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JRR Tolkien

Gateway Essentials: Fritz Leiber

It is a well-established article of faith that if you love modern epic or high fantasy, then you acknowledge a debt to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings. But what if your tastes run more to heroic fantasy or sword-and-sorcery? Or contemporary fantasy or urban fantasy? To which antecedents do you tip your hat […]

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New Title Spotlight: the Worm Ouroboros

When J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was published, reviewers saw that there was only one book with which it could legitimately be compared: E.R. Eddison‘s classic fantasy adventure The Worm Ouroboros. Set on a distant planet of spectacular beauty and peopled by Lords and Kings, mighty warriors and raven-haired temptresses, Eddison’s extravagant story, […]

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ICYMI: From the Attic X: Travel Light

As previously noted, we have been republishing noted critic and reviewer Kev McVeigh’s ‘From the Attic’ columns over recent months, to give new readers the opportunity to encounter his sage observations on some very important and all-too-often overlooked authors . . . Imagine a world where a 1950s fantasy novel became first a cult classic […]

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On This Day: JRR Tolkien Passed Away

They say ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. On that basis, long-time readers of the Gateway blog might recognise this piece, which was originally posted to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Tolkien’s death. But as the sentiments are unchanged, we thought we’d share it again . . . John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died forty-two […]

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From the Attic X: Travel Light

Imagine a world where a 1950s fantasy novel became first a cult classic and then a global bestseller setting trends for decades to come and spawning blockbuster movies. The year was 1952 and the novel was Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison.  As with many other epic fantasy writers, Mitchison rooted her work in classical myths, […]

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Happy Birthday . . . to Whom?

Today marks the birthdays of not one, but two figures who loom large over the landscape of modern fantasy literature.  It is no stretch to say that without them, the genre we know and love would be a very different beast. We’re talking pop-music-without-the-Beatles different. Physics-without-Einstein different. England-without-the-Norman-invasion different. So, who are these fantasy behemoths?  […]

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Happy Dragon Day (Happy Saint George's Day)!

Happy St George’s Day. To celebrate Team Gollancz are sharing our favourite dragons with you. What’s your favourite dragon? Have we missed him/her off our list? Let us know in the comments below. Gillian: For me, the best dragon of all time is Chrysophylax from the brilliant story Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. […]

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Remembering J.R.R. Tolkien 40 Years On

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died forty years ago today, at the age of eighty-one.  Philologist, scholar of Anglo-Saxon, Merton Professor of English at Oxford University and almost certainly the single most important fantasy writer of all time. It has become fashionable of late – almost de rigueur in some circles – to belittle Tolkien. He […]

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Friday Reads: The Hobbit

Well it was inevitable that one of the Gollancz Friday Reads would be for The Hobbit. I’ve seen the film twice (once 2D once 3D, I preferred the 2D version), and after the second viewing I found myself picking the book up again. I think most folks know the story. Bilbo Baggins finds himself, a […]

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The Soddit – Chapter 3

It’s time for your daily part-serialization of The Soddit, running all this week.  Last night saw the premiere of The Hobbit film in London, and one or two lucky members of team Gollancz managed to catch a glimpse of the red carpet – consider our Hobbit-watching appetites officially whetted. Chapter three of The Soddit is available to read here. (PDF)

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