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Interpretations and readings of J.R.R. Tolkien's work are as numerous and diverse as leaves on a tree.
You will find in this section our survey of the most important of these critical interpretations, that have been published in English or French, as well as a few reflections on his books: on the importance of nature, of translation, of reading...
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  • Studies on Tolkien ~ English

    A survey of scholarship and studies worthy of note on J.R.R. Tolkien in English, and up to 2007. Compiled by David Bratman, independent library consultant and co-editor of the journal Tolkien Studies.

  • Studies on Tolkien ~ French

    A survey of the first fifty years of scholarship and studies on J.R.R. Tolkien in French, following the original publication of The Lord of the Rings in 1954 up to 2004, with a post-scriptum on a few books published within the last decade.

  • Translating Tolkien

    Vincent Ferré, in charge of the translation into French of J.R.R. Tolkien's works for Christian Bourgois éditeur, describes in this article - in collaboration with Daniel Lauzon and David Riggs - the peculiar difficulties that arise in the attempt to translate J.R.R. Tolkien's works, and the complexities of such a translation into French in particular.

  • Discussion with Christian Bourgois

    In this interview (2003), the late Christian Bourgois explains the reasons why he came to publish the first translation of "The Lord of the Rings" into French, while Tolkien was then little known in France, in 1972.

  • Tolkien and Nature

    Patrick Curry, author of “Defending Middle-earth”, explores in this article J.R.R. Tolkien's deep feeling for nature, how this transpires in his work, its relevance in our modern world and the ecological challenges that we face every day.

  • Tolkien and Philology

    Prof. Tom Shippey, himself a medievalist and a philologist, author of The Road to Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, defines comparative philology and explains its importance for J.R.R. Tolkien's literary works.

  • Reading J.R.R. Tolkien

    Maxime Hortense Pascal, novelist and poet, presents us here a personal and poetic interpretation of the profound effect of J.R.R. Tolkien's work upon the reader; shining an oblique light on the relation between readers and the act of reading, writers and the act of writing.

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