Tolkien the Medievalist

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Tolkien the Medievalist
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Tolkien the Medievalist is a collection of essays edited by Jane Chance.

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Interdisciplinary in approach, this book provides a fresh perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien's medievalism. Fifteen essays explore how professor Tolkien responded to a modern age of crisis - historical, academic and personal.

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1. Jane Chance: "Introduction"

PART I: J.R.R. Tolkien as a medieval scholar: modern contexts

2. Douglas A. Anderson: "'An industrious little devil': E.V. Gordon as friend and collaborator with Tolkien"
3. Verlyn Flieger: "'There would always be a fairy-tale': J.R.R. Tolkien and the folklore controversy"
4. Andrew Lazo: "A kind of mid-wife: J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis - sharing influence"
5. Mary Falaci: "'I wish to speak": Tolkien's voice in his Beowulf essay"
6. Christine Chism: "Middle-earth, the Middle Ages, and the Aryan nation: myth and history in World War II"

PART II: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and medieval literary and mythological texts/contexts

7. Verlyn Flieger: "Tolkien's Wild Men: from medieval to modern"
8. Leslie A. Donovan: "The valkyrie reflex in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: Galadriel, Shelob, Éowyn, and Arwen"
9. Miranda Wilcox: "Exilic imagining in The Seafarer and The Lord of the Rings"
10. Margaret A. Sinex: "'Oathbreakers, why have ye come?': Tolkien's Passing of the Grey Company and the twelfth-century Exercitus mortuorum

PART III: J.R.R. Tolkien: The texts/contexts of medieval patristics, theology, and iconography

11. John William Houghton: "Augustine in the cottage of lost play: the Ainulindalë as asterisk cosmogony"
12. Bradford Lee Eden: "The 'music of the spheres': relationships between Tolkien's The Silmarillion and medieval cosmological and religious theory"
13. Jonathan Evans: "The anthropology of Arda: creation, theology, and the race of Men"
14. Michael W. Maher: "'A land without stain': medieval images of Mary and their use in the characterization of Galadriel"

PART IV: J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion mythology: medievalized retextualization and theory

15. Gergely Nagy: "The great chain of reading: (inter-)textual relations and the technique of mythopoesis in the Túrin story"
16. Richard C. West: "Real-world myth in a secondary world: mythological aspects in the story of Beren and Lúthien"

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