Tolkien Journal

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Title: Tolkien Journal
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Tolkien Journal is a gen anthology of reviews, articles and art about J.R.R. Tolkien. For three issues, it was a dual-publication with Orcrist for three issues.

cover of v.2 n.1

Tolkien Journal v.2 no.1 was published in 1966 and contains 11 pages.

Tolkien Journal v.2 no.3 was published in 1966. Richard Plotz, ed. Front coverby Ann Kruger. It contains 15 pages.

  • The Lord of the Rings: A Christian Refounding of the Political Order by Donald Reinken
  • In Samarang by Jerome Z. Litt
  • The Last Song Sung in Lórien

Tolkien Journal v.2 no.4 was published in 1966. Richard Plotz, ed. It contains 15 pages. Front cover by Margie Reasenberg. Back cover by Dave PRestone - "Black Rider."

  • J.R.R. Tolkien (poem) by Julian Davidson
  • The Role of Gollum by Alexis Levitin
  • Song of the Fourth Age by Cathleen Collett
  • Middle-earth Crossword - Names and Genealogy by Scott Smith
  • The Fall of Ugluk by Judy Quinn
  • Letters
  • List of Reviews of The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien Journal v.3 no.1 was published in 1967. Richard Plotz, ed. Titled HAPPY BIRTHDAY J.R.R. TOLKIEN. Front cover by Ann Kruger. It contains 24 pages.

  • Good and Evil in The Lord of the Rings by W.H. Auden (4 pp.)
  • Tolkien as Scholar and Artist by Clyde S. Kilby
  • Science Fiction Fans Salute Tolkien by Edmund R. Meskys
  • A Birthday Menu for Professor Tolkien by Nancy Smith
  • Birthday greetings from Nan Scott, P.L. Travers, Howard Nemerov, Peter Beagle, Albert Vanderburg, Gilles Gerris, George Allen & Unwin, Houghton Mifflin, Ace Books, Ballantine Books
  • Two pages of extracts from readers' reports from Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • extract of first reader's report on The Hobbit from George Allen & Unwin, 1938
cover of v.3 n.2 by Tim Kirk

Tolkien Journal v.3 no.2 was published in 1967 and contains 22 pages. All art is by Tim Kirk. Richard Plotz, ed. Front cover by Tim Kirk - Last Homely House at Rivendell & "The Passage at the Dead Marshes"

  • Maps by Mrs. Howes
  • Editorial by Dick Plotz
  • Solution to Crossword
  • The Elder Ages and the Later Glaciations of the Pleistocene Epoch by Margaret M. Howes
  • List of Tolkien Translations
  • Samwise-Halfwise? or Who is the Hero of The Lord of the Rings by Jan Wojcik, S.J.
  • Letter to the editor (actually to W.H. Auden) critiquing his characterization of Sauron and speculating on the latter's origins
  • Last issue edited by Plotz and includes his resignation and a brief history of the TSA.

Tolkien Journal v.3 no.3 was published in 1968 and contains 15 pages. Edited by Ed Meskys.

  • Editorial by Ed Meskys
  • The Rise of the Lord of the Rings, a Synopsis of Ancient Annals, by Christine Jones
  • On the Singular Incompetence of the Valar, by Burt Randolph
  • Shire Post (letters), by Cory Seldman
  • front cover by Bonnie Bergstrom
  • Back cover by Pierre Fournier
  • Interior art by Vaughn Bode and Tim Kirk
  • Decorated paper cover
cover of issue #10

Tolkien Journal v.3 n.4 (issue 10) was published in Nov 1969 and contains 24 pages. Art is by Steve Fabian, Tim Kirk, and others.

cover of issue #11

Tolkien Journal v.4 n.1 (issue #11) (same as Orcrist #3. It was published in Jan 1970 and contains 24 pages. Editor: Richard West, Art Editor: Glen GoodKnight, front cover: "The Hornberg in Helm's Deep" -- Tim Kirk. Dedication: For Deborah Webster: critic, composer, poet: "who has heard the horns of elfland."

  • "Introduction (editorial) pp. 2-4
  • "The Genre of The Lord of the Rings" -- Alexis Levitin (pp. 4-8, 23)
  • "Contemporary Medieval Authors" -- Richard C. West (pp. 9-10, 15) [on J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and T. H. White]
  • "Hobbits: Common Lens for Heroic Experience" -- David M. Miller (pp. 11-15)
  • "Tolkien and Coleridge" -- Clyde S. Kilby (pp. 16-19) [Rime of the Ancient Mariner]
  • "At the Back of the North Wind: George MacDonald: A Centennial Appreciation" -- Glenn E. Sadler (pp. 20-22)
  • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism, Supplement Two" -- Richard West (pp. 22-23)


  • George Barr - pp. 4, 7, 9, 10
  • Bonnie Bergstrom - pp. 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 24
  • Steve Fabian - p. 3
  • Tim Kirk - pp. 3, 14, 16
  • Bruce McMenomy - pp. 2, 15, 19
  • Diana Paxson - p. 20
  • Bernie Zuber - pp. 12, 13

Tolkien Journal v.4 n.3 (issue #13) (same as Orcrist #4) was published in 1970. Richard C. West, ed., Art Editor: Ivor A. Rogers, front cover: Bilbo and giant spider -- Pete Poplaski, back cover: Nazgul in flight -- Laura Haglund. Dedication: In Memoriam: Francis Christensen: "He was gold that did not rust".

