Mythlore

Mythlore is a magazine specializing in Literature topics.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3-4, Spring-Summer

Editorial
IN THIS ISSUE OF MYTHLORE, we begin with an appreciation of Inkling George Sayer, author of Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times, widely regarded as one of the best biographies of Lewis to date. Mike Foster includes personal reminiscences of his friendship...
Nice, Good, or Right: Faces of the Wise Woman in Terry Pratchett's "Witches" Novels
"I just make it up in my head; it's up to you buggers in the universities to tell me what it means." (Pratchett, quoted in Butler 56) Terry Pratchett is one of the most commercially successful fantasy writers of recent decades. It's said that "no...
Putting Away Childish Things: Incidents of Recovery in Tolkien and Haddon
AT FIRST, LEARNING TO DRAW is primarily a process of deliberate forgetting. An untrained draughtsperson sees their subject as an entire thing--a chair, a ball, a hand--and commits a visual representation of the entire thing to paper. The results are...
Six Characters in Search of Shakespeare: Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Shakespearian Mythos
WHAT IS THE BEST MODERN ANALOGY for understanding the nature of Shakespeare's theater--is it television, with its democratic appeal and focus on popular entertainment? Or is it film, which shares with theater a marriage of sound and vision, but which...
Song as Mythic Conduit in the Fellowship of the Ring
Elrond knew all about runes of every kind. That day he looked at the swords they had brought from the trolls' lair, and he said: "These are not troll-make. They are old swords, very old swords of the High Elves of the West, my kin. They were made for...
"That Most Unselfish Man": George Sayer, 1914-2005: Pupil, Biographer, and Friend of Inklings
GEORGE SAYER IS A SUPERB EXAMPLE of one of the greatest blessings of an academic life: a student who becomes, in time, a good friend. His 1988 biography of C.S. Lewis, Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times, is rightfully respected as the best of the many...
The Christian Parody in Sara Paretsky's Ghost Country
SARA PARETSKY IS KNOWN mainly for her novels about a Chicago private detective named V.I. (Victoria Iphigenia) Warshawski. Warshawski, as the narrator of her adventures, comments at one point: Neither of my parents had been religious. My Italian...
"The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son": J.R.R. Tolkien's Sequel to "The Battle of Maldon"
J.R.R. TOLKIEN INTRODUCED "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son" as "a piece plainly intended as a recitation for two persons, two shapes in 'dim shadow', with the help of a few gleams of light and appropriate noises and a chant at the end"...
Tolkien's Linguistic Application of the Seventh Deadly Sin: Lust
IN A LETTER TO NAOMI MITCHISON, J.R.R. Tolkien complained that "[s]ome reviewers have called the whole thing [The Lord of the Rings] simple-minded, just a plain fight between Good and Evil, with all the good just good, and the bad just bad" (Letters...
Two Views of Faerie in Smith of Wootton Major: Nokes and His Cake, Smith and His Star
SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR, like many of Tolkien's other works, is a fairy tale. (1) It is about both Faerie (the region) and fairies (the fantastical creatures); though in Tolkien's own understanding of the word, the latter is not a qualification of the...
What the Spirit Knows: Charles Williams and Kenneth Burke
Introduction KENNETH BURKE WAS THE INITIATOR AND CODIFIER of many great critical ideas of the twentieth century. Although Burke's religious faith, or lack of it, is less readily obvious than Williams's, he made religious terminology central to much...
Witches, Wives and Dragons: The Evolution of the Women in Ursula K. le Guin's Earthsea-An Overview
The Book of the Dark, written late in the time it tells of, is a compilation of self-contradictory histories, partial biographies, and garbled legends. But it's the best of the records that survived the dark years. Wanting praise, not history,...
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