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"Turgon (David E. Smith) [aka Douglas A. Anderson]"

N.E. Brigand
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May 17, 2:29am

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I've been browsing the bilbliographies of two books that just arrived after I ordered them last week at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held each year at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and featuring a Tolkien track for more than 15 years: Tolkien and Alterity (2017), a collection edited by Christopher Vaccaro (who sometimes posts here as Istar Indigo and whose University of Vermont students sometimes post here as part of a classroom exercise) and Yvette Kisor, and Tolkien, Self and Other: "This Queer Creature" (2016), a monograph by Jane Chance.

In the latter book's list of works cited, this entry stood out for me:

Turgon (David E. Smith) [aka Douglas A. Anderson]. Ed. The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader. Cold Springs Harbor, NY: Cold Springs Books, 2004.

Turgon's other writing includes a number of contributions to TORN's "Green Books" section from 1999 through 2005. However, as far as I knew, his true identity as the author of The Annotated Hobbit and other well-known Tolkien scholarship was not previously public knowledge. Am I mistaken?

Treason doth neuer prosper? What's the Reason?
for if it prosper none dare call it treason.


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N.E. Brigand
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May 17, 2:46am

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And she mentioned that her paper was part of a longer piece that would be forthcoming in the next volume of Tolkien Studies, among whose co-editors, as it happens, used to be Douglas Anderson. He stepped aside a few years ago (visit Tolkien and Fantasy or one of his five other blogs to see what he's been up to, including a lot of publishing as well as curating the book reviews at the online Journal of Tolkien Research), and his co-editors, Michael Drout and Verlyn Flieger, were joined by David Bratman. Later on the day of Chance's presentation, as it happens, Bratman announced the contents of Tolkien Studies 15 to his blog; they are:

Articles
----Nicole duPlessis, "'Changed, Changed Utterly': The Implications of Tolkien's Rejected Epilogue to The Lord of the Rings"
----Tom Hillman, "These Are Not the Elves You're Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of the Elves"
----Jane Chance, "Tolkien's Classical Beowulf and England's Heroic Age"
----Chiara Bertoglio, "Dissonant Harmonies: Tolkien's Musical Theodicy"

Notes and Documents
----Stuart D. Lee, "'Tolkien in Oxford' (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction"
----Janet Brennan Croft, "Doors into Elf-mounds: J.R.R. Tolkien's Introductions, Prefaces, and Forewords"
----Denham, Robert D., compiler, "References to J.R.R. Tolkien in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye"

Book Reviews
----The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, revised and expanded edition, by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, reviewed by Jason Fisher
----Beren and L˙thien, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, reviewed by Sherwood Smith
----There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien, by Verlyn Flieger, reviewed by Alyssa House-Thomas
----The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, by Amy Amendt-Raduege, reviewed by Robert Steed
----J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet, by Julian Eilmann, reviewed by Jay Rimmer
----The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, & Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain, edited by S°rina Higgins, reviewed by John D. Rateliff

----David Bratman, Jason Fisher, John William Houghton, John Magoun, Robin Anne Reid, "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2015"

----David Bratman, "Bibliography (In English) for 2016"

Treason doth neuer prosper? What's the Reason?
for if it prosper none dare call it treason.


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squire
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May 17, 2:53am

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I note from your links that 'Turgon' was active as TORn's scholarly voice from 1999 to about 2005. Maybe it was a phase that Anderson went through when online identities were more problematic for academics and independent scholars?



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VoronwŰ_the_Faithful
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May 17, 3:59pm

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Looking through "Turgon's bookshelf" one is the items is "Q&A with Douglas A. Anderson."

http://greenbooks.theonering.net/...files/091503_01.html

Is he really having a conversation with himself? I'm not convinced.

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'

The Hall of Fire


N.E. Brigand
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May 17, 6:28pm

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Smith interrogating Anderson? [In reply to] Can't Post

"It seems that you've been living two lives."

Could somebody Photoshop his face onto an image of Hugo Weaving confronting Keanu Reeves?

Treason doth neuer prosper? What's the Reason?
for if it prosper none dare call it treason.


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