J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" : a seminal mythological work and inspirational source for the author's conception of Middle-earth

  • J.R.R. Tolkien's "enigmatic and unfinished" book "The Silmarillion" - posthumously published by Christopher Tolkien in 1977 - is often referred to as being a mythic work, or a collection of mythopoeic tales, but what exactly does that description entail? Logically, Tolkien's writings, by virtue of being labeled 'mythic' alongside of mythologies such as "The Iliad", "Metamorphoses", and "The Odyssey", must possess qualities which warrant the description. While Tolkien's mythology is in a different category since his mythology is specifically designed for Middle-earth, there are still important overlaps through which inspiration and influences may be traced.

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Author:Dennis Friedrichsen, Niels Rubæk Nielsen
Parent Title (German):Komparatistik online : komparatistische Internet-Zeitschrift
Place of publication:Gießen
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2022/01/22
Date of first Publication:2021/11/18
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/02/22
GND Keyword:Tolkien, J. R. R.; The Silmarillion; Mythologie; Willensfreiheit; Schicksal
Edition:[Version 22.01.2022]
Page Number:33
First Page:60
Last Page:92
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
8 Literatur / 82 Englische, altenglische Literaturen / 820 Englische, altenglische Literaturen
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Komparatistik online : komparatistische Internet-Zeitschrift / Komparatistik online 2021
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht