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

  title={“Mad” Elves and “Elusive Beauty”: Some Celtic Strands of Tolkien's Mythology [1]},
  author={Dimitra Fimi},
  pages={156 - 170}
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… 

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