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Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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The Inklings And King Arther: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Willams, C.S. Lewis, And Owen Barfield On The Matter Of Britain Ed. Sørina Higgins, Jared Lobdell Apr 2020

The Inklings And King Arther: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Willams, C.S. Lewis, And Owen Barfield On The Matter Of Britain Ed. Sørina Higgins, Jared Lobdell

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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A Modern Fairy-Story: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Seen Through The Prism Of Tolkien’S Classic Essay, Douglas Charles Kane Oct 2019

A Modern Fairy-Story: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Seen Through The Prism Of Tolkien’S Classic Essay, Douglas Charles Kane

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-stories” provides both a definitive discussion of fairy-stories and their relationship to myth and fantasy and his most explicit analysis of his own art. In addition, in carefully laying out over the course of his essay what makes a true fairy-story, he also makes it possible to analyze other artists’ works to determine how successful they are as fairy-stories. Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell meets those standards on every point, and is thus shown to be a true modern fairy-story in the tradition that Tolkien documents so plainly.


Phantastes: Annotated Edition By George Macdonald. Edited By John Pennington And Roderick Mcgillis, Tiffany Brooke Martin Phd Oct 2019

Phantastes: Annotated Edition By George Macdonald. Edited By John Pennington And Roderick Mcgillis, Tiffany Brooke Martin Phd

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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The Romance And The Real: A. S. Byatt’S Possession: A Romance, Jordana Long Oct 2019

The Romance And The Real: A. S. Byatt’S Possession: A Romance, Jordana Long

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Demonstrates Possession’s mythic elements, in particular, how the encounter between the fictitious Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash and his daughter Maia in the novel’s Postscript constitutes Ash’s confrontation with Slavoj Žižek’s famous interpretation of the Lacanian Real. Building on Žižek, argues that Ash’s encounter with the Real actually springs from and mediates grace. This reimagining of the Real is an integral element of myth and introduces the mythic into Possession, giving it the qualities of a Romance.


The Faun’S Bookshelf: C.S. Lewis On Why Myth Matters By Charlie Starr, Louis Markos Oct 2019

The Faun’S Bookshelf: C.S. Lewis On Why Myth Matters By Charlie Starr, Louis Markos

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Medievalism In A Song Of Ice And Fire And Game Of Thrones By Shiloh Carroll, Joseph Young Oct 2019

Medievalism In A Song Of Ice And Fire And Game Of Thrones By Shiloh Carroll, Joseph Young

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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“Auntie, What Ails Thee?”: The Parzival Question In Orphan Black, Janet Brennan Croft Apr 2019

“Auntie, What Ails Thee?”: The Parzival Question In Orphan Black, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

In Arthurian legend, the question Parzival fails to ask upon first seeing the Grail procession in the Fisher King’s castle, and must return to ask later, is the central turning point of his quest. While in many versions the question is about the Grail and its purpose, in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s retelling, the question posed is “What ails thee, Uncle?”, and it is the moment of humility, compassion, and sympathy that is essential to the achieving of the Grail vision, the healing of the Fisher King, and the restoration of the land. In the television series Orphan Black ...


Tolkien, Self And Other: "This Queer Creature." By Jane Chance And Tolkien And Alterity Eds. Christopher Vaccaro And Yvette Kisor, Jason Fisher Apr 2019

Tolkien, Self And Other: "This Queer Creature." By Jane Chance And Tolkien And Alterity Eds. Christopher Vaccaro And Yvette Kisor, Jason Fisher

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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The Great Tower Of Elfland: The Mythopoeic Worldview Of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, And George Macdonald By Zachary A. Rhone, Foreword By Colin Duriez, Felicia Jean Steele Apr 2019

The Great Tower Of Elfland: The Mythopoeic Worldview Of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, And George Macdonald By Zachary A. Rhone, Foreword By Colin Duriez, Felicia Jean Steele

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Zachary A. Rhone argues that G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien share a Christian worldview that is the foundation of their uniquely Christian mythopoesis.


