rticles and essays
- Do the Atlantis Story and Abandon Eriol-Saga? - Verlyn Flieger
The Author discusses the evolution of Tolkien’s structural frame for his mythology for England on the basis of "The Notion Club Papers" and "The Lost Road" as presented in volumes I–V of The History of Middle-earth.
- Samwise the Great - Maria Błaszkiewicz
The Author re-evaluates Sam as a hero and a king figure, discussing his deep personal transformation during the quest and showing how the fertility myth and solar imagery in the final parts of the book underline this new function of the initially humble Hobbit.
- Tolkien’s Mythopoeia – God, Faith and Freedom? - Jakub Z. Lichański
The essay is divided into three parts: comments on Tolkien’s poem, questions about God and faith present in the poem (and generally – in the Inklings tradition), and the place of freedom in Mythopoeia. The thesis of the essay is that the poem is a modern manifesto of Christian faith, but presented in a patristic manner.
- Who Was the King of Mirkwood or The Hobbit Seen from the First Age Perspective -Magdalena Kudelska 'Geirve'
The Author tries to look at the book from the perspective of the First Age, as it is there that inspiration and models for many of the characters knows form The Hobbit are to be found.
- Degradation of Myth – Degradation of Fantasy - Wit Szostak
Fantasy literature refers to myth, however, one should bear in mind that it is not "real myth", but, according to Eliade, "degraded myth", and so the starting point of mythmaking of fantasy reminds one a murky spring. It seems three mythmaking strategies can be indicated: reconstruction of myth by a description of a mythic world (The Silmarillion), description of a world steeped in mythic thinking (The Lord of the Rings), and description of our world that needs mythological tools to explain it (the prose of Bruno Schulz).
- A Voice of an Ignoramus - Kasiopea
The Author ponders over the limits of inspiration and tries to answer the question if a constructive polemics between the slash fanfiction enthusiasts and their opponents is possible.
anfiction and poetry
- Duty - Tekla Cichocka 'Tici'
Rath Dínen, Denethor, and his decision.
- The Archives of Michel Delving Messenger Service - Zosia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'
The last letter of Rose Gamgee – to herself? To Sam?
- Hobbit Tales or Gaffer Gamgee’s Bedtime Stories - Zosia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'
Zosia Stanecka has started a new Hobbit series; the first instalment is about how it was that Hobbits started to grow taters.
- The Sorrows of Young Fëanor, or the Whole Truth of the Making of the Silmarils - Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel'
A humorous one-act play depicting the Noldo’s frustrations, i.e. what the making of the Silmarils really looked like.
There is a selection of poetry by by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' , Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel' , Marcin L.Morawski and Katarzyna Staniewska 'Elring'. Everything is finished off with noteworthy events, riddles by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari', Tolkien humour by Kasiopea, and a crossword puzzle by Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir'.
eviews and interviews
- Our interview is Andrzej Kowalski 'Bilbo', the founding father of the ŚKF’s Tolkien Section, who tells how he became a Hobbit for life - Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind HS Took' and Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir'
- The books reviewed are The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (revised second Polish edition) ("Letters from Middle-earth" - reviewed by - Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir'
- C. Duriez, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis ("A History of an Unusual Friendship?") - reviewed by - Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel'
- B. Bates, The Real Middle-Earth - reviewed by - T.A. Shippey