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Announcing David Rowe’s ‘The Proverbs of Middle-earth’

A new announcement from our friends at Oloris Publishing;


Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce David Rowe’s The Proverbs of Middle-earth, scheduled to be released later this year.

Proverbs are ships in which wisdom sails.

On his great Tree of Tales, it is the leaves – the tiny details – in which J.R.R. Tolkien took greatest delight. Because of this, one of the ways in which his Middle-earth legendarium is unparalleled in English literature is that its diverse peoples and cultures each possess their own fully-formed wisdom traditions, comprised of songs, poems, and – the focus of this study – over 300 original proverbs.

From the great sea to the land of shadow, from wizards to rustic gaffers, The Proverbs of Middle-earth will provide an in-depth exploration of the wisdom traditions of Middle-earth, investigating the degree to which Tolkien’s proverbs not only delight and instruct, but also bring revelatory “inner reality” to his created world.

David is a US-based Englishman (and erstwhile resident of New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Scotland, before he married a Lebanese-American) who first read The Lord of the Rings at the age of seven and has been re-reading it ever since. He is a father-cum-teacher-cum-musician, cuts his own hair, and is a committed utiliser of the Oxford Comma. He tweets at @TolkienProverbs.


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Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, and Italian rapier.