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The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, & Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain ed. by Sørina Higgins (review)

The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, & Owen Barfield on... Book Reviews genre of fairy-tales” (237). Eilmann argues that while there a - re simi larities between Tolkien and the earlier authors, Dunsany a - nd Mac Donald, there are also signicfi ant differences. Eilmann describes Tolkien’sS mith as “less lyrically self-indulgent in his choice of words than Dunsany and MacDonald” (240). Eilmann suggests that these differences could be Tolkien’s way of further distancing himself from MacDonald, which highlights the connection between the two: even if Tolkien is intentionally turning his back on his literary ancestor, that still qualie fi s as an inu fl ence. Certain aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet make it more directly applicable or desirable to specic a fi udiences. Those who are already interested in German Romanticism will enjoy the sections which feature analysis of those authors; those who are alr-eady inter ested in Tolkien’s poetry more so than his prose will enjoy th - e analy sis of that portion of Tolkien’s career. But there is still much to be enjoyed for other readers as well. For example, several portions of this book deal with the songs and poems withinT he Lord of the Rings, which are often bemoaned as a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, & Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain ed. by Sørina Higgins (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 15 – Oct 27, 2018

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Book Reviews genre of fairy-tales” (237). Eilmann argues that while there a - re simi larities between Tolkien and the earlier authors, Dunsany a - nd Mac Donald, there are also signicfi ant differences. Eilmann describes Tolkien’sS mith as “less lyrically self-indulgent in his choice of words than Dunsany and MacDonald” (240). Eilmann suggests that these differences could be Tolkien’s way of further distancing himself from MacDonald, which highlights the connection between the two: even if Tolkien is intentionally turning his back on his literary ancestor, that still qualie fi s as an inu fl ence. Certain aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet make it more directly applicable or desirable to specic a fi udiences. Those who are already interested in German Romanticism will enjoy the sections which feature analysis of those authors; those who are alr-eady inter ested in Tolkien’s poetry more so than his prose will enjoy th - e analy sis of that portion of Tolkien’s career. But there is still much to be enjoyed for other readers as well. For example, several portions of this book deal with the songs and poems withinT he Lord of the Rings, which are often bemoaned as a

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Published: Oct 27, 2018

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