one fanzine, one topic: Tolkien
In principle (and that is in 1992) it was Terra di Mezzo
(Middle-earth), the only independent fanzine entirely dedicated
to Tolkien in Italy.
Then (in 1994) it become a publication by
Italian Tolkien Society.
Finally, after nearly six years of existence, Endóre
is been born direct and legitimate daughter of Terra di Mezzo.
In the course of the time the pages of the fanzine, the variety
of arguments, the number of collaborators have grown,
and the passion for J.R.R.T. is remained unchanged.
Endòre is published once a year, in paper format
and may be received by mail.
It contains everything one would want to know on the
author of The Lord of the Rings: book reviews, articles,
games and a cured and particularly modernized bibliography.
Gary Hunnewell, American, probably the greater expert of
tolkienian publishing (he has compiled the world-wide catalogue of
the tolkenian periodic publishing - academics and amatorial -
downloadable from his "Hildifons Took Home Page" on Internet),
wrote the following review (November 1999, page 26)
in "Amon Hen", the official bulletin of British Tolkien Society:
"Endòre" is the latest offering out of Italy.
It takes the place of "Terra di Mezzo", the magazine of the
Società Tolkieniana Italiana.
Like its predecessor, it continues to feature a nice layout as
well as a score or more of articles.
Its size and content remind one of the glory days of "Niekas".
A translation of some of these into English is definitely in
N °1, March 1999: WOW !
As usual, the Italians out-do themselves with over thirty items
produced by more than a dozen writers in this massive issue.
The issue's lead article by Paolo Barbiano covers twelve pages
on the Mim the Dwarf and discusses Tolkien's treatment of him
and the Petty Dwarves.
A continuation of an earlier article looks on the political and
institutional order found in Bree, which is one of the few
places in Middle Earth where different races live together.
A short article (but important subject) by Giuseppe Roncari
stresses the importance of the friendship as found in
The Lord of the Rings, describing how this power helped
The article that follows draws comparisons and contrasts between
Frodo and Gollum, showing the effect of the power of the Ring
over the both.
In a multi-page letter Alberto Quagliaroli writes about how
Tolkien's work played a part in his religious experiences, and
Lorenzo Daniele describes in a later short essay how Tolkien's
works have influenced his life in regard to living creatures.
For the linguists, there is an analysis of The Oath of
Cirion and Eorl.
Items also appearing include those that discuss a couple of
century-lists upon which Tolkien is found, favourite Tolkien
passages, a list of errors in Italian translations, a
transcription of a roundtable on Tolkien, and how Tolkien
themes and quotes have crossed into Italian comic strips.
But why stop there ?
There is Tolkien and fantasy books and music reviews, thoughts
on a movie production, Tolkien multi-user Dungeons on the
Internet, Tolkien related books/small press bibliography,
Tolkien miniature figurines, a round-robin story, riddles, and
even a MERP role-playing adventure.
Translations into Italian include essays by Rayner Unwin and
Patrick Curry from the proceedings of the centenary conference
and an Alex Lewis story from "Nigglings".
The stylistic artwork of Lorenzo Daniele, which appears
throughout the issue, is very appealing.
This is a very impressive offering as usual !
112 pages, A4, Italian.