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09 April 2012 @ 09:26 am


Issue 117/118             Volume 30, Number 3/4             Spring/Summer 2012


            Janet Brennan Croft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

The Road of Our Senses: Search for Personal Meaning and the Limitations of Myth in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

            Rut Blomqvist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

From Despoina to Δ

Joe R. Christopher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Psyche in New York: The Devil Wears Prada Updates the Myth

            Janet Brennan Croft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  55

Aphrodite on the Home Front: E.R. Eddison and World War II

            Joe Young. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Faramir and the Heroic Ideal of the Twentieth Century: Or, How Aragorn Died at the Somme

            Steven Brett Carter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89  

The Fall of Gondor and the Fall of Troy: Tolkien and Book II  of The Aeneid

            Alexander M. Bruce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Watchful Dragons and Sinewy Gnomes: C.S. Lewis’s Use of Modern Fairy Tales

            Ruth Berman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

The Myths of the Author: Tolkien and the Medieval Origins of   the Word Hobbit

            Michael Livingston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Reviews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald. Bonnie Gaarden. —Scott McLaren

Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy. Janice M. Bogstad and Philip E. Kaveny, eds. —Emily E. Auger

Good Dragons are Rare: An Inquiry into Literary Dragons East and West. Fanfan Chen and Thomas Honegger, eds. —David D. Oberhelman

Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: Essays on the Novels, the Film and the Stage Productions. Steven Barfield and Katharine Cox, eds. —Amy S. Rodgers

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages. Michael Adams, ed. —Harley J. Sims

Mythopoeic Narnia: Memory, Metaphor, and Metamorphosis in The Chronicles of Narnia. Salwa Khoddam. —Holly Ordway

Abiding in the Sanctuary: The Waite-Trinick Tarot: A Christian Mystical Tarot (1917–1923). Tali Goodwin and Marcus Katz. —Emily E. Auger

Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature, and Identity. Carl Phelpstead. —Sara Brown

North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies. #29 (2010). VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review. #28 (2011). Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review. #8 (2011). —Janet Brennan Croft

02 June 2011 @ 08:43 am
Fantastic news -- my proposal for an anthology of criticism on Lois McMaster Bujold has been accepted at McFarland!  Anyone who might be interested in contributing, please message me and I will send you the CFP as soon as I have it ready.
06 April 2011 @ 08:57 am

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference XLII

Albuquerque, NM

Friday, July 15 through Monday, July 18, 2011





Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism

The year 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of both C.S. Lewis’ publication of The Allegory of Love and J.R.R. Tolkien’s lecture “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Spanning the early Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian heroic legacies and late Continental French-inspired romance traditions, these authoritative works of scholarship dramatically changed academic discussion on their medieval subjects. In addition, their literary reinterpretations laid the groundwork for the modern medievalism that now informs so much modern fantasy literature, Inkling or otherwise. To commemorate these important anniversaries, Mythcon 42 will invite reflection on the impact of these critical works and how they offer new ways to view the fantastic in earlier texts as well as how they initiated many of the approaches modern fantasy applies to its reading of the medieval. While legacies inherited from Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, Biblical, and Classical cultures will be obvious subjects, papers and panels that explore mythological and fantastic works from other early traditions (such as Native American, Asian, and Middle-eastern) are also welcome, as are studies and discussions that focus on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and of other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.


Guests of Honor:

Michael D.C. Drout, Scholar

Catherynne M. Valente, Author


Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the e-mail address below by 6 May, 2011. Please include your AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation. Time slots for individual papers are one hour (45 minute paper plus discussion) or 1/2 hour (20 minute paper plus discussion). Panels consisting of related short papers may be proposed for a 90 minute time slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society (http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html).  Undergraduate and graduate presenters are encouraged to apply for the Alexei Kondratiev Award for Best Student Paper.


Janet Brennan Croft, Paper Coordinator

Head of Access Services, University Libraries, University of Oklahoma

jbcroft@ou.edu, mythlore@mythsoc.org


The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about past conferences at http://www.mythsoc.org/conferences.html.

24 September 2010 @ 04:43 pm

Coming up in the next issue of Mythlore, which will be out in mid-October:


Dwarves, Spiders, and Murky Woods: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Wonderful Web of Words

            Jason Fisher

Let Us Now Praise Famous Orcs: Simple Humanity in Tolkien’s Inhuman Creatures

Robert T. Tally, Jr.

Myth-Remaking in the Shadow of Vergil: The Captive(-ated) Voice of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lavinia

            T.S. Miller

Corrupting Beauty: Rape Narrative in The Silmarillion

            Lynn Whitaker

The Company They Didn’t Keep: Collaborative Women in the Letters of C.S. Lewis

            Sam McBride

Master of Doom by Doom Mastered: Heroism, Fate, and Death in The Children of Húrin

            Jesse Mitchell

Germanic Fate and Doom in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

            Richard J. Whitt

The Thread on Which Doom Hangs: Free Will, Disobedience, and Eucatastrophe in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

            Janet Brennan Croft

Simbelmynë: Mortality and Memory in Middle-earth

            William H. Stoddard


And reviews of

Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, by Dimitra Fimi;

Charles Williams and his Contemporaries, by Suzanne Bray and Richard Sturch;

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent;

Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, edited by John Perlich and David Whitt;

Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien, edited by Bradford Lee Eden;

Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds, by Travis Prinzi;

Theodor SEUSS Geisel by Donald E. Pease.


There’s still time to get your subscriptions in!

