J.R.R. Tolkien regarded himself ‘chiefly as a poet’ (Carpenter, The Inklings, p. 29) and the importance of poetic diction and its most potent form, song, provides a powerful leitmotif to his mythological universe. Following the publication of Tolkien’s two verse works: The Lay of Atrou and Itroun (2016) and Beren and Lúthien (2017), The Tolkien Society called for papers re-examining the importance of poetry and song in Tolkien’s writing. A series of presentations both on the author’s poems and on verse incorporated into his worldbuilding were given in Leeds on the 2nd of July 2017. Published under the auspices of the Society’s Peter Roe Memorial Fund, this book features a collection of four papers delivered on the day by aspiring and established Tolkien scholars alike.
In search of the Wandering Fire: otherwordly imagery in ‘The Song of Ælfwine’
‘Diadem the Fallen Day’: Astronomical and Arboreal Motifs in the Poem ‘Kortirion Among the Trees’
The Magical and Reality-Transforming Function of Tolkien’s Song and Verse
Translating The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun into French: across the Channel here and back again
Publication Date: 30 April 2018
Publisher: Luna Press Publishing
Product Dimensions: 178 x 127 mm
Page Numbers: 66
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