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 (hardback)
0-86516-176-3 (paperback)

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

In his Preface, Robert Morse states that both Virgil 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 Virgil 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.