rticles and essays
- Light-elves, Dark-elves, and Others: Tolkien’s Elvish Problem - Tom Shippey
The Author shows how Tolkien transferred beings from mythical and literary past to a contemporary work of literature.
- The Origin of the Orcs and Matters Touching Thereon - Marek Wypych
The Author gathers all the references to the origin of orcs found in the legendarium and illustrates the evolution of the idea of their origin with appropriate quotations.
- Tolkien’s Mythopoeia – God, Faith and Freedom? - Jakub Z. Lichański
It is a continuation of the article published in “Aiglos” No 16, treating the poem as a modern manifesto of Christian faith. The Author discusses Man’s place in the world created, as is believed by Tolkien, by God; he refers to Greek philosophers and the traditional teachings concerning the act of creation.
- The Writer as a Critic. Some Thoughts on the Reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 'The Monsters and the Critics' - Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind HS Took'
The Author shows that Tolkien as a writer meets the demands of Tolkien the critic and that as a critic he looks at a literary work with a writer’s eye.
- What Does Fantasy Need Realism For? - Wit Szostak
This text from the field of literary studies suggests that fantasy is only a form of realistic prose, which, paradoxically, is the genre’s weakness.
- On Free Will And Its Limits. A Few Words on Physical And Metaphysical Foundations of Tolkien’s World - Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.'
The text shows the limits of free will resulting from the laws of physics and metaphysics presented in the legendarium.
- Orality and Literacy in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth - Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz
The Author writes about the anthropology of the word and culture in Tolkien’s world, paying special attention to the orality or literacy of each culture.
- Through Darkness to Light – the Classical Katabasis in Tolkien’s Legendarium - Mateusz Fafiński
The Author discusses the use of the classical literary form of katabasis as an element in the structure of Tolkien’s works and his world.
anfiction and poetry
- A hobbit bedtime story or Gaffer Gamgee’s tale "How the Brave Hobbit Scared a Stupid Troll" - Zosia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'
It is a playful story of how a certain Hamfast Gamgee accidentally scared off a troll. Accident or no accident, trolls disappeared from the Shire.
- A Different Kettle of Fish - Kasiopea
During his stay in Minas Tirith Frodo tries to deal with painful memories.
The issue contains also new Polish translations of Bilbo’s songs by Prof. Andrzej Zgorzelski and a selection of poetry by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' , Marcin Morawski 'Lomendil', Zosia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee', and Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel'.
There is a hobbit genealogical crossword puzzle designed by Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir' and riddles devised by Zosia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'. You will find also Tolkien news from Poland and abroad.
eviews and interviews
- Interview with Prof. Andrzej Zgorzelski: "Tolkien – a genius of suggestion" - Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel',Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind HS Took'
- "On the belief in the magical power of declarations, Wiki-erudition and a lack of complexes". A review of Konrad Dziadkowiak’s book Tolkienowska koncepcja fantasy mitopoetycznej ['Tolkien's concept of mythopoeic fantasy'] - reviewed by - Michał Lesniewski 'M.L.'
- "The Inklings in literature". Reviews of Steve Hillard's Mirkwood: A Novel About Tolkien, David C. Downing's Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel, and James A. Owen's The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica - reviewed by - Tadeusz Andrzej Olszanski 'Halbarad Dúnadan'
- "An oldie for a rainy afternoon". A review of David C. Downing's Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel - reviewed by - Karolina Stopa-Olszanska 'Melinir'