September 22, 2014 by Anthony Burdge
For Immediate Release:
HAPPY BILBO AND FRODO’S BIRTHDAY! We are happy to announce on this glorious day of Hobbit celebrations and during Tolkien week, a new Tolkien fan anthology. See below for all the details!
Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial
A New Tolkien Fan Anthology
Purpose: Selected essays from Parma Nole: Journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society that are being brushed up and republished alongside new solicited essays. Additionally, this collection will contain previously unpublished lectures, critical (and non-critical) essays, interviews & reviews. Depending upon the amount of accepted contributions this collection may extend beyond one volume.
Many may know that we are the organizers behind The New York/Northeast Tolkien Society (Smial of the Tolkien Society UK) and had to place it on extended hiatus due to our writing commitments.
During the society’s heyday we published a fanzine that had some incredible contributions. We are selecting a few of those articles, since they have not been seen since their publication (the journal is no longer in circulation) and having the authors revisit and expand upon their essay.
One example is from the author Melissa Gibson, who wrote “He Who Would Be First Must Be Last: Tolkien’s Heroism in Lord of the Rings,” which this essay was her first published article in a 2003 issue of the Journal of the New York Tolkien Society.
We are also seeking well written new articles to cover several topics, please read the following if you wish to contribute to this volume.
Proposed Sections: Critical Papers, Fan Essays, Film Topics, Fandom, Interviews & Reviews
We are seeking critical papers that further Tolkien & The Inklings research and study. Please query us with your topic and abstract.
Non-Critical Essays: Not a scholar? No worries. If you would like to write about your love of Tolkien send us your topic of choice and a paragraph about the essay.
Are you a member of, or created a Tolkien centered community? Tell us all about it
Why Tolkien? Write about your love of Tolkien and why his work is important to you.
Cosplay: Do you cosplay a particular character, or characters? Why? How did you go about it? Why is it important to you to portray a Tolkien oriented character?
Has Tolkien inspired your own artwork, illustrations, pottery, or artistic endeavor. Write about your work, if you are an illustrator we will consider publishing images of your work.
Music, are you a minstrel of Middle-earth and create songs and music that are centered in Tolkien’s world, tell us all about it
Independent Filmmaker? Were you involved in an independent Tolkien oriented film? For example, look for Born Of Hope online. We are accepting papers about your past or future Tolkien centered film project
Gaming: Do you play Lord of the Rings Online? Table Top or Role Playing Games? Write about your passion for these games and why you love them
The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Films by Peter Jackson.
Are you a long time fan of Tolkien’s work or did you come to Tolkien’s world via the films? What are your thoughts on the films? Book to film comparisons are welcome. We realize the third Hobbit film opens in December 2014 and are open to an overall critique of the three films after you have seen the third film. Please query us with your topic
Interviews: We are seeking interviews with authors, scholars, actors, filmmakers that have had a part in the field of Tolkien. If you would like to interview someone, and have experience in this, then send us a query. We are willing to help with questions and focus if need be.
Reviews: Have you reviewed (or wish to review) a book, film, or product that was created that is Tolkien based? Let us know.
How to Contribute:
Send your query with the subject heading “FORGOTTEN LEAVES.” to
In the body of your email describe to us the topic and detailed proposal.
We are very active on email so we will either accept or deny your proposal almost immediately.
Upon acceptance, the author is expected to complete their project by Tolkien’s birthday January 3rd 2015.
A March 2015 publication is expected.
Accepted authors will receive one contributor copy of FORGOTTEN LEAVES, and a percentage off (TBD) purchase of additional copies through Myth Ink Books.
The Editors of Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial Anthony Burdge & Jessica Burke have contributed to numerous Tolkien publications,and lectures, including but not limited to Translating Tolkien, Tolkien and Modernity, The JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia, & The Mirror Crack’d: Fear and Horror in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Major Works. They have lectured on Tolkien and the Inklings at MythCon, Holy Family University, StonyBrook University, St. Luke in the Fields and have organized Tolkien centered events since 2002. They are the 4th recipient of the “Beyond Bree,” 2005 Award In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Study of JRR Tolkien.