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Imitative desire in Tolkien’s mythology: a Girardian perspective

Imitative desire in Tolkien’s mythology: a Girardian perspective Hayden Head IN HIS BOOK THE EVERLASTING MAN, Chesterton cautions his readers about those students of mythology who claim to have discovered the key to unlocking the meaning of myths: There are too many keys to mythology, as there are too many cryptograms in Shakespeare. Everything is […]

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A darker ignorance: C. S. Lewis and the nature of the fall

A darker ignorance: C. S. Lewis and the nature of the fall – Critical Essay Mary R. Bowman Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies is trial, and trial is by what is contrary. That virtue therefore which is but a youngling in the contemplation of […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life as Faerian Drama – 1 – the role of faeries in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and in Frank Capra’s film

It’s a Wonderful Life as Faerian Drama – 1 – the role of faeries in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and in Frank Capra’s film – Critical Essay Christopher Garbowski TOLKIEN is primarily known for his enormously popular The Lord of the Rings, which seems less a work of literature than a ticket to an […]

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Applicability and truth in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: readers, fantasy, and canonicity

Applicability and truth in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: readers, fantasy, and canonicity – Critical Essay Sara Upstone “Tolkien’s critics, not his readers, are our of touch with reality. Never has the intellectual establishment so richly deserved defiance.”(1) A 1997 Waterstone’s poll proclaimed Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings “the […]