Tolkien's Poetry

Julian Eilmann & Allan Turner (editors)

Cormarë Series No. 28

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Tolkien's Poetry J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his prose work, especially his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Although there are many poems included in his novels that add depth to the narrative, Tolkien's talent as a writer of poetry has scarcely been appreciated and in-depth studies of Tolkien's verses are rare. This collection edited by Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner presents ten papers and an introduction by Michael Drout that deal with specific aspects of Tolkien's poetry. Some papers focus on one particular poem, while others examine a group of poems with a specific thematic approach. Among other topics, this collection highlights Tolkien's development as a writer of alliterative verse, the relationship between poetry and faith, or the function of poems in the narrative of The Lord of the Rings. In addition this volume takes a critical look at the use of poetry in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, illustrating how Tolkien's verses contribute to a contemporary adaptation of this literary classic.

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Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner

Michael D.C. Drout
Introduction: Reading Tolkien's Poetry

Tom Shippey
Tolkien's Development as a Writer of Alliterative Poetry in Modern English

John R. Holmes
"A Metre I Invented": Tolkien's Clues to Tempo in "Errantry"

Carl Phelpstead
"For W.H.A." – Tolkien's Poem in Praise of Auden

Petra Zimmermann
"The glimmer of limitless extensions in time and space": The Function of Poems in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Lynn Forest-Hill
Poetic Form and Spiritual Function: Praise, Invocation and Prayer in The Lord of the Rings

Sue Bridgwater
What is it but a dream? Tolkien's "The Sea Bell" and Yeats' "The Man who Dreamed of Faeryland"

Michael A. Joosten
Poetry in the Transmission Conceit of The Silmarillion

Nancy Martsch
Tolkien's Poetic Use of the Old English and Latinate Vocabulary: A Study of Three Poems from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Julian Eilmann
Cinematic Poetry: J.R.R. Tolkien's Poetry in The Lord of the Rings Films

Allan Turner
Early Influences on Tolkien's Poetry


Tolkien's Poetry reviewed in Journal of Tolkien Research (26th June 2015)
Tolkien's Poetry reviewed in Beyond Bree (16th August 2013)
Interview with Julian Eilmann (22nd April 2013)
New publication – Tolkien's Poetry (2nd April 2013)

221 pages, Walking Tree Publishers 2013, Cormarë Series No. 28, Editors: Julian Eilmann & Allan Turner , ISBN: 978-3-905703-28-3.

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