The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium

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The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality
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AuthorChristopher Vaccaro
Released15 August 2013

The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality is a 2013 book edited by Christopher Vaccaro about J.R.R. Tolkien's works.

Contents[edit | edit source]

  • Introduction
    • by Christopher Vaccaro

Part I. The Transformation of the Body

  • "The Body in Question: The Unhealed Wounds of Frodo Baggins"
  • "Incorporeality and Transformation in The Lord of the Rings"
    • by Yvette Kisor
  • "Frodo's Body: Liminality and the Experience of War"
    • by Anna Smol

Part II. The Body and the Spirit

  • "The Hröa and Fëa of Middle-earth: Health, Ecology and the War"
  • "The Ugly Elf: Orc Bodies, Perversion, and Redemption The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings"
    • by Jolanta N. Komornicka

Part III. The Discursive Body

  • "Light (noun, 1) or Light (adjective, 14b)? Female Bodies and Femininities in The Lord of the Rings"
    • by Robin Anne Reid
  • "A Body of Myth: Representing Sauron in The Lord of the Rings"

Part IV. The Body and the Source Material

  • "Emblematic Bodies: Tolkien and the Depiction of Female Physical Presence"
    • by James T. Williamson
  • "Extending the Reach of the Invisible Hand: A Gift Looks for Gain in the Gifting Economy of Middle-earth"
    • by Jennifer Culver
  • "Tolkien’s Whimsical Mode: Physicalities in The Hobbit"
    • by Christopher Vaccaro
  • About the Contributors
  • Index

From the publisher[edit | edit source]

The timely collection of essays is thematically unified around the subject of corporeality. Its theoretical underpinnings emerge out of feminist, foucauldian, patristic and queer hermeneutics. The book is organized into categories specific to transformation, spirit versus body, discourse, and source material. More than one essay focuses on female bodies and on the monstrous or evil body. While Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is central to most analyses, authors also cover The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and material in The History of Middle-earth.