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J.R.R. Tolkien : Romanticist and Poet

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Eilmann, Julian:
J.R.R. Tolkien : Romanticist and Poet.
transl.: Koch, Evelyn
Zürich ; Jena : Walking Tree Publishers , 2017 . - (Cormarë Series ; 36 )
ISBN 978-3-905703-36-8

Abstract in another language

Sleeps a song in things abounding
that keep dreaming to be heard:
Earth's tune will start resounding
if you find the magic word.

Joseph v. Eichendorff's (1788–1857) famous poem "Wünschelrute" expresses what lies at the heart of the romantic weltanschauung: a transcendent secret surrounds us and can be roused by romantic individuals with the help of poetry and art. As a consequence of this romantic perspective the world regains its fundamental magical quality. Although dating back to the first half of the 19th century, the romantic weltanschauung underlies the life and work of many representatives of later periods, J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) amongst them.

This new monograph by Julian Eilmann fills a void in Tolkien scholarship in its analysis and appreciation of the genuinely romantic quality of his legendarium. In context of the historical concepts of Romanticism Eilmann traces these aspects in Tolkien's poetic theory and literary work and especially focuses on Tolkien's often neglected poetry in which the romantic spirit manifests itself most vividly. The book furthermore examines the romantic motifs in classic fantasy novels like George MacDonald's Phantastes (1858) or Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924), thus illustrating the significant influence of romantic aesthetics on modern fantasy literature. Tolkien's defense of romantic imagination and his immense popularity make him one of the most influential representatives of the romantic spirit in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Item Type: Translation
Keywords: Tolkien
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professor English Literature
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature
800 Literature > 820 English and Old English literatures
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 08:01
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 06:40