rticles and essays
- Reflections on the Good in Tolkien’s Legendarium - Catherine Karina Chmiel 'Kasiopea'
When Tolkien's works are discussed, it is usually the problem of evil which attracts the most of the writers' attention. The author of this essay decided to pay hers to the problem of good, analysing its foundations and nature, and the choices made by Tolkien's characters. She poses the question of why good, although so often perceived as boring in Tolkien's works, can at the same time be so attractive to the readers.
- The Arts and Crafts Movement and J.R.R. Tolkien: Middle-earth Imagery and the Philosophy of Craft - Ty Rosenthal 'Tyellas'
Tolkien’s illustrations, depicting Middle-earth, clearly show that the artist was influenced by the British Arts and Crafts Movement. The essay contains a discussion of Tolkien’s education and achievements in the field of visual arts; a comparison of Tolkien’s artwork to important Arts and Crafts works; and, finally, an analysis of the similarities between Arts and Crafts philosophy and the way in which Tolkien himself presented art and crafts in Middle-earth – from the Silmarils to the hithlain rope.
- The Khazads or a Small Compendium of Knowledge about Dwarves - Anna Adamczyk 'Nifrodel'
The author analyses the evolution of the concept of Dwarves in Tolkien’s legendarium. She presents the general characteristics of the Khazads: their average height and life expectancy, the clothes and the customs of both men and women. She also tackles the issue of reincarnation in the House of Durin.
- The Life of a Hobbit is One Long Journey. The Hero and His Quest in the Lord of the Rings - Przemysław Szulc 'Freyr'
The essay’s author attempts to investigate the presence of heroic myth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic. The subject of the detailed analysis, based on the theories of Joseph Campbell, is the life of Frodo Baggins. The life lot of the Ringbearer has been confronted with the three-part scheme of a mythological hero’s quest, worked out by the American expert on religions and myths. The text presents both those elements of the Hobbit’s wanderings which are in agreement with the model and those which divert from it or even directly oppose it.
- Perverts with Pointed Ears? - Marcin Morawski 'Lomendil'
The essay shows how the Elves of medieval texts, which were of professional interest to Tolkien, could have influenced his Quendi. The author draws the readers’ attention to the Anglo-Saxons and the Scandinavian peoples’ ambiguous attitudes to the Elves, perceived as both dangerous and beautiful. This perception finds its reflection in literature and language.
anfiction and poetry
Translated by: Katarzyna Karina Chmiel 'Kasiopea'
- If Women Had Ruled Middle-earth - by Mouse
The Ladies’ Circle in the Halls of Mandos, or what can Elf-women’s conversations be about? Surely about those irritating clusters of flaws, colloquially called men.
- The Tale - Karolina-Stopa Olszańska 'Melinir’
A short, stylish (and somewhat non-canonical) vignette abort the forging of Feanor’s first sword and the departure of Nerdanel, and the reactions of the Elf himself, the inhabitants of Tirion and the family of Mahtan to the event.
- A Glimmer of Pearly Light - Michał Lesniewski 'M.L.’
Finrod Felagund’s musings over the grave of an anonymous Man.
The issue contains a Report from the Tolkien2005 Convention in Birmingham, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, written by Piotr Korczyc 'Sarnond’.
A comic strip, being a continuation of the series Scenes from the Lives of Lolves by Izabela Kamińska 'Elenai'
And finally there is a selection of poetry by by Avari , Nifrodel and Katarzyna Staniewska 'Elring’. Tolkien news from Poland and abroad, and Tolkien riddles.
eviews and interviews
- Interview with Professor Verlyn Flieger -by Anna Adamczyk 'Nifrodel’
- The Reply to Mr. Olszański prof. Andrzej Szyjewski
- The “Silly Know-It-All” Replies (to His Readers) -Tadeusz A. Olszański 'Halbarad Dúnadan'
- From an Earthly Tragedy to the Divine Comedy (review of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Author of the Century by T.A. Shippey) -review by - Bożena Mitko 'Nellelóre'
- ...the converging and mutually excluding versions guarantee the researchers' frustration... (review of Interrupted Music by Verlyn Flieger) -review by -Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind HS Took'
- A Seriously Academic Take on Tolkien. Trying to Assess Tolkien Studies. An Annual Scholarly Review -review by -Michał Lesniewski 'M.L.'
- 'Katarzyna Karina Chmiel 'Kasiopea':
The Aiglos logo, Maeglin Prince of Gondolin, fanfiction illustrations;
- Andrzej Masianis:
The Grey Pilgrim, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields, The Return of the King;
- 'Karolina Stopa-Olszańska 'Melinir':
Bilbo, Feanor, Nerdanel and Maitimo, fanfiction illustrations;
- Luis F. Bejarano
Cover art, Glamhoth, Eol;
- Izabela Kamińska 'Elenai':
Comic strip Ecthelion and the Fall of Gondolin;
- Peter Price::
Beren Leaves Menegroth; Eol, Aredhel and Maeglin;
- Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' :
back cover, ornaments and borders
- Maciek Wygnański 'Isilion' :
Thorin and Roak, Eöl