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Tolkien the Medievalist (Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion) Paperback – 5 Jan 2008


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‘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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive scholarship 17 Jun. 2004
By Janet B. Croft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This impressive collection gathers sixteen scholarly articles on various medieval influences on and echoes in Tolkien's works. As with any collection of this nature, there are essays which will appeal to some readers and not to others, but the level of scholarship in this collection is uniformly excellent.
For me, Leslie Donovan's "The valkyrie reflex in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Galadriel, Shelob, Eowyn, and Arwen" was the most outstanding essay in the collection, shedding new light of the roots of Tolkien's depiction of female characters, their motivations, and implications for the reader seeking viable female role models in this (on the surface) male-dominated work.
Verlyn Fleiger's valuable essay on the folklore controversy behind Tolkien's "On Fairy-stories" explains the scholarly disputes to which Tolkien responds in his well-known lecture. Flieger also wrote a very interesting article on the Wild Man motif in medieval literature and Tolkien's works. Christine Chism contributes a fascinating piece on the Nazi "misappropriation" of Germanic folklore, myth, and history, and Tolkien's indignant response. Michael W. Maher's exploration of medieval images of Mary in the character of Galadriel, especially in the application of the appellations of Mary given in the Litany of Loreto to the Lady of Lorien, is also quite intriquing for its concrete evidence of the influence of Tolkien's Catholicism on this character. Other essays deal with CS Lewis' influence on Tolkien, Augustinian echoes in Tolkien's cosmogony, the Seafarer poem, mythological aspects of tales from The Silmarillion, and so on. Overall, this is an outstanding anthology recommended for any serious Tolkien or medieval literature collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excelent set of studies 16 Feb. 2010
By Jorge Norber Ferro - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a serious and carefully assembled collection of papers, as usual in the works in charge of Jane Chance. For a Tolkien fan and a intended medievalist philologue, what I would like to be, it is a real party. The articles in general are of very good level. I enjoyed specially V.Flieger's "Tolien's wild men", a true archetype of academic exposition, orginal and reliable. I would propose it as a model of style and way of work. My other favourite was John Houghton "Augustine in the cottage of lost play", a wonderful study, deep and illuminator.
I am, in few words, grateful for the book, and strongly reccomend it, in my horrible written English!
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