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The Lord of the Rings, 1954-2004 : Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. Blackwelder

  • Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, eds.
  • 387 pages
  • casebound
  • ISBN: 087462018X (paperback)
  • 2006
  • Publisher's website
  • "New research by twenty scholars of J.R.R. Tolkien is now available from the Marquette University Press. The articles were originally presented at the October 2004 conference, "The Lord of the Rings, 1954-2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. Blackwelder," organized by the Marquette Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The international conference celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Tolkien's masterpiece, as well as the opening of Marquette's new John P. Raynor, S.J., Library.

    Half of the conference participants focused their research on The Lord of the Rings and their papers are a significant addition to the scholarly literature on the novel. Other presenters investigated the larger body of Tolkien’s notable achievements--as a writer of fiction, a maker of language, and one of the leading philologists of his day." (from the publisher)


      Table of Contents
    • Editors' Note - p. 7
    • "Richard E. Blackwelder: Scholar, Collector, Benefactor, and Friend" by Charles B. Elston- p. 9
    • "The AB Language Lives" by Arne Zettersten - p. 13
    • "History in Words: Tolkien's Ruling Passion" by T.A. Shippey - p. 25
    • "Frodo and the Great War" by John Garth - p. 41
    • "Towards Quite Unforeseen Goals" by Paul Edmund Thomas - p. 57
    • "'And All the Days of Her Life Are Forgotten': The Lord of the Rings as Mythic Prehistory" by John D. Rateliff - p. 67
    • "What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?: Planning, Inspiration, and The Lord of the Rings" by Christina Scull - p. 101
    • "The Artistry of Omissions and Revisions in The Lord of the Rings" by David Bratman - p. 113
    • "King and Hobbit: The Exalted and Lowly in Tolkien's Created Worlds" by Marjorie Burns - p. 139
    • "Subversive Fantasists: Tolkien on Class Difference" by Jane Chance - p. 153
    • "Naysayers in the Works of Tolkien" by S. Gary Hunnewell - p. 169
    • "The Rhetorical Evolution of Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" by Michael Drout - p. 183
    • "Working at the Crossroads: Tolkien, St. Augustine, and the Beowulf-poet" by Matt Fisher - p. 217
    • "Elvish as She Is Spoke" by Carl F. Hostetter - p. 231
    • "Teaching Tolkien" by Mike Foster - p. 257
    • "Tolkienian Gothic" by Arden R. Smith - p. 267
    • "Tolkien and the Idea of the Book" by Verlyn Flieger - p. 283
    • "The Mainstreaming of Fantasy and the Legacy of The Lord of the Rings" by Douglas A. Anderson - p. 301
    • "'Her Choice Was Made and Her Doom Appointed': Tragedy and Divine Comedy in the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen" by Richard C. West - p. 317
    • "Special Collections in the Service of Tolkien Studies" by Wayne G. Hammond - p. 331
    • Notes on the Contributors - p. 341
    • Bibliography of Works Consulted - p. 347
    • Index - p. 365

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