rticles and essays
- A Hero Comes to the King, or How Geology Helps to Talk about Epic - Maria Błaszkiewicz
The article begins with a presentation of W.H.T. Jackson’s views on the nature and importance of the epic convention called "the heroic intrusion" and then goes on to discuss its application, together with the romance convention of interlacement, by Tolkien. The stress is put on the analysis of The Lord of the Rings, seen as a part of the whole of Tolkien’s opus.
- Seven for the Dwarf-lords... -Magdalena Kudelska 'Geirve'
The article is devoted to the rings given to the Dwarves: who they have received them from, their power, and the inconsistencies in Tolkien’s presentation of them. The question of the Seven Rings leads to the discussion of the nature of the Khazâd and their relations with Sauron.
- J.R.R. Tolkien and the Atlantis Myth, or the Usefulness of Dreams and Myth-making - Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.'
The Author discusses the place and role of the Atlantis myth in Tolkien’s Legendarium. Three basic aspects of the influence of Plato on Tolkien are considered. The first one is the influence of the myth itself and its message on Tolkien’s work, the second one is the personal dimension of this myth as an element shaping Tolkien’s attitude to myths in general, and the third one is Tolkien’s application of the myth-making mechanism used by Plato.
- The Lord of Fate and the Ring-bearer. Destiny and Free Will in Middle-earth of the First and Third Ages - Tadeusz Andrzej Olszański 'Halbarad Dúnadan'
The article concerns the differences in the presentation of destiny and free will in The Lord of the Rings and The Children of Húrin.
- Mythopoetic Fantasy. J.R.R. Tolkien and the Legendarium of Middle-earth -Marek Pustowaruk
The essay is an attempt at systematization of the most important inspirations influencing Tolkien’s imagination and shaping the process of the building of the Legendarium. The Author discusses the influence of the indicated inspirations on the literary value of Tolkien’s works, and especially on The Lord of the Rings, exposing the problems and mechanisms of subcreation which – being essential to the deeper reading of the story – enable one to make some observations on the characteristic features of the mythopoetic variety of fantasy literature.
anfiction and poetry
- Eight Elven Cloaks -Virtuella
Galadriel has a special task for her handmaidens: to sew eight cloaks in a bower in Caras Galadhon. During their work the maidens evoke in turn the members of the Fellowship and bless cloaks sewn for them.
- The Archives of Michel Delving Messenger Service - Zosia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'
Letters of Tolman 'Tom' Gamgee, Sam’s youngest son, on his difficult relations with his father.
- Amroth and Nimrodel -Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari'
A humorous one-act play showing alternative – however, due to Tolkien’s having left gaps in the narrative, plausible - destinies of the two lovers.
There is a crossword puzzle with a twist in the issue made by Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir'
Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.' reports on Tricon (Polcon, Eurocon, and Parkon in one, 26-29 August 2010, Cieszyn, Poland) and its highly praised, rich and interesting Tolkien program, showing that the state of Polish Tolkien studies is better that one might think.
There is a selection of poetry by by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' , Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel' , Agata Borkowska 'Alqualaurë' and Marcin L. Morawski. Everything is finished off with noteworthy events, riddles by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' and Tolkien humour by Kasiopea.
eviews and interviews
- An interview with Alex Lewis, a long-standing chairman of The Tolkien Society - Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.'
- J.R.R. Tolkien, O Tuorze i upadku Gondolinu. Narn e'Dant Gondolin ("A Few words on Some Reconstruction") - reviewed by - Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir'
- L.E. Jones, Myth and Middle-earth, Exploring the Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings ("Second-rate Writing, or How to Make Money on Tolkien") - reviewed by - Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel'