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Essays on Music in Tolkien

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About the Book

The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien’s body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien’s scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as the musical influences of his Victorian and Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st centuries are included.

About the Author(s)

Bradford Lee Eden is Dean of Library Services at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Bradford Lee Eden
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4814-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5660-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction

BRADFORD LEE EDEN      1

Horns of Dawn: The Tradition of Alliterative Verse in Rohan

JASON FISHER      7

“Inside a Song”: Tolkien’s Phonaesthetics

JOHN R. HOLMES      26

Æ´ fre me strongode longas: Songs of Exile in the Mortal Realms

PETER WILKIN      47

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Fortunate Rhythm

DARIELLE RICHARDS      61

Tolkien’s Unfinished “Lay of Lúthien” and the Middle English Sir Orfeo

DEANNA DELMAR EVANS      75

Strains of Elvish Song and Voices: Victorian Medievalism, Music, and Tolkien

BRADFORD LEE EDEN      85

Dissonance in the Divine Theme: The Issue of Free Will in Tolkien’s Silmarillion

KEITH W. JENSEN      102

“Worthy of a Song”: Memory, Mortality and Music

AMY M. AMENDT-RADUEGE      114

“Tolkien is the Wind and the Way”: The Educational Value of Tolkien-Inspired World Music

AMY H. STURGIS      126

Liquid Tolkien: Music, Tolkien, Middle-earth, and More Music

DAVID BRATMAN      140

Performance Art in a Tunnel: A Musical Sub-Creator in the Tradition of Tolkien

ANTHONY S. BURDGE      171

Contributors      201

Index      205

Book Reviews & Awards

Finalist, Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies—The Mythopoeic Society
“clearly a labor of love…well researched, well written…excellent essays…a strong contribution to the field of Tolkien studies…highly useful…worthwhile reading”—Mythlore; “Lee Eden has done Tolkien fans a great service by drawing our attention to the substantive presence of music within Tolkien’s novels themselves”—Seven.