Mythlore

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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall-Winter

Applicability and Truth in the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion: Readers, Fantasy, and Canonicity
"Tolkien's critics, not his readers, are our of touch with reality. Never has the intellectual establishment so richly deserved defiance."(1) A 1997 Waterstone's poll proclaimed Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings "the best book of the century": contrary...
Editorial
ONE of the goals I set for myself when I volunteered to edit Mythlore was to publish it on a quarterly schedule. Thus far, I have failed to achieve that goal and have let you, the readers, down. For that failure, I apologize. I will attempt to do better...
It's a Wonderful Life as Faerian Drama (1)
TOLKIEN is primarily known for his enormously popular The Lord of the Rings, which seems less a work of literature than a ticket to an imaginary world with an uncanny reality. Somewhat unfairly--except as a key to interpreting his work--little attention...
Middle-Earth: The Real World of J. R. R. Tolkien
IN THE world of fantasy fiction, perhaps no other writings have found such fame as J. R. R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its companion books The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. They have also been the subject of much controversy as the "true" meaning...
The Great War and Tolkien's Memory: An Examination of World War I Themes in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings
1. INTRODUCTION J. R. R. TOLKIEN was one of a generation of Englishmen "caught by youth" during World War I. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are by no means allegories of that or any other war, yet the impact of the Great War is evident. Tolkien...
"The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son": Tolkien as a Modern Anglo-Saxon
THE recent success of Seamus Heaney's adaptation of the Old English Beowulf was a phenomenon as surprising to the literary world as to the publishing houses. As copies of this thousand year-old poem flew off the shelves and booksellers scrambled to...
Types of Heroism in the Lord of the Rings
WHILE much has been written about J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, very little attention has been paid to Tolkien's treatment of Masculine "types." (1) A major complication in addressing the problem of the various patterns of masculine (or...