The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Release Party - Online Chat Event (29.04.09 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by JRR Tolkien Release Party - online celebration event
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Release Party Poster
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Release Party is an online event to celebrate the publication of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, the new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, first released worldwide on Tuesday 5th of May 2009. It will be released in the UK by Tolkien publisher HarperCollins and in the US by Houghton Mifflin.

It will be released both in hardback and deluxe edition. All info can on the new Tolkien book can be found in the Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun FAQ.

The event will take place online on May the 5th, 2009 and is being organized by

Next to chatting and celebrating the release of the new Tolkien book there will be giveaways and a Q&A with special guest Tom Shippey.

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Connecting to the The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Release Party

Logging in to the chatbox can be done here.

To Connect to the Chat Forum and chat with other web site visitors, make sure the Connect Tab is visible then:

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4) Click the ENTER Button to connect to the Chat Forum. The Applet will connect to the Chat Forum Server and log you in. You are now ready to chat!

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Want to download banners, desktop images or support this event click here.

Please spread the news about the event and invite all people to join in to celebrate the release of the new Tolkien book. Please also spread the news by using twitter, facebook or any other social media to spread the news and invite all Tolkien friends.


Want to enter the giveaway contest, please enter your information here.

There will be given away numerous books during the event, and some special prize will be donated to the person who manages to make the biggest advertisement for the online celebration (or sent in the best questions to ask Tom Shippey).

In order to win you have to enter your info in the contest form and follow me either at twitter or make me a friend at Facebook.
Sigurd books

- 2 Deluxe editions of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun donated by Houghton Mifflin (will be sent out once published).
- 5 harback editions of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun donated by HarperCollins.
- 1 Deluxe edition of Tales of the Perilous Realm signed by Alan Lee donated by


* Chatting
* Q&A with special guest Tom Shippey
* Giveaway contests (hardback & deluxe editions of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun & some other special prizes!)


Tom Shippey

Thomas Alan Shippey (born 9 September 1943) is a scholar of medieval literature, including that of Anglo-Saxon England, and of modern fantasy and science fiction, in particular the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, about whom he has written several scholarly studies, of which many have been put together in Roots and Branches: Selected papers on Tolkien. He is best known for his two books: The Road to Middle-Earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology and J.R.R.Tolkien: Author of the Century. He is widely considered one of the leading academic scholars on Tolkien. Shippey currently holds the Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities at Saint Louis University's College of Arts and Sciences.

His work and life cross paths in many ways with that of Tolkien; like Tolkien, he attended King Edward's School, Birmingham in Birmingham and taught Old English at Oxford University. He occupied tolkien's former chair at the University of Leeds.

In addition to writing books of his own, he has edited a number of collections, such as The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, and as of 2003 is the editor of the journal Studies in Medievalism.

Under the pseudonym of John Holm, he is also the co-author (with Harry Harrison) of The Hammer and the Cross trilogy of alternate history/fantasy novels.


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to sent in questions for Tom Shippey. Whether you plan on attending the event or not you can send in a question you would like to be asked. We ask that you try to think of original questions, which relate to the guest and his background on Tolkien and of course on the new Tolkien book, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun and Nothern Mythologies in general. Yes or No questions are not advised. After the event the answers will be posted on for those who couldn't attend the live event.


Maybe the most important thing. The event will take place on May 5th, 2009.

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