: Nov 27, 2014

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