The Northeast Tolkien Society has announced the winners of the 2007 Imperishable Flame Awards ("nominated by staff, awarded by fans") (25.12.07 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

With a short delay The North East Tolkien Society has announced this years winners of the Imperishable Flame Awards. The awards cites the accomplishments of individuals in each of 3 categories, Tolkien/ Inklings Scholarship, Tolkien/ Inklings Fan Appreciation and Tolkien/ Inklings Inspired Creativity. Since I won the Tolkien Fan Appreciation Award last year, I was also asked to nominate some people I thought would deserve to win an Award. I was very happy to see that my nominations did so well and actually won! Congratulations to the winners!


Category 1: Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship:
Diana Pavlac Glyer
(The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community)

If there is one book that really has impressed me, it is Diana Glyer's The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community. while the content of the book is very great, important facts are discussed and compared, and there is tons of interesting information, it remains easy and is very enjoyable to read. This book will probably become the standard book when people need to know something about The Inklings. If you are interested in the Inklings, this is the book to read. Secondly Diana Glyer is a fantastic person in all aspects. Very friendly and warm, plus it amazes me how a mother who works, has kids, has also managed to write such a fantastic book. If someone deserves this award it is for sure her!

Category 2: Tolkien/Inklings Inspired Creativity:
James Dunning: 40 Years of Tolkien Art

The Artist James Dunning has read and digested Tolkien’s various works for forty years and has constructed evolving mental landscapes of scenes in Middle-earth. He has tried to depict Tolkien themes presented here in a style consistent with J.R.R. Tolkien’s own illustrative style. Himself a language lover uses a very simple style to illustrate the works of Tolkien and while not having the artistic capacities like other artists (Howe, Ted, Alan, …) , his work touches me in a more pure way. Inside his works are many tiny details, which show us the love he has for the written word. I hope his award will make more people see and enjoy his work!

Category 3: Tolkien/Inkling Fan Community Award:
Pieter Collier and Hyarion (Organizers Children Of Hurin Release Party)

When I was nominated for the first Imperishable Flame award for Tolkien / Inkling Fan Appreciation this came as a big surprise! When I started my website in 2001 I was not really aware that there where many more people who had the same passion as me. Since then I have learned to know so many people and I was amazed by the many mails and reactions I received from all over the world. It was not until I actually won the award that I realized that my work was appreciated by so many all over the planet. It motivated me to work even more on my website and try now even more to bring the on line Tolkien community all the latest news on new Tolkien books. Since 2006 I redesigned my website completely and started to do interviews with famous authors and artists and hope this gives a lot of information which the Tolkien community enjoys. Also I have tried to write a monthly article on all new releases. For the release of The Children of Hurin I organized an on line Release Event, which was no less then three days in a row. It seemed to me a logic thing to do, to celebrate the new book with all my friends and the complete Tolkien community. We had a true hobbit party and there where many prized to be won and many interesting talks. The where question and answer sessions with people like David Brawn, Roger Garland, John D. Rateliff, Diana Glyer, Matt Blessing, Michael Drout, Verlyn Flieger,… to name some. It where three days long to be remembered and I hope it was a fine event which people will remember with a smile. It seems a lot of people appreciated it, otherwhise we would not have received so many votes! I'm very honored and thankful to win the award two years in a row and wish to give a big thanks to Hyarion, who made it all possible, for without his technical help it would not have worked out!

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