IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1002: Texts and Images: Aspects of Tolkien's Medievalism

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Carl L. Phelpstead, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paper 1002-aVerse and Prose: The Lord of the Rings and Saga Poetics
(Language: English)
Carl L. Phelpstead, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1002-bMappa Terrae-Mediae: Exploring Middle-Earth Cartography and Cosmography
(Language: English)
Dimitra Fimi, Department of Humanities, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Index terms: Art History - General, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1002-cTo Have a Chat with a Dragon: Tolkien as Translator
(Language: English)
Ármann Jakobsson, Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

This session examines the transformations undergone by medieval texts and images in the creative writing of J. R. R. Tolkien. Ármann Jakobsson compares conversations with dragons in the Old Norse mythological poem Fáfnismál and Tolkien’s The Hobbit, drawing on Freudian and more recent theory to analyse how Tolkien interprets his medieval source. Dimitra Fimi considers how medieval maps and medieval conceptions of the world influenced Tolkien’s own maps, especially his first map in The Book of Lost Tales, where the world is depicted symbolically as a Viking ship. Carl Phelpstead analyses The Lord of the Rings as a prosimetrical text, comparing Tolkien’s use of verse with the functions of verses in the Old Icelandic sagas.