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Evocation of Virgil in Tolkien's Art

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Evocation of Virgil in Tolkien's Art: Geritol for the Classics
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AuthorRobert E. Morse
PublisherOak Park, Ill.: Bolchazy-Carducci
ReleasedDecember 1, 1986
ISBN0-86516-175-5 (hbk); 0-86516-176-3 (pbk)

Evocation of Virgil in Tolkien's Art: Geritol for the Classics is a 1986 study comparing the elements of myth and history in Virgil's (external link) and J.R.R. Tolkien's works.

Table of Contents

  • vii: Preface
  • 1: Frodo and Aeneas
  • 17: Aragorn and Aeneas
  • 27: Dido and Denethor
  • 37: A Nordic Myth
  • 45: Conclusion
  • 57: Selected References
  • 61: Index of Passages
  • 63: Index of Proper Names

From the publisher

In his Preface, Robert Morse states that both Vergil and Tolkien present myth as an aspect of an historical continuum. For these authors, myth does not seem to represent a falsehood, but rather it seems to narrate a record of experience from which humanity learns. Thus, myth is...a form of memory. In Evocation of Vergil in Tolkien's Art, Robert Morse asks the question: does this syncretism of myth and history serve a similar purpose in each author?

Includes an index of proper names from both authors' works, an index of passages, and a selected bibliography.