Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce an exciting new title to be published early next year: Glorious Warriors and That Which They Defend: War and Politics in Middle-earth by Timothy R. Furnish, Ph.D.

Tolkien’s legendarium has been dissected and deconstructed from a myriad of literature-related perspectives: folklore, linguistics, cultural studies and, in the past decade, film criticism, to name but the most prominent. However, considering the supreme importance that politics and war play in the history of Middle-earth, from the First Age to the early Fourth, a book that examines those two closely-related areas is needed—hence, Glorious Warriors and That Which They Defend: War and Politics in the History of Middle-earth.

Applying Primary (Real) World analysis to Tolkien’s Secondary one, this work will survey and analyze: the polities and governments of Elves, Dwarves and Men, with particular attention to the latter (focusing on Gondor/Arnor and succession strife); the fighting modes, tactics and strategies of not just the Free Peoples but also Orcs and invading Men (Easterlings and Southrons); case studies of selected battles from each Age; asymmetrical warfare and COIN (counter-insurgency) as it was waged in Middle-earth; other important military topics such as sieges, naval warfare, logistics and command & control; and, finally, the ideologies of warfare in Tolkien’s world, across space, time and racial boundaries, as well as the “feigned historicity” of such fictional combat and institutions.

This book should prove fascinating to fans of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, but also to anyone interested in military history, real or fictional, as well as to gamers in The Lord of the Rings Online and related MMORPGs.

To enhance Dr. Furnish’s detailed analysis of this aspect of Middle-earth’s history, we are seeking artists specialising in one or more of the following areas:

  • conceptual artwork of armour and weaponry
  • depictions of battle scenes
  • cartography

Interested parties are invited to contact our submissions editor at submissions@olorispublishing.com with samples, scans or photographs from their portfolio for consideration, along with a brief description of their previous artistic experience.

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