- Editors' Introduction
This is the seventh issue of Tolkien Studies, the first refereed journal solely devoted to the scholarly study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. As editors, our goal is to publish excellent scholarship on Tolkien as well as to gather useful research information, reviews, notes, documents, and bibliographical material.
In this issue we are especially pleased to publish Tolkien's early fiction "The Story of Kullervo" and the two existing drafts of his talk on the Kalevala, transcribed and edited with notes and commentary by Verlyn Flieger.
With this exception, all articles have been subject to anonymous, external review as well as receiving a positive judgment by the Editors. In the cases of articles by individuals associated with the journal in any way, each article had to receive at least two positive evaluations from two different outside reviewers. Reviewer comments were anonymously conveyed to the authors of the articles. The Editors agreed to be bound by the recommendations of the outside referees.
The Editors also wish to call attention to the Cumulative Index to volumes one through five of Tolkien Studies, compiled by Jason Rea, Michael D.C. Drout, Tara L. McGoldrick, and Lauren Provost, with Maryellen Groot and Julia Rende. The Cumulative Index is currently available only through the online subscription database Project Muse. [Begin Page v]
Verlyn Flieger is co-editor of Tolkien Studies.