Tolkien and the Gothic

Tolkien and the Gothic


Edited by Will Sherwood


Product Description

This volume of proceedings contains papers from the Tolkien Society Hybrid Seminar 2022. It seeks to shed light on what the words ‘Goth’ and ‘Gothic’ meant to J.R.R. Tolkien and the ways in which the various traditions associated with them proliferate his writing. From the linguistic to the literary, religious to the ecocritical, the proceedings explores how traditional and new theories in Gothic scholarship can help us read Tolkien’s work anew.

Published under the auspices of the Society’s Peter Roe Memorial Fund, this proceedings features a collection of seven papers delivered at the Tolkien Society Hybrid Seminar 2022.


Will Sherwood

Tolkien’s Gothic: A Poetic Resurgence?
Mahdî Brecq

Beware Melkors Bearing Gifts: The ‘Tale of Adanel’ as Gothic Fiction
Kristine Larsen

Eldritch Tolkien: The Impossibility of the Gothic in Middle-earth
Nick Groom

(Re-)Writing the (Monstrous) Body in 20th Century Fantasy Literature: The Construction of the Stranger in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Sofia Skeva

Tolkien’s Triptych: Ecological Uncanny, Double Dualism Personified, and the Language of the Literary Gothic
Michael Dunn

The Gothic and Environmental Bioethics: The ‘Creepy’ Bodies of Middle-earth
Journee Cotton

“The forest is queer” – The Fantastic and the Gothic in The Lord of the Rings
D.A.K. Watson

Additional Details

Publication Date: 26th March 2024
Publisher: Luna Press Publishing
Language: English

ISBN for print book: 978-1-915556-37-0
Page Numbers: 134


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