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War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (review) Book Reviews Raglan, FitzRoy Richard Somerset, Baron. The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth, and Drama. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1937. Rosebury, Brian. Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon. New York: Palgrave Mac- millan, 2003. [Second edition of his Tolkien: A Critical Assessment (1992)] Tyler, J. E. A. The Tolkien Companion. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976. [This is the first edition. Porter does not refer to later ones. The third edition was published in 2004.] War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, by Janet Brennan Croft. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. xi, 175pp. $64.95 (hardcover) ISBN 0313325928. Contri- butions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, No. 106. Anyone familiar with Tolkien who reads the works of his contem- poraries Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden will be struck repeatedly by parallels. From its stoic, singing hobbits march- ing towards No Man’s Land, to its mounting sense of near-unendur- able despair, The Lord of the Rings emerges as a close counterpart to the memoirs and fiction that are more generally recognized as Great War literature. It came out far too late to be understood in those terms, and was often mistaken for a Second World War allegory; but the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 3 – May 9, 2006

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Book Reviews Raglan, FitzRoy Richard Somerset, Baron. The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth, and Drama. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1937. Rosebury, Brian. Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon. New York: Palgrave Mac- millan, 2003. [Second edition of his Tolkien: A Critical Assessment (1992)] Tyler, J. E. A. The Tolkien Companion. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976. [This is the first edition. Porter does not refer to later ones. The third edition was published in 2004.] War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, by Janet Brennan Croft. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. xi, 175pp. $64.95 (hardcover) ISBN 0313325928. Contri- butions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, No. 106. Anyone familiar with Tolkien who reads the works of his contem- poraries Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden will be struck repeatedly by parallels. From its stoic, singing hobbits march- ing towards No Man’s Land, to its mounting sense of near-unendur- able despair, The Lord of the Rings emerges as a close counterpart to the memoirs and fiction that are more generally recognized as Great War literature. It came out far too late to be understood in those terms, and was often mistaken for a Second World War allegory; but the

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