Founded in 2017 in Wayzata, Minnesota, the Gabbro Head Press is an independent publisher of books and e-books specializing in the fields of fiction, literary studies, art, biography, and history.


The  Gabbro Head Press is currently producing  an anthology of essays written in tribute to the inspiration  and influence of the  renowned Tolkien scholar, writer, and professor, Verlyn Flieger. Entitled A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, this volume is being  edited by the eminent  Tolkien scholar John D. Rateliff, author of The History of the Hobbit. This book will issue in hardcover  and e-book editions in the autumn  of 2018.

The following is a tentative table of contents for the book:

Introduction, by John D. Rateliff

Tolkienian Studies

Amy Amendt-Raduege
"A Seed of Courage: Merry, Pippin, and the Ordinary Hero"

David Bratman
"Smith of Wootton Major and Genre Fantasy"

Marjorie Burns
"Three Stories Holding Hands: The Wind in the Willows, Huntingtower, and The Hobbit"

Simon Cook, Jeremiah Burns, Thomas Hillman, Richard Rohlin, and Oliver Stegen
"Do Eldar Dream of Immortal Sheep?": Dreams, Memory, and Enchantment at the End of the Third Age"

Jason Fisher
"J. R. R. Tolkien: The Foolhardy Philologist"

Andrew Higgins
" 'Mythology is language and language is mythology': How Verlyn Flieger's Favourite 'Bumper-sticker' Works in Tolkien's Legendarium"

John R. Holmes
" 'A Green Great Dragon' and J. R. R. Tolkien's 'Native Language' "

Thomas Honegger
"Splintered Heroes—Heroic Variety and its Function in The Lord of the Rings"

Kristine Larsen
"Lessons of Myth, Mortality, the Machine in the Dream State Space-Time
Travel Tales of J.R.R. Tolkien and Olaf Stapledon"

John D. Rateliff
"The Name 'Nodens' "

Taum Santoski
Marquette's Acquisition of the Tolkien Manuscripts

Anna Smol
"Seers and Singers: Tolkien's Typology of Sub-creators"

Vivien Stocker
"Tolkien's Story of Kullervo: A Lost Link between Kirby's Kalevala and Tolkien's Legendarium"

Sandra Ballif Straubhaar
"The Rare and Elusive 'Green, Great Dragon' "

Kris Swank
"A Recognizable Irish Strain in Tolkien's Work"

Richard West
"Canute and Beorhtnoth"

Flieger's Fictions

Peter Grybauskas
" 'Green Hill Country': A Scholar's Tale"

Paul Edmund Thomas
"Words Made Flesh in Avilion"

Dennis Wilson Wise
"Identity, Time, and Faerie in Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies' Caww: An Unexpected Convergence of Realms"

♦   Personal Tributes  ♦
Susan Yager
"A Teacher's Teacher"

Kristine Larsen
"'Whose Myth Is It?': Tolkien Studies as Interdisciplinary Studies"

Brad Eden
"Music, Time, and Light in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Verlyn Flieger: A Reflection"