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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring-Summer

"Because I'm a Girl, I Suppose!": Gender Lines and Narrative Perspective in Harry Potter
NARRATIVE PERSPECTIVE Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, is the most up-to-date picture of Hermione that author J.K. Rowling has provided for her readers. In this book, Hermione is a young...
Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister: A Romantic Comedy within HBO's Game of Thrones
HBO'S Game of Thrones depicts many "odd couples" due to the decision of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to reveal characters mainly through their relationships. (2) In this wide-ranging epos, the old and the young, the powerful and the meek,...
Chaoskampf, Salvation and Dragons: Archetypes in Tolkien's Earendel
Tolkien's recreation of mythology, "which [he] could dedicate simply to: to England, to [his] country" (Letters 144), involved much reuse of older myths, both from Europe and elsewhere. Prominent among these were, doubtless, Germanic stories, but Numenor...
Christianity and the Detective Story
CHRISTIANITY AND THE DETECTIVE STORY. Ed. Anya Morlan and Walter Raubicheck. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 226 pp. ISBN: 9781443842099. $75.99. While at first glanct an essay collection focusing on Christianity and...
Constructing Lothiriel: Rewriting and Rescuing the Women of Middle-Earth from the Margins
Scholars of fan studies believes that fan fiction can be seen as an interpretive and analytical act that gives insight into the reception of a text by its audience. This paper will examine the depiction of Tolkien's female characters in The Lord of...
Editorial
By coincidence, the majority of articles in this issue of Mythlore have to do with a selection of female characters in fantasy and their issues of agency, visibility, relationship, and gender roles. This ties in nicely with the publication this spring...
Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern
FASTITOCALON: STUDIES IN FANTASTICISM ANCIENT TO MODERN. 4.1/2 (2014). Editors in Chief Thomas Honegger and Fanfan Chen. ISBN 9783868215588; ISSN 1869-960X. 18.50 [euro]. TOLKIEN STUDIES XI (2014). Editors: Michael D.C. Drout, Verlyn Flieger, and...
Gaining a Face: The Romanticism of C.S. Lewis
GAINING A FACE: THE ROMANTICISM OF C.S. LEWIS. James Prothero and Donald T. Williams. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2013. ISBN 97843852357. $60.00. There is generally no question that C.S. Lewis was influenced by the Romantic poets....
In Memoriam: Terry Pratchett in Mythlore
Terry Pratchett, widely acclaimed author of forty Discworld novels as well as a number of other books, has been the subject of several articles in Mythlore. The Discworld novels, in addition to being by turns hilarious, gripping, moving, and thought-provoking,...
In Memoriam: Tom Loback in Mythlore
Tom Loback was a contributor of Tolkien-related articles and artwork to Mythlore and several other magazines in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known for his unique artistic style and his calligraphy in cirth and tengwar, he also created driftwood...
Isn't It Romantic? Sacrificing Agency for Romance in the Chronicles of Prydain
In an article entitled "What's Wrong With Cinderella," author Peggy Orenstein laments the obsession American girls have with the concept of being a princess. When asked by her daughter why she was so against the idea of idolizing princesses, Orenstein...
Magical Genders: The Gender(s) of Witches in the Historical Imagination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld
Terry Pratchett (1) Has been writing the satirical fantasy Discworld series since 1983 and has published forty novels. Over thirty years of writing and publishing, the historical context of Discworld, and the broader fantasy genre, has changed significantly,...
St. Jerome's Narnia: Transformation and Asceticism in the Desert and beyond the Wardrobe
Artistic depictions of St. Jerome (347-420) over the ages generally portray the great fourth century ascetic, scholar, and translator of the Bible as either a curmudgeon or, to our modern eyes, a fanatic. We see in El Greco's paintings, for instance,...
The A-Z of C.S. Lewis: An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings
THE A-Z OF C.S. LEWIS: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HIS LIFE, THOUGHT AND WRITINGS. Colin Duriez. Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2013. 352 p. ISBN 9780745955865. $24.95. Colin Duriez's career as a researcher and writer has largely been based on his effectiveness as...
The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience
THE SHAMANIC ODYSSEY: HOMER, TOLKIEN, AND THE VISIONARY EXPERIENCE. Robert Tindall with Susana Bustos. Foreword by John Perkins. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2012. 224 pp. including notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 9781594773969 (pbk), 9781594775017...
Thiepval Ridge and Minas Tirith
In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien describes the Dark Lord's forces at work as they lay siege to Minas Tirith, capital city of Gondor: Busy as ants hurrying orcs were digging, digging lines of deep trenches in a huge ring, just out of bowshot from...
Tolkien and the Modernists: Literary Responses to the Dark New Days of the 20th Century
TOLKIEN AND THE MODERNISTS: LITERARY RESPONSES TO THE DARK NEW DAYS OF THE 20TH CENTURY. Theresa Freda Nicolay. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 204 pp. 978-0-7864-7898-9. $40.00 (paperback) J.R.R Tolkien is understandably beloved by medievalists...
Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Oxford Undergraduate Created Middle-Earth
TOLKIEN AT EXETER COLLEGE: HOW AN OXFORD UNDERGRADUATE CREATED MIDDLE-EARTH. John Garth. Oxford: Exeter College, 2014. 64 p. Softcover; 10 [pounds sterling] in the UK, 12.60 [pounds sterling] in the EU, and 13.65 [pounds sterling] elsewhere (including...
Tolkien's Dialogue between Enchantment and Loss
At the center of Tolkien's enchanted edifice in The Lord of the Rings is the idea that the enchantment out of which this edifice is built must fade. Or as Saruman gloats to the elves: "you pulled down your own house when you destroyed mine" (The Lord...
Tolkien Sidelined: Constructing the Non-Combatant in the Children of Hurin
As Theoden prepares to leave Edoras and ride to war, he summons his sister-daughter Eowyn. She kneels before him, and he gives her a sword and a corslet of mail, saying "Farewell, sister-daughter. [...] Dark is the hour, yet maybe we shall return to...
Under the Mercy: Charles Williams & the Holy Grail
UNDER THE MERCY: CHARLES WILLIAMS & THE HOLY GRAIL. Robert Peirano. Berkeley, CA: The Apocryphile Press, 2014. 128 pages $14.95 ISBN In his preface, Peirano states tHat Charles Williams "is comparatively obscure [...]. This volume intends to...
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