"When Tolkien's Lord of the Rings appeared in 1954, it was eagerly sought by a rapidly widening community of readers while snootily dismissed by eminent critics as juvenile escapism. For many years most literary scholars refused to take Tolkien seriously, but today they reluctantly admit that he is indeed one of the greatest of writers." "Jared Lobdell contends that Tolkien's literary achievement actually constitutes a new mainstream of literary development. The future of fiction lies in fantasy, and Tolkien is part of a vital organic growth with roots in the past." "Celtic revival, medieval revival, "feigned history," the Edwardian adventure story - many tributaries flow into the swelling stream of Tolkienian fantasy. Professor Lobdell traces Tolkien's most important precursors and influences. Some are familiar figures: Rudyard Kipling, William Morris, Kenneth Grahame, and H. Rider Haggard. Others, such as R. S. Surtees and George MacDonald, have been neglected lately." "Finally, Lobdell looks at some of the ablest heirs of the master: contemporary fantasists Ursula Le Guin, Stephen King (in the Dark Tower series), and J. K. Rowling."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-183) and index.
Preface : Me Bifel a Ferly
1. Far from the madding critics
2. Children of Mona : "mythology" and things Celtic
3. Children of Lear : breaking and remaking reality
4. Pilgrimage to the northward : adventurers all
5. Blackstick, Prigio, and "it" : comic and fantastic
6. Kaleyard gospel and Kaleyard gothick : George MacDonald
7. Et in Arcadia Frodo
8. A scent of old-world roses : Tolkien and "fantasy"
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