"The Sweet And The Bitter": Death And Dying In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings By Amy Amendt-Raduege, Laura Lee Smith Apr 2019

"The Sweet And The Bitter": Death And Dying In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings By Amy Amendt-Raduege, Laura Lee Smith

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, And Other Airborne Females By Serinity Young, Felicity Gilbert Apr 2019

Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, And Other Airborne Females By Serinity Young, Felicity Gilbert

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Saruman As ‘Sophist’ Or Sophist Foil? Tolkien’S Wizards And The Ethics Of Persuasion, Chad Chisholm Apr 2019

Saruman As ‘Sophist’ Or Sophist Foil? Tolkien’S Wizards And The Ethics Of Persuasion, Chad Chisholm

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Persuasive speaking is an important part of J.R.R. Tolkien's fiction, and the wizards Gandalf and Saruman are often the most skilled orators and speakers in the Middle-earth stories. Literary critics and Tolkien scholars (including the author in his prior publications) have spent much time discussing how the oratory of the wizards helps to advance the narrative action within the stories as well as add depth to the wizards themselves and the other characters. Many critics describe the speech of Saruman as 'sophistry,' but does the white wizard really personify the rhetoric of the historical Sophists? The author ...


The Last Serialist: C.S. Lewis And J.W. Dunne, Guy W B Inchbald Apr 2019

The Last Serialist: C.S. Lewis And J.W. Dunne, Guy W B Inchbald

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

C.S. Lewis was influenced by Serialism, a theory of time, dreams and immortality proposed by J.W. Dunne. The closing chapters of the final Chronicle of Narnia, The Last Battle, are examined here. Relevant aspects of Dunne’s theory are drawn out and his known influence on the works of Lewis revisited. The closing chapters of The Last Battle are now seen to embrace many features of Serialism’s infinite regress to immortality.


An Unsourced Poem In Lewis’S Great Divorce, Pierre H. Berube Apr 2019

An Unsourced Poem In Lewis’S Great Divorce, Pierre H. Berube

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

C S Lewis poem in The Great Divorce identified as a loose translation of Psalm 91.


On The Shoulders Of Humphrey Carpenter: Reconsidering Biographical Representation And Scholarly Perception Of Edith Tolkien, Nicole M. Duplessis Apr 2019

On The Shoulders Of Humphrey Carpenter: Reconsidering Biographical Representation And Scholarly Perception Of Edith Tolkien, Nicole M. Duplessis

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

In his obituary for Carpenter, Douglas A. Anderson reviews Carpenter’s “long and complex” involvement with the subject of his 1977 authorized biography, indicating that “with [Carpenter’s] passing it is time to begin to assess his changing perspectives on Tolkien and on his own Tolkien-related work.” Since its publication, Carpenter’s biography of Tolkien, which Anderson calls “an excellent book. . . unusually accurate more than a quarter of a century after it was written, despite many advances in Tolkien scholarship” remains a largely unquestioned authority, its influence so entrenched as to be virtually invisible. As a result, scholarship on Tolkien ...


Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction By Marina Warner, Barbara L. Prescott Apr 2019

Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction By Marina Warner, Barbara L. Prescott

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Editorial, Janet Brennan Croft Apr 2019

Editorial, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

This is Mythlore’s Official 50th Anniversary Issue, a major milestone in the life of any journal and one we are proud to have reached with the ongoing support of the Mythopoeic Society and the Council of Stewards, our dedicated editorial advisory board members, and our subscribers. Mythlore stands on the shoulders of giants, a theme that unites this entire issue.


In Memoriam: Nancy-Lou Patterson, Janet Brennan Croft Apr 2019

In Memoriam: Nancy-Lou Patterson, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story By Stuart R. Kaplan With Mary K. Greer, Elizabeth Foley O'Connor, And Melinda Boyd Parsons, Emily E. Auger Apr 2019

Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story By Stuart R. Kaplan With Mary K. Greer, Elizabeth Foley O'Connor, And Melinda Boyd Parsons, Emily E. Auger

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


Goddesses: Mysteries Of The Feminine Divine By Joseph Campbell, Ed. Safron Rossi, Carl Badgley Apr 2019

