Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tolkien and His Sources

Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays
Edited by Jason Fisher

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6482-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8728-8
notes, bibliography, index
240pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2011
Price: $40.00

About the Book
Source criticism--analysis of a writer’s source material--has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers’ appreciation. This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology for proper source criticism and provides practical demonstrations of the approach.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Jason Fisher 1

Introduction: Why Source Criticism?
Tom Shippey 7
Source Criticism: Background and Applications
E. L. Risden 17
Tolkien and Source Criticism: Remarking and Remaking
Jason Fisher 29
The Stones and the Book: Tolkien, Mesopotamia, and Biblical Mythopoeia
Nicholas Birns 45
Sea Birds and Morning Stars: Ceyx, Alcyone, and the Many Metamorphoses of Eärendil and Elwing
Kristine Larsen 69

“Byzantium, New Rome!” Goths, Langobards, and Byzantium in The Lord of the Rings
Miryam Librán-Moreno 84
The Rohirrim: “Anglo-Saxons on Horseback”? An Inquiry into Tolkien’s Use of Sources
Thomas Honegger 116
William Caxton’s The Golden Legend as a Source for Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Judy Ann Ford 133

She and Tolkien, Revisited
John D. Rateliff 145
Reading John Buchan in Search of Tolkien
Mark T. Hooker 162
Biography as Source: Niggles and Notions
Diana Pavlac Glyer and Josh B. Long 193

About the Contributors 215
Index 219

About the Author
Jason Fisher is an independent scholar specializing in J.R.R. Tolkien, the Inklings, and Medieval Germanic philology. He is also the editor of Mythprint, the monthly publication of The Mythopoeic Society, and has written for Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, Beyond Bree, North Wind, Renaissance, and other publications.

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