“I love music” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Music plays a crucial role in Tolkien’s mythology, and his tales contain many songs as well as mentions of musicians and instruments.
The present book edited by Julian Eilmann and Friedhelm Schneidewind is the successor to the well-received 2010 volume Music in Middle-earth, No. 20 of the Cormarë Series, which drew the attention of Tolkien scholarship to the importance and nature of music in Tolkien’s work. As the title of this volume suggests, Music in Tolkien’s work and Beyond simultaneously follows the path of analyzing the use and significance of music and musical elements in Tolkien’s literary texts while also considering the broader context, such as adaptations and other authors and composers.
The 21 articles feature a multitude of different academic approaches, e.g. musicological, philosophical or theological, which not only look at music itself but also at poetry, song and instruments and even the musicality of Tolkien’s prose. The contributions are divided into five sections: ‘Tolkien and Music’, ‘The Power of Music’, ‘Music of Different Texts and Characters’, ‘Instruments in Middle-earth’ und ‘Music beyond Tolkien’.
Table of Contents
Julian Eilmann & Friedhelm Schneidewind - Introduction “I love music”: The Musicality of the Philologist
Tolkien and Music
Chiara Bertoglio - Polyphony, Collective Improvisation and the Gift of Creation
Michaël Devaux & Guglielmo Spirito - Laments and Mercy: Tolkien and Liturgical Music
Nancy Martsch - Middle-earth Improv: Song Writing and Improvisation in Tolkien’s Works
Łukasz Neubauer - “What news from the North?”: The Compositional Fabric, Intricate Imagery and Heroic Christian Character of the “Lament for Boromir”
Jörg Fündling - “Go forth, for it is there!” An Imperialist Battle Cry behind the Lament for Boromir?
The Power of Music
Elizabeth A. Whittingham - “A Matter of Song”: The Power of Music and Song in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Bradford Lee Eden - “The Scholar as Minstrel”: Word-music and Sound-words in Tolkien’s “New Works”
Lynn Forest-Hill - Tolkien’s Minstrelsy: The Performance of History and Authority
Maureen F. Mann - Musicality in Tolkien’s Prose
Petra Zimmermann - “A deep silence fell”: Silence and the Presentation of ‘Voices’ in Tolkien
Music of Different Texts and Characters
Renée Vink - Dance and Song: “The Lay of Leithian” between “The Tale of Tinúviel” and “Of Beren and Lúthien”
Jennifer Rogers - Music and the Outcast: Songs of the Wanderer in Tolkien’s Time-Travel Fragments
Angela P. Nicholas - Aragorn, Music, and the “Divine Plan”
Sabine Frambach - “Where you hear song, you may rest at ease”: The Music of the Evil Ones in Middle-earth
Instruments in Middle-earth
Heidi Steimel - An Orchestra in Middle-earth
John R. Holmes - Nis me ti hearpun hygi: Harping on One String in Middle-earth
Allan Turner - The Horns of Elfland
Rainer Gross - Portatives in Middle-earth: A Speculative Approach to Organ Instruments in Tolkien’s Work
Music beyond Tolkien
Anja Müller - The Lords of the Rings: Wagner’s Ring and Tolkien’s “Faerie”
Patrick Schmitz - “True Music in the Words”: A Comparative Analysis of the Function of Music in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Rothfuss’ Kingkiller-Chronicles
Tobias Escher - Of Home Keys and Music Style Guides: Orchestral Scores for Tolkien-based Video Games