Mythlore

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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1-2, Fall-Winter

"Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" Seventy-Five Years Later
I want to begin by saying how honored I am to be here. The most flattering thing a professor can hear is that people who know what they're talking about are interested in his work, so I'm flattered to be invited and honored to speak to you today. Thank...
Christian, Norse and Celtic: Metaphysical Belief Structures in Nancy Farmer's the Saxon Saga
"Of 'pagan' belief we have little or nothing left in English. But the spirit survived." J.R.R. Tolkien, "Beowulf: The Monsters & the Critics" 36 The recreation of human experience in quasi-historical circumstances is one of the many uses of...
Editorial
OUR THIRTIETH VOLUME BEGINS with the Scholar Guest of Honor speech from this summer's Mythcon, Michael D.C. Drout's entertaining and thought-provoking discussion of the continuing influence of Tolkien's famed Beowulf essay on its seventy-fifth anniversary....
Into the Lion's Den: Joy Davidman and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
By 1938 Jewish activist Joy Davidmann was a self-confessed atheist and strident Communist. The critical success of her volume of poetry, Letter to a Comrade (1938), gave proof both to her Communist convictions and her poetic prowess. (1) Within a short...
Is a "Christian" Mystery Story Possible? Charles Williams's War in Heaven as a Generic Case Study
War in heaven, written by the unjustly overlooked inkling Charles Williams (1886-1945), was published in 1930. It begins with this glorious sentence: "The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no one in the room but...
The Great War and Narnia: C.S. Lewis as Soldier and Creator
When it comes to his personal experiences in war, C.S. Lewis can be a difficult man to understand. It is not, of course, that Lewis is not clear on the subject when he speaks of it. On the contrary, when he does it is generally with the same incisive...
The Lord of the Rings' Interlace: The Adaptation to Film
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was rewritten as a film script by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens and the film itself released in three parts that more or less coincide with the volume divisions of the original text: The Fellowship...
The Pearl Maiden's Psyche: The Middle English Pearl and the Allegorical-Visionary Impulse in till We Have Faces
"Don't give that book another thought. It isn't an allegory. I was trying to tell a story." --C.S. Lewis, Letter to Father Peter Milward, SJ, 24 Sept. 1959 (Collected Letters III 1090) Much like his friend and colleague J.R.R Tolkien, who famously...
Thresholds to Middle-Earth: Allegories of Reading, Allegories for Knowledge and Transformation
Allegory and Some Methodological Obstacles Many of Tolkien's readers will remember his foreword to The Lord of the Rings, in which he declares that his novel is "neither allegorical nor topical" and that he prefers "history, true or feigned, with...
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