"Mad Elves" and "Elusive Beauty": some Celtic strands of Tolkien’s mythology

Fimi, D. (2006) "Mad Elves" and "Elusive Beauty": some Celtic strands of Tolkien’s mythology. Folklore, 117(2), pp. 156-170. (doi:10.1080/00155870600707847)

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Abstract

Contrary to Tolkien’s refutation of “Celtic things” as a source for his own mythology, this article attempts to show how his work has been inspired by Celtic folklore and myth. The article is not just a source study. It concentrates on one main example from Tolkien’s early literary writings that betrays a Celtic influence. At the same time it discusses Tolkien’s complex attitude towards “things Celtic” within the context of his strong sense of English identity. Finally, it seeks to explain Tolkien’s derogatory comments on Celtic material as a result of popular ideas of “Celticity.”

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fimi, Dr Dimitra
Authors: Fimi, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Folklore
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0015-587X
ISSN (Online):1469-8315
Published Online:02 September 2006

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