23 April 2010 @ 04:39 pm
Folks, here’s the lineup for the spring issue of Mythlore. It’s at the printer now and should be on its way to subscribers by the end of next week. If you aren’t a subscriber, you should be!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle”: An Allegory in Transformation           
Marie Nelson

Phantastical Regress: The Return of Desire and Deed in Phantastes and The Pilgrim’s Regress           
Jeffrey Bilbro 

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell? Philip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, and the Fantasy Tradition
Marek Oziewicz and Daniel Hade  

C.S. Lewis’s “The Meteorite” and the Importance of Context           
Joe R. Christopher 

Fairy and Elves in Tolkien and Traditional Literature           
Helios de Rosario Martínez

“Dwarves are Not Heroes”: Antisemitism and the Dwarves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Writing Rebecca Brackmann 

Rethinking Shylock’s Tragedy: Radford’s Critique of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice           
Frank P. Riga 

Totemic Reflexes in Tolkien’s Middle-earth           
Yvette Kisor
The Voice of Saruman: Wizards and Rhetoric in The Two Towers           
Jay Ruud

The Shire Quest: The ‘Scouring of the Shire’ as the Narrative and Thematic Focus of The Lord of the Rings           
David M. Waito  

Where the Shadows Lie: A Jungian Interpretation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, by Pia Skogemann; Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story, by Evan I. Schwartz; Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman, edited by Don W. King; Collected Poems, by Mervyn Peake; C.S. Lewis on the Final Frontier: Science and the Supernatural in the Space Trilogy, by Sanford Schwartz; Death and Fantasy: Essays on Philip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and R.L. Stevenson, by William Gray; Stephen R. Donaldson and the Modern Epic Vision by Christine Barkley, and The Fantastic Horizon: Essays and Reviews, by Darrell Schweitzer.
16 April 2010 @ 02:46 pm
MYTHLORE 109/110 will be going to press next week!  There's still time to renew if your subscription has lapsed, or start a new subscription! 

I'll post the table of contents next week.
Current Mood: happyhappy
12 October 2009 @ 04:01 pm

Final approved proof just went to the printer.  Subscribers should get this in about 2-3 weeks.  There's still time to subscribe at www.mythsoc.org!


Mythlore  Issue 107/108  Volume 28, Number 1/2   Fall/Winter  2009


Perilous Shores: The Unfathomable Supernaturalism of Water in 19th-Century Scottish Folklore

            Jason Marc Harris


The Noldor and the Tuatha Dé Danaan: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Irish Influences

            Annie Kinniburgh


Tolkien’s Sigurd & Gudrún: Summary, Sources, & Analogs

Pierre H. Berube


Amanda McKittrick Ros and the Inklings

            Anita G. Gorman and Leslie Robertson Mateer


Ancient Myths in Contemporary Cinema: Oedipus Rex and Perceval the Knight of the Holy Grail in Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense

            Inbar Shaham


The Heart of the Labyrinth: Reading Jim Henson’s Labyrinth as a Modern Dream Vision

            Shiloh Carroll


No Sex in Narnia? How Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen” Problematizes C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia

            Jennifer L. Miller


Innocence as a Super-power: Little Girls on the Hero’s Journey

            David Emerson


Naming the Evil One: Onomastic Strategies in Tolkien and Rowling

            Janet Brennan Croft


And reviews of: Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Douglas A. Anderson; The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia, by Laura Miller; Projecting Tolkien’s Musical Worlds: A Study of Musical Affect in Howard Shore’s Soundtrack to Lord of the Rings, by Matthew Young; Esotericism, Art, and Imagination, edited by Arthur Versluis et al.; three new books on The Wind in the Willows, including two annotated versions; Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy, edited by Jonathan B. Himes with Joe R. Christopher and Salwa Khoddam; and Volume VI of Tolkien Studies.

22 May 2009 @ 11:49 am

For Mythlore subscribers -- the labels to cover the printer's error on the spine are here, they work, and they look just fine. For those of you whose renewals/subscriptions/orders were processed in the last week or so, I'll be mailing out the issue with the spine corrected today. For those of you getting the issue as it was sent from the printer, there are two options -- if you are going to Mythcon, I will bring labels; if you aren't or can't wait, email me your address and I'll send you one.

13 May 2009 @ 10:42 am
Mythlore good news and bad news... Issue 105/106 is here! So subscribers should be getting it very soon. Alas, due to a printer’s flub the spine says this is issue 103/104. I’m seeing if I can at least get some labels printed to cover the error. If I can get them I’d be willing to bring some to Mythlore and mail to those who want them.
Current Mood: crankycranky
31 October 2008 @ 11:04 am

In-person absentee voting started today in Oklahoma.  I arrived at the County Election Board just after 8:00 and the line already stretched around the corner of the block. It took me 90 minutes, and by the time I was done I'd estimate the wait was well over two hours.  The weather was beautiful -- sunny, with just a hint of chill from a south breeze--but it will be getting up to around 80 this afternoon.  The crowd was cheerful and strangers were happily chatting away with each other, but studiously avoiding politics. It was mostly an older crowd; I didn't see too many students this morning, but there were people with babies in tow.  You can see a picture of the line here:


Oklahoma uses an optical scanning system.  The voter connects two halves of a broken arrow pointing to their candidate or party. then feeds it into the scanner.  The scanner I used was for the general election only, and I was voter number 160.  The other scanner was for general and local, and I didn't see the number, but I esitate is was probably 1 1/2 to 2 times higher.

Plan for lines, but go vote!!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful