Mythlore

Mythlore is a magazine specializing in Literature topics.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3-4, Spring

Editorial
This issue of Mythlore is the last compiled under the able editorial leadership of Dr. Ted Sherman. Dr. Sherman's great achievement, beginning with his first issue in 1999, was to transform Mythlore into a solid scholarly peer-reviewed journal, with...
Forbidden Forest, Enchanted Castle: Arthurian Spaces in the Harry Potter Novels
The huge success of the Harry Potter novels has triggered a series of reactions, some of which are reasonably predictable, such as the mass-media machinery that has been built around each successive publication of a new volume, welcomed every time...
From Hades to Heaven: Greek Mythological Influences in C. S. Lewis's the Silver Chair
In his Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis creates a world that teaches children about Christianity outside of a normal religious setting. His mythical stories steeped in Christian ideals present a fresh, magical world that breaks through normal childhood...
Haggard's She: Burke's Sublime in a Popular Romance
"Enchantment is just what this writer exercised; he fixed pictures in our minds that thirty years have been unable to wear away," Graham Greene confessed in "Rider Haggard's Secret" (Greene 209). J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis also affirmed the spell...
Heorot or Meduseld?: Tolkien's Use of Beowulf in "The King of the Golden Hall"
In The Road to Middle-earth, T.A. Shippey observes that there is a strong association between the Riders of Rohan in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and the Anglo-Saxons of poetry and history, and more specifically that "the chapter 'The King of the...
Hermeticism and the Metaphysics of Goodness in the Novels of Charles Williams
Many readers have found Charles Williams's sustained use of hermetic themes and images too great for a full acceptance of his work. One of Williams's earliest formative encounters with these themes came sometime between 1912 and 1914 when he read A.E....
"In My End Is My Beginning": The Fin-Negans Motif in George MacDonald's at the Back of the North Wind
As waters haste unto their sea, And earth unto its earth, So let my heart return to thee, From whom it had its birth. The Vicar's Daughter I died a mineral and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should...
Reimagining Rose: Portrayals of Tolkien's Rosie Cotton in Twenty-First Century Fan Fiction
An Incomplete Rose: "Nowhere Elaborated" When one considers the outstanding heroines of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, Rosie Cotton may not come immediately to mind. Her competition is daunting, from the regal Galadriel and courageous Eowyn (1)...
"The Golden Key": A Double Reading
"A genuine work of art must mean many things; the truer its art, the more things it will mean." ("Fantastic Imagination" 317) George MacDonald was a passionate Christian and a passionate Romantic, and his religious thought stretches orthodox Christianity...
Tolkien in the Land of Arthur: The Old Forest Episode from the Lord of the Rings
For all its earlier medieval origins, serving--particularly in France--the needs of an essentially courtly and aristocratic society, Arthurian literature has far outlived that society. The old Matter of Britain has been incorporated into other texts,...