Orcrist was a fanzine devoted to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, published by The University of Wisconsin J.R.R. Tolkien Society
Published in Wisconsin, U.S.A., the first issue was released in 1966, and eight issues were published.
Issue one was edited by Richard C. West, and James B. Robinson. The Art Editor was Ivor A. Rogers, and this issue included contributions of prose from Paulette Carroll, James Robinson , Richard C. West; contributions of poetry from Janet Boatner; and musical scores by Deborah Webster. Art work was by Laura Haglund, among others.
Issue two, released in 1967, featured contributions of poetry by Janet Boatner, and Deborah Webster; contributions of prose by Karen Corlett Winter, Deborah C. Webster, Jr., Richard C. West; a one act play by Paulette Carroll; and musical scores by Deborah Webster, Jr. Art work was by Laura Haglund and Ivor Rogers.
Issue three appeared in 1969, and was dedicated to Deborah Webster. It was a split issue with The Tolkien Journal. The editor was Richard C. West, and the Art Editor was Glen GoodKnight. Contributors of articles included Clyde S. Kilby, Alexis Levitin, David M. Miller, Glenn E. Sadler, and Richard C. West. Contributors of art work included George Barr, Bonnie Bergstrom, Steve Fabian, Tim Kirk, Bruce McMenomy, Diana Paxson, and Bernie Zuber. Cover art work was by Tim Kirk.
Issue 4 was also a split issue with The Tolkien Journal. It published in 1969, and was edited by Richard C. West. The Art Editor was Ivor Rogers. Included in this issue are extracts from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien. Contributions of writing included a collaboration by Royce Buehler, Carleton W. Carroll, Paulette Carroll, Duane Dobry, William F. Orr, and Richard West, as well as articles by Lloyd Alexander, Paulette Carroll, Bonniejean Christensen, Alexis Levitin, Bob Mesibov, Deborah Webster Rogers, Joe Snow, and Richard C. West. Contributors of art work included Laura Haglund, Pete Poplaski, Ivor Rogers, and Deborah Webster, Sr. The cover art work was by Pete Poplaski.
Issue 5 was released in 1971. It was a split issue with The Tolkien Journal, and included writing by Stephen A. Gottlieb, Jared Lobdell, Richard C. West, and musical settings by Laura Haglund. The cover art work was by George D. Asdell. Other art work was by Dany Frolich, Laura Haglund, Pete Poplaski, Ivor Rogers, and Deborah Webster, Sr. Letters came from Edward Felipe.
Issue 6 was a special C.S. Lewis issue, appearing in 1971/1972. Contributions of writing came from J. R. Christopher, Clyde S. Kilby, Jared Lobdell, Karen Rockow (Unicorn). Eugene Warren, and Richard C. West Double dactyls by Sharyn Lawler, John Leland, Deborah Rogers, Ivor Rogers, and Richard West. Letters came from L. Sprague de Camp, Glen GoodKnight, Sharyn Lawler, Sandra Miesel, and Nan C. Scott.
Issue 7 was released in 1973. It featured writing by Bonniejean Christensen, J. R. Christopher, Jens Peter Jacobsen, translated from the Danish by Poul Anderson (Goliard), J. A. Johnson, Elizabeth Lane, Sandra Miesel, Deborah Rogers, and Richard C. West. Verse was contributed by L. Sprague de Camp, William Linden, John and Kathryn Lindskoog, William F. Orr, and Deborah Webster Rogers. Letters were from Tim Kirk, and Eugene Vinaver. Front and back cover art work was by M. Cannito.
Issue 8 was published in 1977. The editor was Richard C. West, with Associate Editors Deborah Rogers and Perri West. Contributions of writing were from Robert A. Bunda, Michael J. Ehling, John Leland, Patrick L. McGuire, and Roger Schlobin. Poetry was contributed by by Mary Kay Bond, Anne Etkin, Arthur Winfield Knight, Glee Knight, and Deborah Rogers. Cover art work was by S. Chavez, with other art work by Jim Cawthorn, John Chambers, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Carmal Palmer, and Robin Wood. Letters were from James Allan, Mary Kay Bond, Lois Newman, Henry Noel, Nan C. Scott, and Maureen W. Mills.