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Voronwë_the_Faithful wrote:Another "not exactly a review" (and this one also "not in English"), but the Polish online magazine Ancalina has a long interview with me (done in English, but tranlated into Polish), along with translations into Polish of the reviews/essays that were in Beyond Bree about Arda Reconstructed, by Nancy Martsch and Christina Scull, and the responses to Christina's essay that were subsequently printed: http://bezkr.es/bt/ancalima/
And a long excerpt from the interview, in English, has been published in the May 2010 issue of Beyond Bree, pp. 4-7. I predict this will lead to one or more letters in the June or July issues.
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Ya think? ;)
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Finally, I get to comment on another actual review in this thread, rather than repeatedly saying "Not exactly a review, but ... ." ;)

And a very nice review it is, in the May 2010 issue of Amon Hen, the bulletin of The Tolkien Society, by Robert H. Walker. Here's the conclusion:
All in all a wonderful piece of research with many insights into how The Silmarillion was put together by Christopher Tolkien. Quite expensive, but a worthwhile purchase for the Tolkien fan and perhaps essential for the Silmarillion fan.
He also has great praise for Breogan's illustrations, which pleases me very much.
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That's great, Voronwë! And I'm glad of the praise for the illustrations, which are such a fine addition to the book.
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:sunny: That is a very nice thing indeed (the praise for you and for the illustrations)!
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Congrats on the great review, V! May they keep rolling in . . . .

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8) That is nice to see, V... congratulations to both of you!
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Again, not exactly a review, but a pretty significant development.

Arda Reconstructed has been named by the Mythopoeic Society as one of the five finalists for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. Here's the full list of finalists:

Gavin Ashenden, Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration (Kent State, 2008)

Dimitra Fimi, Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Douglas Charles Kane, Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion (Lehigh Univ. Press, 2009)

Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford, 2008)

Elizabeth A. Whittingham, The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth (McFarland, 2008)

I am quite honored to have my book selected amongst such fine company, and to be named along with some of the greatest books in Tolkien and Inklings studies.

For the full list of this years Mythopoeic Awards finalists, see here. For a list of past winners and finalists for the Inkling's Studies award, go here

Congratulations to all the finalists in each category, and good luck to all of them!
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This is wonderful, Voronwë! You have my heartfelt congratulations!

and my squeeing and running in circles :woohoo:
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:bow: :bow: :bow:

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Congrats V!
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Congratulations to all the finalists in each category, and good luck to all of them!
But most especially to one of them. ;)

Great news, V! :foryou:
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Wow! And yay! What an honor - can't wait to hear what happens!
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Thanks folks. I must say I'm pretty flabbergasted about it.
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When will the award be announced? At Mythcon?

And if so, does this mean you're going to Dallas? Or were you already planning on it?
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Yes, the award will be announced at the banquet on Sunday night at Mythcon. Sadly, it looks like I won't be able to make it this year. :(
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:( If that changes, even at the last minute, I hope you'll consider going.
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I'll definitely go if I can, but other committments take precedent.

Besides, I'm fairly sure that the award is going to go to Mr. Ward's book.
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Doesn't mean it wouldn't still be fun (and possibly useful) to be there. :)
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Well, if (when) it doesn't win this year, it will still be eligible to be finalist the following year (and the year after that, too), so I might get another opportunity. (Three of the five finalist this year were holdovers from last year, Ahendon, Ward, and Whittingham.)
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:bow: :woohoo: That is an incredible honor! I truly hope you win! :)

(Oh, I hope, hope, hope you win!!!!)
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