Erik Mueller-Harder is creating resources for Tolkien scholars & readers
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patrons

$46
per month
Your LRC and TAI … [are] impressive! I love the clickable labels/filters for just about everything in the TAI, from published sources to content and motifs to medium to colors. This is just amazing work!
— Jason Fisher, ed. Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays
The long and the short of it is that I’m working full time on the Tolkien Art Index, LR Citations, and other tools and resources for scholars, readers, and fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. Much of what I’m creating is free and should be free; other projects promise to bring in some nice income, but are distinctly long-term ventures. At the moment, however, there is no actual income as such.

The usefulness and descriptiveness of the [Tolkien Art Index] makes it practical and influential. It should become the standard reference for Tolkien’s images.
— Luke Shelton, Doctoral candidate, Cardiff Metropolitan University
My expenses are low, but they include books, journals, conferences, web servers, database and cartography software, the occasional new piece of computer hardware, and research trips (to the Tolkien archives held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, and the Raynor Library at the Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

The brilliant Erik Mueller-Harder has struck again! He created a portal to cross-reference different editions of LotR!
— Luke Shelton, Doctoral candidate, Cardiff Metropolitan University
If you find the tools I’m providing useful, or if you would like to see my longer-term projects come to fruition (the biggest one is Very Exciting Indeed!), please consider helping me out with a supporting subscription. I am humbly grateful for your help and companionship on this journey!

Oh, and I reserve the right to add extra goodies to any of the support tiers. 😉 Every tier includes access to my patrons-only posts, which I’ll be adding to two or three times each month, as well as a community forum which I’ll participate in actively.

Tolkien Studies has a rich history of independent scholars. Unfortunately they don’t have institutional support the way many faculty and grad students do. Here’s a chance, if you can, to help create a travel grant and show support for some valuable projects.
— Dr. Anna Smol, Mount Saint Vincent University
Tiers
Halflings
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Back me at the Halfling level for a year to pay for my food and drink for a day at a Tolkien or cartography conference! Receive:
  • my profound gratitude
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Dwarves
$4 or more per month 2 patrons
Pledging at the Dwarvish level for a year will add a jewel of a Tolkien book to my reference library! Receive:
  • a thank-you card
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Elves
$7 or more per month 1 patron
Sponsoring me at the Elvish level for a year will pay for accomodation for a night or two at a conference or while researching the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library or at Marquette! Receive:
  • a thank-you card
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Ents
$12 or more per month 3 patrons
Supporting my work at the Entish level will cover the cost of the web servers for the Tolkien Art Index and for LR Citations. “Old Lists,” indeed! Receive:
  • a thank-you card
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Wizards
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
Underwriting my work at the Wizard level for a year will pay for my registration for a Tolkien or cartography conference. Receive:
  • a thank-you card sent from the conference
  • my thanks on a special sponsorship page (unless you prefer anonymity)
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Valar
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
The Valar are the gods of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Subsidizing my work at this level for a year will essentially give me a grant for two week’s research in the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library in Oxford or at the Raynor Library at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Receive:
  • a thank-you card postmarked Oxford or Milwaukee
  • my highlighted thanks on a special sponsorship page (unless you prefer anonymity)
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Goals
$46 of $75 per month
I’d like to attend the International Medieval Congress next summer in Leeds. Dr. Dimitra Fimi lists six sessions that will be specifically related to Tolkien, including two whose description includes maps! There will be much to learn over the four-day conference — and I’d like to submit an abstract for a paper I’d like to give, specifically related to Tolkien’s “First Map” for The Lord of the Rings.

I’ll be able to use frequent-flyer miles for the travel itself, but the registration, food, and lodging will end up coming to a bit more than $900. If I can reach $75 per month here at Patreon, I’ll be able to go!

There’s a catch, though: in order to give a paper (in July, 2019), I need to submit the abstract by the end of this August! (I’m not making this up! Here’s the conference CFP!) Can we go from $0 to $75 in three weeks?
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Your LRC and TAI … [are] impressive! I love the clickable labels/filters for just about everything in the TAI, from published sources to content and motifs to medium to colors. This is just amazing work!
— Jason Fisher, ed. Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays
The long and the short of it is that I’m working full time on the Tolkien Art Index, LR Citations, and other tools and resources for scholars, readers, and fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. Much of what I’m creating is free and should be free; other projects promise to bring in some nice income, but are distinctly long-term ventures. At the moment, however, there is no actual income as such.

The usefulness and descriptiveness of the [Tolkien Art Index] makes it practical and influential. It should become the standard reference for Tolkien’s images.
— Luke Shelton, Doctoral candidate, Cardiff Metropolitan University
My expenses are low, but they include books, journals, conferences, web servers, database and cartography software, the occasional new piece of computer hardware, and research trips (to the Tolkien archives held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, and the Raynor Library at the Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

The brilliant Erik Mueller-Harder has struck again! He created a portal to cross-reference different editions of LotR!
— Luke Shelton, Doctoral candidate, Cardiff Metropolitan University
If you find the tools I’m providing useful, or if you would like to see my longer-term projects come to fruition (the biggest one is Very Exciting Indeed!), please consider helping me out with a supporting subscription. I am humbly grateful for your help and companionship on this journey!

Oh, and I reserve the right to add extra goodies to any of the support tiers. 😉 Every tier includes access to my patrons-only posts, which I’ll be adding to two or three times each month, as well as a community forum which I’ll participate in actively.

Tolkien Studies has a rich history of independent scholars. Unfortunately they don’t have institutional support the way many faculty and grad students do. Here’s a chance, if you can, to help create a travel grant and show support for some valuable projects.
— Dr. Anna Smol, Mount Saint Vincent University

Recent posts by Erik Mueller-Harder

Tiers
Halflings
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Back me at the Halfling level for a year to pay for my food and drink for a day at a Tolkien or cartography conference! Receive:
  • my profound gratitude
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Dwarves
$4 or more per month 2 patrons
Pledging at the Dwarvish level for a year will add a jewel of a Tolkien book to my reference library! Receive:
  • a thank-you card
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Elves
$7 or more per month 1 patron
Sponsoring me at the Elvish level for a year will pay for accomodation for a night or two at a conference or while researching the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library or at Marquette! Receive:
  • a thank-you card
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Ents
$12 or more per month 3 patrons
Supporting my work at the Entish level will cover the cost of the web servers for the Tolkien Art Index and for LR Citations. “Old Lists,” indeed! Receive:
  • a thank-you card
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Wizards
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
Underwriting my work at the Wizard level for a year will pay for my registration for a Tolkien or cartography conference. Receive:
  • a thank-you card sent from the conference
  • my thanks on a special sponsorship page (unless you prefer anonymity)
  • access to my patrons-only posts
Valar
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
The Valar are the gods of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Subsidizing my work at this level for a year will essentially give me a grant for two week’s research in the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library in Oxford or at the Raynor Library at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Receive:
  • a thank-you card postmarked Oxford or Milwaukee
  • my highlighted thanks on a special sponsorship page (unless you prefer anonymity)
  • access to my patrons-only posts