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The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays

  title={The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays},
  author={J. R. R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien},
Complete collection of Tolkien's essays, including two on Beowulf, which span three decades beginning six years before The Hobbit to five years after The Lord of the Rings. The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are accessible to all. Two of them are concerned with Beowulf, including the well-known… 

The Myths of the Author: Tolkien and the Medieval Origins of the Word Hobbit

Tolkien's Myth of the Hobbit AS SHE TOLD THE STORY DURING A BBC INTERVIEW in 1965, it was in the summer of 1930 (1) that J.R.R. Tolkien, who had recently been named Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor

The Blade against the Burden: The Iconograpgy of the Sword in the Lord of the Rings

IF ONE CONSIDERS THE TERM "ARTIFACT" in relation to the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, several thoughts spring to mind. First and foremost is the way in which his work has been regarded as cultural

The Monstrosity of the Gaze: Critical Problems with a Film Adaptation of The Lord of the Rings

IN the essay, "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics," J.R.R. Tolkien contends with early critics who debunk the poem's poetic and structural artistry: "[T]he monsters are not an inexplicable blunder

The Comedy of Enchantment in The Lord of the Rings

Abstract: In this article, J. R. R. Tolkien's conception of the "enchantment" of fantasy as articulated in his essay "On Fairy-Stories" is initially discussed in relation to the Catholic imagination

Two Views of Faerie in Smith of Wootton Major: Nokes and His Cake, Smith and His Star

SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR, like many of Tolkien's other works, is a fairy tale. (1) It is about both Faerie (the region) and fairies (the fantastical creatures); though in Tolkien's own understanding of

The Carolingian World: Belief and culture

In the first two chapters we have made regular references to the Christian character of the Frankish court, which acted as a powerful patron associated with the founding of monasteries, the patronage

Classical Epic in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings has often been described as an 'epic', and although Tolkien drew most famously on Northern mythology in his creation of Middle-earth much of his work also bears similarities to

Galadriel and Morgan le Fey: Tolkien's Redemption of the Lady of the Lacuna

In that realm [the realm of fairy-story] its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them. And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many

The Binding of Isaac in J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen King

This article investigates biblical reception in the works of two popular modern fantasy authors. It stages an intertextual dialogue between Genesis 22:1-19, “the binding of Isaac”, and two

The judicious analysis of The Nightingale and the Rose for people of fifteen

Analysis of Wilde's parodic fairy tale The Nightingale and the Rose will make the young adults explore some age relevant secrets, meanings and answers while discovering the beauty of his art.