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Parodies of the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Title data

Koch, Evelyn:
Parodies of the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
In: Honegger, Thomas ; Mann, Maureen F. (ed.): Laughter in Middle-earth : Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. - Zurich : Walking Tree Publishers , 2016 . - pp. 135-151 . - (Cormarë Series ; 35 )
ISBN 978-3-905703-35-1

Abstract in another language

With J.R.R. Tolkien’s works being among the most read texts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Peter Jackson being incredibly successful as well, there is naturally an abundance of parodies. This paper does not attempt to list them all but to look at how parody works, and what strategies are involved to create a parody of Tolkien’s works. Thus, I have categorised some of the parodies according to their underlying strategy: as textual or social parody, and whether they involve strategies of exaggeration/understatement, whether they substitute heroes and villains with non-heroes or non-villains, whether they make the quest ridiculous or trivial, make fun of place names and proper names, or add vulgarity or obscenity to the original text.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: J.R.R. Tolkien; Humor; Humour; Literature; Literatur; English Literature; Fantasy; Middle-earth; The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit; The Silmarillion
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professorship English Literature
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature
800 Literature > 820 English and Old English literatures
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 11:57
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 09:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/34869