  • "Introduction" (editorial) p. 2
  • "Tolkien and Spiders" -- Bob Mesibov (pp. 3-5)
  • "Errata to Orcrist no. 3" -- The Editor (p. 5)
  • "Progress Report on the Variorum Tolkien" -- Richard C. West (pp. 6-7)
  • "A Dose of Double Dactyls" -- Diverse Hands (pp. 8-10) [Royce Buehler, Carleton W. Carroll, Paulette Carroll, Duane Dobry, William F. Orr, Richard C. West]
  • "Letters" from Lloyd Alexander (16 January 1969) and Bonniejean Christensen (3 December 1968)
  • "Power in The Lord of the Rings" -- Alexis Levitin (pp. 11-14)
  • "Report from the West: Exploitation of The Hobbit" -- Bonniejean Christensen (pp. 15-16) [Don and Fred Bluth musical, Down in Middle Earth]
  • "An Ace Mystery: Did Tolkien Write His Own Retraction?" -- Bonniejean Christensen (p. 16)
  • "The Insurrection of the Toolies from Twee" -- Joe Snow (pp. 17-18)
  • "Satire" -- Paulette Carroll (pp. 19-20) [Free University course on fantasy]
  • "A Proposal for a Doctoral Dissertation in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison" -- Deborah Webster Rogers (pp. 21-23) [dissertation on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis; proposal accepted 19 May 1970]
  • Illustrations by: Laura Haglund, Pete Poplaski, Ivor Rogers and Deborah Webster, Sr.

Tolkien Journal v.4 v.4 (issue 14) Same as Orcrist 5. It was published in 1971. Richard C. West, ed., Art Editor: Ivor A. Rogers, front cover: "Mirkwood" -- etching by George D. Asdell, back cover: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony" -- illustration by Deborah Webster, Sr. Dedication: For Duane and Peggy Jo Dobry: "Shire-folk from the science culture."

  • "Errata to Orcrist no. 4" -- The Editor (p. 2)
  • "Introduction" (editorial) (p. 2)
  • "Eschata for Charles Williams" -- Jared Lobdell (p. 3)
  • "The Critics, and Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis: Reviews" -- Richard C. West (pp. 4-9) [reviews of:
  • "William Ready, The Tolkien Relation (Regnery, 1968)
  • "Lin Carter, Tolkien: A Look Behind THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Ballantine, 1969)
  • "Gracia Fay Ellwood, Good News from Tolkien's Middle Earth: Two Essays on the "Applicability" of THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Eerdmans, 1970)
  • "Neil D. Isaacs and Rose A. Zimbardo, eds. Tolkien and the Critics: Essays on J. R. R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS (University of Notre Dame Press, 1969)
  • "Mark R. Hillegas, Shadows of Imagination: The Fantasies of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams (Southern Illinois University Press, 1969)
  • "Catharine R. Stimpson, J. R. R. Tolkien (Columbia University Press, 1969)
  • "Peter Kreeft, C. S. Lewis: A Critical Essay (Eerdmans, 1969)
  • "Nathan Comfort Starr, C. S. Lewis's TILL WE HAVE FACES: Introduction and Commentary (Seabury Press, 1968)
  • "William Luther White, The Image of Man in C. S. Lewis (Abingdon Press, 1969)
  • "Clyde S. Kilby, A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis (Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1969)
  • "C. S. Lewis, Narrative Poems, ed. Walter Hooper (Geoffrey Bles, 1969)
  • "C. S. Lewis, Selected Literary Essays, ed. Walter Hooper (Cambridge University Press, 1969) ]
  • "The Lay of Beren and Luthien" -- musical setting by Laura Haglund (p. 10)
  • "An Interpretation of Gollum" -- Stephen A. Gottlieb (pp. 11-12)
  • "Moot Point" -- letter from Edward Felipe (5 March 1971) (p. 13)
  • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism, Supplement Three" -- Richard C. West (pp. 14-15)
  • Other, untitled illustrations by: Danny Frolich (pp. 7, 11, 13); Laura Haglund (p. 5); Pete Poplaski (pp. 8, 9, 12); Ivor Rogers (p. 4)