rticles and essays
- The Man Who Was Fortunate Neither In Hairdos Nor In Happy Ends - 'Kasiopea'
He was not fortunate in the Rings of Power. He was not fortunate in happy ends. Nor in portraits. In spite of this, or perhaps thanks to this, the character of Boromir II, Denethor’s son, continues to intrigue the readers and stir up their interest. What kind of man was he? What was his role in Gondor? What happened at Parth Galen? The author poses many questions and looks for answers, concentrating primarily on the issue of heroic death and forgiveness.
- Antiphons In Rivendell And Dark Mattins – Or Tolkien, Elves, And the Roman Liturgy - Marcin Morawski 'Lómendil'
The text concerns musical and liturgical inspirations in Tolkien’s works. The author refers the reader to the Gregorian chant and the Latin ritual, so much liked and appreciated by Tolkien, and reveals more than inspirations – possible models of the poems found in The Lord of the Rings. Also, drawing on the Roman Catholic tradition, he also shows possible Marian inspirations in the creation of the character of Varda.
- The Functions Of The Dialogue In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings - Urszula Lip
The article discusses the functions of the dialogue in fantasy novels on the example of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The author shows the role of the dialogue in the creation of the fictional world and in the defining or breaking the literary convention. She also presents the issue of the characters’ individualization by their utterances, which may evoke emotions and be a source of humour.
- The First Tolkien ScholarsTadeusz Andrzej Olszański 'Halbarad Dúnadan'
The article concerns the oldest critical books on J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, especially The Lord of the Rings, by C.S. Kilby and R. Helms, and shows that in spite of the passage of time those books are still valid.
- The Silmarillion – The Revised Edition - Janina Stasiszyn 'Míriel Mirima'
The author shares her experiences, as an editor with the Polish publishing house Amber, with the editing of the edition of The Silmarillion prepared by Christopher Tolkien 30 years after the first edition was published. She explains what and how and why, while introducing Christopher Tolkien’s alterations, was changed in the old Polish translation in order to adjust the spelling of the names to the original spelling and to mend some minor errors in Maria Skibniewska’s translation.
- The Children of Húrin. Remarks On The Publication Of The New Book by J.R.R. Tolkien - Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind HS Took' and Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.'
A new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin, was published in April 2007 in Great Britain and U.S.A., and in May in Poland. The article is an attempt to analyse the method of the composition of the book; the authors discuss the rules Christopher Tolkien adopted for the reconstruction of the text, they try to show which fragments it is made of and which of them are new, and they also try to assess the reconstruction from the point of view of its correctness and as a story. They show its merits and flaws, as well as try to define its target audience.
anfiction and poetry
Translated by: Agnieszka Sylwanowicz 'Evermind HS Took'
- "Both Beholden" - Dwimordene
The first step in any journey is letting go of what you're holding onto. Boromir, contemplating kings, discovers he's not the only one who needs to make that step.
- "From The Archives of Michel Delving Messenger Service" - Zofia Stanecka 'Nasturcja Gamgee'
A fragment of Rose Cotton’s notebook.
The issue contains a comic strip, being a continuation of the series Scenes from the Lives of Lolves "The History Is Wtitten by The Winners" by Izabela Kamińska 'Elenai'
There is a selection of poetry by by Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari' , Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel' and Piotr Kaniewski 'Ring' and Katarzyna Staniewska 'Elring', as well as Tolkien news from Poland and beyond, and Tolkien riddles.
eviews and interviews
- Interview with Tomas Alan Shippey - by Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska 'Nifrodel' (translated by Bożena Mitko 'Nellelórë')
- The J.R.R Tolkien Companion and Guide by Christina Scull i Wayne G. Hammond - reviewed by Michał Leśniewski 'M.L.'
- The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings by David Colbert - reviewed by Adam Oberski 'Adamob'
- J.R.R Tolkien Encyclopedia. Scholarschip and Critical Assessment ed. by Michael D.C. Drout - reviewed by Marcin Morawski 'Lómendil'