Early next year, Oloris Publishing will release Glorious Warriors and That Which They Defend: War and Politics in Middle-earth by Timothy R. Furnish, Ph.D. Applying Primary (Real) World analysis to Tolkien’s Secondary one, this work will survey and analyze: the policies 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, Oloris are seeking artists specialising in one or more of the following areas:
• conceptual artwork of armour and weaponry
• depictions of battle scenes
• map illustration
Interested parties are invited to contact the submissions editor at submissions [at] olorispublishing [dot] 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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