Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England

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University Press of Kentucky, Oct 26, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages
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" J.R.R. Tolkien’s zeal for medieval literary, religious, and cultural ideas deeply influenced his entire life and provided the seeds for his own fiction. In Tolkien’s Art , Chance discusses not only such classics as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion , but focuses on his minor works as well, outlining in detail the sources and influences–from pagan epic to Christian legend-that formed the foundation of Tolkien’s masterpieces, his “mythology for England.”
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Critic as Monster Tolkiens Lectures Prefaces and Foreword
12
The King under the Mountain Tolkiens Children Story
48
The Christian King Tolkiens FairyStories
74
The Germanic Lord Tolkiens Medieval Parodies
111
The Lord of the Rings Tolkiens Epic
141
The Creator of the Silmarils Tolkiens Book of Lost Tales
184
Notes
200
Select Bibliography
229
Index
243
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Jane Chance is Professor of English at Rice University.

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