Orcrist 1

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Orcrist no.1
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EditorRichard C. West, James B. Robinson (Art Editor: Ivor A. Rogers)
PublisherMadison: University of Wisconsin J.R.R. Tolkien Society

Orcrist 1 is an issue of the journal Orcrist.

First printing in plain green cover. The 4th printing (1968) had cover illustrations by Laura Haglund: the front cover was called "Niggle -- by Leaf" while the back cover was untitled but depicted three hobbits.[1]

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  • "Introduction" (editorial) (pp. i-iii)
  • "Return of the King" (poem) -- Janet Boatner (p. 1)
  • "Tolkien in the Letters of C. S. Lewis" -- Richard C. West (pp. 2-16)
  • "The Wizard and History: Saruman's Vision of a New Order" -- James Robinson (pp. 17-23)
  • "Music To Read Tolkien By: Tunes for Two Poems" -- Deborah Webster (p. 24) [musical settings for "The Elves Welcome the 14 to Rivendell" and "Lay of Beren and Luthien"]
  • "The Interlace and Professor Tolkien: Medieval Narrative Technique in The Lord of the Rings" -- R. C. West (pp. 26-47) [a revised version of this essay was later published in A Tolkien Compass, ed. Jared Lobdell]
  • "The Picnic" (parody) -- Paulette Carroll (p. 50)
  • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism" -- Richard West (pp. 51-90)


  1. "Orcrist #1", Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 25 May 2012)