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The Mirror Crack'd: fear and horror in JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its Sources
Call for Papers
Following a successful session at Leeds International Medieval Congress, the organisers invite submissions for a volume of essays, related to the themes of the session, which continue the analysis of Tolkien’s work, its medieval sources, and its engagement with later medievalism. Tolkien’s medievalism includes his evocation of fear and horror by drawing on images of fear and horror that were traditional in early medieval Northern European myth and folklore, as well as in earlier literature.
Topics for papers might include:
Dragons, demons and dark lords, aspects of the fearful imagination in Tolkien and his sources
Spirituality and fear in Tolkien’s works
Humanity’s continuing fascination with ancient symbols of fear and horror in the modern world
Strategies for coping with fear and horror in Tolkien’s works and its sources
Monsters and their meaning in Tolkien’s works
Fantasising fear in Tolkien and his literary predecessors
Fantastic horror - from Beowulf to the balrogs
The Demonising of the Middle Ages
Archaeological sources for literary horror
Celtic fantasy – fear and horror in Welsh and Irish myths and legends, including The Mabinogion
Myth and horror – Tolkien’s reflections.
The horrifying ‘other’ in medieval and modern fantasy.
Please send proposals, including an abstract (max. 500 words) by email to Lynn Forest-Hill education@... before December 1st.