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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3-4, Spring-Summer

But Grace Is Not Infinite": Tolkien's Explorations of Nature and Grace in His Catholic Context
"Of course I do not mean that the Gospels tell what is only a fairy-story; but I do mean very strongly that they do tell a fairy-story: the greatest. Man the story-teller would have to be redeemed in a manner consonant with his nature: by a moving...
Disparaging Narnia: Reconsidering Tolkien's View of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
It is well-known that Tolkien disliked The Chronicles of Narnia, but what were his reasons? They appear to be complex and manifold. Part of the problem lies in the fact that we have only one (published) statement from Tolkien on the matter, and it...
Editorial
We are delighted to be able to announce that with our fall 2013 issue, individual subscribers will have the option of switching to electronic delivery of Mythlore. As with Mythprint, subscribers who choose this option will be sent a link for a PDF...
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter. Edited by Cynthia J. Hallett and Peggy J. Huey. New Casebooks series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. $23.00. ISBN 9780230008502. Palqrave's new casebooks series is designed to introduce university students to a variety...
J.R.R. Tolkien, Sub-Creation, and Theories of Authorship
Even a brief glance at the author of the Lord of the Rings reveals a man who constantly questioned his role as a creator, interpreter, and delegator of texts. J.R.R. Tolkien's well-known essay "On Fairy-Stories" and excerpts from his Letters outline...
Of Spiders and Elves
In J.R.R Tolkien's the two towers the ent Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin that orcs were made by Sauron in mockery of elves, as trolls were made in mockery of ents (The Lord of the Rings [LotR] III.4.486). A closer look at Tolkien's works, however,...
Smeagol and Deagol: Secrecy History, and Ethical Subjectivity in Tolkien's World
In 1911, under a rising fear of war and a growing espionage hysteria caused by the movement of a German gunboat off the coast of Morocco, the British Government hurriedly passed a sweeping revision of the Official Secrets Act (see Hooper, Aitken, and...
The Hobbit Tarot
The Hobbit Tarot. Terry Donaldson (author of guide pamphlet) and Peter Pracownik (artist). Stamford, CT: U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 2012. 78-card deck and booklet. 96 pp. $20.00 ISBN 9781572816770. The Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck and Card Game....
"The Inner Consistency of Reality": Intermediacy in the Hobbit
Speculations on Intermediacy This essay will discuss intermediacy in The Hobbit It will concentrate both on what I will call representational intermediacy--the way Bilbo's adventures are ensconced in an ongoing world that is granted an autonomous...
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