Author: Marie Bretagnolle

Francis Mosley and The Silmarillion – a talk in video

As I wrote about here, my paper was selected for the Tolkien Society Seminar 2020. The overall theme of the event was “Adapting Tolkien”, which could hardly be more fitting for my research. I took this opportunity to focus on a lesser-known illustrated book in my PhD corpus: The Silmarillion…

Interview with Alan Lee (BnF, 6 February 2020) – part 2

The document below is a transcription of the interview with Alan Lee I hosted for the French national Library on 6 February 2020. The interview was filmed and is available on YouTube here: If you missed Part 1 and the introduction in which I explained my transcription process, you can…

Interview with Alan Lee (BnF, 06/02/2020) – part 1

The document below is a transcription of the interview with Alan Lee I hosted for the French national Library on 6 February 2020. The interview was filmed and is available on YouTube here: Two interpreters translated our talk live for the audience and I want to underline that they did…

Tolkien in books: the BnF exhibition catalogues

To accompany the Tolkien exhibition, the French national Library (BnF) has published not just one, but two catalogues: a “black” version, the most complete, and a “white” version, with fewer pages. The “black” catalogue, even if it doesn’t reproduce all the artworks featuring in the exhibition, is a beautiful companion…

Interview with Alan Lee at the BnF – 6th February 2020

The cycle of conferences at the French national Library came to a close on Thursday 6th February with an interview of Alan Lee. I had the honour and great pleasure of hosting the interview which was filmed and broadcast live. You can now watch it to your heart’s content here…

An update on public speaking

Things seem to have accelerated in the past weeks. This summer I gave my very first conference as a PhD student, and in the past month I’ve given two more, in wildly different contexts. Each time was an occasion to learn I am grateful for. In my hometown, I am…

Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day Five

Even the best things have to end, and it was finally time for a last morning of conferences. I treated myself to a workshop in the first part of the morning, because talks on Tolkien and politics or religion, though interesting, would not help directly my thesis, before the last…

Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day Four

After most of the stress had left me on Friday at 11.30 (see previous episode), I was finally enjoying myself immensely, but sadly it made time fly by. Saturday went by in a delightful rush of talks. Tsvetelina Krumova. Ten Years of Books in TengwarTsvetelina Krumovais an artist calligrapher (whose…

Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day Two

Day Two started at 9.00 with a missed opportunity: one of the talks I was most excited about (“Clothing in Tolkien’s world and what we can see through its historical analysis” by Ester Torredelforth) was scheduled in one of the smaller rooms and when I arrived it was already full…

Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day One

Since coming back from Birmingham (and surviving a nightmare of a return journey), I’ve tried to find the words to write a report about these five days of conferences, friendship and general Tolkien extravaganza. Some people have been a lot more successful at this task: Marcel Aubron-Bülles, The Tolkienist: Tolkien…

Highlights from Ted Nasmith’s illustrated Silmarillion

[version française ci-dessous] During Nanowrimo last November, one of my goals was to re-read The Silmarillion in Ted Nasmith’s illustrated edition and study the pictures as I went, so that the text would be fresh in my mind and I wouldn’t let an important detail slip unnoticed. Here you will…

Progress report : November. Numbers and deadlines.

In November, I was inspired by Nanowrimo and set myself the goal of writing 30,000 words. Initially I was hoping for 50,000, but it would have been counterproductive and I did not want to trade quality for quantity. I started on November 5th and happily met my deadline 29 days…

An introduction to Ted Nasmith’s illustrated Silmarillion

The end of October was devoted to a close reading of the Silmarillion illustrated by Ted Nasmith. I only had a dim memory of the book, having read it years ago in its French translation, in a couple of days, absorbing every new name as quickly as I forgot them.…

Illustrating the dragon in Tolkien’s Hobbit: artistic agency and the reader’s reception

This article is written for specialists of Tolkien’s works but not necessarily of its illustrations. It is meant to be published in journals such as Mythlore, Tolkien Studies or the Journal of Tolkien research, exploring the literary dimension of Tolkien’s works. Readers of The Hobbit may be unfamiliar with some…
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