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Table of Contents Preface and Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: "A Mythology for England"? Jane Chance Part I. Backgrounds: Folklore, Religion, Magic, and Language Chapter 1: Tolkien and the Rediscovery of Myth Michaela Baltasar Chapter 2: Light from an Invisible Lamp: Natural Religion in The Lord of the Rings Catherine Madsen Chapter 3: Creating and Re-creating Worlds with Words: The Religion and the Magic of Language in The Lord of the Rings Mary E. Zimmer Chapter 4: Tolkien as Philologist David Lyle Jeffrey Part II. Tolkien and Classical and Medieval Latin Chapter 5: Saving the Myths: The Re-creation of Mythology in Plato and Tolkien Gergely Nagy Chapter 6: Myth, Late Roman History, and Multiculturalism in Tolkien's Middle-earth Sandra Ballif Straubhaar Chapter 7: From Catastrophe to Eucatastrophe: J. R. R. Tolkien's Transformation of Ovid's Mythic Pyramus and Thisbe into Beren and Lúthien Jen Stevens Chapter 8: Providence, Fate, and Chance: Boethian Philosophy in The Lord of the Rings Kathleen E. Dubs Part III. Tolkien and Old Norse Chapter 9: Tolkien and the Appeal of the Pagan: Edda and Kalevala Tom Shippey Chapter 10: Norse and Christian Gods: The Integrative Theology of J. R. R. Tolkien Marjorie J. Burns Chapter 11: The Twilight of the Elves: Ragnarök and the End of the Third Age Andy Dimond Chapter 12: Gathered Round Northern Fires: The Imaginative Impact of the Kolbítar Andrew Lazo Part IV. Tolkien and Old English Chapter 13: A Mythology for Anglo-Saxon England Michael D.C. Drout Chapter 14: Oaths and Oathbreaking: Analogues of Old English Comitatus in Tolkien's Myth John R. Holmes Chapter 15: "On the Borders of Old Stories:" Enacting the Past in Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings Alexandra Bolintineanu Part V. Tolkien and Finnish Chapter 16: A Mythology for Finland: Elias Lönrott and J. R. R. Tolkien as Mythmakers Verlyn Flieger Chapter 17: Setting the Rocket Off in Story: The Kalevala as the Germ of Tolkien's Legendarium Richard C. West Chapter 18: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Kalevala: Some Thoughts on the Finnish Origins of Tom Bombadil and Treebeard David Elton Gay Bibliography Contributors' Notes Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Tolkien, J, R, R, (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 Criticism and interpretation, Tolkien, J, R, R, (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 Knowledge Mythology, Fantasy literature, English History and criticism, Middle Earth (Imaginary place)Mythology in literature, Myth in literature