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ORCRIST #9 (2017). THE BULLETIN OF THE TOLKIEN AND FANTASY SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN--MADISON.

ORCRIST #9 (2017). THE BULLETIN OF THE TOLKIEN AND FANTASY SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN--MADISON. 50th Anniversary Issue. Ed. Richard C. West, Lucas Annear, and Jack Mathie. ISSN 0474-3369. $7.00 plus shipping; contact tolkiensocietyuw@gmail.com or visit http://www.southparkbooks.com/.

A LONG WITH THE MYTHOPOEIC SOCIETY, the Tolkien and Fantasy Society at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Originally formed as the Tolkien Society by Ivor Rogers, the group has met on a monthly basis since its founding. Its literary journal, Orcrist, was published more or less annually from 1966 through 1973; Orcrist 8 appeared in 1977. Orcrist 3, 4, and 5 were published as joint issues with Tolkien Journal 11, 13, 14; shortly after that, Tolkien Journal merged into Mythlore. These three joint issues are included in the Mythlore Index Plus.

After a forty-year gap, it is a pleasure to see this special issue. The front and back covers, by Sylvia and Rachel Hunnewell respectively, are quite lovely. There are several other interior illustrations as well. The issue includes a wide variety of content, such as Zuiko Julie Redding's Buddhist meditation on the One Ring and the characters who carry it, Kristin Thompson's account of the research and writing of her The Frodo Franchise (reprinted from TheOneRing.net), Douglas A. Anderson's appreciation of fantasy author Evangeline Walton, Jeanne Gomoll's speculation on the identity of the Entwives, and letters and a review. There are several more scholarly essays as well: Matthew A. Fisher on Smith of Wootton Major as a saint's life is very intriguing; Nelson Goering considers the etymology of Earendil, and Thomas A. DuBois looks at language formation in both Middle-earth and Lewis's Space Trilogy; and Peter Brummel writes about power and evil in The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps most valuable is the transcript of a talk on the acquisition of the Tolkien manuscripts by Marquette (referenced earlier in this issue of Mythlore in Bill Fliss's article), originally given by John Rateliff in 2012 and specially revised with substantial new information for this issue of Orcrist.

Will there be another issue of Orcrist? Or will we have to wait another forty or more years? Richard West's Foreword offers no clues, but judging by this issue it would be quite welcome.

--Janet Brennan Croft

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