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Silver Leaves Issue 4: Here Be Dragons


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Magazine 119 pages eBook Format: PDF

This issue is a walk with dragons in many forms, along with explorations into other areas of our minds and hearts. The human psyche craves all that dragons represent: wisdom, cunning, the ability to amass great wealth, extraordinary strength, mastery of fire, and, perhaps most of all, a foe that appears too great to overcome. There are legends from all over the world that feature the draconic essence, whether serpentine, benign, feathered, etc., showing the clear imprint these creatures have on our subconscious. Tolkien himself had a profound desire for dragons and he wrote some of the most malicious, intelligent, frightful dragons into his legendarium. We hope to explore these and other dragons in this issue. Tread carefully, here there be dragons." ~ L. Lara Sookoo, Editor in Chief


  • Colin Duriez: A Tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Fortinbras Proudfoot: Dragons of Myth and Legend
  • Dragons in Middle-earth: A Timeline
  • P.R. Miller: The Quandry of Dragons
  • Alison Baird: The Un-Dragoning of Eustace Scrub
  • Elijah David: Elmarch of Lindon, the Author’s Story
  • Constance G.J. Wagner: Smaug’s Riddle
  • Julie Dobbins: Goblins in Our Midst: The Fight Against Human Trafficking
  • Kerri-Anne Cundill-Hinds: The Land of Doom
  • Anne Marie Gazzolo: The Measure of Love
  • Kathryn Darden: A Friend Like Sam To Be
  • Christopher Russo: Tuesday
  • Constance G.J. Wagner: Dragon is Aloft
  • Maureen F. Mann: Tolkien Reading Day 2011
  • Jonathon D. Svendsen: Dragons: The Ultimate Adversary
  • Bernadette Barnes: The Eye of the Dragon
  • L. Lara Sookoo: Interview with Dr. Dimitra Fimi
  • L. Lara Sookoo: Interview with The Tolkien Professor
  • Peter S. Beagle: Dragonsong
  • Bennett Dobbins: How to Train Your Dragon: A Step-by-Step Instruction Manual. . .
  • Richard Bulze: The Black Dragon Cup Finals Are Set!
  • Jef Murray: The Unmarked Byway
  • Kathryn Darden: Dragon Acrostic
  • Alexa Chipman: The Fiery Awakening
  • Mark Ostley: The Invention of Middle-earth
  • L. Lara Sookoo: The Dragon
  • Alexandra-Felicity King: Interview with Arjan Kiel
  • Michael Noer: How Much is a Dragon Worth?
  • Kathryn Darden: The Snow Sprite
  • D.S. Holbrook-Foust: Two Trees Twining: Rays of Light in the Northern Night
  • Missy M. McClure: Of Winds and Wings
  • Constance G.J. Wagner: Sacramentum Midgard: Frodo as Sacrament to Middle-earth
  • Anne Marie Gazzolo: Heart of Darkness
  • Jef Murray: The Picture Book
  • L. Lara Sookoo: Never Laugh at Live Dragons
  • “Vern”: A Sincere Letter to the Editors
  • Constance G.J. Wagner: Echoing the Ainur’s Song: Doug Adams’ The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films
  • Bennett Dobbins: The Lord of the Rings: An Overview of the Soundtracks
  • Steven R. Dajic: Role-Playing and the World of Tolkien
  • Alexa Chipman: Beowulf and the Dragon (Review)
  • Julie Dobbins: Middle-earth: Visions of a Modern Myth (Review)



  • Kerem Beyit: Steampunk Dragon (front cover)
  • Ted Nasmith: The Crystal Dragon (inside front cover & pull-out)
  • Collen Doran: Hobbit Feet
  • Ted Nasmith: Tolkien Portrait in Pencil
  • Benjamin Phillips: Lila
  • Tim Kirk: Dragon
  • Leilani Amorey: Bilbo and Smaug
  • Cassandra Stevens: Brave Thing
  • Valentina Levshina: Glaurung & Niënor
  • Jef Murray: Smaug
  • Jef Murray: Awaiting the Burglar
  • Jef Murray: Turin and Glaurung
  • Jef Murray:Corner Dragon
  • Jef Murray: Cerulean Dragon
  • Jef Murray: Glaurung
  • Jef Murray: Treebeard
  • Alexandra-Felicity King: Wellinghall Smial photo
  • Ted Nasmith: Smaug and the Lonely Mountain
  • Ted Nasmith: Smaug Attacks the Town of Dale
  • Jef Murray: Blue Dragon
  • Chris Mills: Dragon’s Dawn
  • Kerem Beyit: First Lesson
  • Connor Cochran: Gathering Swords
  • Tim Kirk: Gandalf’s Fireworks
  • Annette Jones: Anglo-Saxon Dragons
  • Steve Thomas: Moria Balrogs
  • Steve Thomas: Isengard Uruk-hai
  • Steve Thomas: Grond
  • Steve Thomas: Angmar Ringwraiths
  • Alberto Ramirez: Smaug Invades the Lonely Mountain
  • Jef Murray: Dragonflight
  • Tim Kirk: The Game
  • Donato Giancola: The Great Dragon Smaug
  • Else Tennesse: Middle-earth Postage Stamps
  • Chris Mills: Glaurung, Túrin, & the Fall of Nargothrond
  • Alberto Ramirez: Treebeard
  • Anna Repp: Smaug the Golden
  • Jef Murray: Lucy and the Spellbook
  • Jef Murray: Boy and Book
  • Leilani Amorey: Dragons
  • Jef Murray: Writing Dragon
  • Jef Murray: Reading Dragon
  • Tim Kirk: Sea Dragon
  • Donato Giancola: Éowyn and the Nazgûl
  • Leilani Amorey: Death of Smaug
  • Dave DelaGardelle: Smaug

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