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Erik Mueller-Harder

Tolkienists on Summer Holidays

Tolkienists } Erik Mueller-Harder | 17 May 2022

Friends, colleagues, & visitors,

tl;dr: Tolkienists is on a sabbatical. Please come back this September!


I have, as it turns out, over-committed. Tolkienists, together with the Tolkien Art Index, LR Citations, and TolkienMoot, is very important to me, and it is not going away.

However, I am having to put work on them on hold for a little while.

Some of you may know of the work that I’m doing this year for the Tolkien Archive at Marquette. This is an absolute dream job, and the work that’s happening there will have a direct and lasting effect on Tolkien Studies in general and LotR scholarship in particular. My involvement in this project is planned to continue through this August, and is taking most of my effort and attention right now.

I will also be travelling this summer to England and Scotland for three weeks, for the Tolkien Society Seminar, the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, the York Early Music Festival, and the Once and Future Fantasies conference hosted by the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow.

Those of you who know that I had Stage IV esophageal cancer a few years ago — necessitating radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and three extensive surgeries — will probably understand my delight at being able to travel and work to this extent. But by the same token I have to acknowledge that The Ordeal has left its marks in reduced stamina and mental acuity and the constant attention I need to pay to digestion and sleep. I find that I don’t always remember to make allowance for these new realities of my life.

Most all of these other commitments will wrap up by the end of the summer, and I’ll be thrilled at that point to welcome you back to Tolkienists. I have various Good Things planned:

  1. Dramatic improvements to LR Citations, including correlation of a few more paginations, integration of the First Edition of LotR, and more.
  2. Dramatic improvements to the Tolkien Art Index.
  3. Resumption of day-by-day coverage of Tolkienists’ blogs, articles, and seminar papers.
  4. A more intuitive site structure, and custom-designed icons and way-markers.

Finally, I would like to apologize to almost everyone who has written me in 2022. I have read your email, and in every case I plan to respond. Realistically, you may not hear from me until September — but rest assured that I am not ignoring you. If you need to reach me (and can live with a delayed response!), please send email to erikmh at the domain you’re visiting right now, tolkienists.org.

Have a lovely summer, everyone. I’ll see you this autumn!

— Erik

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14 May

Events

14 May 2022 19:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 394: C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages I: Dante and the Lewis Circle (in honor of Marsha Daigle Williamson)

Joe Ricke, organizer; and Barbara L. Prescott, presider

[From draft program.]

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14 May 2022 21:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 418: Medievalism in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-century literary and cinematic adaptations of Beowulf

Lorraine Kochanske Stock, organizer; and Lorraine Kochanske Stock, presider

[From draft program.]

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14 May 2022 21:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 421: New readings of The Lord of the Rings

Luke J. Chambers, presider

[From draft program.]

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13 May

Events

12 May

Events

12 May 2022 13:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 226: Tolkien and the Medieval Animal

Kristine A. Swank, organizer; and Kristine A. Swank, presider

[From draft program.]

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12 May 2022 23:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 275: J.R.R. Tolkien and Medieval poets: A session in memory of Richard C. West

Christopher T. Vaccaro, organizer; and Jane Beal, presider

[From draft program.]

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10 May

Events

10 May 2022 17:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 121: Medieval understandings of the nature of evil as depicted by J.R.R. Tolkien

Michael Wodzak, organizer; and Michael Wodzak, presider

[From draft program.]

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9 May

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19 April

Events

19 April 2022 17:00 utc — view in local time

University of Maryland, Speaking of books with Peter Grybauskas: on A sense of tales untold: Exploring the edges of Tolkien’s literary canvas

Emily Deinert, moderator; and Suzy Wilson, moderator

Participants include Peter Grybauskas, Senior lecturer, English, University of Maryland.

… Join the University Libraries for a discussion with Senior Lecturer Peter Grybauskas on his new book A sense of tales untold: Exploring the edges of Tolkien’s literary canvas.…

On campus, Peter Grybauskas teaches primarily in the Department of English. Abroad, he leads short-term courses on Tolkien (winter-term in the UK) and on food (summer-term in Italy). His scholarship focuses on Tolkien, fantasy, and medievalism.

Before coming to UMD, he taught in Italy and collaborated with the Roman Association of Tolkien Studies.

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17 April

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