By Jane Chance
Interdisciplinary in strategy, Tolkien the Medievalist offers a clean point of view on J. R. R. Tolkiens Medievalism. In fifteen essays, eminent students and new voices discover how Professor Tolkien replied to a latest age of predicament - ancient, educational and private - by way of adapting his scholarship on medieval literature to his personal own voice. The 4 sections display the writer inspired by way of his career, spiritual religion and critical problems with the time through his relationships with different medievalists by way of the medieval assets that he learn and taught, and by means of his personal medieval mythologizing.
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Humphrey Carpenter has suggested that Gordon was in fact Tolkien’s “ideal professional collaborator” (Biography, 140) – that is, someone who could not only work with Tolkien but also make him surrender material to the printer. Gordon’s friendship with Tolkien lasted for the better part of two decades, and a study of that friendship and of Gordon’s own life and achievements is overdue. Here, in a short space, I can give only a general outline and delve into a few of the specifics. Eric Valentine Gordon was born on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 1896, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
Openings for Oxford chairs were not frequent, and this proved to be Sisam’s only chance at such a position. There was possibly some resentment. Some other colleagues felt similarly, like Eugène Vinaver, who wrote on Sisam’s death in 1971 that “everyone knows what a terrible mistake Oxford made when they by-passed him for the Chair of Anglo-Saxon” (Sutcliffe, 270). Peter Sutcliffe’s informal history of the Oxford University Press gives an interesting picture of Sisam: To some of [his] contemporaries, … Sisam seemed a hard man ….
That Tolkien loved fairy-stories is plain to anyone who has read his work, and in a purely personal context perhaps we need look no further to explain his lecture. 3 But in a larger context, it is not unreasonable to speculate that, just as World War I had quickened his taste for fairy tales and aroused his ambition to create a mythology for England, so the shadow of World War II falling across his lecture “There would always be a fairy-tale” 35 moved him to rehearse the specific values he looked for and found both in fairystories and in his own mythology.
Tolkien the Medievalist by Jane Chance