Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages

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Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages
Publication Information
authorJane Chance, Alfred K. Siewers (eds.)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ReleasedOctober 27, 2005

Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages is a collection of essays edited by Jane Chance and Alfred K. Siewers.

From the Publisher

J.R.R. Tolkien delved into the Middle Ages to create a critique of the modern world in his fantasy, yet did so in a form of modernist literature with postmodern implications and huge commercial success. These essays examine that paradox and its significance in understanding the intersection between traditionalist and counter-culture criticisms of the modern. The approach helps to explain the popularity of his works, the way in which they continue to be brought into dialogue with twenty-first century issues, and their contested literary significance in the academy.


  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Jane Chance and Alfred K. Siewers: "Introduction: Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages?"
  • Verlyn Flieger: "A Postmodern Medievalist"
  • Gergely Nagy: "The Medievalist's Fiction"
  • John R. Holmes: "Tolkien, Dustsceawung, and the Gnomic Tense"
  • John Hunter: "The Reanimation of Antiquity and the Resistance to History: Macpherson-Scott-Tolkien"
  • Andrew Lynch: "Archaism, Nostalgia, and Tennysonian War in The Lord of the Rings"
  • Chester N. Scoville: "Pastoralia and Perfectibility in Tolkien and William Morris"
  • Deidre Dawson: "English, Welsh, and Elvish"
  • Rebekah Long: "Fantastic Medievalism and the Great War in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and David Jones's In Parenthesis"
  • Alfred K. Siewers: "Tolkien's Cosmic-Christian Ecology"
  • Brian McFadden: "Fear of Difference, Fear of Death"
  • Jane Chance: "Tolkien and the Other"
  • Ted Nasmith: "Similar but not Similar"
  • Michael N. Stanton: "Tolkien in New Zealand: Man, Myth, and Movie"
  • Bibliography
  • Contributors
  • Index