Richard C. West

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Richard C. West (August 1944) is an awarded Tolkien scholar and the Serials and Technical Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When he was still a student, he also started a Tolkien Society there , the University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society, in September 1966. He has also contributed to its yearly journal, Orcrist.




  • 1966/1967: Orcrist 1 (co-editor)
    • "Introduction"
    • "Tolkien in the Letters of C. S. Lewis"
    • "The Interlace and Professor Tolkien: Medieval Narrative Technique in The Lord of the Rings"
    • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism"
  • 1967/1968: Orcrist 2 (co-editor)
    • "Introduction"
    • "The Tolkienians: Some Introductory Reflections on Alan Garner, Carol Kendall, and Lloyd Alexander"
    • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism, Supplement One"
  • 1969/1970: Orcrist 3 (editor)
    • "Introduction"
    • "Contemporary Medieval Authors"
    • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism, Supplement Two"
  • 1970: Orcrist 4 (editor)
    • "Introduction"
    • "Progress Report on the Variorum Tolkien"
    • "A Dose of Double Dactyls" (with various others)
  • 1971: Orcrist 5 (editor)
    • "Errata to Orcrist no. 4"
    • "Introduction"
    • "The Critics, and Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis: Reviews"
    • "An Annotated Bibliography of Tolkien Criticism, Supplement Three"
  • 1971/1972: Orcrist 6 (editor)
    • "Introduction"
    • "Letters of C. S. Lewis to E. Vinaver"
    • "In Review"
    • "Double dactyls" (with various others)
  • 1973: Orcrist 7 (editor)
    • "Malory and T. H. White"
    • "Brief Mentions"
  • 1975: A Tolkien Compass
    • "The Interlace Structure of The Lord of the Rings" (published in Orcrist 1)
  • 1977: Orcrist 8 (editor)
    • "Introduction"
  • 2000: Tolkien's Legendarium
    • "Túrin's Ofermod: An Old English Theme in the Development of the Story of Túrin"
  • 2005: Tolkien Studies: Volume 2
    • "'And She Named Her Own Name': Being True To One's Word in Tolkien's Middle-earth"
  • 2006: J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment, entries:
    • Finnish Language
    • Lays of Beleriand, The
    • Lewis, Warren Hamilton (1895-1973)
    • Matthew, Fr. Anthony Gervase (1905-76)
    • Sayers, Dorothy Leigh (1893-1957)
    • Suicide
    • Tolkien Scholarship: First Decades: 1954-1980
    • Túrin
  • 2011: Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy
    • "Neither the Shadow nor the Twilight: The Love Story of Aragorn and Arwen in Literature and Film"
  • 2014: Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey
    • "'Lack of Counsel Not of Courage': J.R.R. Tolkien's Critique of the Heroic Ethos in The Children of Húrin"


  • 1976: Mythopoeic Award, Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inkling Studies, Tolkien Criticism: An Annotated Checklist

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