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These Are Not the Elves You're Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of the Elves

These Are Not the Elves You're Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of... These Are Not the Elves You’re Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of the Elves Thomas Hillman Fairy-stories are not in normal English usage sa tbo or ui t es fairies or elves, but stories about Fairy, that i , t s Fa he ërie realm or state in which fairies have their being co . Fa në-rie tains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons: it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we ar -e en chanted. ( OFS 32, ¶ 10) o say that the fairies have “their being” in Faërie is to say more T than that they live there. The expression posits an intimate link between them and their world as well as a breach between them and mortal men, who enter Faërie only “when we are enchanted.” In what follows I shall explore the mythological and literary dimensions of this breach, and the ways in which Tolkien sought to mend it, using fairies such as those found http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

These Are Not the Elves You're Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of the Elves

Tolkien Studies , Volume 15 – Oct 27, 2018

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These Are Not the Elves You’re Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of the Elves Thomas Hillman Fairy-stories are not in normal English usage sa tbo or ui t es fairies or elves, but stories about Fairy, that i , t s Fa he ërie realm or state in which fairies have their being co . Fa në-rie tains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons: it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we ar -e en chanted. ( OFS 32, ¶ 10) o say that the fairies have “their being” in Faërie is to say more T than that they live there. The expression posits an intimate link between them and their world as well as a breach between them and mortal men, who enter Faërie only “when we are enchanted.” In what follows I shall explore the mythological and literary dimensions of this breach, and the ways in which Tolkien sought to mend it, using fairies such as those found

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Published: Oct 27, 2018

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