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We've been having some glorious weather here recently.  Although it is a bit too warm for my liking, it is nice to be able to enjoy it and not be panicking about whether there's enough. After the driest April on record last year we've now had the wettest for a hundred years and it shows. The grass is lush and the animals all look exceptionally well. I must find time to take some photos.

The book is still occupying every spare minute. I did meet the deadline for copy but since then I've been working on the bibliography and the footnotes. Now I have the actual page numbers so I'm putting together the index and doing a final check. It's very tedious but must be done as time is pressing. If anyone is interested in pre ordering it is now up on Amazon although the title has an error in the listing and there's no picture yet. It is still early days!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hobbit-Hero-Making-Tolkiens-King/dp/095519007X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338137155&sr=8-1

I've also finished the blurb on the back which was surprisingly difficult to do especially as I had to write a bit about myself. I managed to keep that to a minimum and it helped enormously that I was able to include  my first review! Yay!



 ‘Aragorn’, the hero-king from The Lord of the Rings, is one of the pivotal figures of Tolkien’s mythology, but a detailed study of this popular character has been a notable omission from the spectrum of existing study. It is nearly forty years since Paul Kocher published his sympathetic analysis in The Master of Middle-earth and his has remained one of the most insightful studies available. With the subsequent publication of Tolkien’s letters, numerous versions of The Silmarillion and extensive material pertaining to the legendarium, we have opportunities unavailable to Kocher to further appreciate the character’s role and to explore Tolkien’s own aspirations for his king. By delving into this wealth of material, and returning to some of the principal legends that inspired Tolkien, the author unravels Aragorn’s evolution from the hobbit ‘Trotter’ into a great Númenórean king, and considers the consequences of this unexpected transformation, in particular, examining how Tolkien utilized the character to fulfil some of the more profound functions of his wider mythology. 
 

“This exemplary book places Aragorn in his rightful place as one of the greatest heroes of any mythology. Beautifully researched, clearly written and quite entrancing, in this study Liz has explored in glorious detail her vision of this intriguing character. Whether you are a scholar, an aficionado or one of Tolkien’s millions of ardent fans, Hobbit to Hero is essential reading and will prove invaluable to your understanding of the heroic legendarium.”

Angela Gardner: Black and White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien. 
 

A zoologist and former teacher, Liz rears pedigree sheep and cattle on her farm in the Cotswold Hills of her native Gloucestershire. She first discovered Tolkien as a child when she encountered The Hobbit in the 1960’s, and her enduring fascination with the Professor’s works has led her to write this book.

 

 



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Date: 2012-05-27 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
How thrilling! And I'm sure compiling an accurate index is quite a chore.

Let us know when the Amazon listing is complete!

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I will indeed!

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Date: 2012-05-27 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harrowcatliz.livejournal.com
Sounding great but I am not pre-ordering on Amazon because I hope that I have already preordered a signed copy from the hand of the Author! You have me reaching for the dictionary to check the usage of principle and principal. My room is booked for the 11th. Life should ease up after next weekend so if there is anything that you need help with let me know. Setting up or packing away a speciality.

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
You most certainly do have one reserved for you! Oh lord, I've had to pull out my English usage too. I've run this one past my mum who is an ex English teacher but she is 86 now! I think it should be principal! Quick edit needed!

And thanks for the offer of help, I'll definitely take you up on that one.

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Date: 2012-05-27 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harrowcatliz.livejournal.com
I thought it might be principal in that context but not sure enough to tell you properly. It is one that always trips me up. Now the 'your' that should have been you'll, or even more correctly 'you will' on the packaging for pairs of gardening gloves stocked at a well known supermarket beginning with s stood out a mile! But I am a bit of a nerd that way. Hand written signs in multi-lingual London can make me smile but simple mistakes on hundreds of a product makes me cringe and grind my teeth. BTW I have just finished watching 'the Road' with our friend Viggo on BBC2. Never mind that I have it on DVD. I am both enjoying the sun and hating the heat. There is no pleasing some people is there?

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Date: 2012-05-28 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
It trips me up too [obviously!] and I'm soooooo very glad you raised it as I'd have been cringing about it for a long time if an error like that had slipped through. It's double checking all these sorts of things that's taking the time at the moment.

Ihope you enjoyed The Road. I'm only braved it the once.

And I'm with you on the heat and the sun!

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
It sounds just great! I am melting in the heat.

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I'm melting too! It actually seems worse now than during the day and no end in sight.

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
It seems worse here too. The BBC forecast for my area promises much cooler on Tuesday!

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Date: 2012-05-28 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Same here, Fingers crossed!

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellynn-ithilwen.livejournal.com
Great news! And the summary sounds excellent! :)

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:50 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-05-27 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com
It all looks fascinating - I can see it being very hard work, though.

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Date: 2012-05-28 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! The trouble with Tolkien of course is there are so many names. I did one page yesterday where there were 31 entries for the index!

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Date: 2012-05-27 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estelcontar1.livejournal.com
I can well imagine how lush the grass looks. I hope the weather cools down a bit, and you have some more rain so, though not as much as you had in April.

That is a great blurb, and Angela knows what she's talking about.

I've already pre-ordered it days ago. *g*

I so envy those who can go to Moreton for the autograph day.

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Date: 2012-05-28 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for being my first costumer! It's such a shame you won't be in Moreton. Hopefully it'll be a good day.

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Date: 2012-05-28 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estelcontar1.livejournal.com
It was my pleasure. I needed a copy to tide me over till next year, when I can visit again and lay my hot little handses on my signed copy.

It will be a great day.

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Date: 2012-05-28 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I shall very much look forward to giving you that copy.

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Date: 2012-05-29 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estelcontar1.livejournal.com
And I'm already very much looking forward to getting it.

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Date: 2012-05-28 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzll.livejournal.com
Oooh, you are getting there indeed, how exciting! And that blurb sounds wonderful *G*. It's been sweltering hot here, too, hope it cools down for you all as well. Good luck with all the indexing!

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Date: 2012-05-28 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad the blurb sounds good to you. I was so unsure what to say.

So you have the same weather though I bet you're even hotter than we are!

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Date: 2012-06-01 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessrarities.livejournal.com
It looks fascinating - I'm looking forward to it!!

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Date: 2012-06-05 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vilwarien.livejournal.com
Yay! Congrats! Having just finished my University thesis in English linguistics (although it was only 60 pages), I can half comprehend how you must feel now! But index and bibliopgraphy is just bleurgh. Go, go!
Any plans on having it translated into other languages as well? I'm sure there are quite a few people here in Germany who'd be interested in such a book in their own language (we have Ring*Con, after all).

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Date: 2012-06-05 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you, and congrats on finishing the thesis! Two weeks on I'm still only halfway through the index!

I must admit I haven't given any thought at all to translation. I'll just be glad if it sells in English!

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Date: 2012-06-05 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vilwarien.livejournal.com
Thank you. I'm sure it will sell! I think I could have needed it in my fantasy seminar a few semesters ago. If you ever decide to have it translated...I'm not a professional per se, but I took a few English - German translation courses at my University and I'd be very glad to help in the project. ;)

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Date: 2012-06-05 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for the offer!

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