ON JULIAN EILMANN'S J.R.R. TOLKIEN: ROMANTICIST AND POET, REVIEWED BY KRIS SWANK IN MYTHLORE #132.
With regard to the typos in Julian Eilmann's J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet, as the person responsible for the "last minute proofreading" (see "Series Editors' Preface") I can shed some light on situation. These are probably the result of the English translation being done "in a very short amount of time" (p iii)--which, by the way, is a nice readable translation.
But first I must say that I consider J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet to be a very important contribution to Tolkien studies, on a par with Garth and Drout. Every serious Tolkien scholar should read this. It is not an easy read, in part because many English readers are not familiar with the core works of German Romanticism, and may require repeated study. But influence and scholarship does not--should not--stop at national borders. Eilmann demonstrates beyond any doubt (I am tempted to say "with German thoroughness") that Tolkien was influenced by German Romanticism, especially through the conduits of coleridge and MacDonald, and especially in his early writing. I would also suggest, though Eilmann barely touches on it, that Tolkien may have encountered Romanticist ideas through the back door of his studies in philology and folklore, too, because the Germans were the leading scholars in these fields. (Tolkien read German, and his library held studies in German.)
I cannot recommend J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet highly enough to Mythopoeic Society members.
Now, as to the typos: Dr. Eilmann sent me a PDF copy of his manuscript in connection with a study which I was doing. As I read I noticed some typos, and after a time informed Eilmann about them, which he agreed to correct. I did not realize how soon the manuscript was to going to press. I stopped to read MacDonald's Phantastes in the midst of Eilmann's book. As a result the corrections for the latter part of the book did not reach the editors before press time. But they will be corrected in the second edition.
Julian Eilmann and Friedehelm Schneidewind are the co-editors of Walking Tree's forthcoming Music in Middle-earth and Beyond.
NANCY MARTSCH is is the editor of Beyond Bree, newsletter of the J.R.R. Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa. A long-time Tolkien enthusiast, she has given talks and published articles on Tolkien, and co-edited Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 2018|
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