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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Fall-Winter

C. S. Lewis-A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet
C. S. LEWIS-A LIFE: ECCENTRIC GENIUS, RELUCTANT PROPHET. ALISTER McGrath. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2013. 431 p. $24.99. 978-1-4143-3935-1 (hc). THERE ARE SEVERAL GOOD BIOGRAPHIES OF C. S. LEWIS. (1) McGrath's book...
Editorial
READERS MAY NOTICE SEVERAL CHANGES with this issue of Mythlore. First, we have simplified the numbering of Mythlore, reclassifying the journal as a semiannual. Thus this issue is volume 32, issue 1, whole number 123. This is also the first issue...
Fairy Elements in British Literary Writings in the Decade Following the Cottingley Fairy Photographs Episode
WELCOME TO MYTHON 44, here in East Lansing, Michigan. Let me start by thanking the Mythopoeic Society and the Council of Stewards for inviting me, and Marion Van Loo and the Mythcon Committee for arranging the details, and Leslie Donovan for working...
How Trees Behave-Or Do They?
ON MARCH 8 1939 J.R.R TOLKIEN GAVE A LECTURE on "Fairy Stories" at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Some four years later, probably some time in 1943, he revised his talk for publication in Essays Presented to Charles Williams, adding new material...
J.R.R. Tolkien, Fanfiction, and "The Freedom of the Reader"
I SEND YOU THE ENCLOSED impertinent contribution to my troubles," J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his publishing house Allen & Unwin in 1966 upon receiving a manuscript for a sequel to The Lord of the Rings from a fan who proposed to publish the work....
Listening as Heroic Action in L'Engle's A Swiftly Tilting Planet
THE VICTORIAN MYTHOPOEIC AUTHOR George MacDonald once suggested that "[w]e spoil countless precious things by intellectual greed" (222). By this he did not mean to diminish the value of exercising our cognitive abilities; rather, he meant to remind...
Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in the Lord of the Rings
MOMENTS OF GRACE AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Anne Marie Gazzolo. Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press, 2012. xx + 203 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4497-6968-0. THE AXIOM OF ANNE MARIE CAZZOLO'S Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare...
Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C.S. Lewis
PLAIN TO THE INWARD EYE: SELECTED ESSAYS ON C.S. LEWIS. DON W. King. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2013. 383 p. $25.99. ISBN: 9780891123903. THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF C.S. LEWIS'S DEATH is an opportune moment to step back and assess...
Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review
SEVEN: AN ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERARY REVIEW. Ed. Marjorie Lamp Mead. Volume 29, 2012. $16.50. ISSN 0271-3012. SUPERNATURAL STUDIES: OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUPERNATURAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION. Ed. Margo Collins and Deborah Christie. 1:1, Summer 2013....
The Hobbit and the Father Christmas Letters
AN OLD MAN FAMOUS FOR PREWORKS. A last homely house in a desolate landscape. Elves. Goblins. Dragons. A gruff but affable bear. These are all familiar story elements from The Hobbit, the fantasy novel that earned J.R.R. Tolkien popular acclaim when...
The International Relations of Middle-Earth: Learning from the Lord of the Rings
THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF MIDDLE-EARTH: LEARNING FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Abigail E. Ruane and Patrick James. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012. 256 pp. $19.95 (pbk). 978-0-472-05182-3. IF ONE DOES NOT OBJECT TO THE OBVIOUS ANACHRONISM...
The Lion's World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia
THE LION'S WORLD: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF NARNIA. ROWAN Williams. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. 152 p. $16.95. 9780199975730. First presented as three Lectures given at Canterbury Cathedral during Holy Week 2011, this book by the former archbishop...
Theological Reticence and Moral Radiance: Notes on Tolkien, Levinas, and Inuit Cosmology
I WANT TO CONSIDER, IN A ROUQH AND PRELIMINARY WAY, the resemblances of three moral landscapes. One is an imaginary landscape: Tolkien's Middle-earth in the Third Age, with its pockets of civilization in a vast depopulated wilderness. One is a depopulated...
The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story 1900-2007
THE WIZARD OF OZ AS AMERICAN MYTH: A CRITICAL STUDY OF SIX VERSIONS OF THE STORY, 1900-2007. Alissa Burger. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 230 p. $35.00. ISBN 9780786466436. This past July, The Syfy channel announced that director Timur Bekmambetov...
Tolkien's Devices: The Heraldry of Middle-Earth
ONE OF MANY COLORFUL SURFACE DETAILS in The Lord of the Rings, its pattern of heraldic banners and emblems deployed in the manner of national flags (most visibly, but not exclusively, by armies in the field) might easily be taken as mere decoration...
Tolkien's Poetry
TOLKIEN'S POETRY. Ed. Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner. Zurich and Jena: Walking Tree Publishers, 2013. Cormare Series, No. 28. xvi + 221 pp. US$24.30. ISBN 978-3-905703-28-3. THE EDITORS ANNOUNCE, QUITE CORRECTLY, that this is the first collection...
Troy and the Rings: Tolkien and the Medieval Myth of England
A Myth for England ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN QUOTES attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the composition of both The Lord of the Rings and the greater surrounding body of Middle-earth materials is his intent to create a "mythology for England"...
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