“Mad” Elves and “Elusive Beauty”: Some Celtic Strands of Tolkien's Mythology [1]

@article{Fimi2006MadEA,
  title={“Mad” Elves and “Elusive Beauty”: Some Celtic Strands of Tolkien's Mythology [1]},
  author={Dimitra Fimi},
  journal={Folklore},
  year={2006},
  volume={117},
  pages={156 - 170}
}
  • Dimitra Fimi
  • Published 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Folklore
  • Contrary to Tolkien's refutation of “Celtic things” as a source for his own mythology, this article attempts to show how his work has been inspired by Celtic folklore and myth. The article is not just a source study. It concentrates on one main example from Tolkien's early literary writings that betrays a Celtic influence. At the same time it discusses Tolkien's complex attitude towards “things Celtic” within the context of his strong sense of English identity. Finally, it seeks to explain… CONTINUE READING

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