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1st Edition

Tolkien the Medievalist

Edited By

Jane Chance

ISBN 9780415473484
Published May 1, 2008 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Interdisciplinary in approach, Tolkien the Medievalist provides a fresh perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien's Medievalism. In fifteen essays, eminent scholars and new voices explore how Professor Tolkien responded to a modern age of crisis - historical, academic and personal - by adapting his scholarship on medieval literature to his own personal voice. The four sections reveal the author influenced by his profession, religious faith and important issues of the time; by his relationships with other medievalists; by the medieval sources that he read and taught, and by his own medieval mythologizing.

Table of Contents

Part I: J. R. R. Tolkien as a Medieval Scholar: Modern Contexts
Part II: J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Medieval Literary and Mythological Texts/Contexts
Part III: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Texts/Contexts of Medieval Patristics, Theology, and Iconography
Part IV: J. R. R. Tolkien's Silmarillion Mythodology: Medievalized Retextualization and Theory

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Jane Chance, Professor of English, teaches medieval literature and J. R. R. Tolkien, at Rice University. Among her seventeen books are Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England and The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power and two guest-edited issues of Studies in Medievalism. She also edits two series, the Library of Medieval Women and the Greenwood Guide to Historic Events in the Medieval World.


‘The..essays…[are] remarkable for their originality and thoroughness and are important contributions to the study of Tolkien’s rhetorical artistry… [the] result is a handsomely and carefully edited book that is worth reading and—in my case—re-reading.’Thomas Honegger,  Friedrich-Schiller-University