Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language

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Janet Brennan Croft, Donald E. Palumbo, C.W. Sullivan III
McFarland, Mar 22, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
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Tolkien and Shakespeare: one a prolific popular dramatist and poet of the Elizabethan era, the other a twentieth-century scholar of Old English and author of a considerably smaller body of work. Though unquestionably very different writers, the two have more in common than one might expect. These essays focus on the broad themes and motifs which concerned both authors. They seek to uncover Shakespeare's influence on Tolkien through echoes of the playwright's themes and even word choices, discovering how Tolkien used, revised, updated, "corrected," and otherwise held an ongoing dialogue with Shakespeare's works. The depiction of Elves and the world of Faerie, and how humans interact with them, are some of the most obvious points of comparison and difference for the two writers. Both Tolkien and Shakespeare deeply explored the uses and abuses of power with princes, politics, war, and the lessons of history. Magic and prophecy were also of great concern to both authors, and the works of both are full of encounters with the Other: masks and disguises, mirrors that hide and reveal, or seeing stones that show only part of the truth.
  

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Tolkien and Shakespeare: essays on shared themes and language

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This book of essays edited by Croft (Univ. of Oklahoma Libs., Norman) aims to explore "how Tolkien used, revised, updated, 'corrected,' and otherwise held an ongoing dialogue with Shakespeare's works ... Read full review

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The essays in this book do, in fact, contribute to the discussion in Tolkien criticism. My feeling is that this book goes the direction Tolkien scholarship must go if it is not going to exhaust itself. Read full review

Contents

The Elves of Shakespeare and Tolkien
9
The Shakespearean Misconception and the Tolkienian Ideal of Faerie
25
Whats at the Bottom of The Lord of the Rings and A Midsummer Nights Dream?
42
Titania Galadriel and the Fairy Queen of Medieval Romance
60
POWER
79
War and Glory in Henry V and The Lord of the Rings
81
Echoes of Hamlet in JRR Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings
91
Aragorns Debt to Shakespeare
110
The Ethics of Magic in Shakespeare and Tolkien
177
Corrosive Uses of Power in Shakespeare and Tolkien
196
Motifs from Macbeth in JRR Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings
215
THE OTHER
227
Strategizing Unconventionality in Shakespeares and Tolkiens Portraits of Women
229
Racial Identity Confronting the Other and Miscegenation in Othello and The Lord of the Rings
251
Tolkiens Atani and Shakespeares Men
267
Evolution and Design
281

Shakespeare Tolkien and the Conception of History
128
The Influence of King Lear on Lord of the Rings
137
Shakespearean Catharsis in the Fiction of JRR Tolkien
158
MAGIC
175
Gollum and Othello
294
About the Contributors
313
Index
317
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About the author (2007)

Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access Services at University of Oklahoma Libraries in Norman, Oklahoma. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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