Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England [NOOK Book]

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As a scholar of medieval literature and a lover of Germanic and Finnish mythologies in particular, J. R. R. Tolkien was "grieved by the poverty" of legend and myth in his own beloved culture. Inspired by works like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Tolkien's fiction relied on both pagan epic and Christian legend to create a mythology for England evident in both his major works of fiction like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and his minor stories and critical essays. Revised and expanded, Jane Chance's ...
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Overview

As a scholar of medieval literature and a lover of Germanic and Finnish mythologies in particular, J. R. R. Tolkien was "grieved by the poverty" of legend and myth in his own beloved culture. Inspired by works like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Tolkien's fiction relied on both pagan epic and Christian legend to create a mythology for England evident in both his major works of fiction like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and his minor stories and critical essays. Revised and expanded, Jane Chance's study examines the sources and influences of Tolkien's works as well as the paradigm of the critic as monster that colors so many of his writings.
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"Highly recommended as a serious critical study of Tolkien's works." -- Choice

"Examines the sources and influence of Tolkien's work as well as the paradigm of the critic as monster that colors so many of his writings." -- Giustificativo

"The general reader in search of the scholarly roots of Tolkien's fiction together with informed discussion of how those roots nourished the tree will find both here." -- Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

"Chance's companion volumes on Tolkien are brilliantly written and critically significant. Her understanding of his works is profound, and she convincingly confirms him as a major writer of the 20th century." -- Kritikon Litterarum

"An attractively presented short study based on an excellent idea, namely that of tracing the nature of the relationship between Tolkien's scholarship in Old and Middle English and his creative writing." -- Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813138091
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/26/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,257,807
  • File size: 283 KB

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Critic as Monster: Tolkien's Lectures, Prefaces, and Foreword 12
2 The King under the Mountain: Tolkien's Children's Story 48
3 The Christian King: Tolkien's Fairy-Stories 74
4 The Germanic Lord: Tolkien's Medieval Parodies 111
5 The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Epic 141
6 The Creator of the Silmarils: Tolkien's "Book of Lost Tales" 184
Notes 200
Select Bibliography 229
Index 243
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