Goddesses: Mysteries Of The Feminine Divine By Joseph Campbell, Ed. Safron Rossi, Carl Badgley

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


The Lion In The Waste Lane: Fearsome Redemption In The Works Of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, And T.S. Eliot By Janice Brown, James Stockton Apr 2019

The Lion In The Waste Lane: Fearsome Redemption In The Works Of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, And T.S. Eliot By Janice Brown, James Stockton

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


Fire And Snow: Climate Fiction From The Inklings To Game Of Thrones By Marc Dipaolo, Kristine Larsen Apr 2019

Fire And Snow: Climate Fiction From The Inklings To Game Of Thrones By Marc Dipaolo, Kristine Larsen

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Gunslinger Roland From Yeats’S Towers Came(?): A Little-Studied Influence On Stephen King’S Dark Tower Series, Abigail L. Montgomery Apr 2019

Gunslinger Roland From Yeats’S Towers Came(?): A Little-Studied Influence On Stephen King’S Dark Tower Series, Abigail L. Montgomery

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

This essay has two major goals. Its general aim is to join the growing body of scholarship that takes Stephen King’s work seriously as literature in its own right and in conversation with other, traditionally canonical, works. This essay specifically does so by examining the apparent, though unreferenced, influence of William Butler Yeats’s poems “The Tower” and “The Black Tower” on King’s longest, strangest, most challenging and most self-referential work—the Dark Tower series. King references Yeats elsewhere in his fiction, and a rich, non-linear intertextuality connects the Dark Tower series to much of the rest of ...


Narnian Stars, Ruth Berman Apr 2019

Narnian Stars, Ruth Berman

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Mythlore At 50, Janet Brennan Croft Apr 2019

Mythlore At 50, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

A plan to publish a joural representing the interests of the members of The Mythopoeic Society was announced in 1968 by the late Glen GoodKnight, who founded the society in 1967. Mythlore published its first issue on 3 January 1969, timed for J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday. One early announcement of the journal appeared in Locus in late 1968:

It was inevitable that the Mythopoeic Society would start its own journal or fanzine. The name of this fanzine will be MYTHLORE. Glen Goodnight [sic] is editor, yours truly [Bernie Zuber] associate editor and art editor, and Tim Kirk associate ...


On The Shoulders Of Gi(E)Nts: The Joys Of Bibliographic Scholarship And Fanzines In Tolkien Studies, Robin Anne Reid Apr 2019

On The Shoulders Of Gi(E)Nts: The Joys Of Bibliographic Scholarship And Fanzines In Tolkien Studies, Robin Anne Reid

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

I would like to thank the Council of Stewards for their kind invitation to speak at this year’s conference, with special thanks to Janet Brennan Croft, Leslie Donovan, Alicia Fox-Lenz, and Lynn Maudlin. I was thrilled when Alicia sent me the invitation to attend as guest scholar, especially when she said my recent bibliographic scholarship was a reason. I am happy to be able to join you all this year to celebrate one of The Mythopoeic Society’s series of 50th anniversary events, specifically, the launch of Mythlore. The journal, due to its longevity and focus on mythopoeic literature ...


C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction By James Como, Zachary A. Rhone Apr 2019

C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction By James Como, Zachary A. Rhone

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


The Place Of The Lion And War In Heaven By Charles Williams, Janet Brennan Croft Apr 2019

The Place Of The Lion And War In Heaven By Charles Williams, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

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Discworld And The Disciplines: Critical Approaches To The Terry Pratchett Works Eds. Anne Hiebert Alton And William C. Spruiell, Janet Brennan Croft Oct 2018

Discworld And The Disciplines: Critical Approaches To The Terry Pratchett Works Eds. Anne Hiebert Alton And William C. Spruiell, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


Christian Mythmakers: C.S. Lewis. Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S Lewis, Et Al. By Rolland Hein. Forward By Clyde S. Kilby, Sharon L. Bolding Phd Oct 2018

Christian Mythmakers: C.S. Lewis. Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S Lewis, Et Al. By Rolland Hein. Forward By Clyde S. Kilby, Sharon L. Bolding Phd

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.