Tolkien and Wales
|Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity|
|Publisher||University of Wales Press|
|Released||30 April 2011|
"This is the first book-length study of Tolkien's debts to Welsh language and literature. It traces those influences in Tolkien's scholarly and creative work, paying particular attention to some relatively neglected texts. The book draws on unpublished manuscripts and on Tolkien's own collection of Welsh books in order to evaluate the influence of Wales and Welsh on Tolkien's writings and on his sense of national identity."
- MS Tolkien 7-8 [papers relating to 'English and Welsh']
- MS Tolkien A18/1 [including partial text and translation of Pwyll, with notes] (cf. pp. 11, 60-1, 139 (note 33))
- MS Tolkien A19/3 [including notes on etymology of Lydney; draft of 'Celts and Teutons'] (for 'Lydney', cf. pp. 56, 137 (note 13); for 'Celts and Teutons', cf. pp. 15, 127 (notes 64, 76))
- MS Tolkien drawings 85
From the publisher
Tolkien once wrote: 'I love Wales - and especially the Welsh language'. This book explores how that love influenced Tolkien's ideas about language, many aspects of his creative writing, and his sense of an English identity. It describes more fully than before the extent and depth of Tolkien's debt to Welsh language and literature, and argues that Tolkien's love of Wales and Welsh is inseparable from his love of, and sense of belonging to, England. The book gives detailed attention to both Tolkien's fiction and his scholarly writings, including some relatively neglected texts. Wales and Welsh were seminal influences on the writings of the twentieth century's most popular writer and this book reveals the range and depth of these influences.
About the Author
Dr Phelpstead is a Reader in English literature at Cardiff University. His areas of research include Old Norse and medieval English literature. Dr Phelpstead has published widely on Norse saga and other medieval literature and has contributed to The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopaedia and Tolkien Studies.
- Tolkien and Wales at the website of Phelpstead
- Review by Christina Scull
- BBC News article on the launch of Tolkien and Wales