RE: [mythsoc] Landscape
Burns, Marjorie J. “The Anonymous Fairy Tale: Ruskin’s King of the Golden River.” Mythlore 14.3 (#53) (1988): 38–42.
Discusses Ruskin’s only fairy tale as a successful work, reflecting his interest in Northern landscapes. Notes female symbolism despite a lack of female characters. Recounts how Ruskin’s psychological problems made him ambivalent toward, and eventually mistrustful of, fantasy.
Patterson, Nancy-Lou. “Narnia and the North: The Symbolism of Northernness in the Fantasies of C.S. Lewis.” Mythlore 4.2 (#14) (1976): 9–16.
Reacting to a description of Narnia as analogous to Southern France, argues that “for Lewis, the way to God lay through the North,” and Narnia is a Northern landscape. Discusses at length the symbolism of North and South in various mythologies, and touches on the significance of Northernness in Tolkien and Williams as well.
Petrina, Alessandra. “Forbidden Forest, Enchanted Castle: Arthurian Spaces in the Harry Potter Novels.” Mythlore 24.3/4 (#93/44) (2006): 95–110.
Examines the influence of the landscape and structure of Arthurian legends on the world of Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.
Walker, Steven C. “The Making of a Hobbit: Tolkien’s Tantalizing Narrative Technique.” Mythlore 7.3 (#25) (1980): 6–7, 37.
Calls Tolkien’s fiction highly “audience-centered,” inviting divergent interpretations of everything from the appearance of hobbits to the landscape; through the technique of leaving room for imagination, Tolkien is “demanding that his readers participate with him in the creative process.”
Sabo, Deborah. “Archaeology and the Sense of History in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” Mythlore 26.1/2 (#99/100) (2007): 91–112.
Looks at ruins and other archaeological sites in Middle-earth and their place in the cultural history of its various races, and by reflection, the place of archaeology in our own cultural memories. Considers Lake-town, the Barrow-Downs, Weathertop, and other locations to show differing attitudes toward and uses of the past.
For many of the major fantasy authors, the index includes a sub-heading under their name for “Setting” which might be useful. For example:
Allan, J.D. “The Decline and Fall of the Osgiliathan Empire.” Mythcon III, Regency Hyatt House, Long Beach, CA, 1972. G. GoodKnight, ed. Los Angeles, CA, The Mythopoeic Society: 1974. 3–6, 32, 36.
GoodKnight, G. “A Comparison of Cosmological Geography in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.” Mythlore 1.3 (#3) (1969): 18–22.
Juhren, M. “The Ecology of Middle Earth.” 2.1 (#5) (1970)/Tolkien Journal 4.2 (#12) (1970): 4–6, 9; reprinted Mythlore 20.2 (#76) (1994): 5–9.
Juhren, M. “Mileage in Middle-earth.” Mythlore 1.4 (#4) (1969): 22.
Zemmour, C. “Tolkien in the Land of Arthur: The Old Forest Episode from The Lord of the Rings.” Mythlore 24.3/4 (#93/44) (2006): 135–63.
The index is available to purchase as a PDF from the MythSoc website, and is a bargain at $10.00! http://www.mythsoc.org/press/mythlore-index-electronic/
Janet Brennan Croft
Book Review Editor of Oklahoma Librarian http://www.oklibs.org/oklibrarian/current/index.html
“Almost as entertaining as the guy with a tank full of scorpions. But not quite.” OKC Mensa, after I lectured on Tolkien and war.
Does anyone know of any books (or even published articles) written on the importance of landscape in fantasy? I'm sure there must be some out there, but a quick trawl of Amazon and ABE failed to find me any.
- Some more contributions:City of Lost ChildrenDreamchild (part fantasy bio of Lewis Carroll, starring Ian Holm)Return to OzThe Navigator (1988, party of 14th Cent. pilgrims travel into the future to find a way to fight the plague)Time BanditsWings of DesireSteve Gaddis
Tarsem Singh's "The Fall".
Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth".
Everything Hayao Miyazaki has done for Studio Ghibli.
-- David Emerson
Would listfolk like to offer their nominations for films that prove that the motion picture may be an art form truly worthy of the fantastic imagination?