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Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien

  • Edited by Bradford Lee Eden
  • McFarland
  • 2010
"The twentieth century witnessed the dramatic rise of fantasy writing, but few works are as popular or enduring as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien’s body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien’s scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as musical influences from his Victorian/Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st centuries are included."

Table of Contents

  • Introduction, Bradford Lee Eden
  • Horns of Dawn: The Tradition of Alliterative Verse in Rohan, Jason Fisher
  • "Inside a Song": Tolkien’s Phonaesthetics, John R. Holmes
  • Ǽfre me strongode longað: Songs of Exile in the Mortal Realms, Peter Wilkin
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: A Fortunate Rhythm, Darielle Richards
  • Tolkien’s Unfinished "Lay of Lúthien" and the Middle English Sir Orfeo, Deanna Delmar Evans
  • Strains of Elvish Song and Voices: Victorian Medievalism, Music, and Tolkien, Bradford Lee Eden
  • Dissonance in the Divine Theme: The Issue of Free Will in Tolkien’s Silmarillion, Keith W. Jensen
  • "Worthy of a Song": Memory, Mortality and Music, Amy M. Amendt-Raduege
  • "Tolkien is the Wind and the Way": The Educational Value of Tolkien-Inspired World Music, Amy H. Sturgis
  • Liquid Tolkien: Tolkien, Middle-earth, and More Music, David Bratman
  • Performance Art in a Tunnel: A Musical Sub-Creator in the Tradition of Tolkien, Anthony S. Burdge
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