Merlin DeTardo om Bombadil still confounds readers. Tolkien scholarship in 2011 compared Tolkien's deliberately enigmatic character to Leo Tolstoy's Platon Karayatov, John Buchan's Amos Midwinter, a Buddhist bodhisattva, Hades, the Green Man, and two saints, Guthlac and Bernard. With Tolkien adaptations looming again at the cinema (many studies, on all themes, refer to the then-forthcoming Hobbit movies, at that time expected to appear in only two installments), serious attention was given this year to the character's absence from the screen. In popular thought, this is an obsession of Tolkien scholars, but it has actually not been much considered before. These articles appeared in Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy, edited by Janice M. Bogstad and Philip E. Kaveny (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011), among enlightening and frustrating considerations of the screen works that began appearing a decade earlier. Images from those movies have become standard illustrations in studies of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (but not in Picturing Tolkien, where they would be more useful); warnings of the movies colonizing the literature were correct. That was one of seven collections for the year, each with a different focus. Of the others,
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Published: Nov 27, 2014
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