rticles and essays
- The Silmarillion. On the Sense of Looking for a Canon of Tolkien's Legendarium - Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.'
The words "canonical" and "uncanonical" appear both in Internet discussions and in scholarly essays on
Tolkien and his legendarium. However, there is no objective reason for such labelling. Especially in
the case of the texts belonging to the Silmarillion, it is the result of either subjective choice or
opportunistic assumption that The Silmarillion is canonical. The essay shows that the book published
in 1977 should not be treated as canonical, and questions any chance - and need - of constructing
the canonical version of the Silmarillion. The author is convinced, however, that The Silmarillion
should be corrected and appended, and that there is need for collections of texts drawn from the
legendarium, arranged by subject. One thing should be kept in mind, though - these would be choices,
- Please Read to Me, Mom… The Child in the Land of The Lord of the Rings - Zofia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'
Drawing on her own childhood memories, the Author tries to answer some questions touching on
the problem of child versus Tolkien's books, e.g. if the fact that The Lord of the Rings is
not addressed to children means that they should not be acquainted with it or what is the best
form of the first contact with Tolkien's books.
- A Chronology of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands Part II- Łukasz Zarzycki 'Thoronnil'
A continuation of the chronology showing the events since the awakening of the
Trees up to the beginning of the First Age of the Sun.
- Spelling Problems in Translating the Names of Tolkien's Sentient Races - Marek Gumkowski
The issue of the Polish spelling of "Elves", "Dwarves", and "Hobbits"
is quite important as there is much chaos in the Polish translations; the form chosen implies the place
of the given race in Tolkien's universe and shows the difference between Tolkien's inventions and creatures
known from fairy-tales.
- The Kalevala and Tolkien, Tolkien and The Kalevala- Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir'
The influence of The Kalevala, the national Finnish epic, on Tolkien's writings
is unquestionable. It is found in Quenya borrowings from Finnish grammar and vocabulary, and in Tolkien's
indebtedness to Finnish literary plots. In some cases it is very clear, e.g. Túrin's story is unmistakably
based on that of Kullervo and the Silmarils are modelled on Sampo - both the artifact and the symbol;
in other cases similarities are less visible, like in the song contest between Sauron and Felagund,
where one can find traces of the duel between Väinämöinen and Joukahainen. The Author discusses also The
Does Tolkien's Work Belong to the Fantasy Genre? - Anna Adamczyk 'Nifrodel'
The Author starts an interesting discussion on the legitimacy of classifying
The Lord of the Rings as a fantasy novel, by presenting various classifications of the books
and pointing out the methodological chaos found in handbooks on the theory of literature.
- A. Szyjewski's Od Valinoru do Mordoru. Świat mitu a religia w dziele Tolkiena ('From Valinor to Mordor. Myth and religion in Tolkien's work') - Tadeusz A. Olszański 'Halbarad Dúnadan'
It is the largest Polish monograph of Tolkien's mythology and its aim is to
show Tolkien's world against a large background of Finnish and Indo-European myths
(including Persian and Indian ones). The Author's knowledge is impressive, but marred by
numerous errors, stemming from basing his analyses on translations instead of original texts.
Szyjewski discusses a wide spectrum of issues, from fate and tragedy to the mythic role of
time and space, referring all the time to the theory of myth formulated by Mircea Eliade. The
main fault of the book is its treatment of Tolkien's work as one of the "natural" mythological
traditions, and of Tolkien himself as a specialist in religious studies and not a writer and
anfiction and poetry
translation: Agnieszka Sylwanowicz
- The Follower - 'Ivanneth'
The closing part of a story of a young Fingon, who, sent to live with his uncle, finds Feanor's court a strange place and forms a close friendship with Maedhros.
The issue also contains the second part of a unique Polish-Quenya phrase book, prepared by a Quenya specialist,
Dominika Kurek 'Elanor',
A comic series based on the film The Lord of the Rings titled "Scenes from the life of Lolves" by Izabela Kamińska 'Elenai'
and a selection of beautiful poetry by Avari,
Nifrodel and Anita Weber 'Valhalla' .
There is poem about Losgar and about Tirion tower: by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' and The Laiquendi Song by Anna Adamczyk 'Nifrodel', and also one poem about the Missing - by 'Valhalla'
There are also riddles and noteworthy events in 2005.
eviews and interviews
- An interview with Prof. Adam Ziółkowski - Michał Leśniewski 'M.L'
- Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger prism -Verlyn Flieger, Splintered Light. Logos and Language in Tolkien's World -review by Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind'
- Of a Key with no Power to Unlock Untangling Tolkien. A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord od the Rings Michael Perry -review by - Bożena Mitko 'Nellelórë'
- Another Failed Attempt argues with A. Adamczyk's article from Aiglos No 1 Thomism. Another approach to the analysis of Tolkien's Universe' -review by - Cezary Karolczak 'Meneldur'
- Tempting or stupefying?I. Smadja's Le Seigneur des Anneaux ou la tentation du mal) -review by - Anna Adamczyk 'Nifrodel'
- 'Katarzyna Karina Chmiel 'Kasiopea':
Aiglos logo, And the Orcs fled before his face, Celebrimbor and Sauron,"The Polemics" It is a purely visual polemics with T. A. Olszański's article from Aiglos No 2 Are Tolkien's Characters Two-Dimensional?, Cousins, ilustration for The Follower
- Toni-Marie Hudson:
okładka - Nazgul flee crick hollow, Luthien and Huan, Nimrodel;
- 'Małgorzata Pudlik 'Marigold':
Burning the ships
- 'Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir':
ilustrations for The Follower, Brothers
- Jenny Dolfen
- Izabela Kamińska 'Elenai':
Elf women (back cover);
- Tadzio Stanecki:
- Ekaterina Shemyak:
Curufin, Turin Turambar, Pukel, Elwing
- Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari':
ornaments and plaitwork
- Matylda Tomaszewska 'Maniaiel':
- Maciek Wygnański 'Isilion' :