The 2nd edition of Silver Leaves (SL) is the official journal of The White Tree Fund (TWTF) just arrived in my mailbox today, and it is an impressive piece of work. The purpose of this Tolkien journal is to educate, raise awareness, support charitable initiatives, and entertain. Issue 1, which released in 2007, is a top-notch collection of articles, academic essays, poetry, art and book and movie reviews inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Issue 2 of Silver Leaves continues in that vein with with a focus on The Inklings. The Inklings was an informal literary discussion group formed by students at the University of Oxford, England, which met at The Eagle and Child in the 1930s and 40s. Its most regular members included J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Christopher Tolkien (J. R. R. Tolkien’s son), Warren Lewis (C. S. Lewis’s elder brother), and others. (1)
With a marvelous cover image of The Eagle and Child, this edition of Silver Leaves brings the spirit of The Inklings to life. Journal Administrator Jo-Anna Dueck says, “As Tolkien was a key part of the Inklings, we thought it would be an appealing idea to expand this issue to include his fellow Inklings since, as is often the case, if you’re a fan of Tolkien, for example, you’re also a fan of C.S. Lewis, and inhabit an interest in the Inklings group in general.”
Approximately 30 contributors from 7 different countries have submitted entries to this issue. Most of the writers are from the United States. A few contributors and most of the SL staff are from Canada; one contributors is from Greece; one from Japan; one from France; one from Malta, and two contributors are from England.
“Some of our well-known contributors and published authors include Colin Duriez,Douglas Gresham, Brian Sibley, Sarah Arthur, Alison Baird, and Melanie Jeschke, as well as talented mythological artist Jef Murray,” states Dueck.
Issue 2 of Silver Leaves is 76 pages long and includes such thought-provoking articles and essays as “Shards of Diamond” by Douglas Gresham, the step-son of C.S. Lewis; “More Than Just the Margins : An Appreciation of Pauline Baynes (1922 – 2008)” by Brian Sibley; and “Devilry and Images of Evil in Tolkien” by Colin Duriez. Poems include: “White Tree Sighing (A Song of the Citadel)” by L. Lara Sookoo, “Breeze” by Martha Kosfi, and “For the Inklings” by P. R. Miller.
There are short stories, beautiful art, several reviews of Prince Caspian and many more articles, poems, and essays that will delight any fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and the other Inklings. My own contributions are: Journey to the Sea (poem inspired by “The Lord of the Rings”), The Fellowship of J.R.R. Tolkien (essay) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Complete Recordings (review).
The purpose of Silver Leaves is to educate, raise awareness, and entertain. SL is published annually in the latter part of each year under the auspices of TWTF, a group which has a deep love for the study of Tolkien’s life and works. “We thought a journal would be a tangible and memorable way of expressing that passion,” explains Dueck who quotes Editor in Chief L. Lara Sookoo: “This journal is a labor of love and a dream realized.”
Issue 2 is available in printed and electronic formats to members of TWTF and to non-members who purchase subscriptions. SL accepts submissions from established scholars, authors, and artists as well as from those new to the publishing world. While the focus of SL is on TWTF’s mandated humanitarian efforts, particularly those within the Tolkien community, SL is open to scholarly and creative submissions from other fandoms according to the theme of each issue.(2)
(2) The White Tree Fund
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The Fellowship of J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Complete Recordings
“The Children of Hurin” by J.R.R. And Christopher Tolkien
Finding God in The Lord of the Rings: A Book Review
Journey to the Sea
A Man Like You – Poem inspired by LOTR
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