Announcing David Rowe’s ‘The Proverbs of Middle-earth’
Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce David Rowe’s The Proverbs of Middle-earth, scheduled to be released later this year.
Proverbs are ships in which wisdom sails.
On his great Tree of Tales, it is the leaves – the tiny details – in which J.R.R. Tolkien took greatest delight. Because of this, one of the ways in which his Middle-earth legendarium is unparalleled in English literature is that its diverse peoples and cultures each possess their own fully-formed wisdom traditions, comprised of songs, poems, and – the focus of this study – over 300 original proverbs.
From the great sea to the land of shadow, from wizards to rustic gaffers, The Proverbs of Middle-earth will provide an in-depth exploration of the wisdom traditions of Middle-earth, investigating the degree to which Tolkien’s proverbs not only delight and instruct, but also bring revelatory “inner reality” to his created world.
David is a US-based Englishman (and erstwhile resident of New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Scotland, before he married a Lebanese-American) who first read The Lord of the Rings at the age of seven and has been re-reading it ever since. He is a farmer-cum-teacher-cum-musician, cuts his own hair, and is a committed utiliser of the Oxford Comma. He tweets at @TolkienProverbs.
“In investigating Tolkien’s proverbs, I feel like Alice, falling down the rabbit-hole, or Mary Poppins, reaching into her carpet bag: the deeper I go, the more there has been to discover. It has been said that Middle-earth is so deeply satisfying because “you can ask a question about it, and you’ll get an answer; and if you ask a question about the question, or a question about the answer, then you’ll get more answers.” This is exactly what I have been doing over the past four years, and along the way I have marvelled at the sheer magnitude of thoughtful detail Tolkien put into his peoples and their cultures; how much effort he put into facets of his work that few ever notice. I invite you to come and discover them too!” ~ David Rowe
“I was intrigued by the idea of looking at the cultures of Middle-earth through the lens of their proverbs. This book will enrich and enhance our understanding of phrases often heard and said, deepening our love of this world. David has done a beautiful job in giving us a unique way to experience the lore we all love so much and I’m sure that fans will love having this book on their shelf.” ~ Lara Sookoo, publisher
Oloris Publishing Acquires Silver Leaves Journal
Via Lily Milos of Middle-earth News:
As The White Tree Fund closes its doors, the Silver Leaves Journal finds a new home.
Oloris Publishing is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Silver Leaves, formerly the official journal of The White Tree Fund. On January 16, 2013, the announcement was made that The White Tree Fund was closing its doors. “It was a tough decision to make but I think it’s the right one for me. It was an adventure of the heart and I’m eternally grateful to the amazing people who joined me on it,” says Lara Sookoo, founder of the charitable organization.
For eight years the organization enthusiastically raised awareness and funds for various causes. Inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, in particular the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sookoo founded The White Tree Fund as a way for the Tolkien community to give back to the world in which they live. “The theme of ‘fellowship’ is very strong in the books,” observed Sookoo. It was that sense of fellowship that carried over to the publication of the Silver Leaves Journal.
The mission of the Silver Leaves Journal was twofold: to raise funds for The White Tree Fund and to give members of the Tolkien community in particular, and the fantasy community in general, a place to publish regardless of their status. The response was incredible. Highly visible and established authors and artists freely offered their works for publication, as well as, first time authors and artists. With the focus on the love of fellowship, not the person, the journal has enjoyed a rich and varied content that is highly respected.
Oloris Publishing will continue with the same high ideals, so fans of Silver Leaves need not be concerned about any changes. The editorial team is remaining with the journal, so the transition is a smooth one. In fact, founder and chief visionary, Lara Sookoo, will remain as Editor in Chief of Silver Leaves. The move to Oloris Publishing will allow the journal and its editorial team more exciting opportunities and an ability to reach a greater number of fans within Tolkien and fantasy communities. As Sookoo said in her announcement, “Stay tuned for a different kind of adventure.”
The theme of this issue will be ‘The Hobbit.‘ Silver Leaves is welcoming artwork submissions, and all academic, journalistic, reflective, and creative submissions pertaining to The Hobbit (and Hobbits generally). There is also limited room for creative and non-fiction submissions relating to Tolkien’s works, or to other fantasy works, which may fall outside of the theme of Issue #5. Publication is set for September 22, 2013 in both print and electronic formats. The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2013.
For submission guidelines, please visit the Oloris Publishing website.
To learn more about past and current issues of Silver Leaves, visit Oloris Publishing, or follow Silver Leaves on Facebook and Twitter. To contact the Editors of Silver Leaves, please email Silver.Leaves.Journal@gmail.com.
Silver Leaves Journal: Call for Submissions
The theme of this issue will be ‘The Hobbit.’ Silver Leaves is welcoming artwork submissions, and all academic, journalistic, reflective, and creative submissions pertaining to The Hobbit (and Hobbits generally). There is also limited room for creative and non-fiction submissions relating to Tolkien’s works, or to other fantasy works, which may fall outside of the theme of Issue #5. Publication is set for September 22, 2013 in both print and electronic formats. The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2013.
The following file formats are accepted for artwork: JPEG (.jpg), GIF (.gif), EPS (.eps), Illustrator (.ai) and TFF (.tif/.tiff). The maximum size for art submissions (excepting artwork intended for the cover) is 8” x 10”. Silver Leaves accepts submissions from established scholars, authors, and artists as well as from those new to the publishing world. For written submissions, please take note of file formats, word limits, and reference styles necessary for submissions, as posted on the Silver Leaves Submission Guidelines page.
Silver Leaves began in 2007 as the official journal of The White Tree Fund, with previous issues focusing on such themes as Dragons, The Inklings, and Tolkien-inspired art and artists. Now, in partnership with Oloris Publishing, Silver Leaves will continue to produce issues which include a range of topics in features such as academic essays, creative writing, and featured artwork; interviews and event reports; artistic spotlights on costuming, weaponry, handmade items, and writing by invited guests; puzzles; humanitarian, community, and volunteer updates; and book and movie reviews. In the spirit of The White Tree Fund, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Silver Leaves will be donated annually to charity, and the journal will continue to feature articles and bulletins concerning issues which reflect The White Tree Fund’s focus on renewal, healing and enduring hope.
To learn more about past issues of Silver Leaves, please visit The White Tree Fund’s website, or follow Silver Leaves on Facebook and Twitter. To contact the Editors of Silver Leaves, please email Silver.Leaves.Journal@gmail.com.