The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Publication Information
EditorWill Sherwood and Julian Eilmann
PublisherWalking Tree Publishers
Released17 March 2024
FormatPaperback
Pages422
ISBN9783905703511
SeriesCormarë Series
Preceded byTweaking Things a Little

The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien is an anthology of essays edited by Will Sherwood and Julian Eilmann on how J.R.R. Tolkien took inspiration from the Romantic movement. It is No. 51 in the Cormarë Series.

Contents

  • Introduction by Will Sherwood
  • Nationalism, History, and the Other
    • "'Anglo-Saxons on Horseback' or 'Mail-Shirted Sioux or Cheyenne'? Romantic Native Americans and Tolkien's Rohirrim" by Valentina P. Aparicio and Elliott Greene
    • "Tolkien, Medieval Romances and the Romantic Spirit" by Lynn Forest-Hill
    • "J.R.R. Tolkien, Walter Scott, and Scott-ish Romanticism" by Sharin Schroeder
    • "A Dark Romantic Gaze: Otherness and Evil in Hoffmann and Tolkien" by Mariana Rios Maldonado
  • Language, Art, and Music
    • "Words, Words, Words: Tolkien, Barfield and Romanticism" by Verlyn Flieger
    • "Horns, Bullets, and Rings: Tolkien's 'extreme fondness' for Carl Maria von Weber" by Chiara Bertoglio
    • "Indirect Artistic Influences: The Visual Art of J.R.R. Tolkien and William Blake" by Annise Rogers
    • "'Living shapes that move from mind to mind': Tolkien's Visual Romanticism" by David Smith
  • Imagination, Desire, and Sensation
    • "Tolkien’s Romantic Gusto" by Kacie L. Wills and Christopher Hagan
    • "Tolkien and Coleridge: Act and Desire in The Silmarillion" by Adam Neikirk
    • "Romantic Imagination, Fancy, and kalymma in Tolkien’s ‘On Fairy-stories’" by John R. Holmes
    • "‘The Backs of Trees’: Tolkien, the British Theological Romantics, & the Fantastic Imagination" by Austin M. Freeman
    • "'His songs are stronger songs': Aesthetic Creation, Enchantment, and the Wordsworthian Sublime in Tolkien" by Brandon Wernette
  • Nature and Travel
    • "Walking into Mordor: Tolkien and Romantic Travel Writing" by Eva Lippold
    • "'The Ghostly Language of the Ancient Earth': Tolkien, Geology, and Romantic Lithology" by Nick Groom

Publisher's description

J.R.R. Tolkien's Arda illustrates how he incorporated and built on aesthetics, ideals, and philosophies that were, during his lifetime, associated with the Romantics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien is a celebration of Romanticism's multiplicity, offering fresh perspectives on Tolkien's relationship with English, Scottish, German, transatlantic, musical, and artistic Romanticisms, working in concert to open up our discussions of Tolkien's Romantic Spirit.

By embracing this approach, the volume avoids generalisations or vague definitions of Romanticism and the Romantic, paving the way for future scholarship that seeks to understand Tolkien's stylistic and thematic connections with Romanticism.

The contributions to this volume by no means exhaust the discussion on Tolkien's Romanticism. Rather, they aim to ignite further exploration by embracing Romanticism's ever-growing cast of voices and spirits.

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